Pacing Calendar

EasyTech Pacing Calendar Grade 6-8 Course

This Pacing Calendar provides a suggested order of assignments and timing for utilizing the EasyTech curriculum in a year-long technology course. For planning purposes, each week contains approximately 220 minutes of curriculum delivered through whole group, independent, guided practice, or blended learning implementation models.

Prior to beginning the school year, it is recommended that you create student technology portfolios (digital or print) to provide students with a way to share their learning. The portfolio may include EasyTech certificates, reports, and Application Exercise entries and work products. Pictures are a great way to capture your students engaged in the learning process and can be used at the end of the year for a class slideshow or a technology showcase.

Note about Keyboarding: remember to provide students with time each week to improve their Keyboarding technique, accuracy, and speed through Adaptive Keyboarding after they have completed the Keyboarding Lessons and Guided Practices.

Digital Literacy ConceptMonth 1Curriculum TitleImplementation ModelTypeTime (in minutes)
KeyboardingWeek 1Keyboarding: Keyboard Layout and Keyboarding ProceduresIndependentLesson25
KeyboardingWeek 1Adaptive Keyboarding: Urban Keyboarding ExplorerWhole GroupAdaptive Keyboarding90
MultimediaWeek 1Creating a PortfolioIndependentApplication Exercise45
Online SafetyWeek 1Safekeeping Personal Information DiscussionWhole GroupDiscussion30
Online SafetyWeek 1Safekeeping Personal Information ReflectionIndependentApplication Exercise5
Online SafetyWeek 1Healthy ComputingWhole GroupDiscussion30
Online SafetyWeek 1Healthy Computing ReflectionIndependentApplication Exercise5
Online SafetyWeek 2Online Safety: Digital CitizenshipIndependentLesson15
Online SafetyWeek 2Be Cyber Safe!Small GroupApplication Exercise45
Online SafetyWeek 2Be Cyber Safe! (Presentations)Whole GroupApplication Exercise
Online SafetyWeek 2Texting Safety DiscussionWhole GroupDiscussion30
Online SafetyWeek 2Texting Safety Discussion ReflectionIndependentApplication Exercise5
Online SafetyWeek 2What's Private?IndependentApplication Exercise90
Online SafetyWeek 3Think Before You TextSmall GroupApplication Exercise45
Online SafetyWeek 3Online Status Message Basics DiscussionWhole GroupDiscussion30
Online SafetyWeek 3Online Status Message Basics Discussion ReflectionIndependentApplication Exercise5
Online SafetyWeek 3Halt! Who Goes There? Avoiding Online CreepsSmall GroupApplication Exercise45
Online SafetyWeek 3Halt! Who Goes There? Avoiding Online Creeps (Presentations)Whole Group
Online SafetyWeek 3Understanding Identity Theft DiscussionWhole GroupDiscussion15
Online SafetyWeek 3Understanding Identity Theft Discussion ReflectionIndependentApplication Exercise5
Online SafetyWeek 4You Can't Scam MeSmall GroupApplication Exercise200
Online SafetyWeek 5Online Safety: Dealing with CyberbullyingIndependentLesson15
KeyboardingAllAdaptive Keyboarding: Urban Keyboarding ExplorerIndependentAdaptive Keyboarding

Tips & Suggestions – These Lessons help set a firm foundation for safe, appropriate, responsible, and effective technology use throughout the year. After students complete the ‘Be Cyber Safe!’ and the ‘Halt! Who Goes There?’ assignments, have the groups share their presentation to reinforce the learning. Provide time each week for Keyboarding practice.

Digital Literacy ConceptMonth 2Curriculum TitleImplementation ModelTypeTime (in minutes)
Online SafetyWeek 1Cyberbullying Case Study: Beyond the VictimSmall GroupApplication Exercise90
Online SafetyWeek 1Cyberbullying Case Study: Beyond the Victim (Presentations)Whole Group
Hardware and Software FundamentalsWeek 1Hardware Fundamentals: Basic ComponentsIndependentLesson25
Hardware and Software FundamentalsWeek 1Software Fundamentals: Using Program Menus and ToolbarsIndependentLesson25
Hardware and Software FundamentalsWeek 1Creating Program MenusIndependentApplication Exercise45
Hardware and Software FundamentalsWeek 2Computer Fundamentals: Operating Systems and BrowsingIndependentLesson25
Hardware and Software FundamentalsWeek 2Software Fundamentals: Software, Buttons, and ControlsIndependentLesson25
Hardware and Software FundamentalsWeek 2Software and SocietySmall GroupApplication Exercise180
Hardware and Software FundamentalsWeek 3Software Fundamentals: Navigating Ribbon InterfacesIndependentLesson12
Hardware and Software FundamentalsWeek 3It's a Good LifeIndependentApplication Exercise45
Hardware and Software FundamentalsWeek 3Hardware and Software Fundamentals: NetworkingIndependentLesson25
Hardware and Software FundamentalsWeek 3Using NetworksIndependentApplication Exercise60
Hardware and Software FundamentalsWeek 3Network CompatibilityWhole GroupDiscussion30
Hardware and Software FundamentalsWeek 3Network Compatibility ReflectionIndependentApplication Exercise5
Hardware and Software FundamentalsWeek 3Share and TellSmall GroupApplication Exercise45
Hardware and Software FundamentalsWeek 4Share and Tell (Presentations)Whole Group
Hardware and Software FundamentalsWeek 4Input, Output, and FilesWhole GroupDiscussion30
Hardware and Software FundamentalsWeek 4Input, Output, and Files ReflectionIndependentApplication Exercise5
Hardware and Software FundamentalsWeek 4Hardware Fundamentals: Mobile Devices are Technology To GoIndependentLesson15
Hardware and Software FundamentalsWeek 4Hardware and Software Fundamentals: Computing in the CloudIndependentLesson15
Hardware and Software FundamentalsWeek 4Computer Fundamentals Unit QuizIndependentQuiz25
KeyboardingAllAdaptive Keyboarding: Urban Keyboarding ExplorerIndependentAdaptive Keyboarding

Tips & Suggestions – Keyboarding is a skill that should be practiced. When students finish their work with class time remaining, have them practice these skills using Adaptive Keyboarding.

Digital Literacy ConceptMonth 3Curriculum TitleImplementation ModelTypeTime (in minutes)
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 1Online Communications: Communicating with Instant MessagingIndependentLesson15
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 1What is Thy Message?Small GroupApplication Exercise90
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 1Online Communications: Reading and Writing BlogsIndependentLesson18
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 1So Sayeth Thy Blog!Small GroupApplication Exercise180
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 2So Sayeth Thy Blog! (Continued)Small GroupApplication Exercise
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 2Online Communications: Navigation and MappingIndependentLesson15
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 2Literary Hot SpotsSmall GroupApplication Exercise180
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 3Online Communication: Communicating with PodcastsIndependentLesson15
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 3Online Communication: Sharing on a Community SiteIndependentLesson15
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 3Communicating Online Unit QuizIndependentQuiz10
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 3Online Communication: Using Personal Learning NetworksIndependentLesson15
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 3Present and Future YouIndependentApplication Exercise35
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 3Internet Usage: Ethical Use of Digital ResourcesIndependentLesson15
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 3Online EthicsWhole GroupDiscussion30
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 3Online Ethics ReflectionIndependentApplication Exercise
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 3Ethics and ConsequencesIndependentApplication Exercise45
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 3Internet Usage: Navigating the World Wide WebIndependentLesson15
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 4Internet? Web? Potato, Potato. Let's Call the Whole Thing OffIndependentApplication Exercise60
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 4Internet Usage: Effective Search StrategiesIndependentLesson15
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 4Let's Take a TripIndependentApplication Exercise60
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 4Online Communications: Online Personal CommunicationIndependentLesson15
KeyboardingAllAdaptive Keyboarding: Urban Keyboarding ExplorerIndependentAdaptive Keyboarding

Tips & Suggestions – Remind students about the importance of using the internet wisely – whether at school, at home, or elsewhere. When students finish their work with class time remaining, have them practice their Keyboarding skills using Adaptive Keyboarding.

Digital Literacy ConceptMonth 4Curriculum TitleImplementation ModelTypeTime (in minutes)
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 1A Personal Approach to Effective Online CommunicationSmall GroupApplication Exercise90
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 1Online Communication: Sharing Safely OnlineIndependentLesson15
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 1Online Communication: Sharing and Collaborating OnlineIndependentLesson15
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 1Person of InterestSmall GroupApplication Exercise75
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 1Internet Usage: Being a Global Citizen with Mapping ToolsIndependentLesson15
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 2Booking Brian's VacationIndependentApplication Exercise60
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 2Internet Usage Unit QuizIndependentQuiz10
Word ProcessingWeek 2Word Processing: Overview of Basic SkillsIndependentLesson15
Word ProcessingWeek 2Word Processing: Creating Professional DocumentsIndependentLesson15
Word ProcessingWeek 2Put Word Processing to Work for You!IndependentApplication Exercise45
Word ProcessingWeek 2Word Processing: Flyer Print DesignIndependentLesson15
Word ProcessingWeek 2Tools of the TradeSmall GroupApplication Exercise90
Word ProcessingWeek 3Word Processing: Visual DesignIndependentLesson15
Word ProcessingWeek 3Following DirectionsSmall GroupApplication Exercise60
Word ProcessingWeek 3Word Processing: Formatting Essays Using MLAIndependentLesson15
Word ProcessingWeek 3Avoiding PlagiarismSmall GroupApplication Exercise60
Word ProcessingWeek 3What a Cite! MLAIndependentApplication Exercise45
Word ProcessingWeek 3What A Cite! APAIndependentApplication Exercise45
Word ProcessingWeek 4Word Processing: Proofreading and Correcting - Level 3IndependentLesson12
Word ProcessingWeek 4Word Processing: Creating Original WorksIndependentLesson45
Word ProcessingWeek 4Know and ShowSmall GroupApplication Exercise35
Word ProcessingWeek 4Collaborative Tools in Word ProcessorsIndependentApplication Exercise45
Word ProcessingWeek 4Word Processing: Finding Alternative Solutions to ProblemsIndependentLesson15
KeyboardingAllAdaptive Keyboarding: Urban Keyboarding ExplorerIndependentAdaptive Keyboarding

Tips & Suggestions – Provide students with opportunities to publish their classroom writing in documents along with digital or hand-drawn art that illustrates their writing. Remind students to place copies of their completed work in their technology portfolio. When students finish their work with class time remaining, have them practice Keyboarding skills using their Adaptive Keyboarding assignments.

Digital Literacy ConceptMonth 5Curriculum TitleImplementation ModelTypeTime (in minutes)
Computational ThinkingWeek 1Computational Thinking: Algorithmic Problem SolvingIndependentLesson15
Computational ThinkingWeek 1Exploring the World Through a DisabilityBlended LearningApplication Exercise60
Computational ThinkingWeek 1Algorithmic GovernmentBlended LearningApplication Exercise135
Computational ThinkingWeek 1Computational Thinking: Models and SimulationsIndependentLesson15
Computational ThinkingWeek 2Time is MoneyBlended LearningApplication Exercise90
Computational ThinkingWeek 2The Perfect ParkBlended LearningApplication Exercise120
Computational ThinkingWeek 3Computational Thinking: Implement and TestIndependentLesson15
Computational ThinkingWeek 3Egg-cellent Egg DropBlended LearningApplication Exercise90
Computational ThinkingWeek 3Algorithmic Problem Solving Unit QuizIndependentQuiz15
CodingWeek 4Building Your First ProgramBlended LearningCodesters90
CodingWeek 4Codesters in SpaceBlended LearningCodesters90
CodingWeek 4Shapes and DrawingsBlended LearningCodesters90
KeyboardingAllAdaptive Keyboarding: Urban Keyboarding ExplorerIndependentAdaptive Keyboarding

Tips & Suggestions – If you are new to Coding, complete the Lessons alongside your students. Facilitate a discussion with students about the various ways that they communicate online and how it has impacted their in-person communication. When students finish their work with class time remaining, have them practice Keyboarding skills using their Adaptive Keyboarding assignments.

Digital Literacy ConceptMonth 6Curriculum TitleImplementation ModelTypeTime (in minutes)
CodingWeek 1Chat with Your SpriteBlended LearningCodesters90
CodingWeek 1Recycling LoopBlended LearningCodesters90
SpreadsheetsWeek 1Spreadsheets: Parts and NavigationIndependentLesson15
SpreadsheetsWeek 1Weather SpreadsheetIndependentApplication Exercise60
SpreadsheetsWeek 2Spreadsheets: Basic FormattingIndependentLesson15
SpreadsheetsWeek 2Basketball Budget SpreadsheetIndependentApplication Exercise45
SpreadsheetsWeek 2Spreadsheets: Analyzing DataIndependentLesson15
SpreadsheetsWeek 2Planning for the FutureBlended LearningApplication Exercise65
SpreadsheetsWeek 2Spreadsheets: FormulasIndependentLesson15
SpreadsheetsWeek 2A Spoonful of Sugar?Blended LearningApplication Exercise60
SpreadsheetsWeek 3Spreadsheets: FunctionsIndependentLesson15
SpreadsheetsWeek 3Orchestra InventoryIndependentApplication Exercise60
SpreadsheetsWeek 3Spreadsheets: Sharing and FilteringIndependentLesson15
SpreadsheetsWeek 3It's Just BusinessIndependentApplication Exercise45
SpreadsheetsWeek 3Spreadsheets: Trends and ForecastsIndependentLesson15
SpreadsheetsWeek 3Cell Phone UsageSmall GroupApplication Exercise35
SpreadsheetsWeek 3Cell Phone Usage (Presentations)Whole Group
SpreadsheetsWeek 4Spreadsheet Software Unit QuizIndependentQuiz15
DatabasesWeek 4Databases: Creating and Maintaining a DatabaseIndependentLesson25
DatabasesWeek 4Movie DatabaseIndependentApplication Exercise45
DatabasesWeek 4Event Letter Mail MergeIndependentApplication Exercise90
DatabasesWeek 4Databases Unit QuizIndependentQuiz15
KeyboardingAllAdaptive Keyboarding: Urban Keyboarding ExplorerIndependentAdaptive Keyboarding

Tips & Suggestions – Have students practice entering data to create spreadsheets and databases based on the content being studied in core curriculum classes, physical education classes, or classes related to the arts. Have students pick something outside of school that interests them and use that data for their spreadsheet or database.

Digital Literacy ConceptMonth 7Curriculum TitleImplementation ModelTypeTime (in minutes)
PresentationsWeek 1Presentations: Basic Slideshow ElementsIndependentLesson15
PresentationsWeek 1Enhanced Presentations with Basic ElementsIndependentApplication Exercise90
PresentationsWeek 1Presentations: Consistency and Visual DesignIndependentLesson15
PresentationsWeek 1Consistency and Good Visual Design in PresentationsIndependentApplication Exercise60
PresentationsWeek 1Presentations: Motion DesignIndependentLesson15
PresentationsWeek 1Saving the Environment Within My CommunityIndependentApplication Exercise90
PresentationsWeek 2Saving the Environment Within My Community (Continued)IndependentApplication Exercise
PresentationsWeek 2Saving the Environment Within My Community (Presentations)Whole Group
PresentationsWeek 2Presentations: Designing Non-Linear PresentationsIndependentLesson15
PresentationsWeek 2Gaming to LearnSmall GroupApplication Exercise90
PresentationsWeek 2Gaming to Learn (Presentations)Whole Group
PresentationsWeek 3Career ExplorationIndependentApplication Exercise90
PresentationsWeek 3Career Exploration (Presentations)Whole Group
PresentationsWeek 3Presentation Software Unit QuizIndependentQuiz10
MultimediaWeek 3Multimedia: Creating and Enhancing Images and GraphicsIndependentLesson15
MultimediaWeek 4Do I need it?Small GroupApplication Exercise90
MultimediaWeek 4Metaphors and ImagesIndependentApplication Exercise45
MultimediaWeek 4Multimedia: Designing Documents with Desktop PublishingIndependentLesson15
KeyboardingAllAdaptive Keyboarding: Urban Keyboarding ExplorerIndependentAdaptive Keyboarding

Tips & Suggestions – Remind students that presentations are more than just what is engaging on the screen. Help students understand that presenting includes their attitude, body language, and voice tones. Facilitate a discussion about how to make a presentation engaging through voice as they prepare for their ‘Saving the Environment Within My Community’ presentation.

Digital Literacy ConceptMonth 8Curriculum TitleImplementation ModelTypeTime (in minutes)
MultimediaWeek 1Image Quality and File SizeIndependentApplication Exercise90
MultimediaWeek 1Family BiographyIndependentApplication Exercise90
MultimediaWeek 2H2O, We Need You So!Small GroupApplication Exercise75
MultimediaWeek 2H2O, We Need You So! (Presentations)Whole Group
MultimediaWeek 2Multimedia: Creating and Editing Video and AudioIndependentLesson15
MultimediaWeek 3Storytelling Through FilmSmall GroupApplication Exercise90
MultimediaWeek 3Storytelling Through Film (Presentations)Whole Group
MultimediaWeek 3Interviewing Historical FiguresSmall GroupApplication Exercise90
MultimediaWeek 4Interviewing Historical Figures (Presentations)Whole Group
MultimediaWeek 4Acceptable Use Policy VideoSmall GroupApplication Exercise60
MultimediaWeek 4Acceptable Use Policy Video (Presentations)Whole Group
KeyboardingAllAdaptive Keyboarding: Urban Keyboarding ExplorerIndependentAdaptive Keyboarding

Tips & Suggestions – Encourage students to place all of their projects in their digital portfolio. Remind students that a digital portfolio is also a multimedia product.

Digital Literacy ConceptMonth 9Curriculum TitleImplementation ModelTypeTime (in minutes)
MultimediaWeek 1Product DescriptionIndependentApplication Exercise90
MultimediaWeek 1Multimedia Unit QuizIndependentQuiz15
Online SafetyWeek 1Get the Word OutSmall GroupApplication Exercise270
Online SafetyWeek 2Get the Word Out (Continued)Small GroupApplication Exercise
Online SafetyWeek 3Take Two: Recognize and Report CyberbullyingSmall GroupApplication Exercise135
Online SafetyWeek 3Take Two: Recognize and Report Cyberbullying (Presentations)Whole Group
Online SafetyWeek 4Summer Online Safety PSASmall GroupApplication Exercise90
Online SafetyWeek 4Summer Online Safety PSA (Presentations)Whole Group
Online SafetyWeek 4Add all completed projects to student portfolioIndependent
Online SafetyWeek 4Technology Showcase (Optional)
KeyboardingAllAdaptive Keyboarding: Urban Keyboarding ExplorerIndependentAdaptive Keyboarding

Tips & Suggestions – Online Safety is important to revisit at the end of the year to remind students that they need to be smart when online – whether at home or at school. Provide parents with resources to help them keep their students safe online. See the Parent Online Safety Guide linked here. Provide students and parents with ideas for continuing to practice their digital literacy skills during the summer.