Archdiocese of Newark Technology Curriculum Maps

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.  They have selected a company name, company logo, and country.

Soon they will begin building their prototypes or creating their campaigns.  They are working collaboratively to identify the materials they will need for the build, to research country resources, and to identify how others have tried to solve the problem.

Topics Covered

Internet research

Citing sources (online resources and Microsoft Word)

Engineering Design Process (EDP)

Design theory and principles

Logo design (online paint program)

Psychology of color

Charts and graphs (Microsoft Excel)

Design layout (Microsoft Publisher or Word)

Typography (Serif and Sans serif)

Print and web media

Scriptwriting (Microsoft Word)

Storyboarding (Microsoft Word or PowerPoint)

Upper Elementary

Students in 4th and 5th grades are learning how to use GoAnimate for Schools in an effort to create a video about a specific topic.  They are learning the benefits of planning through storyboarding and scriptwriting, and, are working collaboratively to compile researched data for their video.

Grade 4 Topic: History of New Jersey (The lessons include guided research, how to select information that is important from the websites, are the sites reliable as sources, and how to cite the sources and images used in the video).

Grade 5 Topic:  Design one room schoolhouse.  Students will use measuring, estimation, and higher order thinking skills to design the interior of this schoolhouse.


Grade 3 students are learning how to read online maps by tracking a shark or turtle they selected with a partner.  They are maintaining data on the shark or turtle in Microsoft Word and are using that data to create a PowerPoint presentation with their partner.

Grade 2 students have been learning the features in PowerPoint that will help them create a presentation with a partner on a selected habitat.  This presentation will allow students to include photographs of their habitat dioramas that they make for Science class.

Transitions, Kindergarten, and Grade 1 students have been using various paint programs to create a unique piece of art.


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, the remaining class time is teaching the students how to properly use an iPad.  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.