Computer Applications is 1/2 credit course designed to develop proficiency using a computer for a variety of tasks. This course meets the technology standards for all students graduating from New Hartford Central Schools.
In this course, each student is instructed on how to use the school's Spartan Applications, which is part of a suite of online tools that is designed for communication & collaboration. Spartan Apps is a managed version of the popular Google Apps package offering features found in the traditional desktop versions of Microsoft Office by allowing one to create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Google Apps advantages are that it is universally available for free and works on virtually any computer or device using only a web browser. Beyond the basic productivity documents, the suite also includes tools for survey development and administration with forms, drawing, email, calendaring, and web publishing. When Google Apps does not offer certain features, Microsoft Office, Apple's iWork suite, or other software tools are used.
Activities Students complete a variety of activities to develop their computer literacy. Some of these activities include the following:
Word Processing Students will use word processing to create and electronically share a wide variety of traditional print based files such as research papers with citations, formatted essays, and letters applicable to Language Arts, Social Studies, and any other course where writing is a focus.
Spreadsheet Students will use spreadsheet applications to calculate numeric tables of information. From these tables, students will then learn basic techniques to chart this information in graph form. Sharing and collaborating on documents for data analysis and collection such as in Math and Science classes will also be shared.
Presentation Students will learn how to create multimedia presentations and provide information to an audience on a specific topic. Public speaking skills while giving a presentation will be practiced.
Media Creation & Editing Students will learn how to use a variety tools to capture, record and edit digital video, audio, as well as digital images. These skills will be valuable in embracing and learning to use new presentation mediums that can be web-based as well as presented using a variety of mobile and computing devices.
Publishing. Students will use the drawing tools and desktop publishing techniques to produce professional-looking publications.
Forms Students will learn to use web-based forms to gather information into a spreadsheet-based database so data can be used for analysis, discussion, or research.
Web Research Students will learn how to use a variety tools to complete and record web-based research. These tools make it easier to manage, cite, and document web-based sources that are often employed in modern research projects and activities.
Requirements The report card grade is based on projects, class work, and tests. Content Assessment will count for 84% of the grade. Effective Communicator and Complex Thinker Assessment will each count for 8% of the grade. Students are expected to meet the following criteria of good attendance, good classroom behavior and attitude, ability to meet deadlines, ability to solve problems, and oral and written articulation of thoughts and ideas.
Extra Help If a student misses class, he/she is expected to make up the work missed. Further, if they are having trouble with the course content, they are encouraged to seek extra help either during the school day or after school by appointment.
Students may also want to consider taking other computer classes offered in New Hartford including: Design & Drawing for Production (DDP), Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), and Web Design.