Grade 4 Learning Goals

Fourth grade students will continue to explore various technology tools to help enhance their classroom learning. They should begin to show intermediate to advanced skills in operations of the computer and be able to troubleshoot minor issues, such as paper jams, device input issues (the mouse/keyboard isn't working!), and power issues (check the cables to make sure everything is plugged in). ABschools will be introduced and fourth graders will learn how to access their GMail accounts, read/send emails, create Google docs to bolster writing (both independently and collaboratively), and create pages in Sites.

As this is a new communication tool, teachers will help students to understand appropriate online behavior and the consequences involved with poor choices. We suggest creating a homeroom student technology contract (here's one you can use!). Formal keyboard training will continue and students will acquire enough stamina to type a minimum of one page in a single sitting (Common Core Standard).

Standard 1 - Use It!

Learn how to use a computer or device

Continue formal keyboarding training demonstrating increased fluency
  • Sufficient command to type a minimum of one page in a single sitting (Common Core)
Use peripherals under adult supervision
  • Demonstrate use of storage media
    • Insert/connect/safe removal
    • Download digital audio/visual files
  • Print

Learn how to use programs and application
Introduction of ABschools
  • Google Docs
  • gMail

Use intermediate features in productivity tools
  • Line spacing/margins
  • Auto-correct
  • Insert tables
  • Headers/footers
  • Use bullets/numbering

Use technology to assist or support more reading
  • e-Books
  • Audio-enhanced e-Books

Learn how to use the Internet
Identify and use terms related to the Internet (browser, URL, keyword, search engines)
Understand intermediate Chrome (used to support ABschools) features (tabs, add bookmarks, etc)

Standard 2 - Protect It!

Protect your privacy/safety while using the Internet

Understand how and why to create effective passwords
Recognize risks of being online
  • Articulate the difference between being private and public when online (safe screen names, avoid unidentifiable solicitations)
  • Strategies to avoid and report incidents of cyberbullying
  • Recognize appropriate and inappropriate websites and assess credibility of information (commercial, sponsored, etc)

Practice respect for others and their work while using technology
Have an awareness of copyright laws on written materials, photographs, music, and video

Practice responsibility while using technology
Promote school rules regarding the responsible use of computers, networks, and digital information and describe possible consequences of inappropriate use

Standard 3 - Find It,Solve It! Create It, Share It!

Use technology to learn and practice problem-solving

  • Perform basic searches on teacher selected databases
    • Understand how keywords can be used
    • Recognize database terms (records, fields, etc)

    • Use online simulations and animations in support of content area

      • Discovery Education

      • Phet

      • Rand McNally

    Use technology to collaborate and communicate

    • Read, view, and listen for information presented in a digital format in order to make inferences and gather meaning

    • Consult digital reference materials to find the pronunciation and determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words or phrases

    Use technology to show innovation and creativity

    • Create a product using digital tools such as digital stories, podcasts, digital artwork, etc.