EasyTech Implementation Guide
We know that implementing a new curriculum can be difficult for both teachers and students. In this guide, you will find implementation recommendations and best practices, along with a sample of what an implementation might look like in a school/district.
If you are looking for ways to use Digital Literacy skills to support learning in core subject areas, we have a great resource for you here.
Step 1: Identify your technology goals for this school year.
Some things to think about:
- Do you have specific skills you want each grade level to demonstrate mastery in?
- How will your districts access to devices impact the goals?
- In what environment do you want to begin using curriculum?
- What training will you provide to your educators that might impact your goals?
- How much instructional time do you have available?
- Who will be teaching the curriculum?
Step 2: Identify where EasyTech might fit in your existing educational environments and who is leading the instructional time.
Led by a certified technology teacher: A certified technology teacher can use our grade-level pacing guides to begin introducing new skills to students using Discussions and Lessons as a whole group. Students can then practice the skills individually or in a small group using Lessons or Application Exercises. Demonstrating mastery of the skill can come from an in-class or at-home assignment – either an Application Exercise, Quiz, Activity, or teacher-created Journal
Led by a certified classroom teacher: Classroom teachers who bring students to a computer lab have a variety of options: they can follow the grade-level pacing guides in the same fashion as a technology teacher; they can create their own unique sequences focusing on the skills their students need most; they can select the technology skills needed for their specific classroom lessons and assign items according to their scope and sequence.
Led by a paraprofessional: Paraprofessionals generally don’t have the ability to grade assignments, so Learning.com has prepared a unique pacing guide for students to learn their technology skills focusing solely on assignments that are self-directed and self-scoring.
Led by a library/media specialist: Librarians and media specialists can use Discussions and Lessons with entire classes or even small groups of students. If there are available devices, students can also complete individual Lessons and Application Exercises in the library.
Led by a paraprofessional: Paraprofessionals can use specific lessons that are self-directed and self-scoring for individual students or groups of students.
Led by a certified classroom teacher: Classroom teachers can introduce new skills to students at a whole group or individual level. Students can then practice the skills individually or in a small group using Lessons or Application Exercises. Demonstrating mastery of the skill can come from an in-class or at-home assignment – either an Application Exercise, Quiz, Activity, or teacher-created Journal.
Step 3: Make a plan and communicate it out to your educators.
Sample Implementation Guide
What are your technology goals for this school year?
- To teach students to be respectful and responsible digital citizens and understand what precautions should be taken to be safe online.
- To improve keyboarding skills by teaching students the touch-typing technique.
- To better incorporate technology lessons within the core-curriculum classes.
- To encourage college and career readiness by teaching coding and computer science curriculum.
How can those goals be achieved using the EasyTech curriculum?
- Led by a library/media specialist
- Every classroom visits the library once a week for 50 minutes for both instructional time as well as time to check out books. The librarians at every school are responsible for teaching online safety to all K-8 students and research strategies to grades 3-8.
- Led by a certified technology teacher
- Technology teachers are using Learning.com as well as other curriculum in the computer lab. Each class visits the lab for 50 minutes once per week. In the first semester, the teacher will lead an initial discussion about touch typing and use the introductory lessons at a whole group to demonstrate the technique. Teachers will then assign the instructional lessons as well as additional practices and allow students 15-20 minutes each week specifically for keyboarding practice. In the second semester, the teacher will focus on computer science, using Learning.com’s lessons to introduce coding to students at a whole group and gradually assigning individual lessons and interactive assignments like Application Exercises and EasyCode games.
- Led by a certified classroom teacher
- Classroom teachers are expected to identify the technology they will be using throughout the school year and assign appropriate lessons that will teach the needed skill. For example, if students are expected to complete a presentation during the second semester, the teacher will assign the correlating presentation lessons to the students to complete during centers or individually (where 1:1 environments are available) and when complete, students will demonstrate mastery by applying the skill to their classroom presentation.
Looking for a little extra assistance?
Keep in mind that implementation tends to evolve as teachers and students become more comfortable with the curriculum. Year 1 often looks drastically different than Year 3. With your Account Manager’s help, you can create a custom implementation for your district’s goals and needs.