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Book Review: Sixth Grade Technology Textbook

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7th in the series, a year’s worth of technology lessons for 6th graders

Sixth Grade Technology: 32 Lessons Every Sixth Grader Can Accomplish on a Computer
by Structured Learning IT Teaching Team

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m often asked what books I 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 last year’s tech ed teaching problems, I suggest you consider the nine-volume K-8 technology curriculum series that’s used in hundreds of school districts across the country (and many more internationally). It’s skills-based, project-based, aligned with NETS national standards and fully integratable into state core classroom standards.

The seventh in the series, the 170-page Sixth Grade Technology: 32 Lessons Every Sixth Grader Can Do (Structured Learning2012), available in print or digital, and perfect for Smartscreens, iPads, laptops. It includes many age-appropriate samples, reproducibles, Web 2.0 connections, thematic websites, and how-to’s. Because I edited this book, I made sure it includes pieces that I as a teacher knew to be critical to the classroom:

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Book Review: Sixth Grade Technology Textbook

Sixth Grade Technology: 32 Lessons Every Sixth Grader Can Accomplish on a Computer
by Structured Learning IT Teaching Team

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’re already looking ahead to next year’s technology curriculum and want to fix some of this year’s problems, I suggest you consider the seven-volume K-6 technology curriculum series that’s used in hundreds of school districts across the country (and a few internationally). It’s skills-based, project-based, aligned with NETS national standards and fully integratable into state core classroom standards.

The seventh in the series, the 170-page Sixth Grade Technology: 32 Lessons Every Sixth Grader Can Do (Structured Learning 2012), available in print or digital, and perfect for Smartscreens, iPads, laptops. It includes many age-appropriate samples, reproducibles, Web 2.0 connections, thematic websites, and how-to’s. Because I edited this book, I made sure it includes pieces that I as a teacher knew to be critical to the classroom:

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6th Grade Technology Textbook is Here!

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7th in the series, a year's worth of technology lessons for 6th graders

6th Grade Technology: 32 Lessons Every Sixth Grader Can Accomplish

7th in the SL Technology Curriculum Series

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The choice of  hundreds of school districts, private schools and homeschoolers around the world, this seven-volume suite is the all-in-one solution to running an effective, efficient, and fun technology program for kindergarten-sixth grade (each grade level textbook sold separately) whether you’re the lab specialist, IT coordinator, or classroom teacher. Each volume includes technology basics all sixth graders should know, useful cloud-based Web 2.0 tools, themed units that tie into classroom units of inquiry, articles that address the pedagogy of sixth grade technology, and Scope and Sequence for a ten-month program. Each lesson includes 1) brief overview, 2) prior skills required, 3) vocabulary required, 4) difficulties students might have, if any, 5) assessment strategies, 6) knowledge, skills, and strategies students will gain, 7) connections to other curriculum areas, if any, and 8) ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Standards addressed.

Additionally, this ten-month program highlights areas of digital citizenship and higher-order thinking skills identified as critical for students if they expect to live productive lives in our emerging global society. These areas include the ability to demonstrate creativity and innovation; communicate and collaborate; conduct research and utilize information; think critically, solve problems, and make decisions; and use technology effectively and productively.

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#40: Wonders of Google Earth

Students create their own tour on Google Earth using locations selected by the classroom teacher. They add the locations to Google Earth, add a fact about it and turn it into a tour.

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#109: MS Word Skills Assessment for Grades 3-8

This assessment is comprehensive, designed not to test students. but assess their knowledge as an aid to you in determining where to begin. Use it when you start a new class or to determine where are the holes in their learning. Continue reading

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#110: Publisher Skills Assessment for Grades 3-8

This assessment is comprehensive, designed not to test students. but assess their knowledge as an aid to you in determining where to begin. Use it when you start a new class or to determine where are the holes in their learning. Continue reading

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#51: History Trifold in Publisher–Grades 4-7

This lesson is a crowd pleaser. Students create a timeline showing what was happening around the world while they lived their lives. I’ve found this generates lots of discussion between students and their parents as they try to understand what the world events were.

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#50: American Revolution Magazine in Publisher

This project includes everything the student user will require throughout high school. It has so many skills, every student will find one that grabs their imagination.

Reminder: Make this the second magazine they attempt (unless they’re in middle school) so they’ve had some practice with the more basic skills. You might try the California Mission magazine one year and this the next. Continue reading

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#53: Colonization Trifold Brochure in Publisher

Use each panel in the trifold (there are six) to cover a different topic you’re discussing in class. Include the importance of the front and back cover, as well as major ideas.

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#52: Indigenous Cultures Magazine in Publisher

Create a magazine on any topic you’re covering in class using text, pictures, diagrams, charts. Add a cover and a table of contents. Continue reading

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How to Automate an MLA Heading

This one is a quickie–teach students how to create a macro. Use an MLA-appropriate heading as an example. Continue reading

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#17: A Holiday Story in MS Word for Grades 2-7

Reinforce fiction writing–characters, plot, setting, climax–with a short story in MS Word. Then use color, borders, pictures to enhance the words. Continue reading

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#15: A Holiday Letter for Grades 2-6

This holiday letter can be as simple (for 2nd graders) or sophisticated (middle school) as your students can handle. There are a gamut of skills–

  • text
  • borders
  • pictures (from the internet, from clip art, from a separate file folder on your school server)
  • different fonts, font colors, font sizes

I’ve included a grading rubric to guide students in accomplishing as much as they can. Start with the basics (text, a border, some pictures) and add more skills as students get used to the early ones: Continue reading

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