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How to Use Elementary Technology Curriculum FAQ


Technology Lesson Plans and Activities Frequently Asked Questions

Technology Lesson Plans and Activities Frequently Asked Questions

Have you been checking out my Technology Lesson Plans and Activities but you have some questions? Have you bought the resource but you're not sure where to start? This post holds the most frequently asked questions and answers (and will be updated as needed) so keep reading!
Technology Lesson Plans and Activities Frequently Asked Questions

This curriculum was created over 3 school years when I had nothing for materials for my technology specials. I was spending my nights and weekends scouring Pinterest and Google for ideas because I knew my students deserved engaging lessons even if I had to do everything from scratch. 

I found myself exhausted and frustrated and just knew there had to be an easier way. That is when I discovered the magic of having my own class website and screencasting my instructions. I created a modified-flipped-classroom before I even knew that was a thing. Students were working at their own pace and they stopped asking me to repeat instructions. I felt like I had struck gold! 

I tested and perfected the activities with them and now I’ve made them available to you!

SPECIAL OFFER: Would you like to try my K-5 Technology Curriculum for 30 days to see if it is a good fit for your students? Click here and use the code TRYK5TECH1 at checkout to get the first 30 days for just $1!



If you're considering purchasing, read this section:

This k5tech.net Elementary Technology Curriculum includes over 200 lessons and activities for grades K-5 that will save you so much time coming up with what to do in the computer lab.

It is ideal for a technology teacher, media specialist, tech facilitator, or grade level teachers with mandatory lab time. All of the work is done for you!

This is for you if:

  • You want students who can log in, navigate a website, access any programs, type efficiently, and use technology to learn.
  • You want students who are confident in using the technology required for standardized testing. 
  • You have limited time– in one 45 minute session per week, your students can develop technology literacy while completing engaging projects.
  • You need it to be nearly effortless for YOU and fun for your students.

Question: How does student access work?

Answer: With your purchase you get one class account that all students use to access the lesson pages. Think of this website like a textbook but digital. The username and password’s purpose is to give students access to the textbook. Then from there you (the teacher) still facilitate student progress by letting them know which lesson page to go to and you’ll still collect their finished assignments for assessment. 

Question: Love this idea! What platform will the students be using? Are they done in google drive? Like an interactive notebook?

Answer: Thanks for your question! They are on a website I built for my class when I was a technology teacher. The lesson plans and rationale pages are for the teacher (and administrators, right?) and the website is set up to just click and go for the students to complete the activities. Visit it ahead of time at k5technologycurriculum.com to get an idea how it works. You can find several free pages on the Samples dropdown menu. If/when you purchase access, you will create a class username and password to access all of the grade level pages.
Over 200 lessons and activities for grades K-5 that will make a great addition to your technology curriculum. These lesson plans and activities will save you so much time coming up with what to do during your computer lab time.

Question: I am interested in purchasing this package. I'm one of your followers and when I looked at the information you shared in your note to us, I saw I can statements. Are these included in what in this bundle? 

Answer: Great question! On each lesson plan there are I can statements typed in under the standards. They aren't in poster format in this resource but I do sell the posters separately. So I guess that leaves it up to you whether or not you want to write them on the board yourself or get the pre-made posters. I hope that answered your question. Thanks!
Over 200 lessons and activities for grades K-5 that will make a great addition to your technology curriculum. These lesson plans and activities will save you so much time coming up with what to do during your computer lab time.

Question: Do these include google apps or MS Office?

Answer: Both! Starting in 1st grade there are lessons to teach excel/sheets, word/docs, and PPT/slides.
You can pick and choose which lessons to do with your students. If you have access to Google Apps but not to MS Office, just skip the MS Office lessons and vice versa. 
Over 200 lessons and activities for grades K-5 that will make a great addition to your technology curriculum. These lesson plans and activities will save you so much time coming up with what to do during your computer lab time.

Question: Can I attach the lessons to Google Classroom?

Answer: Some teachers will choose to use Google Classroom as a way to collect student assignments in order to grade them, but there isn’t a way to automatically assign one of my lessons in GC. 


Technology Lesson Plans and Activities FAQ

Question: My Kindergarten students only have iPads. Can they do the lessons from an iPad?

Answer: While it is possible, I don’t recommend it. The whole first quarter of lessons for Kindergarten are on mouse skills and navigating a computer. Completing these lessons on an iPad wouldn’t accomplish any of the same standards. 

Over 200 lessons and activities for grades K-5 that will make a great addition to your technology curriculum. These lesson plans and activities will save you so much time coming up with what to do during your computer lab time.
Question: Hello, previously I've noticed your stuff is geared towards pc use...are these Mac friendly lessons?

Answer: If your students have access to either MS Office Programs or Google Apps then this curriculum can still work for you. From grade 1 up, there is at least one unit in each grade level on MS office products and Google Apps, so if you don't have those programs then you won't be able to use the lessons. The lessons that are web based (keyboarding, research, Internet safety, etc.) would probably be fine. Sorry that doesn't answer it for you, but hopefully now you can make a more informed decision. Thanks for asking before purchasing!
Over 200 lessons and activities for grades K-5 that will make a great addition to your technology curriculum. These lesson plans and activities will save you so much time coming up with what to do during your computer lab time.

Question: On the last page of the preview you have a page from your tech planning binder. Is the binder included with this?

Answer: No the binder is not included but I used my lesson planning template for all of the lesson plans in this resource. (Why reinvent the wheel when I love the lesson planning page, right?)
Over 200 lessons and activities for grades K-5 that will make a great addition to your technology curriculum. These lesson plans and activities will save you so much time coming up with what to do during your computer lab time.
Over 200 lessons and activities for grades K-5 that will make a great addition to your technology curriculum. These lesson plans and activities will save you so much time coming up with what to do during your computer lab time.

Question directly for the 5th grade lesson plans: Are these lessons simple enough they could be used at a Technology Center that students could complete on their own each week or do they need to be "taught" or "teacher guided"?

Answer: The 5th grade lessons require VERY little teacher instruction because I've included screencast instructions for students to watch. Only a few of the lessons require any teacher direction to get started. If you have a few students that could be "tech helpers" for when students get stuck during the lesson then you'd be all set.
Over 200 lessons and activities for grades K-5 that will make a great addition to your technology curriculum. These lesson plans and activities will save you so much time coming up with what to do during your computer lab time.

Question: I'm looking for a preview. Can you help with that?

Answer: Would you like to try my K-5 Technology Curriculum for 30 days to see if it is a good fit for your students? Click here and use the code TRYK5TECH1 at checkout to get the first 30 days for just $1!

Over 200 lessons and activities for grades K-5 that will make a great addition to your technology curriculum. These lesson plans and activities will save you so much time coming up with what to do during your computer lab time.

If you've already purchased, read this section:


Over 200 lessons and activities for grades K-5 that will make a great addition to your technology curriculum. These lesson plans and activities will save you so much time coming up with what to do during your computer lab time.
Question: What do you think is the best way to share the website links with my students?

Answer: Options- 1. Have the page linked to your school website (or whatever website is the home page when your students open the browser). 
2. Make a desktop shortcut on each computer that goes directly to k5technologycurriculum.com. 
3. Use a software like Lanschool to push the link out to your students. 
4. Bookmark the URL on the browser.  *Choose a super easy username and password when you register. 
Technology Lesson Plans and Activities FAQ

Question: I found a broken link in one of the lessons. Could you please fix it?

Answer: Of course. You know how websites are, changing things around whenever they want. I'm happy to fix it! I set aside time on Tuesdays to do this, so as long as you don't need it tomorrow then you will see the update after Tuesday. Email me info@brittanywashburn to let me know about these links.

Question: It looks like there are only about 35ish lessons for each grade level, but your product description says it is enough to last a year. Am I missing something here?

Answer: Several lessons are units and/or will take more than one week to complete. I've also learned in my experience that each teacher will need some built in weeks to do school-based lessons like teaching students how to use a program, or time when they are kicked out of the lab due to testing and such. These lessons are designed for one 45 minute session each week and should be more than enough to get you through your school year. 


Question: My administrator thinks these lesson plans and activities are great and thinks I should share them with the district. I wanted to check with you first because of the licensing. What would we need to do?

Answer: The license covers one teacher working in one building. If your district would like to use this for multiple elementary schools then they can purchase one license per school. Someone from the district purchasing department can reach out to me directly for more information info@brittanywashburn.com

What other questions do you have about these resources? 

Let me know in the comments or email me directly. I have also put together this Common Questions page for Teachers

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  1. Hi,

    I am considering this curriculum to use as part of my summer school computers class. We use Chromebooks. Would all the links and such work on a Chromebook? Thanks!

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    1. For sure! I am also currently working on adding lessons specifically for google slides, docs, and sheets. If you purchase you get lifetime updates included :-)

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  2. I tried to subscribe to your 5 free email. But I never got the confirmation email. I am interested in lessons for 2nd through 5th grade

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  3. Hi Brittany -
    I purchased your bundled K-5 unit and it has been a life-saver for me as a teacher new to the computer lab! I was wondering what program do you use to play the .swf files that are on the websites? I have updated Flash - but is there something else I can use? When I click on these, they download and then say that I do not have a program to run them. I've tried a few things to no avail. Thanks for your help!

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