Technology Curriculum

4th Grade
Students will be taught file management, Microsoft PowerPoint presentation software, Microsoft Word, which is a word processing program of computer concepts, Microsoft Office text, and keyboarding. (entire year).

5th Grade
Students will be taught file management, Microsoft Word (a word processing program), Microsoft Excel (a spreadsheet program), and keyboarding. (entire year).

6th Grade
Students will be taught Photoshop, which is an image editing program. (for 9 weeks).

7th Grade
Technology 7 is a 9-week course. Students will learn technical drawing using AutoCAD software.

8th Grade
Technology 8 is a semester course; students recieve a 1/2 credit towards their fine arts requirements at the high school. Students will use AutoCAD and Inventor 3-D Modeling Program to complete technical drawings. LEGO robotics is also offered as part of the semester course. Students have a chance to compete against other middle schools in the area.

Mr. Williamsen’s 4th and 5th Grade Technology Classes Try to “Crack the Code”

More than 50,000 classrooms nationwide have started teaching code in computer technology classrooms. With coding jobs in high demand and shortages everywhere schools are moving to make computer science a real science in school., which was started by big shots in Silicon Valley as a way to expose more students to computer programming, has caught on. In effect they have created hundreds of real lessons on coding using simple commands to make animated figures move. It’s a great exercise in using logic, and figuring out how to solve problems in a step by step process like mathematics. Mr. Williamsen noted that many of the students were having so much fun writing code; solving problems they weren’t aware how much they have learned. If a student is successful in writing a line of code, they progressively work until they are learning the basics of JavaScript, the most popular programming language in the world. Coding for 4th and 5th graders exposes them to the world of computer science. Instead of using single lines of code, students use little modules that have code already written. The program uses "Blockly," a visual drag-and-drop way to create a string of commands. The students move specific modules to complete the programming problem. Coding teaches students that specific steps have to be completed before they can move on to the next level. It’s challenging and rewarding at the same time. Mr. Williamsen hopes to expand the program in the coming years to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. 8th Graders are currently working on Lego Robotics which uses the “blockly” coding language. They competed in October with other area schools to make their Lego machines obey commands. has a host of opportunities for striving computer scientists.

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