The purpose of the Technology and Media Literacy program is to provide a standards-based, integrated, guaranteed and viable curriculum for our elementary-age students.
Standards- Based: Our curriculum is aligned with state and national standards. At the state level, the MEMO (Minnesota Educational Media Organization) standards were used to embed the necessary media literacy skills. At the national level, the committee used the ISTE standards (International Society for Technology in Education) as a framework to develop a scope and sequence which identifies specific outcomes to be introduced, practiced, mastered, and reinforced at each grade level. Standards and outcomes are grouped into the strands listed below.
Integrated: The Technology and Media Literacy curriculum was collaboratively designed by classroom teachers and media specialists in an effort to begin integrating technology and media literacy skills into existing curriculum standards. Moving forward, the media specialists and technology instructors will continue working with teachers to further embed technology and media literacy. This collaborative process helps to ensure students have the opportunity to use technology to further their understanding of key concepts taught in the classroom while also allowing for opportunities to apply newly learned technology and media literacy skills in other subject areas.
Guaranteed: Every student will acquire a set of basic skills to prepare them to be lifelong learners. Students will be assessed on their mastery of the identified standards at their specific grade level. Rubrics will be used to define the age appropriate level of mastery for each outcome.
Viable: By focusing on a limited number of standards and providing the time needed for each to be covered in depth, we enable students to learn at higher levels. In addition, the Technology and Media Literacy curriculum is vertically aligned so that concepts introduced in the primary grades are built upon as students progress into the intermediate grades. The skills will be introduced, practiced, mastered and reinforced as the student progress through the curriculum.