MYP Technology Course Description: John Glenn Middle School provides technological literacy by enabling students to develop critical-thinking and design skills, which they can apply in a practical context. Recognizing the need for embedding the learning of specific technology tools in authentic tasks and integrating it in projects and assignments that are part of the curriculum of core subjects such as Science, Language Arts, Math and Social Studies. The idea that technology is a “tool” can be reinforced with students when it is taught as a tool to achieve a larger purpose. While designing may take various forms, it will involve the selective application of knowledge within an ethical framework. It will focus on the design, development, analysis, synthesis and evaluation of inquiry projects, and their solution through practical applications. It is in this context that John Glenn Technology aims to develop in students:
*a sense of curiosity as they acquire the skills necessary for independent and lifelong learning through inquiry into the technological world around them.
*an ability to explore concepts, ideas and issues with personal, local and global significance to acquire in-depth knowledge and understanding of design and technology.
*initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to identify and resolve complex social and technological problems through reasoned ethical decision-making.
*an ability to understand and express ideas confidently and creatively using a variety of communication techniques through collaboration with others.
*a propensity to act with integrity and honesty, and take responsibility for their own actions in designing technological solutions to academic challenges.
*an understanding and appreciation of cultures in terms of global technological development, seeking and evaluating a range of perspectives.
*a willingness to approach unfamiliar situations in an informed manner and explore new roles, ideas and strategies.
*an understanding of the contribution of design and technology to the promotion of intellectual development. *empathy, compassion and respect for the needs and feelings of others in order to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.
*skills that enable them to reflect on the impacts of design and technology on society and the environment in order to develop their own learning and enhanced solutions to technological problems.
Technology Mission: “Empower our students to become 21st Century learners and reach their full potential to become knowledgeable, confident, caring and responsible global-minded citizens.”
*Commitment to Excellence Character Traits
Learner Attributes (IB Learner Profile)
Five Areas of Interaction The Areas of Interaction provide a means of broadening the experience of the students. This model is designed so that students will become increasingly aware of the connections between subject content and the real world, rather than considering subjects as isolated areas unrelated to each other and to the world. Questions students are asked to consider and answer through all eight subject areas.
Approaches to Learning
*How did I show that I can do work step by step, methodically?
*How did I show that I care that I do a job well?
*How did I demonstrate quality language arts skills?
*Was my audience able to understand my thoughts and expressions easily?
*What would I do differently on a similar project?
*How did my project show that I have an interest in today’s world?
*What new things about the community/world did I discover through this project?
*Did this experience make me want to learn more about this topic – How?
*How did I make a difference in my community/world through this project?
*What did I learn about myself through this project? Health and Social Education
*What did I learn about my physical and mental self through this project?
*What social/legal issues did I learn/discuss in my project?
*What did I learn about respect for myself and others through this activity?
*What peer/family/societal influences did I experience through this project?
*What did I learn about working as a group through this activity?
*What did I learn about the interdependence of humans and other life through this project?
*What did I learn about the consequences of human manipulation of the environment through this activity? *How did my work show that there is a link between health and changes in the environment, between pollution and population growth and how people change their environment?
*What did I learn about individual, local, regional, national and international responsibilities in connection to the environment?
*What did I learn about environmental choices offered by technology? Human Ingenuity *How did my work show that I have an understanding and appreciation for the human capacity to invent, create, transform and improve the quality of life on this planet?
*In my work, how did I show the relationships between science, art, technology and human values?
*What did I learn about the human ability to change through this work?
*What do I now know about the great scientific discoveries of people after doing this assignment?
*How did I show my own ingenuity and creativeness through this project?
*What can I now explain about the impacts on the world of men and women’s creativeness? Aims and Objectives: It is the intention of the technology class that students achieve the following objectives. Demonstrate an understanding of: *relevant facts and concepts.
*design and technological methods and techniques
*methods of presenting technological information.
Apply and use:
*relevant facts and concepts
*design methods and technological techniques
*technological terminology to communicate effectively
*appropriate communication methods to present information. Construct, analyze and evaluate:
*methods, techniques and products
*data, information and technological explanations.
Demonstrate the personal skills of cooperation, perseverance, integrity and responsibility appropriate for effective designing. Instructional Practices: Instructional methods that support project-based learning (PBL), critical thinking skills, cooperative learning, varying learning styles, differentiation, content area standards, information literacy, and career exploration will be used. The “design cycle” is the central tool used by students to create and evaluate products or solutions in response to challenges in technology.
The MYP technology design cycle consists of four main stages and these relate to the objectives of the course: investigate, plan, create, and evaluate.
Differentiation Strategies: Students are given opportunities to:
*Expand their knowledge of a wide variety of software programs
*Explore, evaluate and choose appropriate software for assigned projects
* Acquire and improve their technological skills at an individualized pace based on their learning styles *Receive frequent formative feedback Grading: Students will be graded using a combination of summative and formative assessments.
Summative: Assessment designed to provide information to be used in making judgments about a student's achievement at the end of a unit of instruction.
Formative: Assessment designed to inform the learner and the teacher about strengths and weakness and to provide direction for improvement and/or adjustment to a program for individual students or for a whole class during a unit of instruction.
Methods of Assessment: Knowledge and skills will be evaluated through the use of rubrics