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Book Review: 1st Grade Technology–32 Lessons

1st gradeThis is another in a series of textbooks designed for K-8. I think you’ll find them useful in your classroom Web 2.0 integration:

First Grade Technology: 32 Lessons Every First Grader Can Accomplish on a Computer

by Structured Learning

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m often asked what books I’d recommend for teaching technology in the classroom. Each year about this time, I do a series of reviews on my favorite tech ed books. If you want to fix some of this year’s tech problems and get students ready for the rigor of Common Core, I suggest you consider the nine-volume K-8 technology curriculum series that’s used in hundreds of school districts across the country (and a few internationally). It’s aligned with both Common Core and NETS national standards and fully integrable into state classroom standards.

It’s 131 pages, about twice as long as the prior edition (thanks to Common Core tie-ins, more rubrics and examples, reproducibles, Web 2.0 connections and how-to’s that are age-appropriate for a 1st grader). It comes with a free membership in a co-teaching wiki so you can teach along with an experienced teacher using the curriculum. It’s much more like a tech lab-in-a-box than a mere 32 projects. The blurb says it all:

1st Grade Technology Curriculum is the second in a series designed to teach technology by integrating it into classroom inquiry. This nine-volume tech ed curriculum is the all-in-one solution to running an effective, efficient, and fun technology program for kindergarten-eighth grade (each grade level textbook sold separately) whether you are the lab specialist, IT coordinator, or classroom teacher. Each lesson is aligned with both Common Core State Standards (6th grade: aligned via Table of Contents) and  National Educational Technology Standards, and includes an Essential Question, Big Idea, suggested Assessments, required materials, vocabulary, problem solving, teacher preparation required, how to extend learning, examples, grading rubrics, additional resources, and how students can collaborate/share projects. Using a tested approach that promotes literacy, critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making, students learn the technology required to prepare for their future. The secret for you, as teacher, is knowing what to teach and when.

Each textbook includes a K-6 wide-ranging Scope and Sequence (in grades 6-8, it’s for middle school only), a year’s worth of lessons, monthly homework (3rd-8th only), student Certificate of Completion (excluding 6th grade), a comprehensive list of websites to support learning, articles that address tech pedagogy, and posters ready to print and hang on your walls.

With your purchase, you receive FREE access to a wealth of online resources including hundreds of teacher materials that differentiate instruction, websites that extend learning, and free help from professionals using the curriculum (membership included with purchase). Note: Color and embedded links shown in Click to Look Inside are included in pdf only.

1st grade technology units include (click here and scroll down to the green download box for a free preview):

  • Computer Basics
  • Mouse Skills
  • Tools and Toolbars
  • Symbols
  • Software
  • Holiday Greetings
  • Introduction to Google Earth
  • Introduction to the Internet
  • Fills
  • Thanksgiving Greetings
  • Shapes
  • Introduction to Windows
  • Reading on the Internet
  • Rainforest Animals
  • Open House Drawing
  • Introduction to iPad
  • Valentine Greetings
  • Open House Drawing #3
  • St Patrick’s Day Greetings
  • Edit Writing
  • Architecture and Design I
  • Internet Fairy Tales
  • Fairy Tale Cover Page
  • Tell a Story with Comics
  • Share a Slideshow
  • Introduction to Excel
  • Graduation

Disclaimer: I am one of the editors for this series, though it’s a collaboration of a team of technology teachers.

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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor of a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. She is webmaster for six blogs, CSG Master Teacher, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing TeachersCisco guest blogger, a columnist for Examiner.com, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller that should be out to publishers next summer.

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