A free online technology curriculum from Minnesota State Colleges and Universities that introduces secondary students to computer science skills and in-demand I.T. careers.
Teacher training and support is included.
Content for the ITX Curriculum aligns with Precision Exams – Information Technology Introduction (801).
IT Exploration (ITX) includes EIGHT 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
- game design
- digital citizenship
- tech careers
- and more….
Announcing IT Exploration 4.0!
The Minn 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.
Contact ITCOE About The ITX Curriculum
CURRICULUM STANDARDS & FEATURES
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.
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.
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.