Integrate Technology into Curriculum using TechnoKids Technology Projects

TechnoKids publishes a collection of technology projects with ready-made lessons. Each project include a teacher guide, student workbook, and customizable resources. The instructional materials are ideal for computer instructors, classroom teachers, homeschool educators, media specialists, and librarians. Blend the project-based activities into an existing curriculum unit, combine technology projects to form a course, or teach a set of lessons as part of a workshop series.


Getting Started with TechnoKids

About the Computer Curriculum

TechnoKids Computer Curriculum is similar to a set of electronic books containing teaching ideas. We call these ideas projects. A project is a set of activities that use the computer to complete a theme-related task such as create a magazine, presentation, or web-based tool. A project is comprised of a teacher guide, student workbook, and resource files.
A teacher guide is a set of instructions written for teacher use. It explains how to complete a particular project. A typical teacher guide consists of a project overview, preparatory steps, teaching strategies, lesson plans, learning objectives, assignments, answer keys, review questions, skill review, and extension activities. The teacher guide should be printed.
The student workbook is a companion to the teacher guide. Written for the student, it contains the same assignments, reviews, and extension activities as the teacher guide but excludes the project overview, preparatory steps, teaching strategies, lesson plans, learning objectives, and answer keys. The student workbook can be printed or viewed digitally. Each assignment, review, and extension activity is available as an individual file for your convenience.
Resource files are digital files needed to complete project activities. The resource files include customizable handouts, sample files, templates, and flashcards. In the Preparing to Teach section of the teacher guide, an explanation of which files need to be transferred to computers and those that need to be printed are described.
Resource files are digital files needed to complete the project activities. These include handouts, templates, sample files, flashcards, teacher resources, extension activities, or assessment tools. Below is a description of each resource file.

  • Handout: A handout is a customizable document that is distributed to students. This often takes the form of a parent letter summarizing project activities or a certificate designed to celebrate student accomplishment.

  • Template: A template is a file used to complete a task or assignment.

  • Sample File: A sample file is a completed assignment. Teachers can show students these files as a model.

  • Flashcards: Flashcards are enlarged pictures of program tools placed on a 3.75” x 3.75” (9.75 cm x 9.75 cm) card providing an essential visual aid. These can be printed and used to create a bulletin board or used to review the function of program tools.

  • Teacher Resources: Teacher resources are materials intended for the sole use of the teacher. These include answer sheets, supplemental instructions, or visual aids. Teachers use the resource materials when teaching a session.

  • Extension Activities: These lessons are optional activities that teach additional technology skills or offer opportunities for enrichment.

  • Assessment Tools: Assessment tools include a checklist of skills, marking sheets, and/or rubrics for grading the final product.
Assessment of students should be multi-dimensional. TechnoKids curriculum provides teachers with various resources to measure student knowledge. At the end of each project, a checklist summarizing the technology skills addressed in the project is provided. In addition, many projects include a rubric or marking sheet that can be used to grade the final product.

Student input is an important part of assessment. For this reason, many projects have checklists to allow students to assess their own work.

Peer evaluation is also an essential element of assessment. Many projects end with an assignment that has students share their work. Peers offer positive feedback about the technology product.
Project based learning is a unique approach to teaching technology skills. In many classrooms students learn how to use the computer by completing lessons focused on a software application, such as Introduction to Word Level 1. This can lack interest for students and does not meet their individual needs.

With our approach to learning students complete fun projects that focus around problem solving tasks. Students learn information and communication technology skills gradually as they complete activities such as publishing a magazine, creating a multimedia storyboard, or developing a website.

Project based learning is personally meaningful to students. This is because everyone in the class is learning the same technology skill, however within the boundaries of the project each student can select a topic based on their interests.

More information, view project based learning.
There is no standard answer on how long it takes to complete a project. A project is divided into assignments. Typically, it takes between 30-60 minutes to complete an assignment depending on the grade level. Based on this time frame, a typical project takes between 360-600 minutes to complete. This is about 6-8 weeks if your students have computer class twice a week. However, if your students have computer class every day, a project can be completed in about 2-3 weeks.
You can complete between three and five projects per school year at the elementary school level. However, a high school student who typically attends classes every day would be able to complete the same number per semester.
In more and more schools today, technology is recognized as an instructional tool, not as a subject of instruction. TechnoKids Computer Curriculum offers a wide-range of lesson plans that integrate the use of the computer into student learning. The technology projects address language arts, mathematics, social studies, geography, science, health, and visual arts. To learn more, view the TechnoKids Technology Projects Overview - ICT and STEM Activities for Kids document that explains how each TechnoKids project addresses skills in various subject areas.
In many classrooms students learn how to use the computer by completing lessons focused on a software application, such as Introduction to Word Level 1. This can lack interest for students and does not meet their individual needs.

With our approach to learning students complete fun projects that focus around problem solving tasks. Students learn information and communication technology skills gradually as they complete activities such as publishing a magazine, creating a multimedia storyboard, or developing a website. To learn about the IT skills addressed, view the TechnoKids Technology Projects Overview - ICT and STEM Activities for Kids document.
Yes, the curriculum is field-tested. The TechnoKids curriculum development team works directly with local schools in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Teachers at these schools test each project. Our unique relationship with local schools offers the TechnoKids curriculum development team valuable feedback. This ensures our curriculum has clear instructions, has a relevant theme, is interesting to students, and is developmentally appropriate.
Yes. Complete the Download Samples form to gain access to our secure downloads area. This will allow you to print out an entire project for each curriculum category. The samples offer an example of the structure of the teacher guide and content of the student workbooks.

Often we hear the comment, "You only put your best projects on the downloads area. They are probably not all like this". This is not the case. However, we are happy to prove it! Simply complete the Contact Us form and in the comments area request to see a particular guide.
Yes! TechnoKids has a complete line of projects that are written specifically for Google Docs. Complete your classroom with the entire package Google Docs Package or pick from individual titles.
Yes! TechnoKids has a complete line of projects that are written specifically for Office Online. These are included with the purchase of the Microsoft Extra package for Office 2016. Complete your classroom with the entire package Microsoft Extra Package.
Yes! TechnoKids has put together the ultimate package that includes everything for Microsoft Office, Offine Online, and Google Docs. Visit Microsoft Extra and Google Docs Package to learn more.

About Curriculum Implementation

A teacher does not need to be a computer whiz. Each of our projects has detailed point and click instructions, pictures, and samples so that teachers can effectively integrate ICT into their lessons. To learn more, view the TechnoKids Technology Projects Overview - ICT and STEM Activities for Kids document that explains how each TechnoKids project addresses skills in various subject areas.
Onsite training is not currently available, but we do want you to succeed. Free support is available by phone 1-800-221-7921 or by email, write support@technokids.com.
The teacher guides and student workbooks are in PDF format. We recommend Adobe Acrobat Reader to properly view the files. You can get Adobe Reader here. Install this software and you will be able to view the teacher guides and student workbooks.

There are several options for printing the teacher guides and student workbooks. You can print them on your local printer. However, you can also take the files to your local copy center and have them print out the materials for you. Printing is not mandatory. Using Adobe Acrobat Reader, you and your students are able to annotate files to make notes and answer questions.
There are several ways to select a project. TechnoKids offers a project matrix which is a document that recommends a grade level for each project. Teachers can use this document as a guide when selecting a project to teach. Another way to decide is to consider which projects will integrate into curriculum units you have already planned based on the project theme. Still another option is to select a project based on your students' interests.
There are several ways to sequence the projects. TechnoKids offers a project matrix which is a document that recommends a sequence for teaching each project. Teachers can use this document as a guide when selecting a project to teach. Another way to decide is to consider which projects will integrate into curriculum units you have already planned based on the project theme. Still another option is to select a project based on your students interests.
If you have any questions about our curriculum contact us. Our support staff will provide you with the assistance you need right away.
  • Email Support: Complete the Support Form
  • Toll Free Support: 1-800-221-7921 (North America only)
  • Telephone Support: 1-905-631-9112

About Hardware and Software

Our product is windows-based. If you are running a compatible Microsoft Office version on a Mac you will find discrepancies with instructions. However, the TechnoKids web-based projects for Google Docs, designed for use with a Chrome browser, and Office Online are compatible and can be used on either system with a current web browser.
No, you do not need a computer lab. Our curriculum can be used to teach children in a computer lab setting, computer pod (2-4 computers), or on a stand alone computer. The student workbooks allow children to work independently to complete a project.
No, you do not need the Internet. All of the projects that use the Internet have files web archived so that it simulates the process of using Internet Explorer without being connected to the World Wide Web. Moreover, those assignments that use the Internet to gain information or pictures can be modified to include the use of interactive encyclopedias, books, or a scanner.
The system requirements in the list below apply to Office 2016 suites:
  • 1 GHz or faster x86-bit or x64-bit processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 3 GB available disk space
  • 1024 x 768 screen resolution
  • Graphics hardware acceleration requires a DirectX graphics card
  • Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 SP1
  • current version of Microsoft Edge or Chrome
  • internet functionality requires an Internet connection. Fees may apply.
You will need the Microsoft Office suite of applications; however, senior projects use Adobe Animate and Photoshop. In addition, a set of projects for Kindergarten and preschool children use KIDPIX 3D. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to read and annotate the teacher guides and workbooks.
No. TechnoKids does not retail software. You will need to purchase any required software from an online retailer or distributor.
No problem, just teach the projects that use the software already on your computers. Most projects use only the basic Microsoft applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Paint, and a web browser.
Our projects are written for Office 2013, Office 2016, and Office Online. All are included with a Microsoft Office subscription.

Find out the Microsoft Office version you have on your computer.

Not necessarily.

It is true that most of the TechnoKids curriculum is written to work with the Microsoft Office series of programs: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. The directions are quite specific, including pictures and step-by-step instructions. It would be somewhat difficult for students and teachers to follow the instructions using a comparable but not identical office suite.

The ability to alter the product is limited, making it difficult to adjust the instructional materials to work with a different office suite. Although some of the files in the projects are customizable, such as the Review activities, Skill Reviews, Parent Letters, Certificates, and Evaluation forms, the Teacher Guides and Student Workbooks are in PDF format and are not customizable. In fact, the Site License Agreement prohibits reverse engineering the product, which means that, for the most part, customizing the materials to another office suite is not permitted.

However, some projects contain instructions that are transferable to a different office suite. TechnoKids projects that teach spreadsheet skills are written for Microsoft Excel, but most spreadsheet software is similar. Directions, skills, and tools can be more easily identified and adapted to other programs.



It is important to note that TechnoKids curriculum support is only provided for Microsoft Office. TechnoKids does not offer curriculum support for other office suites.

There are TechnoKids projects that do not use Microsoft Office. These can be completed on any Windows computer:
  • TechnoPainter uses Paint, which comes with the Windows Operating system .
  • TechnoStart introduces primary students to computers in general and teaches about mouse skills, computer parts, keyboarding, and computer care.
  • TechnoJourney teaches junior students about the Internet, using a web browser.
  • TechnoHTML teaches intermediate students how to make a web page from HTML coding, using Notepad and a web browser.


TechnoKids also has a complete set of curriculum written for use with Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, and Google Drawings.
Microsoft officially pulled the plug on Movie Maker for Windows 10 users. It has been replaced with a streamlined but simplified app that doesn't quite achieve the same results as Movie Maker. TechnoKids has since retired TechnoDrama and TechnoCommercial. For more information read the Microsoft support article Windows Movie Maker is no longer available for download.

About the Curriculum Site License

A site license gives the purchaser the right to use TechnoKids Computer Curriculum at a particular location or site. The site license grants the purchaser the right to print unlimited teacher guides for the staff working at that site. It also grants the right to print unlimited student workbooks for students learning at that site. Moreover, it permits the transfer of files to an unlimited number of computers located at that site. For detailed information refer to the site license agreement.

A site is defined as a geographical location such as an elementary school, high school, training center, learning center, home school, college, or university. TechnoKids curriculum may be used to teach at a single, designated location. If you want to use the curriculum at more than one location you must purchase multiple curriculum site licenses. For detailed information refer to the site license agreement.

The purchaser can print an unlimited number of teacher guides for teachers that are working at the site. The purchaser can also print an unlimited number of student workbooks for students learning at that site. For detailed information refer to the site license agreement.

The purchaser can place resource files onto an unlimited number of computers at a particular site. Moreover, a teacher can load the resource files onto a home computer for the purpose of preparing a lesson at the designated site. For detailed information refer to the site license agreement.

A teacher can load resource files onto a home computer for the purpose of preparing a lesson at the designated site. For detailed information refer to the site license agreement.

An unlimited number of students can use the curriculum. The students must be learning at the location named in the site license agreement. Distance learning is NOT permitted by our site license. For detailed information refer to the site license agreement.

An unlimited number of teachers can use the curriculum. The teachers must be teaching at the location named in the site license agreement. Distance learning is NOT permitted by our site license. For detailed information refer to the site license agreement.

If you want to use the curriculum at more than one location you must purchase multiple curriculum site licenses. For detailed information refer to the site license agreement. Special pricing is available for multiple curriculum site licenses.

About Ordering TechnoKids Curriculum

Shopping

When you order 5 or more projects from TechnoKids you will receive a binder. Inside the binder is the site license agreement, product overview, and the curriculum in digital format on a USB drive. The USB contains the teacher guides, student workbooks, and resource files needed to teach each project that you ordered. We recommend that you create a backup copy of this media and store the ORIGINAL in a safe place.

When you order 1 to 4 individual technology projects, you will receive an email that contains a username, password, and link to download the files. The site license agreement is attached to the email. When you click on the link, you are accepting the agreement and will be prompted to enter your user information to complete the download. Once this information has been verified, you will select a location to save the files. It is a good idea to select Desktop or My Documents as this will make it easier to locate the files after the download is complete. When the download is finished, on your computer will be a compressed folder. You must decompress or "unzip" this folder to access the teacher guide, workbook, and resource files that comprise the technology project. The download link is only active for a limited time. We recommend that you create a backup copy of this media and store the ORIGINAL in a safe place.
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Pricing for TechnoKids Computer Curriculum is set by local distributors. To learn more about pricing and product availability in your area contact us.
Yes, there is special pricing for multiple site licenses. Complete the contact form and in the Comments area provide the number of schools and the curriculum you required at each location. We will be happy to provide you with a fair price.
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We strongly urge you to create a backup copy of your materials. Whether you have received them on a USB drive or if they were a digital download, it is your responsibility to keep a master copy in a safe place. There is a replacement fee of $145 for five or more project titles. If you received your purchase by download, contact head office to inquire about a download reset.

Shipping & Handling

Shipping and handling is FREE anywhere in Canada and the United States. A $75 fee is applicable to customers outside of North America.
TechnoKids Inc. ships using FedEx Ground. Estimated delivery times are 3-5 business days. International shipments are sent via DSL. Estimated delivery times are 5-7 business days. You will receive an email to track your shipment. A signature is required upon delivery from TechnoKids.
If you are paying by credit card and have purchased between 1 and 4 projects, you will receive an email immediately after your order is approved. The email contains a username, password, and link to download the files. Follow the instructions in the email to download your file(s).
When you receive a download link, you will have 21 days to follow the instructions in the email. After that the link will expire. You will need to contact Head Office to reactive your product. Once you have succesfully downloaded your file(s) access to our secure downloads area will terminate.

Payment Methods

Yes, we do accept purchase orders.

To ensure prompt delivery of your order, complete the purchase order checklist.

To order TechnoKids Computer Curriculum using a purchase order, you must fax a copy of the document to 1-905-631-9113 or mail to TechnoKids Inc., 2097 Bates Common, Burlington, ON, Canada, L7R 0A5.

We accept VISA and MasterCard.

Yes, we do accept checks. Complete the Order Form and then mail the document and check to TechnoKids Inc., 2097 Bates Common, Burlington, ON, L7R 0A5 Canada.

There are many possible reasons for a credit card not being accepted:

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  4. A computer at either end of the transaction is having technical problems.
  5. TechnoKids Inc. is a Canadian company. If you are located outside of Canada and you are using a school credit card, restrictions by the school district may prohibit international orders.
  6. Multiple online purchases in the same day, may have flagged your credit card as a security risk by the credit card company.


Refund and Warranty

The TechnoKids Inc. return policy is based on the terms and conditions outlined in the site license agreement.

If you mistakenly ordered TechnoKids Computer Curriculum, you can call 1-800-221-7921 or send an email to information@technokids.com to cancel the order before shipping and receive a 100% refund. If you were unable to cancel the order before it was processed, to receive the refund, you must refuse shipment. Your refund will be processed once the order has been received back at TechnoKids Head Office. In the case of an order that contains a downloadable file, do not accept the site license user agreement. This refusal will qualify you for a refund.

The TechnoKids Inc. warranty is based on the terms and conditions outlined in the site license agreement.

TechnoKids Inc. warrants for a period of ninety (90) days from the date of purchase that the product will be free from defects and in accordance with the accompanying documentation. TechnoKids Inc. entire liability and Licensee’s sole and exclusive remedy for any breach of the foregoing limited warrant will be, at TechnoKids Inc. option, replacement of the Curriculum, refund of the purchase price, or repair or replacement of the Curriculum which is returned to TechnoKids Inc. and or an authorized reseller/agent.

For additional assistance call 1-800-221-7921 in Canada or the United States. If outside of North America, call 1-905-631-9112 or send an email to information@technokids.com.