The Diocese of Arlington's Technology Standards were revamped for the 2015-2016 school year and they encompass:
  • Technology Systems (Use It)
    • Develop foundations in the understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.

  • Digital Citizenship (Protect It)
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the history of technology and its impact on society. Practice ethical, legal, and responsible use of technology.

  • Research and Information Management (Find and Organize It)
    • Use digital tools to locate, gather, evaluate, and organize information and data.

  • Learning, Collaboration, and Problem Solving (Solve It)
    • Use a variety of technologies to support and enhance learning, encourage collaboration, increase productivity, and solve problems.

  • Communication and Creativity/Innovation (Create and Communicate It)
    • Use technology for communication, creative thinking, and developing innovative products using various media formats.

The students will be growing and strengthening their technology skills in these areas, as they complete assignments and projects created in support of the Diocesan curriculum in the various content areas.

The first video game ever invented was Pong, which was developed in 1972 by AtariPlay Pong
Directions: Searching this computer hunt could make you more knowledgeable about the computer than your teacher. Go for it! Use the links to go to a site that has the answer. If a link is broken, use your online searching skills to find information that will help you answer the question on a separate piece of paper.

1. Describe the 4 components all computers have in common.input storage processing output
2. What is a dingbat?
3. Give an example of a use for these special font characters (meaning – dingbat).
4. How do you enter a © (copyright symbol) in a Word document?
5. What is a handshake?
6. What is a home page?
7. Enter the home page address (URL) of your school’s government's web site.
8. What handles can you not hold in your hand?
9. What was ENIAC?
10. What contribution did Ada Byron make to computing?
11. What kind of wafers are used at Intel to make computer chips? Be specific!
12. What do they call the suit that cleanroom technicians must wear while making computer chips? Why is the special clothing necessary?
13. What does modem stand for anyway? (Search the Webopedia site)
14. What does a modem do?
15. I think the person who coined these computer terms must have been hungry.
What is a bit?
16. How many bits are in a byte?

17. Use the database Free On-Line Dictionary of Computing to learn ...
a. How many nibbles are in a byte?
b. What is a byte?
c. What is a kilobyte?
d. What is a megabyte?
e. What is a gigabyte?
f. What is a terabyte?
18. The ARPANET 's development began in 1966. It was an experiment to connect universities so they could share information. What do we call this network of computers today?
19. In what year was the first World-Wide Web software created by Tim Berners-Lee?

(Hint: Use the Find command to making searching this page easier. Go Edit ...Find.

Enter a keyword for what you are looking for (a name, or the word "web" for example). Click Find. To repeat the process go Edit ... Find again.)
20. Which is older? You or the World Wide Web?
21. Project Gutenberg puts on the Internet public domain literature and information.

What was the first document posted?
22. USB flash drives have replaced floppy disks.
23. What is a USB flash drive? Think about it - Give an example of a use for one.
24. How many megabytes of data can a factory made audio CD hold?
25. Which can hold more information - a CD, a DVD, a USB thumb drive, a portable media player?
26. Douglas Engelbart was a computer visionary of the 1960's. What did he invent that you find handy?
27. What is a computer virus?
28. Name three computer peripherals.
29. What does GUI (pronounced "goo-ey") mean?
30. What is an advantage of the Dvorak keyboard?
31. How did Marcian Hoff's invention change computers? Look him up using Inventor Search. Do all computers include one of his inventions?
32. Apple Computer's G4 is a supercomputer because its operations can be measured in gigaflops. What is a gigaflop?
33. Name a mammal, other than humans, uses a computer. (Use your online research skills to find Project Delphis)
34. Who said this quote: "If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves."

35. List the 4 NETS for better Internet searching.
36. List 3 synonyms for the Internet.
37. Search engines maintain massive databases of the WWW. What is a database?
38. Give three examples of common paper databases.
39. What is spyware? What does it do? How does a computer user often get it in their computer?
40. Yahoo is an Internet directory. Scan this tutorial. How is it organized?
41. When is a directory helpful?
42. A specialized search engine is a great asset when hunting for a particular thing on the web.

Here is a directory of some.
a. List two engines for finding images:
b. List one for finding info on states or counties.
c. Which would locate an online version of a book written by Dickens or Franklin?
d. Which would be best for finding out who won the recent election?

43. What is a domain name? (A second explanation)
44. Suppose you are doing a research project about NFL football. You harness a search engine.

You enter football and get tons of hits about soccer.

How can you search the WWW for info on football excluding sites/pages on soccer?
45. In a building, a firewall prevents the spread of fire within the structure. They often surround staircases with a firewall to protect the escape route. Savvy computer users on networks also have firewalls. What is a computer firewall? (Look it up)
46. You want to connect to a site you have bookmarked. But instead you get a 404 message.

Enter two reasons for getting the message.
46. What can you try, before leaving the site, to try to relocate your page?
47. FYI - Do you have a computer acronym you would like to understand? Find it at The Acronym Database

What do the following acronyms mean?
IM -
48. Why should you "Post to be Private" in social networking sites?
49. Look into this powerful idea:

You would not leave a faucet running constantly in the off chance you need to wash your hands.

You should not leave your computer running, either. Consider the costs of leaving a computer on all the time. The cost of electricity
How Much Juice Is Your Computer Using at Night? | Greening your computer usage
“PCs are not hurt by turning them on and off a few times a day,” said Jonathan Koomey, a project scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. “Economic obsolescence is much more dangerous to PCs than turning them on and off.”
a. What do you conclude should be done? Leave it on / turn it off
b. Estimate the number of computers your school has. How much would your school save on electricity by turning them all off at night and on weekends?

Hello Imagineers and Future Leaders,

I am writing this letter to welcome you back to a new year of Technology class. The 8th grade will be a very different class from what you have experienced, because you are going to challenge yourself to take control of your learning and make your future soooooo.. bright, “you’ll have to wear shades!!!!”.

This year we are not only going to make you into an even better prospect in the job market, but now you are going use all that knowledge from previous years to make it work for you. “HOW?!?!”

I’m going to teach you how to manage money, research the job market, prepare your resume, research on your dream universities/ colleges, practice interview skills and all that you will need to get you the right job; SOUNDS GREAT, RIGHT????

One important lesson that is now required is for you to learn how to do presentation. So whenever you will be presenting or reporting to your other classes, you should be able to know the basic of public presentation. You will become reacquainted with video production and practice public speaking in front of a camera. You will learn how to use your research skills to defend or argue against social issues that are currently in the minds of people in the world today.

Possibly most unique to your 8th grade class is learning about social issues of technology. It is time to know that there are also growing moral issues and so we will have a month long lesson on Missing. It is a mystery game that you are going to be working on for about a month. It is a story about a boy named Zack who is just a little older than you. Zack is from Canada and lives with his parents. He makes friends with someone who uses the screen name Fantasma. Your job is to work with the Canadian police to help Zack. You will be asked to solve puzzles to make your way through the story. Please be aware that this is based on a true story; the people you see are actors.

I am totally accessible via email and I will do my best to give you the tools needed to be ready for high school and beyond. My best advice (as always) from this point on is to review directions thoroughly, learn all procedures done in class, think clearly on what questions you’re going to ask your teacher and be observant of what your peers are doing, but most importantly make responsible decisions.

Bon voyage and to the future we walk!

Good luck,

Mr. Wage

Mr. Benjamin M. Wage
Class Name
7th Grade Technology
Room 106- Computer Lab
Contact Information
Email: Email is the most recommended way for communication.
Phone:(703) 491-4447 ext. 983
There is no textbook but online materials are available at Teacher’s Homepage available at the Faculty portion of Aquinas Homepage and at class Edmodo.
Other Supplies
ü Flash drive (recommended)
ü Gmail account: Because of the extensive use of Google Classroom, a gmail created and approved by parents is required as most of the online technology tools require an email account. It is highly recommended that this is a must so as not to delay the students doing online works or projects.
Class Description
This is a computer lab based program. Each lesson will begin with the teacher modeling a skill or task for you and then you will be asked to replicate that skill. At this point the expectations for the class will be announced. Please make sure you listen (and pay attention) to these first ten minutes of class. The classroom is organized into acceptable lab configuration. I provide an LCD projected image of my laptop to help you visually understand the lessons. Students are to be seated in the same seats throughout the year. Students will be repositioned according to the needs of the teacher.
I will follow the student handbook
  • Test will count 40% of the students grade
  • Quizzes count 35% of the students grade
  • Homework counts 25% of the students grade
Forms of Assessment
Part of the assessment is typing test and we will follow the diocesan requirement. Projects, always a big chunk of the grade; quizzes (mostly online); activities and projects; homework and participation in class. All rubrics provided as posted at the teacher’s homepage and at class Edmodo.
Make-Up Work
We will follow the Aquinas Handbook as recommended.
Make-Up Tests
Make up tests should be scheduled upon the students return to school.
Preparation for Class
Students will receive notice at the Teacher’s Homepage and at class Edmodo and that include topics to be studied and assignments. Each student is responsible for arriving to class, with all materials and in their seat on time.
Work submitted on time will receive full credit. The Aquinas Handbook states that work submitted on time receives up to a 100% credit, a day late receives up to 50% credit, and any time after a day will receive a zero.
Special Projects and
Major Assignments
There will be projects assigned quarterly as part of the quarterly grade.
See Parent/Student Handbook for school-wide policies concerning:
Attendance, Respect of Property, Cheating, Style Sheet Guidelines and Conduct Grade Guidelines

As we enter the ever changing world of 21st century learning, we believe that it is essential for our students at STARS to have the tools necessary to be safe, effective, and respectful digital citizens. We will follow the latest and recommended curriculum using the acronym, SMART:
Safety first
My creation or give credit
Awareness of accuracy
Responsible postings
Traceable footprint
At each grade level we have accumulated lessons and support materials that will allow us to empower students with technology essential tools.

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Seventh Grade

Second Marking Period Expectations
A. For the 2nd marking period, you will be making your Business and Pleasure Trip Project* by selecting one of the following: Due Date: January 15,2014
1. European Tour
2. Asian Tour
3. African Tour
4. Middle East Tour
Using the following tools (Publisher, Excel, Word, Moviemaker, and Prezi:
1. Make Business Card Using Publisher
2. Letter of Inquiry to Travel Company Using your own Company Letterhead (Use Publisher)
3. Brochure of Travel Package (use Publisher
4. Itemized Expenses Using Excel
5. Itinerary from leaving the airport up to Arrival in Word or Excel
6. Pictures and Videos of your trip Using Prezi or Moviemaker
1-5 must be submitted in printed format at home or saved at your student folder
6 must be "share" online at my or if a video
must be in your school folder.
B. Online Quizzes at Brainpop

C. Typing Lessons
*realistic reflection of the current prices

In Seventh Grade, we

  • review and practice the following, including:
    • input, output, processing, and storage devices;
    • Internet safety;
    • Internet research;
    • presentation development and delivery;
    • spreadsheets and charts;
  • learn about digital photography and editing;
  • learn to create HTML documents;
  • create websites on GoogleSites
  • .

This Day in History
On This Day

Daily Lesson
Aug 28

First Day Lesson
Review AUP
Make your Own Comic Strip
Aug 28

Google Search Images
On This Day

Sept 4

Sept 4

Keybr Typing
create an Avatar
Sept 11

Typing Web
Sept. 11

Typing Expert
Sept. 18

Online Free Touch Typing

Typing Test
Sept 25

Future City Project
Sept 25

Future City Project
Sept 21

Website Evaluation
Flat Stanley
Sept 23

October is National Cyber Awareness Month
Sept 28 & 30

Oct 5

Oct 7

Oct 11

create an illustration about an ancient civilization
Oct 13

Copyright Mystery
Oct 19

10 Big Myths About Copyright Explained

Copyright Web site
Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Media
U. S. Copyright Office
Fair Use
Copyright Kids
Public Domain
When works become Public Domain
Oct 26

Complete Powerpoint

Jan 6

The Manga Guide to Databases
Feb 8

New Site -
Free Play Music
March 17 - - - - - - -

Make an animated Movie about what you are studying in one
of your subjects
If you finished early, you can go to the following sites:

Try some of these fun activities if you finish your work early!

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My Oats
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Flame Painter
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Eye Candy
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This Is Sand
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Flabby Physics
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Magnetic Poetry
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Solid Edge Garage
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San Diego Zoo
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Fraboom Online Museum
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Awesome Word Games
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Toon-Books Cartoon Maker
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Give the Dog A Bone
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Scrap Coloring
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Whizz Words
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Stop Frame Animator
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Monster School Bus
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Line Rider
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Word Magic
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Tween Tribune
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Toy Theater
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Rotate & Roll
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Nick Jr. Spin Art
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Sheppard Software
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Play Kids Games
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Optical Illusions Challenge
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Isle of Tune
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Paint Like Pollock
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Must Pop Words
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Free Rice