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?