Career & Technical Education

Career & Technical Education

Teachers:  Lori Anderson-Day, Ashley Campbell, David Rosenblatt, Eileen Chang

Computer Applications
Prerequisite:  None
7th and 8th grade Semester

Computer Applications is a survey course that will offer students an opportunity to explore iMovie, Excel, as well as the Adobe suite: PhotoShop, Illustrator, Fireworks, and Flash. In a series of projects, I teach the basics of each software, and then encourage students to create projects of their own to address their own skills and interests.

In a beginning introduction to Flash ActionScript, I will teach students the basics to programming symbols to create scalable, interactive animation/movies for the Web.

Explorations in Technology 1A
Prerequisite:  None 
7th and 8th grade Semester

Explorations in Technology 1A students will be exposed to aspects of a working in a technical environment. Students will be given design challenges in which they will design a product that will solve the challenge. They will then draw the solution using either traditional drafting techniques or by appropriate computer software. They complete the process by building a prototype of their solution. Students will also have the opportunity to explore some different technology modules such as plastics, metals, and electronics.

Explorations in Technology 1B
Prerequisite:  Explorations in Tech 1A 
7th and 8th grade Semester

Exploration in Technology 1B contains more advanced challenges with projects in drafting, civil and mechanical engineering. Projects may involve electric vehicles, robotics, and flight technology.

Family and Consumer Sciences: (Home Economics 1A and 1B)
Prerequisite:  None 
7th and 8th grade Semester 

Family and Consumer Sciences (Home EC) utilizes fun, hands-on activities covering many areas of consumer and homemaking education. Students will explore areas such as personal development, budgeting, managing personal space, foods and nutrition, consumer education, child development, and practical sewing skills. Students will be given the opportunity to develop leadership and dynamic living skills in this project-oriented class. Curriculum will be different in 1A and 1B so that a student may take the course in consecutive semesters and not repeat the same material.

Media Studies (Formerly Video Production)
Prerequisite: None 
7th and 8th Grade: Semester

Media Studies students will investigate techniques of video production from pre production - planning, to production - videotaping, and post production - editing. Students will learn the grammar of film production and the power of the media through journalism as they study different areas of filmmaking including PSA’s (Public Service Announcements), commercials, news segments, and magazine format stories and documentaries. There will be hands on training in video production skills including scripting, shot set up, interview techniques, lightening, sound, music, and editing.  The fundamentals and safety of operating a camcorder, tripod, and editing equipment will be stressed.  The course will culminate in an exhibition of original student video projects. This course is a prerequisite for Video Journalism.

Video Journalism
Prerequisite: Media Studies 
7th and 8th Grade: Semester

Video Journalism is an intensive laboratory course in gathering, writing and producing news for a daily broadcast. Students will learn radio and television production techniques; at the end of each semester, students will produce up to a 15-minute newsmagazine that showcases their reporting, editing, and production skills. Operation of broadcast newsrooms, ethics in broadcast journalism, interviewing techniques, and media criticism will also be examined in the course. Since this course is designed to allow students to go into the field to develop their own reports on local stories of significance and do their own production work (recording, editing, etc.) a significant “after hours” commitment is required. 

Web Design
Prerequisite:  Computer Applications 
7th and 8th grade Semesteror permission of instructor

Web Design students will learn to code in html by creating their own five-page web site. History of the web, terminology, and web design principles will be important aspects of this course. Along with html, students will be introduced to Adobe Dreamweaver, a professional visual editor for creating and managing Web sites and pages. A continued study of Flash will enable students to create web site navigation controls. Students will also create an educational web site for a teacher, club, or unit of study as part of their final project.