21st Century Computer Applications

This course will provide students with computer skills and technological knowledge to meet the current demands of high school and to face rigorous higher education coursework, career challenges and a globally competitive work force. Problem solving, and cooperative learning form the foundation of this course with ethical and legal behavior regarding the use of technology and intellectual property paramount.

Within the format of project-based learning students will demonstrate advanced computer operation and application skills by creating and publishing products related to real-world situations. Project cultivate higher thinking levels of proficiency in word processing, outlining, graphic design, spreadsheet computation and charting, database management, and multimedia authoring and presentation. Online segments of the course will cover practical strategies in understanding and using technology tools to access, interpret, cite and present information. The exploding realm of hand-held computing devices, their purpose, functionality, and the myriad of applications coming to the market will be explored.

Students will collaborate sharing ideas and experiences with classmates via Google and with emerging Web 2.0 technologies such as social networking sites, wikis and blogs. They will apply information literacy skills to access, manage, and communicate information. They will be challenged to think critically and creatively to solve problems and make informed decisions surrounding issues that affect individuals, the world community, and the environment. Through participation in this course, students will gain enhanced understanding of global interdependencies, of diverse cultural perspectives, points of view, and values. To learn more about the class or to see student work, please visit our class website.

21st Century Computer Applications weird technology 2

Students in the class embarked on a webquest that lead to the creation of two publications to highlight up and coming technologies that are cutting edge or that will be of significance in the future. Students created hard copy fanzines/magazines and well as an online ezines or webzines. All students in the class contributed at least one story to the publications. The images above are actually the covers for two of the publications.