Archdiocese of Newark Technology Curriculum Maps

Participation Rubric

Middle School


Students are using the Engineering Design Process to solve one global issue.  They have been conducting independent research on global problems, existing solutions, criteria, constraints, and countries.  After they identify a problem to solve and a country with that problem, they select a company name, design a company logo, and create a tri-fold brochure.

They eventually will build their prototype or create their campaign.  They work collaboratively to identify the materials they will need for the build, research country resources, and identify how others have tried to solve the problem.

Topics Covered

Google Classroom

Introduction to Chromebooks

Internet research

Citing sources (online resources and Google Docs Add-ons)

Engineering Design Process (EDP)

Design theory and principles

Logo design (online paint program)

Psychology of color

Charts and graphs (Google Sheets)

Design layout (Canva, Sketchpad 5.1, Google Drawings)

Typography (Serif and Sans serif)

Print and web media

Scriptwriting (Google Docs)

Storyboarding (Google Slides)

Google Extensions


Upper Elementary

Students in 4th and 5th grades are exploring biographies.  They are reading about and researching one person who made or is making a significant contribution to society.  They will eventually become that person when they participate in the school's Living Wax Museum.


Grade 3 students are working in small groups on a research/STEAM project entitled Let's Go Camping.  During this project, students will use Google Classroom to organize their work and share documents.  They will use Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Drawings, and app extensions and add-ons.  Part of the project will require them to work as a team to build solutions to problems they encounter during their guided research.  This multi-disciplinary project will hone research, writing, presentation, map, math, and collaborative skills.

Grade 2 students are working in small groups to conduct guided research about various habitats.  They are using various sources to find plant, animal, climate, and location information related to the habitat. They are finishing up a Google Slides presentation about their habitat.

In the weeks to come, students in Grades K - 2, will be learning code.  They will write algorithms to complete simple to difficult tasks.  Eventually, students will be able to select the coding experience that best fits their skill.

Transitions, Kindergarten, and Grade 1 students are learning proper computer terminology and proper use of tablets and laptops.  They are exploring the various web browsers and are navigating bookmarks and websites on their own and with some guidance.


Students in the Pre-K program first listen to a read aloud story then discuss aspects of the story or make predictions about the story's events.

After the story, students learn how to properly use an iPad and laptop.  They learn the proper terminology for the parts of the various electronic devices, the apps, and the functions of the buttons, etc.  During this time, they practice letters, letter sounds, math concepts, and listen to stories and songs.