Project NextTech Teacher Guide

Project NextTech helps high school students develop the technology proficiency, information literacy, and media literacy skills they need for success in our increasingly digital world. It is divided into two project-based semester long courses that can be used together or separately. Part A curriculum focuses on technology proficiency, cyber safety, and digital citizenship. Part B curriculum focuses on information and media literacy.

Overview of Scope and Sequence

Each Project NextTech semester course is divided into two nine-week curriculum blocks. Each curriculum block consists of eight weeks of various activities and a week-long culminating project. The projects build on the knowledge and skills from the previous eight weeks. As a final capstone project, students create a digital portfolio to showcase their projects and other examples of their best work. Please refer to the course curriculum scope and sequence guide for more details.

Getting Started with Project NextTech

  1. Find Project NextTech in your Learning.com Curriculum Library.
  2. Locate the course subject units and click “View” to see the student-facing content items, and find the Teacher Preparation section immediately following the student-facing content for each activity and project.
  3. You can either click “Assign Unit” to assign an entire unit, or you can assign single items to your class, group, or individual students.
  4. Follow the provided lesson plan for each activity or project and use the included Teacher Preparation resources as you facilitate student work.

Note: When you or your students view an item, a new browser window or tab will launch to load the content. (*make sure pop-ups are allowed in browser settings)

Digital Portfolio Capstone Project

The Project NextTech course introduction describes the final portfolio capstone project and offers multiple resources and tools to prepare for the portfolio and gather student media as they work through the course. Teachers can either have students upload their files and other digital assets to the included Project NextTech Portfolio Capstone Project Journal, or utilize one of the other suggested resources. Make sure that students save permanent copies of their media as they complete the various activities and projects and have them take their media with them at the end of the course.

Grading Student Activities and Projects

  • After your students complete their work and send it to you based on your individual class procedures, you are ready to start entering student scores into the Learning.com Gradebook.
  • Click your desired class from the main class list on the left side of the screen to go into the Gradebook.
  • Enter the students’ scores based on the included activity or project criteria. Each culminating project and the final capstone project include a detailed rubric to help you evaluate student work and determine the score they’ve earned.
  • As you enter scores, the Class Average for each activity or project will automatically calculate.
  • If desired, you can access any of the included Gradebook Class Reports for additional data.
  • After you finish entering in scores, students can view their scores the next time they login to Learning. com.

Notes:

  • Recommended minimum of one desktop or laptop computer per every four students (1:4). Ideally, teacher has the capability to project PNT web pages and downloadable materials to aid whole-class instruction.
  • Students may need access to technology outside of the regular class time to complete more complex assignments and projects.
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