Foshay Learning Center * 3751 S. Harvard Blvd. * Los Angeles, CA 90018* Phone: (323) 373-2700 *Fax: (323) 733-2120
Introduction to Computers 6-8th Graders
MYP Level 3
Teacher: Mr. Bran Room: G-262A-B Ext: 357 Welcome to Introduction to Computers
This class offers instructions in the use of computers for your own use as well as office functions, educational purposes, internet access and provides instruction in basic computer skills. In this course you will acquire knowledge and demonstrate skills using Microsoft Office around the world. This class will expose you to the new IB (International Bachelorette) profile which will make you be an inquirer, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open minded, caring, risk-takers, and balanced.
MYP AIMS ADDRESSED BY THIS COURSE
The aims of this course is to encourage and enable students to:
Create projects using spreadsheet and presentation software
Send e-mail (upload and download documents)
Access the internet
Connecting students’ prior knowledge, life experience, and interests with learning goals.
2.1 Creating a physical environment that engages all students.
2.5 Planning and implementing classroom procedures and routines that support student learning.
6.1 Reflecting on teaching practice and planning professional development.
Apply strategies for identifying and solving routine hardware and software problems that occur during everyday use. (1)
Demonstrate knowledge of current changes in information technologies and the effect those changes have on the workplace and society. (2)
Exhibit legal and ethical behaviors when using information and technology, and discuss consequences of misuse. (2)
Use content-specific tools, software, and simulations (e.g., environmental probes, graphing calculators, exploratory environments, Web tools) to support learning and research. (3, 5)
Design, develop, publish, and present products (e.g., Web pages, videotapes) using technology resources that demonstrate and communicate curriculum concepts to audiences inside and outside the classroom. (4, 5, 6)
Select and use appropriate tools and technology resources to accomplish a variety of tasks and solve problems. (5, 6)
A USB or flash drive 128 MB or higher USB DRIVE= Universal Serial Bus
Pen and pencil (buy it at any electronic store, e.g. Best Buy, Staples)
A notebook Booklet (provided by school)
A folder with pockets or 3 ring binder to place completed assignments
AREAS OF INTERACTION IN YOUR COURSE
Human Ingenuity is incorporated throughout the course as students compare and contrast how technology has changed their world.
Health and Social is covered with a safety in the classroom lesson or lessons. The impact of technology on health and the awareness of the health risks/hazards are some of the topics covered.
Community and Service is incorporated as students are encouraged to reflect on the role of technology in society and the impact of technology and technological developments in local and global settings. Students spend time investigating the role of technology in shaping life and society.
Environmentsare incorporated with our safety lessons as we discuss the impact of technology on natural and human-made environments.
Approaches to Learning is constantly touched upon as students’ development of problem-solving and thinking skills. The design cycle provides students with a framework that organizes the way in which they learn and address issues.
This course will combine different methods of instruction, including class lecture (show and tell), demonstration, individual practice, small groups activity, one on one conference with the instructor, homework, class presentations, related media demonstrations, use word definition, word wall, thinking maps, Kagan strategies, inquiry based lessons, direct instruction. etc.