Welcome to the Homepage of Mr. Wage
“The digital world can be an environment rich in humanity; a network not of
wires but of people.”

-Pope Francis, 48th World Communication Day, June 1, 2014
Tell me, I will forget.
Show me, I may remember.
Involve me and I will understand.” – Chinese Proverb

“To all my students- The promise of the future lies not in technology but in you.”

This site will feature educational websites, assignments that students will complete in technology class, display of current projects students are working on and important school announcements.The goal of my technology class is to integrate the subjects/topics being taught in the classroom and combine them with the use of technology along with learning computer basics.Feel free to email me should you have questions at:
Mr. Wage

The Diocese of Arlington’s Technology Standards were revamped for the 2015-2016 school year and they encompass:

  • Technology Systems (Use It)
    • Develop foundations in the understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.

  • Digital Citizenship (Protect It)
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the history of technology and its impact on society. Practice ethical, legal, and responsible use of technology.

  • Research and Information Management (Find and Organize It)
    • Use digital tools to locate, gather, evaluate, and organize information and data.

  • Learning, Collaboration, and Problem Solving (Solve It)
    • Use a variety of technologies to support and enhance learning, encourage collaboration, increase productivity, and solve problems.

  • Communication and Creativity/Innovation (Create and Communicate It)
    • Use technology for communication, creative thinking, and developing innovative products using various media formats.

Moreover, using SMART Method ,our lessons stress on an important set of critical skills in support of all core academic subject areas:

Safety and Security: How can the Internet be used safely?

Manners and Cybercitizenship: What are students’ social, legal and ethical responsibilities?

Advertising and Privacy: How can students identify commercial messages and safeguard their privacy?
Research: What strategies should students know to effectively use the Internet as a research tool?

Technology: What should students know about the past, present and future of the Internet?
Technology Objectives and Class Policies
Overall Objectives: Technologies are having greater influences on our daily lives – at home, at school, and at work. Whether utilizing applications for word processing, spreadsheets, telecommunications, e-mail or multimedia presentations, students in the 21st century must acquire the technological skills for tomorrow while meeting the needs of today. Therefore, the computer curriculum has been designed for the development of skills over a period of time. These skills will become the building blocks with which the students will meet the challenges of their personal and professional lives. In order to become technologically proficient, the students will develop these skills through integrated activities incorporated throughout the curriculum areas. The curriculum is designed so the students will:
: reinforce keyboarding skills.
: use a variety of technological tools to gather, interpret, evaluate and apply information from various media.
: utilize technology to publish and compile projects/multimedia documents.
: have a working knowledge of the Internet.
: be able to integrate computing and Internet technologies into the core content areas of their grade level curriculum.
: be responsible users of technology, aware of the moral and ethical impact of their actions and be able to discuss consequences of misuse.

  • class rules will be followed at all times
  • everyone will be treated with respect
  • speaking will be conducted with normal voices (no shouting)
  • all assignments are to be neat and legible otherwise they will not be accepted
  • with regard to the classroom, students are expected to keep their work areas clean and respect the property of others
  • any trash on the floor will be picked up and disposed of properly
Grading Policy: Individual grades for computer assignments will be based on adherence to the computer requirements of the assignment(s).FAILURE TO SUBMIT ANY ASSIGNMENT(S) ON TIME WILL RESULT IN THE LOSS OF 10 POINTS FOR EACH DAY THE ASSIGNMENT(S) IS (ARE) LATE.BOTH a PROGRESS and EFFORT grade will appear on the left side of the report card reflecting the student’s Technology grade.
Absentee Policy: If a student is absent and misses computer class, it is the student’s responsibility to get the assigned work and make up any missed work or assignments.
Extra Credit:
  • extra credit opportunities will be afforded as part of an assignment
* Any grade of 77 or below on returned graded papers will be signed by a parent and returned to class the next day.
Classes will meet in the computer lab once a week. Lessons will include keyboarding, data entry, physical and vocabulary knowledge and recognition of both software and hardware. Students will be able to safely and successfully navigate the internet and other types of telecommunications.
Kinder-Grade 2**
  • Growth and development of vocabulary involving technology
  • Development of keyboarding and mouse skills, introduction to word processing
  • Creation of simple graphic designs
  • Recognition of technology for research

3rd – 5th Grade

  • Introduction to computer theory
  • Introduction to telecommunications, understanding of technology vocabulary
  • Identify parts of a computer and navigate various application software
  • Introduction to ethical, moral, and legal issues surrounding technology.
  • Continued development of keyboarding, word processing and graphics skills.

6th – 8th Grade

  • Awareness of the evolution of technology, expansion and mastery of technology based vocabulary
  • Identify basic functions of a computer (input, output, storage, processing, telecommunications)
  • Preparation to apply technology in an ethical, moral, and legal manner. This will include things like copyrights, privacy, security, and virus protection
  • Writing and desktop publishing, continued mastery of keyboarding, word processing, graphic arts
  • Creation of multimedia projects and webpage design
  • Continued mastery of databases, spreadsheets, research methods, and knowledge of technology and its capabilities.
The diocesan standards for computers and technology ensure that every student is well prepared for our ever changing world of technology.
PreK and Kindergarten Lessons
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Click here to view sample activities and expectations for students K-8.
Why Computer Technology? Touches everyone’s daily lives and plays a critical role in society Drives innovation and economic growth Provides rewarding job opportunities Prepares students with the knowledge and skills they need for the 21st century.
Why is Technology Important? It exposes students to critical thinking It is essential for success in the digital age Too few students are exposed to opportunities presented by computer science.
“Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm.” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge


Come to class with clean hands.

Operate the equipment properly.

Make sure you listen to directions.

Push your chair in & clean up when you are done.

Use your inside voice and headphones when using sound.

Touch the keyboard lightly.

Eating & drinking are not permitted in the computer lab.

Remember to never go on a website without permission.

Log-off – leave the station ready for the next person to use.

Ask for help if you don’t understand something.

Be ready to learn something new when you come to the lab.

Technology Class Reminders:
  1. Be on time to class.
  2. Be respectful and learn from each other.
  3. Be responsible for your own learning.
  4. Be a good listener and contribute to class discussions.
  5. Be a good digital citizen -use technology responsibly online and offline.
Most of the assignments in computer classes are project-based. If a student works diligently and puts forth a concerted effort, they will do well in class. Exceptional work will be rewarded with exceptional grades. Project rubrics will be made available and posted on this website for all major projects. There will be quizzes from time to time to make sure there is an understanding of terminology and basic computer knowledge. Keyboarding is an integral part of computer usage. The better a person can implement keyboarding skills, the easier they will be able to successfully use a computer. Therefore, keyboarding skills are highly emphasized in computer class. Students will be using the Internet as a part of this class. They will be expected to adhere to the Aquinas Acceptable User Policy regarding proper use of the Internet. Students not adhering to the AUP will be subject to school’s discipline policy as stated in the Handbook and may lose the right to computer use. Our computer classes correspond with the ISTE, Virginia SOL for Computer Technology and Diocese of Arlington Technology Curriculum, we strive to make the lessons and assignments as useful and meaningful to our students as possible. While the content of the standards may not change, new technology is always becoming available and we will strive to stay as current as possible so we may present the most up-to-date curriculum to your child as possible.

International Society for Technology in Education
ISTE created six standards for “evaluating the skills and knowledge students need to learn effectively and live productively in an increasingly global and digital world”. We will be utilizing these standards in the technology lab.Please visit the following link to learn more about the organization: ISTE1. Creativity and Innovation Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.a. Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processesb. Create original works as a means of personal or group expressionc. Use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issuesd. Identify trends and forecast possibilities2. Communication and Collaboration Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.a. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media. Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and format. Develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures. Contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems3. Research and Information Fluency Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.a. Plan strategies to guide inquiry. Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media. Evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks. Process data and report results4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.a. Identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation. Plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project. Collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions. Use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions Digital Citizenship Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.a. Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology. Exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity. Demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning. Exhibit leadership for digital citizenship6. Technology Operations and Concepts Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.a. Understand and use technology systems. Select and use applications effectively and productively. Troubleshoot systems and applications.

Computer Jeopardy Game

Keeping Our Students Safe in the Digital World

1. Stay Safe Online by The National Cyber Security Aliance – NCSA’s mission is to educate and therefore empower a digital society to use the Internet safely and securely at home, work, and school, protecting the technology individuals use, the networks they connect to, and our shared digital assets.
2. – is one of the oldest and most enduring sites for Internet safety. It’s creator, Larry Magid, is the author of the original 1994 brochure, “Child Safety on the Information Highway” and is also co-director of and a technology journalist.
3. FBI Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety – This page was prepared from actual investigations involving child victims, as well as investigations where law enforcement officers posed as children.

4. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Parent Resource Page – This web page provides a wealth of helpful information for parents. 5. – NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. The program is designed for children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement. With resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations, NetSmartz entertains while it educates. 6. U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team Guide to Keeping Children Safe Online – U.S. CERT is part of the Department of Homeland Security. This web page provides tips to parents on cyber security.

CYBERSAFETY TIPS You would not let a stranger walk into your house or into your child’s bedroom, but you are letting it happen – through the Internet, keep your children safe!! Be aware of what your child is doing online … keep a close eye on them. It is a dangerous world out there, someone is watching them – it would be best if it were you!!! Check with them regularly, look at their postings regularly, keep an open line of communication with them. Do not over-react, do not under-react, be happy that they are coming to you with something that is going on with them.
SOME TIPS FOR ONLINE SAFETY ( and BE HONEST ABOUT YOUR AGE: Membership rules are there to protect people. For example: if you are under 13, you should not have a Facebook account. If you are too young to sign up, do not lie about your age. BE AS ANONYMOUS AS POSSIBLE: Avoide posting anything that could enable a stranger to locate you (your last name, name of your school, sports team, your town, area you ‘hang out’ in, etc.).PHOTOS – THINK BEFORE POSTING: What you upload on the Internet can be downloaded by anyone… anyone! They can pass it around and/or own that posting forever – even if you don’t want it on the Internet anymore. Avoid posting pictures that allow people to identify you – do not post pictures of other people (ask them first). Before uploading a photo, think about how you would feel it it were seen by your parent(s), grandparent(s), future employer, etc.CHECK COMMENTS REGULARLY: If you allow them on your profile or blog, check them often. Do not respond to mean or embarrassing comments… delete them! If possible, block offensive people from commenting further.PROTECT YOUR INFORMATION: Check to see if your serve has a ‘friends’ list that allows you to control who can visit your profile or blog. If so, allow only people you know (in the real world) and trust. If you don’t use privacy features, anyone can see your information, including people with bad intentions.AVOID IN-PERSON MEETINGS: Do not get together with someone you “meet” in a profile or blog. It is not risk-free, but if you plan to meet with someone you have met online, it should be in a public place and with your parents – please note, this could be a dangerous situation!! People online are not always who they say they are!!!!
//**NSTeens**//**//Wired Kids//****//NetSmartz//**Real Life Stories**//Captian Broadband//****//****//OnGuard Games//****//Media Awareness Games//**

Internet Safety & Cyber Bullying K-4

1. Brainpop Jr: Internet Safety2. Brainpop Jr: Bullying3. Brainpop Jr: Email

Internet Safety & Cyber Bullying 5-8

1. Brainpop: Online Safety2. Brainpop: Cyberbullying (free- log in not required)3. Brainpop: Digital Etiquette (free- log in not required)

The Ultimate Spelling Resource GuideKeyboarding ToolsThe guide includes spelling strategies, commonly misspelled words, and other spelling tips and resources.

Here are some great typing practice sites:funtotype.comlearninggamesforkids.comThe site we use for our keyboarding/typing assessments:www.freetypinggame.netHere is a great site where you can actually play typing games against other people in your class:

**More Games:**Key Master 3: **//MR.WAGE’S FAVORITE TYPING GAME EVER!//
****//**Typing Adventure Frenzy: How fast can you type the alphabet? **//C.P. (6th grader) can type it in 2.184 seconds!//** Rain’s a HARD one!’s a link to a page with 15+ different typing games! Enjoy!

Pre K to Grade 1: Grade 2 to Grade 3: (level 1, 2) (beginner)

Grades 4-5-6 (novice)

Grades 7-8 (intermediate)

Just for Fun Pivot Projects – saved as animation filesThere were lots of amazing Pivot projects!

21 Things for Students
21 Things for Students

Try some of these fun activities if you finish your work early!

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Lite Brite
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My Oats
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Free Rice
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Flame Painter
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Crayola DigiColor
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Eye Candy
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This Is Sand
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Flabby Physics
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Magnetic Poetry
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Solid Edge Garage
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San Diego Zoo
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Fraboom Online Museum
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Awesome Word Games
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Toon-Books Cartoon Maker
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Give the Dog A Bone
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Scrap Coloring
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Whizz Words
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Animation Station
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Monster School Bus
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Line Rider
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Word Magic
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Tween Tribune
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Toy Theater
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Rotate & Roll
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Nick Jr. Spin Art
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Sheppard Software
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Play Kids Games
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Optical Illusions Challenge
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Isle of Tune
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Paint Like Pollock
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Must Pop Words
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Draw A Stickman

Fun Typing Games

(be sure to use the HOME ROW and all your fingers – even when playing games)


Typing Jets

Typing Race

Key Tower (be sure to set the level)

Bubbles (be sure to set the level)


Choose “Practice Mode”, adjust your speed, and change the “enemies” to HOME ROW. (Hint: use the space bar to move your ship)

Typing Factory Home Row + G & H

Home Row + G & H

Keyphant Typing (be sure to set the level)



Super Hyper Spider Typer

Keyboard Challenge – put the keys where they belong

Keyboard Climber

Keyboard Climber 2 (learn to SHIFT)


How fast can you type the alphabet?



Keyboard Ninja

SKY CHASE – race your friends and type simple words


Type for Your Life

Meteor Game

Keyboarding Games for Kids

The games below have a brief ad to watch before you can play. Use Firefox (ad block enabled)



Key Krusher


Word Mountain


Moon Type

Gyroshi – type the letters when they are exactly in the small circle. See if you can last 2 minutes

Type Down

DinoKids – trash typer