Pacing Calendar

EasyTech Pacing Calendar Kindergarten

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 30 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 show your students the learning process and can be used at the end of the year for a class slideshow or a technology showcase.

Digital Literacy ConceptMonth1Curriculum TitleImplementation ModelTypeTime (in minutes)
Online SafetyWeek 1Working OnlineWhole GroupDiscussion30
Online SafetyWeek 1Working Online ReflectionWhole GroupApplication Exercise5
Online Safety
Week 2Following Computer RulesWhole Group Application Exercise20
Online SafetyWeek 3Open CommunicationWhole GroupDiscussion 30
Online SafetyWeek 3
Open Communication Reflection Whole Group
Application Exercise5
Online SafetyWeek 4Safe Site StrategiesWhole GroupDiscussion30
Online SafetyWeek 4Safe Site Strategies ReflectionWhole GroupApplication Exercise 5

Tips & Suggestions – During this first month, have student helpers “drive” the teacher computer & take over the login steps with instructions/reminders from other students. Demonstrate how to log out and have students take turns logging in/out throughout the week. This step will be essential as you move into independent practice in the coming weeks.

Digital Literacy ConceptMonth 2Curriculum TitleImplementation ModelTypeTime (in minutes)
Computer FundamentalsWeek 1Computer Fundamentals: Mouse, Select, Drag, and Double-clickWhole GroupLesson8
Computer FundamentalsWeek 1Computer Fundamentals: Mouse, Select, Drag, and Double-clickIndependentLesson8
Computer FundamentalsWeek 1Computer Fundamentals: Processors, Input and Output DevicesWhole GroupLesson9
Computer FundamentalsWeek 2Computer Fundamentals: Processors, Input and Output DevicesIndependentLesson9
Computer FundamentalsWeek 2Computer Fundamentals: Symbols of TechnologyWhole GroupLesson12
Computer FundamentalsWeek 2Computer Fundamentals: Symbols of TechnologyIndependentLesson12
KeyboardingWeek 3Keyboarding: Locate and Type Letters A, B, C, D, and EWhole GroupLesson7
KeyboardingWeek 3Keyboarding: Locate and Type Letters A, B, C, D, and EIndependentLesson7
KeyboardingWeek 3Keyboarding: Locate and Type Letters F, G, H, I, and JWhole GroupLesson7
KeyboardingWeek 3Keyboarding: Locate and Type Letters F, G, H, I, and JIndependentLesson7
KeyboardingWeek 4Keyboarding: Locate and Type Letters K, L, M, N, and OWhole GroupLesson6
KeyboardingWeek 4Keyboarding: Locate and Type Letters K, L, M, N, and OIndependentLesson6
KeyboardingWeek 4Keyboarding: Locate and Type Letters P, Q, R, S, and TWhole GroupLesson6
KeyboardingWeek 4Keyboarding: Locate and Type Letters P, Q, R, S, and TIndependentLesson6

Tips & Suggestions – As you and your students work through the Keyboarding unit, create age-appropriate custom guided practices to provide opportunities for practice. If you have a student who presses every key all at once, try using a special band-aid around the pointer finger to reinforce “one finger, one key” at a time. Use your tech buddies during this unit for coaching and proper use of equipment.

Digital Literacy ConceptMonth 3Curriculum TitleImplementation ModelTypeTime (in minutes)
KeyboardingWeek 1Keyboarding: Locate and Type Letters U, V, W, X, Y, and ZWhole GroupLesson10
KeyboardingWeek 1Keyboarding: Locate and Type Letters U, V, W, X, Y, and ZIndependentLesson10
KeyboardingWeek 2Beginning SoundsGuided PracticeApplication Exercise20
KeyboardingWeek 3Keyboarding: Locate and Type NumbersWhole GroupLesson10
KeyboardingWeek 3Keyboarding: Locate and Type NumbersIndependentLesson10
KeyboardingWeek 4Typing NumbersGuided PracticeApplication Exercise30

Tips & Suggestions – Gradually releasing the responsibility of logging in and interacting with the Lessons can go more smoothly by assigning “tech buddies” to coach or assist as needed. The “teach, not touch” or “point, not press” approach is an effective way for peer helpers or tech buddies to coach, but not take over, for students who are struggling.

Digital Literacy ConceptMonth 4Curriculum TitleImplementation ModelTypeTime (in minutes)
KeyboardingWeek 1Keyboarding: Cursor, Spacebar, Backspace, Enter, and WordsWhole GroupLesson9
KeyboardingWeek 1Keyboarding: Cursor, Spacebar, Backspace, Enter, and WordsIndependentLesson9
KeyboardingWeek 2Clapping SyllablesGuided PracticeApplication Exercise30
KeyboardingWeek 3Keyboarding: Cursor, Arrows, and TabWhole GroupLesson9
KeyboardingWeek 3Keyboarding: Cursor, Arrows, and TabIndependentLesson9
KeyboardingWeek 4Keyboarding: Shift Key for Capitals and SymbolsWhole Group
Lesson10
KeyboardingWeek 4Keyboarding: Shift Key for Capitals and SymbolsIndependent Lesson10

Tips & Suggestions – Have struggling students pair up with their tech buddies to review/revisit any Lessons with a score of less than 90%. Be sure to provide plenty of opportunities for your students to interact with online keyboard games as well as open documents where they can type the alphabet, names, high-frequency words, or copied sentences out of storybooks. Use your imagination or ask the students what they’d like to type.

Digital Literacy ConceptMonth 5Curriculum TitleImplementation ModelTypeTime (in minutes)
MultimediaWeek 1Multimedia: Drawing Lines and Shapes to Tell a StoryWhole GroupLesson9
MultimediaWeek 1Multimedia: Drawing Lines and Shapes to Tell a StoryIndependentLesson9
MultimediaWeek 2Portrait of MyselfGuided PracticeApplication Exercise30
MultimediaWeek 3Multimedia: Drawing and Filling Shapes Using Graphics ToolsWhole GroupLesson12
MultimediaWeek 3Multimedia: Drawing and Filling Shapes Using Graphics ToolsIndependentLesson12
MultimediaWeek 4Drawing a VehicleGuided PracticeApplication Exercise15

Tips & Suggestions – Extend student practice with digital drawing and painting by encouraging students to create artwork for an “Art Gallery Show” and to display in the hallway or on bulletin boards. Remember to print or save your students’ work and include it in their tech portfolios.

Digital Literacy ConceptMonth 6Curriculum TitleImplementation ModelTypeTime (in minutes)
Computational Thinking: PatternsWeek 1Computational Thinking: PatternsWhole GroupLesson15
Computational Thinking: PatternsWeek 1Computational Thinking: PatternsIndependentLesson15
Computational Thinking: PatternsWeek 2Spirit Day T-ShirtsGuided PracticeApplication Exercise20
Visual MappingWeek 3Visual Mapping: Groups and LabelsWhole GroupLesson12
Visual MappingWeek 3Visual Mapping: Groups and LabelsIndependentLesson12
Visual MappingWeek 4Living ThingsGuided PracticeApplication Exercise15

Tips & Suggestions – Remind students that patterns can be found in things that they see and do every day. The days of the week form a pattern every month. Have your students come up with other ways that they see and use patterns every day. Remember to review and model repeatedly during whole group instruction.

Digital Literacy ConceptMonth 7Curriculum TitleImplementation ModelTypeTime (in minutes)
Visual MappingWeek 1Visual Mapping: Attributes and LinkingWhole GroupLesson12
Visual MappingWeek 1Visual Mapping: Attributes and LinkingIndependentLesson12
Visual MappingWeek 2Our CommunityGuided PracticeApplication Exercise30
Keyboarding (Review)Week 3Keyboarding: Locate and Type Letters A, B, C, D, and E (Practice/Review)Independent PracticeLesson7
Keyboarding (Review)Week 3Keyboarding: Locate and Type Letters F, G, H, I, and J (Practice/Review)Independent PracticeLesson7
Keyboarding (Review)Week 3Keyboarding: Locate and Type Letters K, L, M, N, and O (Practice/Review)Independent PracticeLesson6
Keyboarding (Review)Week 4Keyboarding: Locate and Type Letters P, Q, R, S, and T (Practice/Review)Independent PracticeLesson6
Keyboarding (Review)Week 4Keyboarding: Locate and Type Letters U, V, W, X, Y, and Z (Practice/Review)Independent PracticeLesson10

Tips & Suggestions – To assist with Visual Mapping, make sure you have proper software or online mapping resources that your students have quick and easy access to. This is the perfect time of the year to put together mini-projects that end in digital publications which highlight the entire year’s learning.

Digital Literacy ConceptMonth 8Curriculum TitleImplementation ModelTypeTime (in minutes)
Keyboarding (Review)Week 1Keyboarding: Locate and Type Numbers (Practice/Review)Independent PracticeLesson10
Keyboarding (Review)Week 1Keyboarding: Cursor, Spacebar, Backspace, Enter, and Words (Practice/Review)Independent PracticeLesson9
Online SafetyWeek 2Keyboarding: Cursor, Arrows, and Tab (Practice/Review)Independent PracticeLesson9
Online SafetyWeek 3Netiquette and CyberbullyingWhole GroupDiscussion30
Online SafetyWeek 3Netiquette and Cyberbullying ReflectionWhole GroupApplication Exercise5
Online SafetyWeek 4Safe Site Strategies (Review)Whole GroupDiscussion30

Tips & Suggestions – Utilize age-appropriate custom guided practices to provide additional opportunities for practice. Have students use drawing software and text options to create a “Welcome to Kindergarten” mini-poster for next year’s students.

Digital Literacy ConceptMonth 9Curriculum TitleImplementation ModelTypeTime (in minutes)
Online SafetyWeek 1Open Communication (Review)Whole GroupDiscussion30
Online SafetyWeek 2Summer Online Safety PosterSmall GroupApplication Exercise45
Online SafetyWeek 3Summer Online Safety Poster (Presentations)Small GroupApplication Exercise
Online SafetyWeek 4Technology Showcase (Optional)Whole Group

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.