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ITX is a free online technology curriculum from Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

Announcing IT Exploration 4.0!

The Minnesota State ITCOE has partnered with STEM Fuse and our existing ITX power-users to provide a new and improved version of IT Exploration on the Educate Learning Platform.

  • Easy access to online resources
  • Activities and practice tools
  • Step-by-step guidance for teachers
  • So easy to incorporate into curriculum & school environment

And just like before, this curriculum is no cost for Minnesota secondary schools and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to use.

Students:

  • gain necessary computer science skills that they will use for life

  • learn about in-demand and well paying I.T. careers

  • content aligns with Precision Exams  – Information Technology Introduction (801). 

Teachers:

  • all training and support is included at no cost

  • no need for a tech background

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IT Exploration (ITX) includes NINE tech topical areas based on a broad range of computing-based skills and competencies that Minnesota employers are seeking.

The ITX curriculum includes the fundamentals of:

  • software development
  • networking
  • hardware
  • security
  • game design
  • digital productivity skills
  • tech careers
  • analytics
  • and more….

Contact ITCOE About The ITX Curriculum

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CURRICULUM STANDARDS & FEATURES

Office Productivity


Students will learn or be reacquainted to basic computer skills; the internet, Windows OS, Mac OS, email, word processing, social media, spreadsheets, slideshows, and information literacy.

Digital Media


Students will explore digital file formats, video projects, web pages, programming careers, ethics, and more.

Trends and Impacts of Computing


Students will explore employability skills, salary and lifestyle budget, education and certifications, job career interests and suitability, and IT roles.

Networks and the Internet


Students will explore the network and internet, mapping network labs, Cloud computing, CyberProtect Simulation, and more.

Computing Systems and IT Services


Students will explore systems administration, computer and internet safety, computer system types, operating systems, firewalls, virtualization, troubleshooting, and education and career options in technical support.

Technology Careers


Students will experience a tech career research project and explore work-based learning resources.

Game Development and Design


Students are introduced to game design through interactive learning lessons and hands-on projects where they’ll explore what goes into a great game, video game history, and popular engines used to build games. Students build a simple game and end the unit by learning about game design and programming careers.

Data and Analysis


Students will  explore database, Crowdsourcing, basic SQL database commands, and data visualization.

Algorithms and Programming


Students will explore programming careers, coding skills, problem solving process and algorithms , web development and games.