Philosophy & Goals
Computing skills are increasingly important today's technological world. The fundamental objective of the Middle School Computer Education Program is to prepare students for academic success now and in the future. Through learning experiences that challenge students to conduct online research, and use productivity software such as word processors, spreadsheets, presentation programs, and databases, our students acquire the prerequisite technology skills necessary for continued success in school and in the workforce. In addition, students learn the fundamentals of internet safety and study the basic principals of copyright law. We strive to foster a climate of safe and responsible computing that challenges students and helps prepare them for the academic demands of high school and beyond.
Computer Education is offered at each grade level as part of a student's ENCORE program. The course introduces and reinforces computing skills and practices that are efficient, safe, and frequently applied within various curricular areas. Course activities include direct instruction in using leading productivity software (MS Office Suite), computer research techniques, and a critical examination of computing ethics and related personal safety issues. Individual and group assignments are designed to foster and support critical thinking and problem solving for academic and lifelong learning.
- Basic Operations and Concepts
- Social, Ethical and Human Issues
- Productivity Tools
- Communication Tools
- Research Tools
- Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Tools