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Media Education & Technology Plan


  • National Standards (“NETS”)
  • Basic Operations & Media Literacy for PS 124
  • StudentsSpecific goals for PS 124 StudentsOnline Tools &
  • Online Tools & Resources we’ve used

Below are the National standards for technology, and simple interpretations of them based on the curriculum we have been developing at 124.  For examples of projects and routines that 124 teachers have used to support these goals, visit our Digital Productions page.

National Standards (“NETS”)


The PS 124 goals listed below are based on the National Educational Technology Standards (”NETS”), which are endorsed by the NYCDOE Office of Instructional Technology.

The Basics (from ITSE):

“What students should know and be able to do to learn effectively and live productively in an increasingly digital world …”

  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts

To see all of the standards visit the following links:

Also see:

Basic Operations and Media Literacy for PS 124 Students

Basic Operations

The first set of goals are related to establishing technological skills that allow kids to operate tools they will be required to use in middle school and beyond (typing, browsing the internet, gathering information in different digital formats — pictures, videos, sounds).

By the time students are ready to enter middle school they should be able to:

  1. locate and gather useful information from the Internet, citing sources
  2. communicate fluently with a computer using combinations of typing, images, recorded voice and other sound

Media Literacy

The second set of goals are related to media literacy, the ability to 1) think critically about , and 2) create messages that combine text with moving images, still images, sound, or other “media”.

By the time students are ready to enter middle school they should understand:

  1. that messages on TV, radio, CD’s, Videos, DVD’s, billboards, magazines, and other forms are created by people like them in ways that are similar to the writing process
  2. that they have the power, along with anyone who has access to a computer and an Internet connection, to publish their own messages on the Internet

For more info, visit The Media Spot’s Media Literacy page

Specific Goals for PS 124 Students

The specific skills below can be developed through routine exercises to teach basic operations, and continued project-based learning tied-in to your curriculum maps and “NETS” to establish media literacy.

By 2nd Grade, students will:

  • know how to turn on the computer, find and open programs
  • know how to use a mouse and find letters on the keyboard
  • independently use “push-button”, or “point and click” software (like WiggleWorks, or
  • answer questions with their teacher using information from the Intnernet
  • collaborate with their teacher to communicate using computers, cameras, video or sound (i.e. iMovie, Flip Video,
  • (grade 2) begin typing practice through online games and software (i.e. Dance Mat Typing)
  • for more ideas on Media Education for kids see Sesame Street’s Media Literacy Guide on, or Arthur’s Guide to Media Literacy (includes lesson plans)
  • visit our Digital Productions page on the staff blog to see examples of projects other PS 124 teachers have completed

By 5th Grade, students will:

  • continue typing practice (see above)
  • manage and save files on individual computers (grades 3-5), and the school network, or online (i.e. Google Docs, or the school website)
  • publish typed work to the school website, or as printed documents
  • adapt and publish typed work that effectively incorporates multimedia (digital images, music and narration, or video)
  • understand the difference between one computer and a network of computers (i.e. our school network, one computer, or computers connected to the Internet)
  • understand the interactive nature of the Internet (i.e. by publishing to our blogs people all over the world can see and respond to their work)
  • cite Internet sources by copying and pasting web addresses (URLs) into typed research papers or blog posts
  • understand how to be a responsible and safe participant in social networks online

For more info see:

Online Tools & Resources we’ve used

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