• Townsend Intro to Computers

    Welcome! This trimester will be exciting as we explore the many ways technology supports student success in academics and careers. Students will learn and expand upon their skills in basic computer applications and develop skills in critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. We will explore Internet safety, cyberbullying, social, legal and ethical issues related to the use of technology including acceptable use and copyright.

    CLASS OBJECTIVES

    By the conclusion of this class you should be able to:

    • Describe the history of computers
    • Use and understand basic computer terminology
    • Explore job possibilities in the computer field
    • Use troubleshooting techniques to identify hardware, O/S, and application software problems
    • Efficiently search and utilize the Internet for research
    • Create, edit, and format a document using Microsoft Word
    • Create, edit, utilize functions, create conditions and format spreadsheets using Microsoft Excel
    • Create presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint
    • Describe the functions of a network and how it functions
    • Explain the importance of digital responsibility and citizenship

    Introduction to Computers classes are based on California State Standards in technology. All lessons, activities, assessments are designed to support students in mastering these standards. We will experience a variety of computer applications using Office 365 and Google G Suite. Digital citizenship will be taught and stressed throughout the course. Essential keyboarding skills are taught and practiced. During the course, opportunities to learn and practice coding skills are given through websites such as code.org and learning game development software.

    As we progress through the trimester, students may need register for websites such as typing.com, code.org, aeseducation.com, etc. to support their learning in this class. Students should be sure to are sign in to the account to receive credit for their work. We will set up the accounts together as a class as needed.

    INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES

    We will not use a textbook for this course. Our computer classes are designed to help students learn the computer application skills students need for success in academics and careers. The computer skills lab is hands-on and as such students will spend the majority of their time in class at an assigned computer working on assignments, both individually and collaboratively.

     COURSE PLAN

    Students learn computer concepts through direct instruction, discussions, and guided/self-paced learning modules. Study guides are completed by students as they work through the modules. Completed study guides are used during the quizzes and students are allowed to retake a failed quiz once after reviewing their study guide.

     Grades

    You may check your grades on Aeries.  Your learn.aeseducation Quiz and Module test scores along with any project scores, will be posted on Aeries within one week of due date. You will also receive a digital study guide completion score at the end of each unit, a weekly virtual meeting participation grade, and two trimester code.org Express Course progress scores. You will also receive at least four keyboarding scores each trimester. 

    • Quizzes, Module Tests, Projects - 60% of Grade
    • Classwork - 40% of Grade
      • Digital Study Guides (AES)
      • Virtual Meeting Participation
      • Coding 
      • Keyboarding 

    STANDARD GRADING SCALE                           EVALUATION

    A = 90%-100%                                                             Classwork                                

    B = 80%- 89%                                                              Quizzes, Tests, and Projects    

    C = 70%-79%

    D = 60%-69%

    F = Below 60%

      

    Behavioral Expectations for Students

    Students at all levels are now engaging in virtual class check-in sessions on Google Meet. To ensure a positive and productive learning environment during these sessions, it is important that all students adhere to the following behavioral expectations.

    • Always be respectful and courteous to other students and teachers during Google Meet virtual check-in sessions. Inappropriate, offensive or threatening comments; misrepresentation of identity, and/or disruptive behavior by any participants during Google Meet virtual check-in sessions will not be tolerated.
    • Students must use their district email account to log into a Google Meet virtual check-in session.
    • Login credentials must not be shared. Sharing of login information violates other students’ and teachers’ rights to confidentiality and could allow class participation by unauthorized persons and/or lead to disruptive behaviors that detract from a productive and positive learning environment.
    • Students who are disruptive and/or “trespass” Google Meet virtual check-in sessions will receive appropriate consequences in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. Consequences may result in temporary or permanent loss of technology access, which would prevent the student from participating in Google Meet virtual check-in sessions. Students receiving this consequence would have assignments provided to the student’s parent/guardian.

    Virtual Office Hours

    These are hours which I will be available, live, on Google Meet, for questions regarding assignments, schedules, and other schoolwork concerns. My Virtual Office hours are also posted in our Google Classroom.   

     Tuesdays -    1:45 - 2:30

    Wednesdays - 7:45 - 8:30

    Thursdays - 1:45 - 2:30

    Fridays - 7:45 - 8:30

    • Emails will be responded to within 24 hours.

     

    MINIMUM DAY SCHEDULE 

     

    Mini Day

    REGULAR SCHOOL DAY SCHEDULE

    Period 1: - All assignments and the Google Meet Link are listed on Google Classroom

    Monday: Join Google Meet through Google Classroom (7:45 – 8:20).

    Tuesday: Join Google Meet through Google Classroom (8:35 – 9:55)

    Wednesday: Log in to Google Classroom to record your attendance for the day and complete assignments.

    Thursday:  Join Google Meet through Google Classroom (8:35 – 9:55)

    Friday: Log in to Google Classroom to record your attendance for the day and complete assignments.

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    Period 2: - All assignments and the Google Meet Link are listed on Google Classroom

    Monday: Join Google Meet through Google Classroom (8:30-9:05)

    Tuesday: Join Google Meet through Google Classroom (10:20–11:40)

    Wednesday: Log in to Google Classroom to record your attendance for the day and complete assignments

    Thursday:  Join Google Meet through Google Classroom (10:20-11:40)

    Friday: Log in to Google Classroom to record your attendance for the day and complete assignments

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    Period 3: - All assignments and the Google Meet Link are listed on Google Classroom

    Monday: Join Google Meet through Google Classroom (9:15-9:50)

    Tuesday: Join Google Meet through Google Classroom (12:25-1:45)

    Wednesday: Log in to Google Classroom to record your attendance for the day and complete assignments

    Thursday:  Join Google Meet through Google Classroom (12:25-1:45)

    Friday: Log in to Google Classroom to record your attendance for the day and complete assignments

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    Period 4: - All assignments and the Google Meet Link are listed on Google Classroom

    Monday: Join Google Meet through Google Classroom (10:00-10:35)

    Tuesday: Log in to Google Classroom to record your attendance for the day and complete assignments

    Wednesday: Join Google Meet through Google Classroom (8:35 – 9:55)

    Thursday: Log in to Google Classroom to record your attendance for the day and complete assignments

    Friday: Join Google Meet through Google Classroom (8:35-9:55)

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    Period 5: - All assignments and the Google Meet Link are listed on Google Classroom

    Monday: Join Google Meet through Google Classroom (10:45-11:20)

    Tuesday: Log in to Google Classroom to record your attendance for the day and complete assignments

    Wednesday: Join Google Meet through Google Classroom (10:20-11:40)

    Thursday: Log in to Google Classroom to record your attendance for the day and complete assignments

    Friday: Join Google Meet through Google Classroom (10:20-11:40)

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    Period 6: - All assignments and the Google Meet Link are listed on Google Classroom

    Monday: Join Google Meet through Google Classroom (12:10-12:45)

    Tuesday: Log in to Google Classroom to record your attendance for the day and complete assignments

    Wednesday: Join Google Meet through Google Classroom (12:25-11:40)

    Thursday: Log in to Google Classroom to record your attendance for the day and complete assignments

    Friday: Join Google Meet through Google Classroom (12:25-1:45)