How will the lab be used? The specific curriculum for the technology education of fifth through eighth grades will be based upon conferencing and meeting with grade level and specials teachers to establish what projects they wish to do, and what platform they wish to use based on consult with myself. Once this is established, students will come to the lab to receive instruction on the agreed upon platform or program the grade level or specials teacher wishes to use. Once students have mastered the program or platform, they will then utilize that program to construct and synthesize projects in the lab that coincides with the chosen curriculum. My role will then be to support the classroom teacher through preparation, instruction, and team teaching in the classroom. Each grade level or special class will then help determine the content of the new technology program. This approach will allow a focus in each grade level of a specific platform or program that not only the students may master, but teachers as well. The class will be project based and students will all keep digital portfolios to archive their work as outlined in Ohio Standards, Topic 3. Why Project Based? By being a project based curriculum, most if not all of the requirements of the Ohio’s Learning Standards for Technology will be covered. By preparing presentations using web based programs such as Prezi, Keynote, and other presentation platforms, students will routinely and frequently master the subtopics of the standards, as well as Bloom’s Taxonomy. Students will analyze, establish methodology for solving problems, and synthesize work using subject matter from the curriculum. The technology education course will also address “Real World” uses and applications of technology to include ethical uses as laid out by the Ohio’s Learning Standards for Technology.
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