Think Digital, Lesson 1

Word Bundle

In order to have a sense of where 5th graders were at with technology vocabulary, our first lesson was designed for the following: students define key technology terms,  group them, and then discuss each term.  The students worked in groups, and wrote their ideas on  chart paper.  Here is an example of one group’s product.

As you can see, they did a pretty accurate job grouping the terms.  In retrospect,  I should have taken a video of their discussions in order to really capture their richness. Kids were engaged,  helped each other clarify meanings, and freely tossed around ideas.  Other than “netiquette” and “upload”, kids were quite knowledgeable of the terms involved.  Not long ago, I did a similar activity with grade 4 students, and the  kids had no idea what basic tech words such as “virus” or “streaming” meant.  Technology language is becoming much more familiar to elementary school students than it used to be.

The list of terms is included in the picture above. I now question if we should add or subtract words from this list.  Any suggestions?


About Naho Kikuchi

Elementary school counselor at The American School in Japan. Living and working in West Tokyo since 1997. Forever trying to figure out how to balance work, family and time for myself.
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One Response to Think Digital, Lesson 1

  1. Fantastic! Did they ever have to explain their grouping choices? How did they determine where the two words they didn’t know should go? How did you go about defining the words with the class, once they know how the concepts were organized?

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