The 2013-2014 School Year is finally here!
SFA COURSE OVERVIEW: Skills for Adolescence is a 12 week positive youth development program. It brings together teachers, students, parents, and the community to teach young people important life and citizenship skills in a caring and consistent environment.
SFA students study changes during adolescence, build self-confidence and communication skills, manage emotions in positive ways, improve peer relationships, strengthen family relationships, make healthy choices, set goals for healthy living, and develop personal potential.
SFA students learn in interactive group settings and by using computers daily. They keyboard each day, with the expectation that they will accurately key 20 - 25 words per minute while using proper technique, by the end of the course. SFA students also use effective internet research techniques to locate reliable information about SFA topics and, using foundation computer skills, create products that communicate their understanding.
SFA students can expect to complete projects using these tools: Microsoft Word (word processing), Microsoft Publisher (desktop publishing), Microsoft Excel (spreadsheet), Microsoft PowerPoint (multimedia), Microsoft MovieMaker and/or Adobe Visual Communicator (video editors), Microsoft PhotoStory (multimedia), Macromedia Fireworks (image editor and drawing tool), Audacity (sound editor), and wikis and/or blogs (collaborative tools). SFA students will touch on many of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Computer Applications, Middle School Level.
ACT COURSE OVERVIEW: Advanced Computer Technologies is a one year elective course which students can choose to take during grades 7 and/or 8. No prior computer classes are required, but ACT students are expected to perform at an advanced level.
Successful students must be able to follow online tutorials and teacher modeling as they develop and refine technology skills. Peer tutoring and group projects offer additional help during some course segments, but students must develop independent skills. ACT students must be able to follow multi-step directions and adapt them in order to successfully complete many course projects.
ACT students will use a variety of keyboarding programs to improve their accuracy, technique, and speed. First year ACT students should type 30 WPM by the end of the year and second year ACT students should type 40 wpm by the end of the second year.
Advanced Computer Technologies students can expect to complete advanced projects using these tools: Microsoft Word (word processing), Microsoft Publisher (desktop publishing), Microsoft Excel (spreadsheet), Microsoft Access (database), Microsoft PowerPoint (multimedia), Microsoft MovieMaker or Adobe Visual Communicator or Adobe Premiere(video editors), Microsoft PhotoStory (multimedia), Macromedia Fireworks (image editor and drawing tool), Macromedia Flash (animations), Macromedia Dreamweaver (web development), Macromedia Freehand (vector graphics), Audacity (sound editor), and wikis and/or blogs (collaborative tools).
Students will be expected to use available online Web 2.0 tools such as pixlr.com and wordles, as well as locating addition web 2.0 resources and rating those.
Finally, ACT students should learn more about the development of digital resources and follow all guidelines related to computer ethics, copyright, and citation formats.