- 1. What is Trajectory?
Trajectory is a technology curriculum program designed to target key suite skills. These are the skills that allow students to master word processing, spreadsheet, multimedia, and desktop publishing applications in a variety of platforms. Trajectory is a comprehensive program of hands-on lesson plans that use real-life projects to develop the skills students will need in high school, college, and career.
- 2. What are the benefits of teaching business technology skills?
Research shows that technology instruction generally is motivating to students and promotes engagement in the classroom. Teaching office suite skills allows students to make use of technology as readers, writers, presenters, and collaborators. The ability to create tangible, real world evidence of their knowledge is reflective of how students today will be utilizing technology in their academic and professional lives. Trajectory offers a means to teach these vital skills.
- 3. What do we need to implement the Trajectory program?
Your schools’ needs will vary depending upon which of the curriculum versions you choose.
For Microsoft Office curriculum, your school will need:
- Desktops or laptop PCs with Microsoft Office 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, or 365 installed.
- A strategy for sharing and saving files, to allow teachers to share templates and students to save and share ongoing and completed work.
For Google curriculum, your school will need:
- Desktops or laptops with an internet connection (preferably high-speed broadband),
- Google Apps for Education accounts for students and teachers using the curriculum (more information available at www.google.com/edu/).
For iWork for iOS curriculum, your school will need:
- iPads with iWork (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote) installed
- An efficient strategy for file sharing, to allow teachers to share templates and students to save and share ongoing and completed work.
- 4. What is included when we buy Trajectory?
Your purchase includes:
- Four curriculum units each year for grades 1-8.
- All support materials (templates, samples, and handouts) needed to implement the program.
- Access to Trajectory’s Kindergarten curriculum as well as the Life Skills curriculum, targeted to high school students and young adults.
- Access to Trajectory’s Cyber Ethics and Interactive Web modules.
- Access to our comprehensive library of resource and research sites, Trajectory Connect. This site allows teachers and students to make use of a wide range of educational resources in a controlled environment.
- Teachers in the program have access to the Teacher Support site, where they can download all the support materials for the Trajectory curriculum as well as supplementary lessons such as Cyber Ethics and Interactive Web.
- The ability of teachers to earn Continuing Education Units through ACSI and AACS each year upon completion of Trajectory’s four core curriculum units.
Your school has the option of using any and all of the curriculum versions offered for no additional charge. This means you can make use of the Microsoft Office, Google Drive, and iWork curriculum in any combination that best suits your students and school.
- 5. How do we set up the necessary software?
The process of setting up the needed software will vary depending upon your chosen curriculum version.
- For Microsoft Office, your school will need to purchase and install Microsoft Office 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, or 365 on each of the computers that will be used by Trajectory students.
- For Google curriculum, your school will need to deploy Google Apps for Education at your school. This is a free software program offered by Google, but there is an approval and set-up process that will require the attention of a staff member. More information can be found at www.google.com/edu/.
- For iWork curriculum, your school will need to download and install the iWork (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote) Suite from the App Store. The suite is free of charge. You will also need to establish a file sharing protocol at your school. There are a number of apps available for this purpose.
- 6. I see that Trajectory emphasizes integration. How is this accomplished?
Trajectory believes that the mastery of technology applications is best accomplished when integrated with subject matter relevant to students’ current study.
Our curriculum is designed using a sample topic, which in most cases, can easily be replaced with a current unit of study in your classrooms. Students can write a paper for English, build a multimedia presentation for science, or create a brochure for history. In this manner, technology integration is seamless for every class – as no other program can offer.
- 7. What level of support does Trajectory provide?
In addition to the resources offered on the Teacher Support site, Trajectory offers teachers and administrators access to our highly-trained staff as a key component of the Trajectory program. With just an e-mail, teachers and administrators can get more information about how to effectively implement the curriculum in order to best meet the needs of students.
- 8. I’ve never taught technology class before. What suggestions do you have for preparation?
Once your school has decided to make use of the Trajectory curriculum, you will be granted access to the Teacher Support Center. Here you will be able to access a digital copy of the Implementation Manual, your guide for making the most out of all that Trajectory has to offer.
Just as with any other curriculum, prep time is a vital part of high-quality instruction. We encourage all teachers, especially those new to technology class, to do a “dry run” of the lessons in order to familiarize themselves with the support materials being used as well as the skills being presented. If you encounter any difficulty, remember that help from a skilled member of our School Support Team is only an e-mail away!