Course Title: Computer Technology
Grades 7th and 8th
In this Computer Technology program seventh and eighth graders are exposed to project-based learning. Stimulating real problems and real problem solving are one function of project-based learning. Students begin the program by learning the basics of computer usages and the functionality of the computer. From this point the students will be introduced to various software programs commonly used in today’s society (i.e. Blackboarding, Microsoft Office, Mavis Typing, etc.). The students learn to be creative thinkers by using various design software programs (i.e. The Print Shop, Desktop Pro, etc.) to design and print various desktop publishing projects, such as, fliers, greeting and business cards, pamphlets, etc. The situations will vary and will lead the students to becoming more creative thinkers and better problem solvers. Project-based learning assists students in succeeding in life because it allows learners to apply multiple intelligences in completing a project that has meaning and that students can be proud of. Using projects as a learning vehicle, students are expected to work cooperatively on complex and open-ended tasks as well as to follow directions in step-by-step learning. Through projects, students demonstrate mastered skills and knowledge, rather than parroting phrases on concepts on short answer, multiple choice, and true/false sets of evaluations.
The aims of this course are to encourage and enable students to:
Ø Develop an appreciation of the significance of technology for life, society, and the environment
Ø Use knowledge, skills, and techniques to create products/solutions of appropriate quality
Ø Develop problem-solving, critical- and creative-thinking skills through the application of the design cycle
Ø Develop respect for others’ viewpoints and appreciate alternative solutions to problems
Ø Use and apply Information and Communication Technology (ICT) effectively as a means to access, process and communicate information, and to solve problems.
Objectives addressed in the course:
The student will be able to:
Ø Define basic computer terminology (RAM, ROM, hardware, software, processors, etc.).
Ø Demonstrate knowledge of computer processing, storing, and retrieving data (file, edit, and save).
Ø Use a range of appropriate techniques and equipment competently
Ø Ensure a safe working environment for themselves and others.
Ø Follow the plan to produce the product/solution
Ø Create a product/solution of appropriate quality.
Ø Use publishing software, graphics programs, and scanners to produce page layouts.
Ø Integrate graphics, and spreadsheets into word-processed documents.
Ø Identify and use search strategies to retrieve electronic information.
Ø Use electronic encyclopedias, almanacs, indexes, and catalogs to retrieve and select relevant information.
||Keyboard-Mavis Beacon teaches typing
||Continue with Keyboard Microsoft Word,Internet Searches.
||Continue with KeyboardMicrosoft Word,Introduce PowerPoint Presentations
||Keyboard-Mavis Beacon teaches typingThe Print ShopMicrosoft Excel,
||Keyboard-Mavis Beacon teaches typingProjects-Complete as many group projects as time allows until end of semester
||Creating Word Documents, Using search engines. Keyboarding
||Creating Word Documents, Creating PowerPointsKeyboarding
||Desktop publishing, Creating Spreadsheets,Keyboarding
||Cooperative Group WorkKeyboarding
||Completion of Mavis Typing Lessons
||Completed Word Documents,Internet Searches
||Completed PowerPoint ProjectsWord Documents
||Completed Work in class covering greeting cards, signs, pamphlets, etc. spreadsheets.
||Complete group projects. Final typing test.
Methods of Assessment:
Ø Rubrics and projects
Ø Keyboarding technique
Ø Classroom discussion
Ø Oral presentations
Ø Formatting Documents
Grading Policy and Grading Procedures:
The students will be assessed in the following manner:
Major Assessments (50%): Tests, Projects, Timed Typing, Technique Evaluation
Minor Assessments (50%): Class Work, Participation