Course Syllabus

Welcome to Computer Technology and Coding Class

 

Mr. John Feeney

Eastwood Middle School

E-mail:  jfeeney@msdwt.k12.in.us

4401 E. 62nd Street

Room 115

Indianapolis, IN 46220

Phone: 317-259-5401 ext. 21115

Fax:  317-259-5407

Website: http://sites.msdwt.k12.in.us/jfeeney/

 

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Homework Hotline: https://goo.gl/mCoRwY

 

Class Overview:

Computer Technology and Coding provides students with an appreciation of how technology impacts their lives as individuals and as members of the local and global community.  Students will work independently and in groups to develop methods to express their viewpoint.   Students will develop their critical thinking and problem solving skills by using the design cycle to creatively produce solutions to needs and problems within their local and global environments.  Students will communicate their solutions by using a variety of written assignments, created projects, and oral presentations.  Throughout the courses proper use of computer tools and typing skills will be emphasized.  All students will be introduced to various vocabulary, computer management techniques, and other technology resources and tools.

 

Learner Profile:

Students will identify resources and develop skills that will allow them to demonstrate their ability to learn more about a topic of interest (Inquirers).   Through applying learned skills and concepts students will demonstrate their knowledge.  During coursework students will apply critical thinking skills to make informed decisions, consider possible alternative solutions and look at the impact on others (Thinkers, Open-minded, and Caring).  Students will utilize new materials/software in order to complete objectives (Risk-taker). Students will take ownership of their learning (Principled and Balanced). Continuous reflection on the learning process and the students’ ability to communicate areas of strength and weakness will be built into each unit.

 

Course Descriptions

Grade 6:  Students will be learning touch-typing keyboarding skills throughout the semester.  Students will be introduced to formatting and document editing skills using Microsoft Word, develop spreadsheets data input in Excel, demonstrate presentation skills using power point, as well as video and audio editing using iMovie and Garageband.  Students will also learn how to use the Internet safely and effectively.  Students will learn file management techniques to help them stay organized when using technology.  Internet search techniques will be taught to help students accomplish their assignments effectively. 

Grade 7/8:  Students will review and improve on their proper keyboarding skills introduced in previous years.  Students will improve their writing skills using Word/Pages.  They will expand their experience with Excel/Numbers by using data spreadsheets to create charts and graphs. They will be introduced to different kinds of multimedia tools and techniques to incorporate into their classroom assignments.  Students will develop more advanced use of Microsoft Office and iWork applications within their projects. Students will create videos using iMovie with audio from Garageband.  Students will continue to improve on their Internet search techniques to effectively analyze resources, and creatively apply content to their assignments.  Throughout the class students will learn various file management techniques to help them stay organized as well as how to use the Internet safely and effectively. 

 

Coding:  Students will be introduced to computer science in a way that empowers them to create authentic artifacts and engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun. Using a blended learning model, your children are learning with a mix of online, self-guided activities and “unplugged” activities that use no computer at all.  Students will learn how the computer works, basic computer programming, and logic, problem solving, and creativity.  Students will focus on problem-solving process, understand- what is a computer?, input and output devices, understanding algorithms and processing to solve a problem, types of storage, and purpose of apps.  Students will use Tynker as the platform for coding and programming.  Students will participate in lessons that introduce computing concepts with interactive tutorials, video explanations, projects, quizzes, and puzzles reinforcing the concepts and assess how students are doing.  Students will use block like visual coding with Tynker, which focuses on visual and conceptual and eliminates the traditional programming language.  Students will focus on the underlying programming logic, not the language.  Throughout the course students will learn various file management techniques and vocabulary to help support their learning.    

 

Eastwood Community Essentials:

 In our school…

  • We follow the Eastwood Essentials (Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful) in all areas of the building and grounds.  We look to highlight and recognize students who are shining examples of our essentials through our Eagle Eye incentive program.  These Eagle Eyes can be reimbursed for special privileges throughout the school year.
  • Students are always given a chance to refocus when not meeting our expectations.  Staff utilizes TAB-In and TAB-Out procedures to redirect student conduct.  When students are unable to take advantage of meeting these expectations upon being redirected they will receive consequences.
  • Cell Phone Policy The Eastwood Middle School policy states that students put away their electronics when entering the building and leave their electronics in their lockers throughout the day.  As a result, students should not have their cell phones in class.  When in violation, these devices will be confiscated and logged into the main office.

 

In our class student will…

  • Meet proficiency requirements for this class for each assignment and midterm/ grading periods.
  • Become inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring individuals.
  • Become active, compassionate, and lifelong learners.
  • Become information, media, and technology savvy individuals.
  • Become well-rounded individual who is able to apply what they learn into real world experiences.
  • Develop 21st century skills by becoming critical thinkers, collaborators, and problem solvers.
  • Develop and incorporate the Washington Township and International Baccalaureate character values, goals, and expectations.  

 

 

Keyboarding Expectations:

Students will:

  • Develop keyboarding skills at the computer using proper techniques:
  • Drill and practice conscientiously during every class.
  • Develop a positive attitude toward keyboarding and use it whenever possible.
  • Students should type all reports assigned in other classes to utilize the skill being learned.

 

Materials/Supplies

Students should come to class daily with their AGENDA BOOKS and PEN/PENCIL

There is no textbook for this class, but ALL students will need to have the following:

  • A packet of loose leaf paper
  • Box of pencils
  • Box of Kleenex
  • USB Drive (optional: alternative way to save work)

 

6th Grade: Green 3-prong folder with pockets (take to/from school daily)

7th/8th Grade: Red 3-prong folder with pockets (take to/from school daily)

Coding:  Blue 3-prong folder with pockets (take to/from school daily)

 

Assignments

As not all students have a Mac at home, time is given in class for assignments to be completed.  Homework assignments are limited.  If a student needs additional time to work, he/she may come to lab 115 on Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. for Student Support Time to complete any make-up work.  If any student wants to come in early or stay after school to work on make-up work, he/she may see me the day before to make an appointment to come in. 

            Most assignments will be turned in electronically rather then by paper.  When I grade an assignment electronically I can see if the student has used the correct commands in completing the projects.  Students need to make sure they save a copy of their work before turning in their assignments.  If an assignment is not saved properly or turned in incorrectly, the work must be redone. 

            The student’s overall evaluation will be comparing their achievement of the four MYP Design Cycle categories; A: Inquiring and analyzing (Group Work), B: Developing ideas (In-Class Assignments), C: Creating the solution (Projects), and D: Evaluating (Presentation).  Additional summative (test) category will be for the end of the year final tests. 

Students overall grade is based on the township grading scale, which is printed in the Eastwood agenda book under Academic Opportunities.

 

Conduct in the lab

Because of the equipment, students must never run or become involved in horseplay in the lab.  They must also never eat or drink in the lab (including gum and candy).  Students must be seated and ready to listen as class begins.  They must also wait to work on their computers until after the teacher instructions.  They are to remain seated unless they are to pick up a sheet at the printer.  When they need help, they should raise their hand and then continue to try to solve the problem or go on to another part of the project until I arrive.  Talking should be kept to a minimum.  Internet access is limited to days when we are doing assignments that involve the use of the Internet.  When Internet research is done, specialized software is used to limit access to some sites and to monitor student activity.  Students are to print only class projects and assignments and only when the teacher has given permission. 

 

Be Safe, responsible, respectful, prepared, think before acting, do not interrupt, do not start to put your things away until I dismiss you, and NO CHEATING, which includes Plagiarism. 

 

All student handbook rules apply to behavior and discipline.

 

 

Computer Technology and Coding Class

 

Please sign your signature below and the signature of a parent or guardian.  The signature lets me know you and your parent(s)/guardian(s) have read and understand the classroom expectations.

 

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns at any time during the semester please feel free to contact me at 259-5401 ext. 21115 or jfeeney@msdwt.k12.in.us.

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