Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Technology Applications






Standards (Chapter 126 Technology Applications 6th Grade)

Activities / Products


Week 1

Introduction & Operating System Intro

Basics of using an OS & course resources. Keyboard shortcuts, programs vs. files, hard drive vs cloud drive, file saving, how an operating system saves files, Digital Citizenship & privacy

1A, 2A, 6A, 6B, 6C, 6D, 6E

MAC Basics Checklist (Counts as Quiz 1), Create folders and save files in a folder,

Windows to Mac, The Dock,  Mac Keyboard Shortcuts, Privacy article, ISPs and URLs Article

Week 2-3

Unit 1 HTML Part A

Learn what the Internet is and how it works, Learn what HTML is. Learn about style conventions in html. Learn to use and IDE to create HTML files, learn to save HTML files, Learn various HTML Tags, Learn to use and IDE to create HTML files, Learn about wireframes, Learn the Basics of HTML and adding style to HTML pages. Complete HTML Project 1

1B, 5A, 6B, 6D, 6G

Dash (Proj 1) by General Assembly, Codeschool Front End Foundations, Codecademy HTML & CSS

Finish Dash (Proj 1) by General Assembly, Codeschool Front End Foundations, Codecademy HTML & CSS,

W3Schools HTML Resources, HTML Project 1,

HTML Notes 1.1, HTML Notes 1.2,

HTML Project 1, W3C Validator, Wireframes, Internet Structure article, 

Week 4-6

Unit 2 Photoshop Part A

Learn about image file types,Learn about the panels in Photoshop learn to make selections and create layers in Photoshop, Introduce idea of Copyright

Learn to combine selection and layering skills to create a composition

1A, 1B, 3C, 5A, 6A, 6D, 6L

File Types and Saving Exercise, Veggie Selection exercise, Godzilla Biker Project, Copyright Questions, Project 2- Photoshop (Wacky Photoshop Composition)

Veggie Selection start File,

Select parts of an image video,

Magic wand/ Quick Selection tools,

Photoshop Visual Guide, Copyright Article, Copyright Resources,

Source Files for Godzilla Biker Project, Video for Godzilla Biker Project, Original Godzilla Biker Project, Godzilla Biker Project Video, Photoshop Composition video

Week 7-9

Unit 3 HTML & CSS Part B

Learn to create and save separate HTML & CSS pages, Learn about width, height, CSS box model, and calculating total size, Learn about Block vs Inline Elements, More on Copyright. Plan and create a webpage with a CSS page linked to 2 separate HTML pages, Learn to use flex-boxes in your website. Learn and use open-source and creative Commons licensed media.

1A, 1B, 2B, 3C, 4B, 5A, 6A,6B, 6D, 6G, 6L, 6N

Layout Tutorial & Questions, Wireframe Coding Plan, Float examples/ explanation tutorial Project 3 HTML and CSS,, Students will sign up for a day and share their tips & trick OR issue they are having with their code, Quiz 2,

Notes 3.0, Notes 3.1, Notes 3.2, Notes 3.3, HTML Reference, CSS height & width

CSS box model, Video on float Property, Complete Guide to Flexbox

Video example, Markup languages article, Search Tools Article, Flex box video Non-copyright Resources, Separate HTML and CSS video, Intermediate HTML and CSS Project

Week 10-12

Unit 4 Illustrator Part A

Learn about vector cs. raster images, Learn Adobe Illustrator; Pen tool,fill & stroke, artboards, selections, scale and rotate tools, CMYK and RGB colors & swatches, ‘handy tips’, shapes

1A, 1B

Pen Tool Practice, Beginners guide to AI, Panels & Workspaces…( continue with AI tuts), Quiz 3, Project 4 Illustrator Robot

Pen tool tutorial, Complete list of links for AI tuts, Vector vs. raster article, Graphic Design Terms, Video on select/ direct selection tools, Video on CMYK and RGB colors,

Week 13-14

Unit 5 Photoshop Part B

Shape Tool in Photoshop, smart objects, adjustments, filters, fonts, brushes

1A, 1B, 4F, 6A, 6D,6L

Notes on smart objects and adjustments, Effects, filters, and adjustments directions, Quiz 4

Designing Logos that Don’t Suck, Video on elements of design, More PS Tutorials, Effects, Filters and adjustments

Week 15-16

Unit 6 Illustrator Part B

Shape builder tool (compounding shapes), pen tool review, tracing raster images, type tool, pathfinder panel, unity in website and logo design.

1A, 1B, 4F, 6A, 6D, 6L

Illustrator Logo Checklist,

Complete list of links for AI tuts

Week 17-18

Capstone Project

Present the 3 options for a final project and let students form groups. Present final checklist

1A, 1B, 4B, 3A, 4F, 5A, 6A, 6L, 6M, 6N

Capstone Projects; Professional Website, AI card, banner, logo or PS Digital Design Studio

Capstone Project Options, Capstone Project Peer Review