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Fourth Grade


  • ISTE/NETS: Creativity and Innovation
  • Big Idea: Information, Communication and Productivity

Students will be introduced to and practice:



Resources and Activities

Set alignments.



Format document.

Drop Cap


Use Thesaurus.



Format picture/clipart using Layout Wrapping Styles.



Insert Hyperlinks.



Students will be introduced to and practice:




Given specific directions, students will enter data into a spreadsheet.

Using a template, Titles, Column Labels, Row Labels


Use existing functions or create formulas to solve mathematical problems.





  • ISTE/NETS: Communication and Collaboration
  • Big Idea: Information, Communication and Productivity

Students will be introduced to and practice:



Resources and Activities

Identify how the community uses telecommunications in everyday activities (e.g., business, library, educational institutions, and government).





List advantages and disadvantages of using telecommunications.



Describe ways in which telecommunications tools promote collaboration, research, publication, communication and productivity.



Explore finished products that have been electronically created (e.g., graphs, charts, signs, banners, cards, portfolio pieces, technical writing).



As a class, participate in collaborative problem-solving activities, using interactive communications and online resources (e.g., email, online).



Design, create, and participate in projects which will be published online.



Students will be introduced to and practice:




Define e-mail.



Understand and use netiquette.

Use language that does not include profanity, social insensitive remarks or insults.


Give examples of the appropriate use of email and/or purpose of email (e.g., ask an expert, permission to use others’ work, collaboration with peers around the world, communication, submit assignments to teachers, communicate with prospective colleges).



Give examples of inappropriate use of email (e.g., chain mail, flaming, phishing, personal gain, junk mail).



Explain why a password needs to be kept secret.



Students will be introduced to and practice:




Explain the purpose of a presentation (e.g., communication, show knowledge of subject content, share information and publish).



Create and publish products collaboratively for audiences inside and outside the classroom using technology tools (e.g., multimedia or presentation).



Use technology communication to participate in online group projects and learning activities (e.g., AISDOnline).



Use interactive communications to access remote information, and to communicate with others in support of direct and independent learning.



Create and/or modify multimedia projects individually or as a class activity using age-appropriate software (e.g., Microsoft photo story.



Use templates to present written communication.



Identify and discuss the use of multimedia tools to report content area information (e.g., United Streaming, Brain Pop).






  • ISTE/NETS: Research and Information Fluency
  • Big Idea: Research, Inquiry/Problem-Solving and Innovation

Students will be introduced to and practice:


Resources and Activities

Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate use of the Internet.

Education-based research (e.g., gathering data)


Identify and/or use Internet terms.

Home Page, Favorite/Bookmarks, Home icon, address bar



Links, back, forward, stop, refresh


Identify parts of a URL.

http, www, .com, .gov, .edu, .org, .html, .mil, .net, .tv, .mobi, .info, .us, .biz


Explain the function of a filter server to block or filter objectionable material.



Identify the AISD Home Page.



Enter a URL.




Add favorites/bookmarks.



Remove a favorite/bookmark.



Create folders to organize favorites.


Understand the function of links.



Use links (e.g., displayed in text and graphic format).



Use search engine(s) to find specific information.



Use keywords when searching.



As a class, discuss when an Internet search may be effective.



Use appropriate bibliographic citations for electronic resources (e.g., web page, data source, picture, music, video, journal article).



Critique web resources for validity of information.

Reliability (Does it come from a personal website or a recognized web domain?)



Bias (Is the author reputable? What are the author's credentials?)



Corroboration (Do similar sources present similar information?)


Identify and explain the difference between fact and opinion.



Use teacher-selected Internet resources to locate, discuss, and compare information within content areas as a class/group.



Use web activities for problem-solving and critical thinking.



Demonstrate knowledge of Information Technology (e.g., AISD Online Scrimmages, Quizzes, and Assessments).



Discuss the various types of technology used in careers (e.g., bar code scanners, handhelds).






As a class activity, use electronic databases to conduct keyword search/filters to meet information needs (e.g., online catalog.)



Use multimedia resources to support learning (e.g., interactive books, educational software, and elementary multimedia).



As a class activity, use other resources for gaining information to answer essential questions (e.g., electronic, print, people).



Discuss the Internet as a source of information at school, home, and at the public library.



Gather and use information from a variety of resources (e.g., websites, CD ROM encyclopedia, video, audio).





  • ISTE/NETS: Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Big Idea: Research, Inquiry/Problem-Solving and Innovation

Students will be introduced to and practice:


Resources and Activities

As a team or individually, employ technology in the development of strategies for solving problems in the real-world. 

Use an electronic database to gather resources to answer essential questions.




Use spreadsheets to organize and calculate data and create graphs to answer a real-life question



Use a word processing document with an embedded table to report results and organize information



Use presentation software to report and present information.



Use problem-solving, simulation software, and web activities to answer real-world questions.


Use appropriate technology tools to successfully engage in higher-order thinking activities.






  • ISTE/NETS: Digital Citizenship
  • Big Idea: Safety and Ethical/Social Issues

Students will be introduced to and practice:


Resources and Activities

Acknowledge ownership of own work (e.g., put name on work).



Explain that one must have permission to use another person's work or any part of that person's work.



Identify and cite sources.

Photographs (Resource must be on the same page with picture.)





Identify the copyright symbol.



Demonstrate knowledge of Copyright Materials.



Demonstrate legal use of software.



Explain the legal implications of viruses, hacking, offensive material, and vandalism.

Define virus.


Explain the social implications of viruses, hacking, offensive material, and vandalism (e.g., economic impact on businesses).



Sign and discuss the AISDNet User Agreement



Explain acceptable and unacceptable computer use for students in AISD according to the AISDNet User Agreement Form



Explain the consequences of violating the AISDNet User Agreement



Compare attributes of the physical community (where we live) and the cyber community



Describe online situations that may make you feel uncomfortable



Compare rules that concern communications between strangers and trusted adults in the physical community with the cyber community






Explain that a good citizen is a person who follows rules in a community



Discuss how a stranger can pretend to be a friend in cyberspace.



Identify a stranger as someone whom you and your parents don't know



Identify the characteristics of personal information.



Explain potential risks to personal safety when supplying personal information, choosing a screen name, and selecting a password.



Discuss the importance of ethical, responsible, and safe behavior when using networked digital information.



As a class/group/or individual recognize, discuss and model responsible and safe behavior using online resources.



Recognize, discuss the difference between e-mail, instant messaging, text messaging, online bulletin boards, blogs, social chat rooms, and online communities.



Describe what to do when an unintended website is entered.



Explain why a password needs to be kept secret.



Discuss effective access to technology and define the divide.



Discuss and follow the five Safety Tips published by the FBI for protecting oneself online.

Never give out personal information such as your name, home address, school name, or telephone number in a chat room or on bulletin boards. Also, never send a picture of yourself to someone you chat with on the computer without your parent's permission



Never write to someone who has made you feel uncomfortable or scared.



Never meet someone or have them visit you without the permission of your parents.



Tell your parents right away if you read anything on the Internet that makes you feel uncomfortable.



Remember that people online may not be who they say they are.  Someone who says that “she” is a “12” year-old girl could really be an older man.


Participate n Internet projects.



Use internet safety skills.



Respect other people’s point of view and ideas when completing a class project.



Explain why computers and/or other technologies are used for learning.



Compare and contrast the critical attributes of bullying (real world and virtual world.)



Understand the procedures of how to report cyberbullying.



Discuss the importance of being a responsible citizen when using technology.






  • ISTE/NETS: Technology Operations and Concepts
  • Big Idea: Information, Communication and Productivity

Students will be introduced to and practice:


Resources and Activities

Embed resources from a variety of sources.



Distinguish between hardware and software.



Describe and demonstrate proper care of equipment (e.g., keep food, drinks and magnets away from equipment, clean hands, not writing on equipment).



Students will be introduced to and practice:




Identify the purpose of productivity tools such as word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software.



Create products for content area assignments using appropriate technology.



Follow on-screen directions.



Use proofreading and electronic editing skills.



Start up and shut down computer.



Log on/in.

User ID/Password





Select an item from the menu bar.



Select an item from a toolbar.

Quick Launch.


Open applications (e.g., File Menu: Open, Start Menu: Program  Files).



Quit applications (e.g., File Menu: Quit/Exit, Close X on  Windows).



Close document, leaving application open.






Navigate and Save to specific location.

Disk, folder, etc.


Explain the difference between Save and Save As.



Navigate to open a saved document.



Open a new document.



Print documents.



Students will be introduced to and practice:




Care and Handling:

Compact Disc, Digital Video Disc, and Data Disk



Load and remove correctly.



Explain the use of a Disk, CD and the use of a DVD.


Students will be introduced to and practice:




Navigate to open a file from different sources.

Application, disk, CD, desktop, folders (different names)


Identify file formats.

.doc, .xls, .ppt,


Save documents as a variety of file types to move data across platforms.

.doc, .xls, .ppt






Use multiple open files and applications (e.g., several word processing documents; open/use Window Menu or Task Bar;  multiple files of the same type; navigate between browser  and/or word processing, database).



Use basic troubleshooting techniques.

Determine if all equipment is turned on and plugged in.



Check mouse connection.



Check keyboard connection.



Check plugs/cables (plug in both ends; check for loose plugs).





Printer Troubleshooting.

Check to be sure correct printer is selected.


Print with options.

Print a specific page.



Print a specific # of copies.



Change page orientation.



Select printer (printer name)


Plan and use two or more technologies to create a/an project/assignment for production.