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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
  • networking
  • hardware
  • security
  • game design
  • digital citizenship
  • tech careers
  • analytics
  • 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.

Sign Up Now For IT Exploration Training

Wednesday, December 8th, 2021 from 2:00 to 4:30 (US/Central)

Learn How To:

  • Access the curriculum portal
  • Review content and alignment to technology standards
  • Access Precision Exams
  • Step-by-step use and training of the curriculum
  • Use college and career resources

Contact ITCOE About The ITX Curriculum

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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.





IT Exploration Curriculum Informational Webinars

Developed by Minnesota State and partnered with STEM Fuse, this FREE curriculum includes teacher training and support. Learn more about this curriculum at a short online webinar. The IT fundamentals of software development, networking, hardware, security, analytics, game design, digital citizenship, tech careers, and more are all covered to give students a great start toward […]

Upcoming IT Exploration Training

Learn How to Use & Implement the ITX Curriculum Click Date Below to Register Wednesday, March 10th, 2021 from 9:30am to 12:00pm Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021 from 9:30am to 12:00pm Wednesday, August 11th, 2021 from 1:00pm to 3:30pm It Explorations is a free high school curriculum introducing students to IT skills and in-demand tech careers […]

More Information

For more information contact Russell Fraenkel, Director of IT Career Pathways and Partnerships, Minnesota State – IT Center of Excellence | (651) 253.9438.