Photographs taken by Amanda Turnbull, NHCS Class of 2013
Computer Applications is a 1/2 credit course designed to develop proficiency using a computer for a variety of tasks. This course meets the technology exit 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 Apps, part of a suite of online tools that are designed for communication & collaboration. Spartan Apps is a managed version of the popular G Suite for Education by Google that features the same toolset common found and used in traditional desktop versions of Microsoft Office. Like Office, it allows one to create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.
The advantages and rationale for using G Suite are that it is universally available for free & works on virtually any computer or computing device using only a web browser. Beyond basic productivity documents, the suite also includes integrated tools for email, calendaring, website creation and more that are leverage and explored throughout the course. When G Suite does not offer certain features, Microsoft Office, Apple's iWork suite, or other software tools are used to fulfill those needs.
Students complete a variety of activities to develop their computer literacy. Some of these activities include the following:
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.
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.
Students will learn how to create multimedia presentations and share information with 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 of 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 other computing devices.
Students will learn techniques to complete effective and through web-based research. These skills make it easier for them to manage, cite, and properly document web-based content that is often employed in research projects and activities, both within the school and outside of the classroom.
Computer Science Students work in teams to create simple apps for mobile devices using MIT App Inventor®. Students explore the impact of computing in society, gain fundamentals in computer programming, and its imminent impact across most career paths in today and in the near future.
Students will explore topics to build skills and awareness in digital citizenship, cybersecurity, and digital well being. These skills are designed to aid them in becoming more effective at managing technology responsibly, ethically, and appropriately in their daily lives, both within the school environment, their community, and beyond.
The report card grade for the class is derived by assessing larger, project-based activities that are completed beyond direct instruction and further skill refinement exercises are completed in class. All work completed in the class is considered part of the overall content assessment toward the student's progress. Beyond technical skills, learning activities will also incorporate literacy and complex thinking tasks throughout. In addition to academic completion of work assigned, students are also expected to meet the criteria of good attendance, good classroom behavior, ability to meet deadlines, ability to solve problems, as well as the oral and written articulation of thoughts and ideas.
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.
Other Computer Classes
After taking Computer Applications, students may also want to consider taking other Computer Science and Engineering classes offered in New Hartford including: Design & Drawing for Production (DDP) at Perry Junior High, Computer Intergrated Manufactring Systems (CIMS), Digital Electronics (DP) and AP Computer Science Principles (CSP) at the Senior High School.