EasyTech for Online Assessments: Grades 3-5

The EasyTech for Online Assessments sequence helps prepare students with the necessary skills to do their best on the new computer-based Common Core assessments. Whether your school participates in the PARCC, SBAC, or another assessment program, students will need to demonstrate their subject area knowledge by successfully utilizing their technology skills within the assessment. The EasyTech for Online Assessments sequence gives you the tools to identify and address gaps in student skills and improve their overall digital literacy prior to testing.

 Subject Units

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The five subject units that comprise the sequence – Computer Fundamentals, Keyboarding, Word Processing, Charts & Graphs, and Research & Evaluation – provide interactive demonstrations and hands-on simulations that progressively build student understanding. Each subject unit begins with a pre-test that identifies whether the student has mastered its core learning objectives. Depending on their performance on the pre-test, students receive automatic prescriptions of EasyTech Lessons targeted to address any gaps in their skills and understanding. The supplemental unit gives teachers the flexibility to assign additional curriculum for extra practice and skill building.

 

 

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Pre- & Post-test

Students begin each subject unit with a brief Pre-test (9 questions in multiple-choice and true/false format) that assesses their knowledge of the subject area. Once complete, students who miss two or more questions associated with a specific technology skill will be assigned a corresponding EasyTech Lesson to address that skill gap with further practice. At the end of each subject unit, student growth is measured using the Post-test (9 questions in multiple-choice and true/false format). The keyboarding unit offers a keyboarding Lesson instead of a Pre-test to assess student typing skills. Each Pre- and Post-test includes audio support in both English and Spanish. See the Anatomy of EasyTech Pre-tests for more information.

 

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Teachers see instant results within the class gradebook following completion of either a Pre-test or an EasyTech Lesson. This permits differentiated instruction to address the needs of students who have not yet mastered the concepts and skills required to do their best.

 

Prescribed EasyTech Lessons for Grades 3-5

The five subject areas include a selection of targeted EasyTech Lessons, some or all of which may be automatically prescribed depending on a student’s Pre-test results. Teachers also have the option of assigning all of the Lessons if they wish. The following EasyTech Lessons make up the subject units.

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• Software Fundamentals: Desktop
• Software Fundamentals: Windows and Controls
• Software Fundamentals: Toolbars and Menus
• Software Fundamentals: Software and File Formats
• Hardware Fundamentals: Network Basics
• Keyboarding: Home Row
• Keyboarding: Upper Row
• Keyboarding: Lower Row
• Keyboarding: Shift Key
• Keyboarding: Number Row
• Adaptive Keyboarding (Great Keyboarding Adventure)
• Word Processing: Basic Document Creation
• Word Processing: Formatting Text
• Word Processing: Creating and Organizing Content
• Word Processing: Revising and Formatting
• Word Processing: Editing and Proofreading Your Work
• Spreadsheets: Parts
• Spreadsheets: Navigating Cells, Rows, and Columns
• Spreadsheets: Pie Charts
• Spreadsheets: Bar Charts
• Spreadsheets: Line Charts
• Internet Usage: Online Information Basics
• Internet Usage: Browsing and URLs
• Internet Usage: Safe and Effective Online Searches
• Internet Usage: Research, Resources, and Ethics

 

Supplemental Content

In addition to the EasyTech Lessons included in the five subject units, teachers may wish to assign additional materials to students who they determine need additional practice and skill building. The supplemental unit includes additional Lessons, Drills, Quizzes, and Application Exercises that ask students to demonstrate their digital literacy skills and understanding. It should be noted that the materials in this supplemental unit would not be automatically prescribed to students following completion of a Pre-test.

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• Computer Basics Quiz
• Computer Navigation Quiz
• Keyboarding: Drill 1
• Keyboarding: Drill 2
• Keyboarding Test Level 2 (AE)
• Word Processing Basics Quiz
• Word Processing Quiz
• Word Processing: Page Layout
• Multimedia: Designing Documents with Desktop Publishing
• Correcting Hyphenation (AE)
• Word Division Level 2 (AE)
• Spreadsheet Basics Quiz
• Graphing in Spreadsheets Quiz
• Web Browsing Basics Quiz
• Research Rocks (AE)