7th Grade Computer Tech
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.
- What role does technology play in your life and in society?
- What is the history of computers?
- How do computers work?
- How can you contribute to an online collaborative community?
- Understand and identify parts of a modern computer.
- Understand and interpret binary code and it's part in computing.
- Attain a preliminary understanding of programming.
- Learn basic technology fluency skills such as photo and video editing, presentation creation and website navigation.
In this Unit, I introduce students to the way in which computers communicate. Throughout this Unit, students will explore:
- What Binary Code is
- How to count in Binary code
- How to translate Binary code to letters, and vice versa
- How computers use Binary code to process information
- See the Binary Lesson Sequence here.
- See first practice activity here.
- See ASCII Binary Character sheet here where students learn how computers translate binary to letters, numbers and characters.
- Click here to see a translation worksheet where students work on translating a message into Binary.
- Click here to see the End of Unit binary quiz.
Internal Components Unit
In this Unit, students will:
- Explore the inside of a Desktop Computer through hands-on activity
- Be able to identify the seven main components and their basic function
- Hard Disk Drive
- Optical Drive
- Power Supply
- Graphics Card
- and others
- Click here to see Unit sequence
- Click here for student note-taking sheet
- Click here for Example Presentation
- Click here for project rubric
- See photos of Internal Components here
- Student Resources
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
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
- Please click here to see the full details of this Webquest
- To see student projects from the 2014-2015 school year Click here
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.
In this mini-project, students will compile all of their previous work in a portfolio using the web-based presentation software Prezi.