Technology

Introduction to Technology
This CTE 6th grade course has been designed for students who both have a passion for technology and for those still deciding in which direction or field they may wish to follow. Students will learn about what it means to be a 21st century digital citizen including the ethics and responsibilities involved with the Internet and having a digital footprint. Students will continue to work with Google Suite applications to enhance their skills.

They will also be introduced to the Project Lead the Way curriculum which is used for the middle school CTE pathway through Principles of Technology and Advanced Technology. In the Flight and Space unit, the exciting world of aerospace comes alive. Students become engineers as they design, prototype, and test models to learn about the science of flight and what it takes to travel and live in space. They solve real-world aviation and space challenges and plan a mission to Mars.

In the Computer Science for Innovators and Makers unit, it teaches students that programming goes beyond the virtual world into the physical world. Students are challenged to creatively use sensors and actuators to develop systems
that interact with their environment. Designing algorithms and using computational thinking practices, they code and upload programs to microcontrollers that perform a variety of authentic tasks. The unit broadens students’ understanding of computer science concepts through meaningful applications. Teams select and solve a personally relevant problems related to wearable technology, interactive art, or mechanical devices.

This course is intended to offer students a glimpse into the engineering, computer science and bio medicine career pathways. This is the first year of a three year Career and Technology (CTE) pathway that will be offered at San Elijo Middle School.

Principles of Technology
This is a 7th and 8th grade rich, year-long, Problem/Project Based Learning (PBL) class that is CTE (Career Technology Education) driven. The field of technology is ever changing and this means that this class too is continually changing in order to keep all of the lessons, software and direction of the class relevant and always looking forward to helping develop the introductory skills needed in order to meet the growing needs of various industries. This course will introduce students to various forms of programming (coding), applied mathematics through programming, digital design and graphics, 3D Architecture/CAD (Computer Aided Design), introduction to physical computing, various multimedia applications and more.

This class takes place in a state-of-the-art computer lab. This lab has individual user profiles, networked printers, Cloud storage, and file sharing. Students will learn how to follow best practices of file naming, file organization, storage, retrieval and other critically important computer skills. This lab functions using the latest in classroom management software, which provides a front-row seat to every computer in the lab, bringing the learning directly in front of each and every student.

There are no classroom books. All learning activities take place in the classroom. In order to receive the most from this class, excellent attendance is needed. This is but a cursory roadmap for the class and individual units may vary.

Advanced Technology This is a continuation of the Technology 1 course for 8th grade students. This is also a rich, year-long, Problem/Project Based Learning (PBL) class that is CTE (Career Technology Education) driven. This class is predominantly collaborative, meaning that students will be working in groups in order to solve more complex problems. The premise of this class is, “Bringing Ideas to Life.” This means that projects are open-ended and it is the process of starting with a problem, seeking solutions, discovering new strategies and modifying and adjusting along the way.
Students will integrate a variety of tools (hardware and software) to explore in much greater depth the commercial and practical application of programming, robotics, 3D patent prototyping and engineering, audio, multimedia, physical computing and more. The emphasis is on continuing beyond the classroom, exploring the possibilities of a career in technology. CTE (Career Technical Education) focuses on providing students with the academic and technical skills, knowledge and training necessary to succeed in future careers and to foster becoming lifelong learners.
Prerequisites: Year Completion of Principles of Technology
There are no classroom books. All learning activities take place in the classroom. In order to receive the most from this class, excellent attendance is needed. This is but a cursory roadmap for the class and individual units may vary.
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