Welcome to Design and Technology Class
This is a "DESIGN" class, where the student will learn to solve problems that they may encounter. Towards this objective, students will utilize the concepts of computer science and coding.
Students will learn about technology with a focus on Design. They will explore ideas in a way that promotes internal dialogue and leads them to ask questions and find answers. This can be a little different from what they are used to, as they will have to figure out solutions and they might feel stuck and lost. They will be helped while giving them enough opportunities for self-discovery and exploration opportunity.
Specifically, for 7th and 8th Grade we will work on "Computer Science Discoveries" module. Students will develop small activities/projects or games, learning and demonstrating successful use of coding skills. Inherent in this process is a continual emphasis on problem-solving skills, with scaffolding.
For 6th Grade, we will complete the "Computer Science Fundamentals - Express" course this year. It is a compressed version of 6 courses for grade levels K through 5. All lessons promote problem-solving skills while introducing them to coding, and simple programing language blocks.
Students will also acquire and refine keyboarding skills. They will explore keyboarding in class; however, students are expected to be self-driven and are to practice keyboarding at home, regularly. This is one skill, if acquired, that will pay back multiple times over, within their school life and will keep on paying back.
Elementary grade students will use technology in an applied manner. A program “PLTW – Project Lead The Way” is being used for this purpose. Every grade level has a grade-specific module - which they will learn. The emphasis is on problem-solving using multi-step process and collaboration.