The FLVS Elementary Technology Fourth Grade course enables students to develop basic skills in computer science through engaging and age-appropriate content. The courses will expose students, within developmentally appropriate stages, to concepts such as problem-solving, algorithms, security/privacy/copyright, computer programming basics, and keyboarding skills. Students learn block-based coding in offline environments that build upon skills developed in previous grades.
In addition to the computer skills, the Technology suite integrates standards from Social Studies, Health and Language Arts with topics in each grade about safety and health (online and offline), bullying/cyberbullying and being a responsible citizen/digital citizen. The upper grades will complete research focused on adaptive technology, social media and/or robotics. The research will require students to evaluate reliable and relevant websites, organize data, receive and implement feedback, and produce a digital artifact.
Major Topics and Concepts
The impact technology has on people’s lives
Utilizing technology to communicate
Correct hand and finger placement to type the number keys 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0
Creating code in Scratch
Understanding coding concepts such as functions, events, and parallelism
Identifying a bug in code and debugging the code
Computer organization and personalization
Correct hand and finger placement to type the symbol keys
Practicing keyboarding accuracy
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