Foshay Learning Center 3751 S. Harvard Blvd. Los Angeles, ca 90018* Phone: (323) 373-2700 *Fax: (323) 733-2120



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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

e-mail: Javier.bran@lausd.net

School Websites: www.foshaylc.org www.foshaylc.net

Teacher: Mr. Bran Room: G-262A-B Ext: 357
Welcome to Introduction to Computers

Course Description

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:

  • develop an appreciation of the significance of technology for life, society, and the environment

  • use knowledge, skills, and techniques to create products/solutions of appropriate quality

  • develop problem-solving, critical- and creative-thinking skills through the application of the design cycle

  • develop respect for others’ viewpoints and appreciate alternative solutions to problems solving

  • use and apply information and communication technology (ICT) effectively as a means to access, process and communicate information, and to solve problems as they become critical thinkers

Course Objectives: You will be able to:

  • Investigate basic computer components

  • Be able to increase your typing skills

  • Develop basic computer skills

  • Display basic word processing skills

  • Learn to navigate around the world using Google earth

  • The basic of music production

  • Develop skills in creating a short movie

  • Create projects using spreadsheet and presentation software

  • Send e-mail (upload and download documents)

  • Access the internet


STATE STANDARDS:

    1. 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.

TECHNOLOGY STANDARDS:

  1. Apply strategies for identifying and solving routine hardware and software problems that occur during everyday use. (1)

  2. Demonstrate knowledge of current changes in information technologies and the effect those changes have on the workplace and society. (2)

  3. Exhibit legal and ethical behaviors when using information and technology, and discuss consequences of misuse. (2)

  4. Use content-specific tools, software, and simulations (e.g., environmental probes, graphing calculators, exploratory environments, Web tools) to support learning and research. (3, 5)

  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)

  1. Select and use appropriate tools and technology resources to accomplish a variety of tasks and solve problems. (5, 6)




Text Book and Materials (Tools for success)


  • 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.

Environments are 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.

Methodology

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.


METHODS OF ASSESSMENT

  • Rubrics and projects

  • Tests and quizzes

  • Keyboarding technique/Warm-ups

  • Classroom discussion

  • Summarizing

  • Presentations (One on one, group or whole class)

  • Formatting Documents

  • IB Assessment


Course Content:

INTRODUCTION

Describe the history and importance of computers:



  • Demonstrate and understand classroom policies and procedures.

  • Identify course objectives and goals.

  • Discuss methods of instruction used in this class

  • Discuss the function of computers

  • Explain the impact of personal computers on society

  • Discuss various uses of computers

  • Demonstrate how to care for computers


PERSONAL SAFETY

Understand safety issues when operating a computer.



  • Discuss and implement good safety practices

  • Demonstrate correct typing technique and posture

  • Demonstrate proper keyboard and monitor angle

  • Discuss the benefits of periodic breaks to stretch and relax

  • Types of stretches, wrist, neck, and shoulders

  • Demonstrate the proper way to use a mouse


BASIC COMPUTER COMPONENTS

Recognize basic computer hardware components, terminology and understand system of communication


BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS

Recognize basic computer operations using the mouse, keyboard, printer and desktop.


BASIC KEYBOARDING SKILLS

Learn basic computer keyboarding


BASIC WORD PROCESSING (Word)

Create a variety of projects.


THE BASIC OF MUSIC PRODUCTION (Audacity)

Create a party mix.


WINDOWS MOVIE MAKER

Create a short movie


SPREADSHEET (Excel)

Create a variety of projects


GRAPHICS (PowerPoint Presentation)

Create a variety of projects



E-MAIL (ELECTRONIC MAIL)

Demonstrate the basic use of e-mail software.


BROWSERS

Demonstrate the use of the Internet browser.


INTERNET

Demonstrate how to connect to and use of the Internet.



APPLICATIONS

Use computers skills at home, in the community, at work, and around the world to interpret and use information.


Major Student Assignments:

KEYBOARDING, MAVIS BEACON, TYPING INSTRUCTOR

You will type a variety of articles from around the globe

A series of typing lessons (your typing goal is 40 wpm with 80% accuracy)

MICROSOFT WORD

You will investigate, research, and create a report on an international topic

Complete Exercises (e.g. you will create business cards)

100 points each assignment



AUDACITY

You will be a DJ and create a party mix of 4 minutes or longer by mixing many songs together and cutting, deleting, and erasing any profanity or inappropriate language that you may encounter in it.

400 points for this assignment

WINDOWS MOVIE MAKER

You will investigate and elaborate on a topic

Create a short movie between 4-7 minutes

400 points per movie (you will choose a topic from a list provided)



GOOGLE EARTH

You will visit different places around the world

Completed projects (e.g. find your house by typing your address)

50 points each project


MICROSOFT EXCEL

You will investigate and create a spreadsheet about poverty in different countries

Complete Exercises (Create a chart about your grades)

100 points each assignment



MICROSOFT POWERPOINT

You will create a presentation about major events around the world

Complete Exercises (e.g. create a cascading book)

100 points each assignment




GRADING POLICY AND GRADING PROCEDURES/WEIGHTING AND HOMEWORK POLICY

The students will be assessed in a variety of formats (grades are weighted):



Major Assessments (50%): Tests, Projects, Timed Writings, Technique Evaluation

Minor Assessments (50%): Quizzes, Class Work, and Participation
GRADING SYSTEM: Scoring Guide

A = 90-100 %

B = 80-89 %

C = 70-79 %

D = 60-69 %

F = 0-59 %

NEED ASSISTANCE OR EXTRA HELP

Come to this computer lab G-262A-B. After 3:30 p.m. to make up any of your missing work, talk to the instructor or to increase your typing skills. I may be available during lunch time too.


ENJOY THE CLASS AND HAVE FUN!!!





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