GATEWAY GROUP CURRICULUM CONSORTIUM
Serving the communities of National Park, Wenonah, Westville, and Woodbury Heights
K-6 Technology Curriculum
This document was written to correlate and align the Gateway Group Schools’ Technology Curriculum with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science of 2014. The foundation for this document is reflective of the ever changing technologies and skills our students will need as college and career ready individuals.
The vision of the Technology Curriculum is focused on achieving one crucial goal:
To enable ALL Gateway Group students to acquire skills, understandings, and attitudes that they will need to succeed in the 21st Century.
Under the direction of Deborah Wilson, Director of Curriculum and Instruction K-8
With typing and proofreading by Kathy Nicholson – Curriculum Secretary
Board Adopted: September 2016
NJ Vision/Philosophy Statement
"Advances in technology have drastically changed the way we interact with the world and each other. The digital age requires that we understand and are able to harness the power of technology to live and learn".
- International Society for Technology in Education
In this ever-changing digital world where citizenship is being re-imagined, our students must be able to harness the power of technology to live, solve problems and learn in college, on the job and throughout their lives. Enabled with digital and civic citizenship skills, students are empowered to be responsible members of today's diverse global society.
Readiness in this century demands that students actively engage in critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. Technology empowers students with real-world data, tools, experts and global outreach to actively engage in solving meaningful problems in all areas of their lives. The power of technology discretely supports all curricular areas and multiple levels of mastery for all students.
"A major consequence of accelerating technological change is a difference in levels of technological ability and understanding. The workforce of the future must have the ability to use, manage, and understand technology."
– International Technology and Engineering Educators Association
The design process builds in our students the recognition that success is not merely identifying a problem but working through a process and that failure is not an end but rather a point for reevaluation. Whether applied as a skill in product development, in the learning environment, in daily life, in a local or more global arena, the design process supports students in their paths to becoming responsible, effective citizens in college, careers and life.
Computational thinking provides an organizational means of approaching life and its tasks. It develops an understanding of technologies and their operations and provides students with the abilities to build and create knowledge and new technologies. Not all students will be programmers, but they should have an understanding of how computational thinking can build knowledge and control technology.
PACING GUIDE FOR TECHNOLOGY
Standard 8.1 concepts and ideas are to be integrated into ongoing learning experiences within the classroom as students move from content to content and work with a variety of tools and resources.
NJ Student Learning Standards for Technology 8.1 Overviews
Technology 8.2 Pacing Guide