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Mary Beth, thank you for this

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Mary Beth, thank you for this matrix! I've recently accepted a Instructional Lab teaching position for preK-5th grades that will be based partly in the computer lab and partly in the science lab to work on math and science skills. I've been working on my Masters degree for Educational Technology but have not yet had the chance to figure out which skills go with which grades- this matrix gives me an excellent starting point. My students are also extremely low-income so the lack of computers and Internet access is similar. It's very helpful to see how the specific skills stack up as the grades progress- makes planning activities much simpler!

Fourth Grade Math and Science

I love that you created a

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I love that you created a matrix for this. Teachers are slowly realizing that it is becoming an added responsibility to make sure our students are not only fluent readers and mathematicians but also fluent technologically. I liked the inclusion of privacy settings as a skill on there, and introducing it at an early age. The only thing that I would add would be Word processing software and spreadsheet software. As a math and science teacher I use both and spend quite a bit of time teaching them the ins and outs and how to navigate around.

As a first grade teacher I am

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As a first grade teacher I am always worried that I am pushing too hard or not enough in terms of what my students can do on the computer. This matrix is a great guide to as to what areas I should push a little more for my students to do and what area should I either fall back on and provide more opportunities for practice. I like the Kidspiration idea for webbing concepts.

fifth grade teacher

Thank you for this matrix.

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Thank you for this matrix. As a fifth grade teacher who is realizing that I need to integrating more technology into my lessons, this matirx is a good resource for me and where to lead my students. My school doesn't have a computer lab. Each classroom has 3 Netbooks in classrooms, with our wireless connection not always being dependable. So, to say the least, using technology is sometimes frustrating. I beleive that I need to get my students use to the keyboard and word processing as well as other forms of technology that can be integrated into my lessons. Being new to a lot of this, your matix lets me know what I should be expecting from my students. I think providing my fifth graders with some sort of pretest at the beginning of the year, to see what they can already do, might be eye-opening. Though many children are tech savvy, are they knowledgable in the basics? I wonder!

Just in time

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I just happened to read this post before we started three days of work to rewrite out pk-8 tech integration guide. We loved the format and used it for a starting off point for our version. We cross referenced it with the NETS for students and the assessment tool we have built to evaluate student digital portfolios. We would like you official permission to use your work (and credit it) in our expanded version.

Elementary School Computer Lab Teacher

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Exactly! One can never assume technology knowledge for students. However, one thing I have found is that although there may be some divide in terms of SES and knowledge, much of the so-called knowledge "haves" have is not necessarily what we want them to learn! Yes, they can play games better than any adult, they can text until their thumbs fall off, they can find any kind of music they want. But, they need to learn to work collaboratively, understand trusted sources, learn how to become good, appropriate social digital citizens, understand content ownership, etc. And, along with that be able to save and find a file when necessary! :-)

Elementary School Computer Lab Teacher

@Mary Beth

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Absolutely, retention is a problem, especially with grade 2. I would love to see what you have started to develop as I too plan to go the project route integrating the technology skills into those projects. There are two big reasons. First, your reason, it is more meaningful and fun which results in better understanding, retention and ability to apply the skills in other areas. Our district recently adopted Google Apps for Education and project-based methodology lends itself better to utilizing Web 2.0 tools. Now, I just need admin to relax and reduce their fears so they open make more of the Google Apps tools available to students.

LD teacher/Dir. Of Tech Southport, CT

Wonderful resource as I am

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Wonderful resource as I am outlining our curriculum. This will be very helpful! Thank you for sharing

K-8 Technology Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

Charlie

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I feel your pain! It is very hard to a)build continuity b) do exciting projects like Skyping when you have 600 kids 45 min/week! This coming year I am teaching less than I taught last year. In a good way. Using this matrix, I have begun to map out and plan one unit per grade per report period that is tied to what the kids are learning in Science. Through the content lens I will address and teach the appropriate skills to each grade. I found that this past year was my most successful year because I did less 'covering' -- trying to cram as much as I could into the year--- and more long-term projects. My kids learned more, retained more and were more confident applying their skills to new situations. I'm sure retention is an issue for you as well. Sometimes it feels like we have to spend the beginning of the period just reminding the kids of what we did last week!

Let me know if you're interested in taking a look at what I've started.

K-8 Technology Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

NETS

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Thanks, Rita, for the resources! Great minds must think alike. One of my first posts here discusses the importance of keeping the NETS in mind when planning with technology (http://www.edutopia.org/blog/national-educational-technology-standards-s...)

The NETS are very general, so I found the need to isolate certain skills that I felt were necessary for my students to be able to work toward those standards. I definitely plan on mapping them to the NETS, so I thank you again for the resources!

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