From Kindergarten through grade 12, technology is incorporated into our regular core curriculum as well as highlighted in stand alone courses. Computers courses are a required part of the curriculum from kindergarten through grade 8. Students in high school are required to earn at least 1 credit in a technology rich course. In all other courses, all teachers model digital citizenship and guide students into technology literacy to help them gain the technological skills and knowledge needed to live in a global and digital society. Our technology courses follow the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) standards.
As early as Kindergarten, students are introduced to the computers and learn how it can be used as a learning tool. Each Kindergarten classroom has 5 computers and students rotate using them in computer center time. Our teachers guide them through skills such as learning the parts of the computer, using the mouse, identifying keys on the keyboard, and using basic computer functions. By the end of the year, students are very comfortable navigating through a website and typing short sentences.
In grades one through five, students attend one computer lab class weekly. In these classes, lessons are focused on computer literacy, creativity, research skills, digital citizenship and keyboarding. Core teachers also integrate technology into their lessons and collaborate with the computer teacher to create projects such as PowerPoint presentations, posters, stories, and art work.
In grades six through eight, students attend computer classes twice a week. The computer teacher uses aligned curriculum with each grade to teach increasingly complex computer skills. Digital citizenship and safety is always taught in each grade to guide students through an increasingly complex digital society. Also, just as in the elementary school, teachers in other subjects integrate technology into their lessons to continue to develop a technologically literate student.
Computer Science Fundamentals Grade 6
Students learn to understand basic computer networks and various features of email, search engines, computer programming, and basic html for website design. Students also practice keyboarding skills and increase proficiency using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Computer Science Fundamentals Grade 7
Building on skills learned in grade six, students learn more advanced tools of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well as how to integrate these programs into projects in their core subjects. They design a webpage using more advanced features of html and expand their skills in computer programming. They are also introduced to the basic features of Adobe Photoshop to manipulate or fix images.
Computer Science Fundamentals Grade 8
Building on skills learned in grades six and seven, students work more extensively and independently with productivity tools, webpage design and computer programming. They also focus on making critical judgments related to the validity and reliability of websites, searching effectively and internet safety.
In grades nine through twelve, all teachers continue to integrate technology into their lessons. Assuming students are proficient in productivity tools such as Microsoft Office, students can choose to take technology courses more specialized in creative aspects of technology. High school students must have one technology credit to graduate. To meet this requirement, students may choose from the following courses:
Design Technology: Students study the design process specifically geared towards an engineering and technological perspective.
Introduction to Audiovisual Technology and Filmmaking: In this student directed, project-based class, students study create increasingly complex original productions throughout the year.
Introduction to Photoshop and InDesign: Students learn about digital photography, digital image editing and page layout. Students use the Adobe CS6 suite of software and leave with a foundation of skills and knowledge to take more advanced classes in the future.
Yearbook: Students take full responsibility for the design, layout, and writing of the school's yearbook.
Game and Animation Design: Students are introduced to the design of online games learning basic programming concepts and animation essentials. By the end of the year, students publish their own games and animations online.
AP Computer Science: A first college-level course in computer science focusing on Java programming to explore modern computer programming.