Elizabeth Pinkerton Middle School Computer Technology I

Instructor: Mr. Gillaspie

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is offered to introduce, refresh and enhance basic computer skills. Students will learn computer skills to function in a technological society, and cover much of the material on the district’s technology proficiency exam.  The course prepares students to apply technology expertise in all of their school subjects.

ESSENTIAL STANDARDS AND SCOPE OF COURSE

Computer Technologies (CT)

Keyboarding

Type 25 WPM with 3 or less errors using the correct finger placement without looking at the keyboard in a timed test.

Word Processing

Word:  MLA Format, Tables in WORD, Block Letters, General Formatting.

Spreadsheets

Excel:  Worksheets, Formulas, Formatting.

3D Design/Printing

TinkerCAD.com: Design, Print and Test a Boats ability to float and hold weight

Presentation

PowerPoint:  Research and create a well organized slideshow using transitions, images, animation and design schemes

Research, Internet

How Google works.  Effective research for school and fun.

Intro to Coding

Student will use www.code.org to gain a basic understanding on how to build code to complete tasks and solve problems.

Financial Literacy

The study of money and how it works with a focus on building wealth through savings and living within your means.

 

MATERIALS

No outside materials are required.  A parent donation of Kleenex/tissues is highly appreciated.

 

GRADING POLICIES and ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS

Projects 80%

Typing 20%

Total 100%

90 -100% ● A

80 – 89% ● B

70 – 79% ● C

60 – 69% ● D

59% and below ● F

Attendance and participation in class are essential. Participation includes being to class on time, taking part in class discussions and working on assignments productively.  Homework will rarely be assigned due to the hands-on nature of a lab course making attendance and productive participation imperative.  Students are responsible for obtaining their make-up work upon returning from an absence.  Makeup work must be completed in a timely manner and on campus.  Students may resubmit projects and typing lessons to be regraded.

 (Students should not expect to pass the course if excessive absences or incompletes occur.)

 

ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE

Additional assistance will be available for students outside of class hours.  A scheduled “Open Lab” before school on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:10 – 9:10 a.m.  Please do not hesitate to seek assistance when needed.  Due to the nature of computer assignments, students may be asked to complete make-up work during part of the lunch period, Wolfpack Hour or after school.

 

COMPUTER LAB EXPECTATIONS/CONDUCT

All school policies found in the Elizabeth Pinkerton Middle School Student Handbook will be enforced in the computer lab. In addition, the following standards for conduct will be expected.  

 

HOME/SCHOOL COMMUNICATION

Parent communication between home and school via email is preferred.

Mr. Gillaspie – dgillasp@egusd.net

School number – 683-7688