Pacing Calendar

EasyTech Pacing Calendar Grade 8

This Pacing Calendar provides a suggested order of assignments and timing for utilizing the EasyTech curriculum in your classroom. For planning purposes, each week contains approximately 90 minutes of curriculum delivered through whole group, independent, or guided practice 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 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 1Adaptive Keyboarding: Urban Keyboarding ExplorerWhole GroupAdaptive Keyboarding45
Online SafetyWeek 1Healthy ComputingWhole GroupDiscussion30
Online SafetyWeek 1Healthy Computing ReflectionIndependentApplication Exercise5
Online SafetyWeek 2Don't Even Go There!Small GroupApplication Exercise45
Online SafetyWeek 2Texting Safety DiscussionWhole GroupDiscussion30
Online SafetyWeek 2Texting Safety Discussion ReflectionIndependentApplication Exercise5
Online SafetyWeek 3Think Before You TextIndependentApplication Exercise45
Online SafetyWeek 3Online Status Message Basics DiscussionWhole GroupDiscussion30
Online SafetyWeek 3Online Status Message Basics Discussion ReflectionIndependentApplication Exercise5
Online SafetyWeek 4Understanding Identity Theft DiscussionWhole GroupDiscussion15
Online SafetyWeek 4Understanding Identity Theft Discussion ReflectionIndependentApplication Exercise5
Online SafetyWeek 4Halt! Who Goes There? Avoiding Online CreepsSmall GroupApplication Exercise45
KeyboardingAllAdaptive Keyboarding: Urban Keyboarding ExplorerIndependentAdaptive Keyboarding

Tips & Suggestions – These Lessons are spiraled from previous years to help set a firm foundation for safe, appropriate, responsible, and effective technology use throughout the year. Begin the month with a whole group introduction to Adaptive Keyboarding so that students understand how to access and use if they finish their classwork early.

Digital Literacy ConceptMonth 2Curriculum TitleImplementation ModelTypeTime (in minutes)
Online SafetyWeek 1The Bystander EffectIndependentApplication Exercise80
Online SafetyWeek 2Digital Citizenship QuizIndependentQuiz15
Hardware and Software FundamentalsWeek 2Computer Fundamentals: Operating Systems and BrowsingIndependentLesson25
Hardware and Software FundamentalsWeek 2Creating File StructuresIndependentApplication Exercise45
Hardware and Software FundamentalsWeek 3Input, Output, and FilesWhole GroupDiscussion30
Hardware and Software FundamentalsWeek 3Input, Output and Files ReflectionIndependentApplication Exercise5
Hardware and Software FundamentalsWeek 3Hardware and Software Fundamentals: NetworkingIndependentLesson25
Hardware and Software FundamentalsWeek 3Network CompatibilityWhole GroupDiscussion30
Hardware and Software FundamentalsWeek 3Network Compatibility ReflectionIndependentApplication Exercise5
Hardware and Software FundamentalsWeek 4Using NetworksIndependentApplication Exercise60
Hardware and Software FundamentalsWeek 4Hardware and Software Fundamentals: Computing in the CloudIndependentLesson15
KeyboardingAllAdaptive Keyboarding: Urban Keyboarding ExplorerIndependentAdaptive Keyboarding

Tips & Suggestions – When students finish their work with class time remaining, have them practice their Keyboarding skills using Adaptive Keyboarding.

Digital Literacy ConceptMonth 3Curriculum TitleImplementation ModelTypeTime (in minutes)
Hardware and Software FundamentalsWeek 1Computer Fundamentals Unit QuizIndependentQuiz25
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 1Online EthicsWhole GroupDiscussion30
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 1Online Ethics ReflectionIndependentApplication Exercise5
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 2Ethics and ConsequencesIndependentApplication Exercise45
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 2Online Communications: Communicating with Instant MessagingIndependentLesson15
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 3What Is Thy Message?Small GroupApplication Exercise90
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 4Online Communications: Reading and Writing BlogsIndependentLesson18
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 4Online Communications: Navigation and MappingIndependentLesson15
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 4Online Communication: Communicating with PodcastsIndependentLesson15
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 4Online Communication: Sharing on a Community SiteIndependentLesson15
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 4Communicating Online Unit QuizIndependentQuiz10
KeyboardingAllAdaptive Keyboarding: Urban Keyboarding ExplorerIndependentAdaptive Keyboarding

Tips & Suggestions – Remind students that using the internet and communicating online are a responsibility and that they need to be careful whether at school or not.

Digital Literacy ConceptMonth 4Curriculum TitleImplementation ModelTypeTime (in minutes)
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 1Online Communication: Using Personal Learning NetworksIndependentLesson15
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 1Project Teamwork!Small GroupApplication Exercise35
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 1Internet Usage: Navigating the World Wide WebIndependentLesson15
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 1Internet Usage: Effective Search StrategiesIndependentLesson15
Internet Usage and Online CommunicationWeek 2Internet 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 3Put Word Processing to Work for You!IndependentApplication Exercise45
Word ProcessingWeek 3NewsletterSmall GroupApplication Exercise45
Word ProcessingWeek 4Word Processing: Formatting Essays Using MLAIndependentLesson15
Word ProcessingWeek 4Word Processing: Proofreading and Correcting - Level 3IndependentLesson12
Word ProcessingWeek 4Word Processing: Creating Original WorksIndependentLesson45
KeyboardingAllAdaptive Keyboarding: Urban Keyboarding ExplorerIndependentAdaptive Keyboarding

Tips & Suggestions – Provide students with opportunities to publish their classroom writing in word processing documents along with digital or hand-drawn art that illustrates their writing. 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)
Word ProcessingWeek 1Collaborative Tools in Word ProcessorsIndependentApplication Exercise45
Word ProcessingWeek 1Word Processing: Finding Alternative Solutions to ProblemsIndependentLesson15
Word ProcessingWeek 2Well Stated! Technical WritingIndependentApplication Exercise45
Word ProcessingWeek 2Word Processing Middle Grades Unit QuizIndependentQuiz15
Computational ThinkingWeek 3Computational Thinking: Models and SimulationsIndependentLesson15
Computational ThinkingWeek 3The Perfect ParkIndependentApplication Exercise120
Computational ThinkingWeek 4The Perfect Park (Continued)IndependentApplication Exercise
KeyboardingAllAdaptive Keyboarding: Urban Keyboarding ExplorerIndependentAdaptive Keyboarding

Tips & Suggestions – If you are new to Computational Thinking, complete the Lessons alongside your students. Facilitate a discussion about other areas of life where computational thinking can be applied.

Digital Literacy ConceptMonth 6Curriculum TitleImplementation ModelTypeTime (in minutes)
Computational ThinkingWeek 1Computational Thinking: Implement and TestIndependentLesson15
Computational ThinkingWeek 1Egg-cellent Egg DropBlended LearningApplication Exercise90
Computational ThinkingWeek 2Egg-cellent Egg Drop (Continued)Blended LearningApplication Exercise
Computational ThinkingWeek 2Algorithmic Problem Solving Unit QuizIndependentQuiz15
CodingWeek 3Shapes and DrawingsBlended LearningCodesters90
CodingWeek 4Chat with Your SpriteBlended LearningCodesters90
KeyboardingAllAdaptive Keyboarding: Urban Keyboarding ExplorerIndependentAdaptive Keyboarding

Tips & Suggestions – Completing the Coding Lessons alongside your students is a great way to share the learning experience.

Digital Literacy ConceptMonth 7Curriculum TitleImplementation ModelTypeTime (in minutes)
CodingWeek 1Recycling LoopBlended LearningCodesters90
SpreadsheetsWeek 2Spreadsheets: FunctionsIndependentLesson15
SpreadsheetsWeek 3Now I'm HungryIndependentApplication Exercise90
SpreadsheetsWeek 4Spreadsheets: Sharing and FilteringIndependentLesson15
SpreadsheetsWeek 4Very InterestingIndependentApplication Exercise45
SpreadsheetsWeek 4Spreadsheets: Trends and ForecastsIndependentLesson15
KeyboardingAllAdaptive Keyboarding: Urban Keyboarding ExplorerIndependentAdaptive Keyboarding

Tips & Suggestions – Have students practice entering data to create spreadsheets based on the content being studied in core curriculum classes, physical education classes, or other classes. When students finish their work with class time remaining, have them practice Keyboarding skills using their Adaptive Keyboarding assignments.

Digital Literacy ConceptMonth 8Curriculum TitleImplementation ModelTypeTime (in minutes)
SpreadsheetsWeek 1Cell Phone UsageIndependentApplication Exercise35
SpreadsheetsWeek 1Spreadsheet Software Unit QuizIndependentQuiz15
PresentationsWeek 1Presentations: Motion DesignIndependentLesson15
PresentationsWeek 1Presentations: Designing Non-Linear PresentationsIndependentLesson15
PresentationsWeek 2Career ExplorationIndependentApplication Exercise90
PresentationsWeek 3Career Exploration (Presentations)Whole Group
PresentationsWeek 3Presentation Software Unit QuizIndependentQuiz15
MultimediaWeek 3Multimedia: Creating and Enhancing Images and GraphicsIndependentLesson15
MultimediaWeek 4Multimedia: Designing Documents with Desktop PublishingIndependentLesson15
MultimediaWeek 4Multimedia: Creating and Editing Video and AudioIndependentLesson15
MultimediaWeek 4Multimedia Unit QuizIndependentQuiz15
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.

Digital Literacy ConceptMonth 9Curriculum TitleImplementation ModelTypeTime (in minutes)
MultimediaWeek 1Storytelling Through FilmSmall GroupApplication Exercise90
MultimediaWeek 2Storytelling Through Film (Presentations)Whole Group
Online SafetyWeek 2Online Status Message Basics Discussion (Review)Whole GroupDiscussion15
Online SafetyWeek 2Understanding Identity Theft Discussion (Review)Whole GroupDiscussion15
Online SafetyWeek 3Online Safety: Dealing with CyberbullyingIndependent Lesson15
Online SafetyWeek 3Texting Safety Discussion (Review)Whole GroupDiscussion15
Online SafetyWeek 3Summer Online Safety PSASmall GroupApplication Exercise90
Online SafetyWeek 4Summer Online Safety PSA (Continued)Small GroupApplication Exercise
Online SafetyWeek 4Summer Online Safety PSA (Presentations)Whole Group
Online SafetyWeek 4Technology Showcase (Optional)
KeyboardingAllAdaptive Keyboarding: Urban Keyboarding ExplorerWhole GroupAdaptive 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 found here. Provide students and parents with ideas for continuing to practice their Digital Literacy skills during the summer.