Project Lead The Way (PLTW)
In this class students will be empowered to develop knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in an evolving world. Students will learn problem-solving strategies, critical and creative thinking skills, as well as how to communicate and collaborate through hands-on activites, projects, and problems reflective of real-word scenarios.
Innovators and Makers: Students will discover computer science concepts and skills by creating personally relevant, visible, tangible, and sharable projects. They will learn about programming for the physical world by blending hardware design and software development.
App Creators: Students will be introduced to the field of computer sceince and the concepts of coputational thinking through the creation of mobile apps s they design and develop moble solutions for real word problems.
Technology ApplicationThis class is designed to teach the study of technology applications, including technology terms, concepts, and data input strategies. Students will learn to make informed decisions about technologies and their applications.
Keyboarding: Students will learn the touch keyboarding skills and the proper formatting of documents. Emphasis is placed on developing correct typing techniques and improving speed and accuracy when producing documents. Students will have an opportunity to use keyboarding software and will be able to create documents.
Technology Applications: Students will learn how to use technology as a tool that will enhance problem solving skills. They will select technology appropriate for the task, synthesize knowledge, create a solution, and evaluate the results. Students will also communicate information in different formats using a variety of technologies(e.g. powerpoint, podcast, blog, etc.). Emphasis will be on Microsoft Office Suite software.
Desktop Publishing: Students will use technology to access, analyze, create a solution to, and evaluate information. Students will use electronic productivity tools to edit text and graphics and create documents for publishing.Multimedia: Students will design and produce multimedia presentations that incorporate text, graphics, sound, and animation. Students will also learn to modify digital images and Internet images for use in presentations. Presentations may also include Internet links, re-sized images, and imported documents such as charts or graphs.Microsoft Excel: Handwriting and grammar skills are integrated into daily journal entries and in written compositions. Parts of speech, sentence structure, punctuation, spelling, concepts of main idea, author’s purpose, character, plot, setting, and expression are taught. Focus on building fluency through oral and timed reading, as well as comprehension skills are integrated into small and whole group instruction.