Computer and Information Technology
Technology education in the Middle School directly correlates with adolescent development. With an emphasis on social responsibility and problem solving, students use technology with the purpose to be productive, creative and to design. In each grade, direct instruction in computer science education takes place as students investigate different computer hardware, subject specific software, and Internet applications with the goal of gaining an understanding of each tool as in pertains to their learning. At the crux of this exploration is the intersection of technology and how it applies to research and communication – two essential skills for students to know for school success.
Computer Literacy | Grade 6
Grade 6 Tech skills is a yearlong course designed to help students with the technological transition from lower school to middle school. Students will learn the computer skills they need to have a successful middle school experience. Throughout the year, students receive training on different cloud computing resources, methods to improve their typing skills, and programs used in the middle school curriculum. Students also start thinking about programming logic and media arts development through the use of tools such as the Scratch programming language, Pivot animation software, and TinkerCAD 3D modeling program.
Computer Technology | Grades 7 & 8
Students continue to strengthen technical skills for use in the classroom and future endeavors. In addition to examining responsible use of social media, students further explore the Google Suite, utilize software to write, shoot, and edit videos, and use Photoshop to explore image editing and graphic design. Additional curricular offerings explore programming and 3-D modeling and printing.