Ed Tech w/ Mr.DeBoyace

7th Grade Computer Tech

Course Description

This course will guide students in a preliminary understanding of how computers work. Students will first come to understand how students communicate using binary code, the major components of a desktop computer, and the basics of how computer programmers build the amazing software we use every day. Students will research the who, what and where of computers - including important inventors and historical events of computers. All the while, students will create tutorials and websites, to publish their knowledge to the world.

Driving Questions

Year-Long Objectives

  1. Understand and identify parts of a modern computer.
  2. Understand and interpret binary code and it's part in computing.
  3. Attain a preliminary understanding of programming.
  4. Learn basic technology fluency skills such as photo and video editing, presentation creation and website navigation.

Click here to see the full Class Syllabus

Binary Code

In this Unit, I introduce students to the way in which computers communicate. Throughout this Unit, students will explore:

  1. What Binary Code is
  2. How to count in Binary code
  3. How to translate Binary code to letters, and vice versa
  4. How computers use Binary code to process information

Unit Resources

Internal Components Unit

In this Unit, students will:

  1. Explore the inside of a Desktop Computer through hands-on activity
  2. Be able to identify the seven main components and their basic function
    • Motherboard
    • CPU
    • Hard Disk Drive
    • Optical Drive
    • Power Supply
    • Graphics Card
    • RAM
    • and others
  3. Represent their knowledge through the creation of an interactive, tutorial-style Google Slides Presentation
Above is a Model Student Project

Scratch Programming Unit


In 7th grade we begin exploring the basics of Computer Programming through Scratch.

Check out our full curriculum here. Our work with Scratch focuses on creating original student work from a basic project concept, while recognizing basic principles of programming in achieving those goals.
The following are examples of student work forthcoming!

Student Project Examples

One student's work practicing concept through the creation of a multi-level Maze project
One student's work practicing the use of variables in an interactive "Hide and Seek" project.

Important Programming Vocab

Key Year-Long Vocabulary

The following are older projects which - with limited time - will most likely not be a part of the curriculum

Computer History Webquest

In this project, students will explore a figure or event in the history of computers since World War II. After research, students will represents their knowledge by creating an Infographic by using the online tool Easel.ly

Parts of a Desktop

In this short project, students will learn the basic parts of a desktop computer while being introduced to Photo Editing Software.
Students will take a picture of the desktop computer they use, and then label it. Students will learn the program Pixlr to edit their picture.

Exploring the Internet

In this Unit students will gain a preliminary understanding of how the Internet works. For full details see deboyace.com/internet.

Input Device Video

Go to cvscs.org/input to see all student projects.

Output Device Project

In this project, students will work in groups of 3 or 4 to create a collaborative illustrated book on output devices. Each partner will choose an output device and create an original illustration using Pixlr, and then the group will compile and publish to project.

Click here for the project description

Prezi Portfolio

In this mini-project, students will compile all of their previous work in a portfolio using the web-based presentation software Prezi.

Here is an example Portfolio