Technology

The Technology curriculum focuses on teaching the students to be good digital citizens. Preschool and Kindergarten students focus on computer usage, primarily mouse and introductory keyboard skills. In 1st-5th grades, students gain real-world skills in keyboarding, word processing, presentation, drawing and spreadsheet software applications. They also learn about computer science, through coding and robotics units. In 6th-8th grades, students have a stronger focus on computer science utilizing Scratch, CS First and code.org Computer Science Discoveries curriculum.
- St. Francis de Sales has a computer lab with 26 Windows desktop computers. 
 
- Students in K-4th grade have classroom iPads. There is about a 1:3 student to iPad ratio in K-3rd and about a 1:1 ratio in 4th grade.
 
- There is one cart of 20 iPads that 5th-8th grades share. 5th-8th grades are also 1:1 with Chromebooks which are utilized in several classes for assignments and projects.
 
- The majority of the academic classrooms have an interactive whiteboard and all have a desktop computer for the teacher. Last year, robotics was incorporated within the Technology curriculum. The lab now has six Dash robots the students can program, and two Ollie robots that students can control via an app.
 
- Digital Citizenship is a key area of focus for K-8th grades, utilizing the Common Sense Media curriculum.

Curriculum

Preschool/Kindergarten

Primary Grades

(1st - 3rd)

Intermediate Grades

(4th - 5th)

Middle School 

(6th - 8th)

TECHNOLOGY

PRESCHOOL

  • Smart Board Skills
  • Computer Mouse Skills

KINDERGARTEN

  • Basic Computer Usage 
  • Mouse Skills
  • Keyboard Skills
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Programming & Robotics (Debugging, Persistence, Sequencing)


1ST GRADE

  • Basic Computer Usage 
  • Keyboard Skills
  • Intro to MS Drawing, Word Processing and Presentation Applications 
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Programming & Robotics (Sequencing & Loops)

2ND GRADE

  • Keyboard Skills
  • MS Drawing, Word Processing, Presentation and Spreadsheet Applications (Beginning Formatting)
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Programming & Robotics (Sequencing, Loops, & Events)

3RD GRADE

  • Parts of the Computer
  • Beginning Keyboarding
  • Digital Citizenship & Internet Research
  • MS Word Processing, Presentation and Spreadsheet Applications (Intermediate Formatting and Tools)
  • Programming & Robotics (Nested Loops, Events, Conditionals)

4TH GRADE

  • Technology Terminology
  • Keyboarding 
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Google Word Processing, Presentation and Spreadsheet Applications
  • Programming & Robotics

(Conditional and Nested Loops, Functions)


5TH GRADE

  • Technology Terminology
  • Keyboarding 
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Google Drawing, Forms, Word Processing, Presentation and Spreadsheet Applications
  • Programming & Robotics (More Complex Conditionals, Loops, Functions & Variables)





6TH GRADE

  • Technology Terminology
  • Digital Citizenship & Internet Research
  • Intro to Scratch Coding & Google CS First
  • Video creation and editing

7TH GRADE

  • Computer Hardware and Dissection Lab
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Computer Science Discoveries Unit 1 Problem Solving Process
  • Computer Science Discoveries Unit 2 Web Development using HTML & CSS

8TH GRADE

  • Digital Citizenship
  • Computer Science Discoveries Unit 3 Animations & Game Development (Javascript)