Getting Started

Watch this 6 minute MiTechKids video tour for a quick introduction.

 

How To Get Started

The resources and content of this site are FREE to use and are Open Educational Resources. The MiTechKids website provides K-5 educators with resources for integrating technology into activities in the classroom to prepare students for success in the real world. This site extends the 21things4students.net website that is designed for grades 5-9 to the K-5 grade levels. 

The site is divided by grade levels K-5 and the seven ISTE Technology Standards for Students. There are basic skills and hot topics available for all age levels.

1. Navigating the Site
Use the main page grade level images or the Quick Links on the menu bar. 
Expand the content sections using the +  on the content block bar, and -   to collapse it again. 

2. Grade Level and ISTE Standards
Choose your grade level and then block with the ISTE standard. There are between two to six task cards for each standard and grade level. These website resources will continue to grow monthly.  

3. The site is searchable!
In the upper right-hand corner of the website, there is a little magnifying glass. The site can be searched with keywords to find certain topics and activities.

  • For example, if you want activities that are STEAM related, type "STEAM" in the search bar
  • To find grade level resources for a content area you might type "4th grade + English".
  • To search for a specific application, such as Popplet, and the search will pull up cards that teach how to use Popplet and cards that have Popplet as part of the assignment. 

4. The site has an Index that lets you filter by grade, standard, app/program and content area. Check it out from the main menu.

5. More Information
Make sure to check the About MiTechKids link for more information on the website. 

What is a Task Card?

What is a task card?

The task cards are classroom technology integration activities that are designed to take normally 20-30 minutes for instruction. After the instruction, it is expected that it will take several class periods to complete the activity. Some of the tasks could be repeated throughout the year for mastery. Most cards have extension activities that provide additional lesson resources.

The task cards all contain:

  • Overview: A summary of the task card activity.
  • Learning Objectives:  The expectation of what students will learn during the activity,
  • Vocabulary: The vocabulary has been written in child friendly language to help the teacher explain the terms.
  • Pre-planning suggestions: These are suggestions for preparing to use the activity, and contains links to tutorials, websites, printouts, videos and resources that can be checked to make sure they are accessible in the classroom setting and with student devices.
  • Accommodations: Many of the activities have accommodations to help students with disabilities. 
  • Steps: These are a suggested sequence of steps for the teacher to take the students through the activity. These can be modified by the teacher to fit the needs of the students and classroom setting. 
  • Assessment Options: Some sample rubrics and ideas for assessing the students after the activity. 

The sidebar on the right side:

  • Standards:The ISTE standards and MITEC competencies that are being addressed in the activity are listed in this section on each task card.
  • Device or Browser specific recommendations: This identifies devices that the activities should work with, includes a list of the websites and apps being used in the activity, and may include some additional resources. 
  • Content area suggestions: Some ideas for integration into one or more curriculum content areas (ELA, Integrated Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies . 
  • Credit: To the task card creator.

Use of these Resources

Modification is allowed and encouraged!
Though the cards have been written for specific grade levels, many of them can easily be modified for younger or older learners.

Give Credit if you borrow the content
The site is free for anyone to use and most activities have links to tutorials and videos created by others. We appreciate that these individuals or vendors have taken the time to share their resources on the Internet. If you use resources either from this site or that we have linked to, please make sure you continue linking to them and/or giving credit to their work. 

Basics and Hot Topics

What are the Basics?
The Basics activities address basic technology skills and are not grade specific (examples include mousing, keyboarding, browsers, and care of the computer). Districts introduce these essential skills at different levels so a grade level is not specified. The teacher can use a more simple or advanced activity depending on the age and ability level of the student. 

What is a Hot Topic?
The Hot Topics are ideas, activites and announcements of things that are timely and may not necessarily fit into the Basics or Grade Level cards. 

Feedback, Requests, and Suggestions

Requests and or Suggestions: We would love to hear from you with any requests for specific task card activities or suggestions to improve the site to meet your needs. Complete this short Feedback and Suggestion Form. 

Please send your special comments to: mitechkids@remc.org and provide a subject to describe the content.

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ISTE STANDARDS

The MiTechKids site resources are aligned with the ISTE technology standards.

ISTE.org  The International Society for Technology in Education, "We help educators around the world use technology to solve tough problems in education."

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

DEVICE AND RESOURCES

This section identifies the specific device the task card activity can be used with. In general, most all of the activity resources work on all devices unless specified.

Additional resources such as apps or web site resources are listed in this section as well.

CONTENT AREA RESOURCES

This section suggests ways to integrate the activity into specific curriculum areas:

  • ELA
  • Integrated Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies