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TechnoKids Computer Curriculum Aligns with Common Core Standards

Common Core State StandardsWhat Are the Common Core Standards?
The Common Core State Standards were developed to create a collective set of goals and expectations for student success in America. Arising from an initiative first developed in 2009, the standards have the goal of preparing students graduating from high school for college, careers, and life. By December 2013, forty-five states had adopted the Common Core State Standards and were in various stages of implementation.

How do TechnoKids projects correlate to the Common Core Standards?
TechnoKids Inc. recognizes the value of this standardization and is proud to present new correlation documents for the Common Core. These documents identify how TechnoKids computer curriculum teaches the skills identified by the Common Core Standards in every technology project.

TechnoKids correlates with Common Core State StandardsTeachers can now easily make connections between specific standards and each individual TechnoKids computer project. Aligning the standards with a project is simple: for any TechnoKids computer project, view the TechnoKids English Language Arts Common Core correlation document and/or TechnoKids Mathematics Common Core correlation document for that grade level. The specific Common Core standards achieved in that particular project are listed by description and by code identification.

Common Core standards establish what students need to learn but do not prescribe how teachers can achieve these goals. Now TechnoKids Computer Curriculum helps teachers identify, teach, and accurately list the skills students gain in every TechnoKids technology project. Check out TechnoKids Common Core correlation standards today!

Download TechnoKids Common Core English Language Arts/Literacy Correlation Document Download TechnoKids Common Core Mathematics Correlation Document

How were the Common Core Standards Developed?
The new standards are a comprehensive list of skills that students need to master. With the goal of preparing students to be well prepared to compete with their peers throughout the United States and abroad, a variety of sources was used to develop the Common Core Standards, including:

  • existing state standards
  • feedback from teachers and the public
  • scholarly research
  • international benchmarks
  • surveys of skills needed by students starting college or training programs
  • assessment data describing college- and career-ready performance
  • comparisons to standards from states and countries with high performance scores

How are the Common Core Standards Organized?
The Common Core Standards help teachers at every grade level to ensure their students have the skills and knowledge needed for success. They can also be used by teachers to track student progress. The standards organize learning goals for:

English Language Arts Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language

  • Each grade from Kindergarten to Grade 8
  • Grades 9 – 10
  • Grades 11 – 12

Literacy in History/Social Studies and Science & Technical Subjects

  • Grades 6 – 8
  • Grades 9 – 10
  • Grades 11 – 12

Mathematics

  • Each grade from Kindergarten to Grade 8
  • High School

Implementing Common Core Standards does not require extra work on the part of teachers. Teachers have the flexibility and choice of how to teach the skills. TechnoKids Computer Curriculum and TechnoKids Common Core correlation documents make it easy.

Movie Maker 2012 Updates to 3 TechnoKids Projects

UPDATE 3/21/2018: These projects have been favorites for many years. Unfortunately, they are no longer available. To find other TechnoKids projects view the Project Matrix or visit the TechnoKids website.

Great news! TechnoCommercial and TechnoDrama have been updated for the latest version of the popular video editing program, Movie Maker. The improved projects include new sample movies to inspire your students. In addition, they include instructions for using the many new program features.

Movie Maker 2012 is even better than its predecessor Movie Maker Live. It supports:

Narrative stream

You can now record narration while watching your video playback. Then you can save the audio file and add it as a separate sound track. You can also add audio such as sound effects to the narration track.

New file sharing options

Right from the Home tab, you can publish your movie to a variety of popular social networking sites: YouTube, OneDrive, Facebook, Vimeo, and Flickr.

New animation and transitions

The animation and transitions galleries have been further extended. There are a number of fun, creative, and attention grabbing choices to enhance your project.

Increased export options

When saving the movie, there are a myriad of options. Whether you are saving for email, phone, tablet, computer, or the web, a broad list of possibilities is available. For example, some of the tablet options are: Android, iPad, or Windows. The settings are then automatically optimized for the device.

Updated TechnoKids Projects

TechnoKids’ projects based on Movie Maker have been upgraded to make use of the new features. These projects can be completed with basic equipment: webcams, tablets, smartphones, or digital cameras. Even a combination of these devices can be used to complete each project.

TechnoCommercial

TechnoCommercialTechnoCommercial integrates technology with media literacy. Middle school students examine marketing techniques, such as target audience, implied messages, and stereotyping. Afterwards, they form collaborative groups to plan a storyboard and then record footage to advertise a product. Individually, students edit the shots using Movie Maker to create a short, unique commercial.

TechnoDrama

TechnoDramaDigital storytelling is the focus of TechnoDrama. Students choose a fairy tale, put a modern twist on it, and create a short video. Learning objectives for this project include cooperative group work, creative thinking skills, and video editing. Using Movie Maker, junior level students – Grades 3 to 6 – can easily learn video production techniques to create a fun, engaging movie.

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