• Welcome to Design and Technology Class


    This is a "DESIGN" class, where the student will learn the skills 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 opportunities.


    The students are introduced to coding by developing projects using websites like CODE.ORG, which is the curriculum we are using this year for DVUSD at Norterra Canyon. It is a program used across the world by millions of students, and in general very well developed, by computer science professionals in consultation with educators. This program has different sections for Elementary, Middle school and High school grade levels. For Middle grades, they learn the process of problem-solving, acquire and apply basic coding skills using Javascript as a learning tool.  


    Specifically, for 7th and 8th Grade we will work on the "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 (K-5) are not seeing me this year.