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Technology – Middle School (grades 5-8)

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Technology continues to be an important tool for 5th and 6th grade students. They use spreadsheets and databases to collect and organize information. They also use technology to connect with a community of learners and experts who may have explored, or are in the process of exploring, similar questions. Opportunities are created for sharing information beyond the walls of their classrooms, broadening the available resources and inviting the students to participate in an authentic, collaborative process of knowledge-building. They collect, organize and present information, using computer-generated tables and graphs. They determine cause-effect relationships, make predictions, conceptualize hypotheses, test their ideas in real-life situations and reach conclusions. 5th/6th grade students begin to understand the interconnectedness of disciplines and the effect that science has on everyday life and that their work is a contribution to a body of scientific knowledge, which may be used by others to formulate questions and test hypotheses.

7th and 8th grade Technology use flourishes into a higher level in 7th & 8th grade. In math and science, technology is integrated into units of study that utilize 3D modeling, data analysis & graphing using spreadsheets,  website design, and online research. In Spanish, students create interactive maps, capture and edit videos, and use software to research and take notes for multimedia presentations. In Humanities classes, students learn to create annotated bibliographies, create slideshows, and advanced desktop publishing methods. In writing workshop, students collaborate with both their teacher and peers learning how to both give and integrate suggestions into their work. Students are also continue to learn coding and are introduced to some beginning computer science concepts.
Technology plays an important role as middle school students collect and organize information and connect with others.

Opportunities are created for sharing information beyond the walls of the classroom, broadening available resources and inviting students to participate in an authentic, collaborative process of knowledge building.
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