Pendleton County High School Technology Education Course: Foundations of Technology Instructor: Rebekka Bess Year: 2013-2014 Credit: 1 Grade(s): 9-10 Prerequisite: none Teacher Contact .. Phone: 859-654-3355 x7303 Planning: 2nd Period (9:00-9:50) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @MrsBessTech Course Description . All technological devices operate from the application of basic concepts and processes. Students in this course will learn these concepts as they design products and engineer solutions to problems. They will also learn that technology is fundamental to human existence. They will begin to understand the impacts and issues created by the development and use of technology. Connections between technological devices and concepts in mathematics and science are explored. Required Materials . Pen or pencil Paper School internet account Flash drive (recommended, but not required) Grading . The chart to the right breaks down the percentage value of Activity % Value the various class assignments. A description for each Bell ringers/Exit Slips 30% assignment category is listed below. Tests/Quizzes/Assessments 20% Bell ringers and Exit Slips: Students are responsible In Class Assignments 50% for daily bell ringers and exit slips. Bell ringers are to be completed online during the first five minutes of class, and exit slips will be given during the last five minutes of class. Both items will be checked daily. Tests/Quizzes/Assessments: Initially, all students will take the quiz as a class. After receiving their score, students will have an opportunity to retake the quiz. Students will need to schedule a time with Mrs. Bess to retake the quiz. Retake must be completed within five school days after the initial grade is received. The higher of the two scores will be recorded. Major assessments can include exams, as well as some group and individual projects. Students will be made aware of how group and individual projects will be assessed when the project is assigned. With tests, students will be given an opportunity to complete a “wrong answer analysis” to make up half of the missed credit. In Class Assignments: All assignments that do not count as journal entries, quizzes, or tests will fall under this category. This includes most assignments completed during class, as well as homework. Class Participation . Prompt attendance in class is a priority. All students are encouraged to participate in class through individual and group assignments. All students are expected to show responsibility and respect during their participation in class. Tutoring . At least once per week, I am available to stay after from 3:00pm-4:00pm for any student wishing to catch up on class work. A list of dates I am available to stay will be posted weekly. Sign up for the date you wish to stay, or request a day to stay after. Classroom Expectations and Procedures . Start of class: When you come to class, log in to your assigned computer and begin working on the journal entry for the day. There may be times when you computer is not on, so it is important that you take care of this as soon as you come to class. Tardies: A student is considered tardy if they are not in their seat ready to work when the bell rings. You will be given a verbal warning for the first tardy, a parent/guardian will be contacted upon the 2nd tardy, and a referral will be written for every 3rd tardy. Tardy counts start over every quarter. Absence/makeup policy: Upon returning from an absence, you will be permitted to make up work missed during absences. For every day of absence, you will receive one day to complete make-up work. It is the student’s responsibility to ask for missing work from Mrs. Bess. Regarding suspension absences, students will be permitted to complete missed class work assignments while suspended and receive up to 75% credit for that work. Computer Lab: Completion of daily assignments is your first priority. No open food or drink container around the computers. Leave your area clean at the end of class. Do not remove cords from the computer. Bring pencil and paper every day. Personal space: Please be respectful of the personal space of your fellow students. This includes: keeping your hands to yourself avoiding rough-housing behaviors being considerate of the work that other students are trying to do. only being concerned with the computer you are assigned to. Cell phones, tablets, and all other personal devices: Students may not use cell phone/personal devices without teacher consent. (PS - There is a clock in the room and on the computer screen for time.) A cellphone or tablet device can only be used as a reference tool when it is stated by the teacher for an assignment, the student has received Digital Citizenship training, have a signed BYOD paper on file and has received a sticker on their school ID. The student must also have their school ID out and on their table if using their device for this purpose. Restroom passes: I allow three passes per student per quarter. I will record each use in the notebook on my desk. Per school policy, I will not excuse students to the restroom during the first and last ten minutes of class, nor will I excuse you when instruction is occurring. (Group or individual work time would be the most appropriate time to ask.) Bring your agenda to class in order to use a restroom pass. Course Outline . UNIT 1: MACHINES Description: Students will demonstrate understanding of mechanical principles through designing and building devices with LEGOs. Formative Assessment: Bell ringers, exit slips, design/problem solving exercises, quizzes Unit Assessment: Multiple choice/scenario exam Time: 5 weeks UNIT 2: COMPUTER-BASED EDITING Description: Students will use Adobe Photoshop Elements to edit photographic images. Formative Assessment: Bell ringers, exit slips, daily photo-editing exercises, quizzes Unit Assessment: Multiple choice/scenario exam; student-choice photography mini-projects Time: 5 weeks UNIT 3: PHOTOGRAPHY Description: Students will develop an understanding of how cameras work, photographic composition, and digital media. Formative Assessment: Bell ringers, exit slips, daily photography exercises, quizzes Unit Assessment Multiple choice/scenario exam; student-choice photography mini-projects Time: 4 weeks UNIT 4: CAREER SKILLS Description: Students will investigate the skills needed to search, apply, and interview for a job. Formative Assessment: Bell ringers, exit slips, daily career skill exercises, quizzes Unit Assessment Multiple choice/scenario exam; mock interview video Time: 4 weeks UNIT 5: INTRO TO COMPUTER-AIDED DRAFTING Description: Students will use Google Sketchup software to communicate designs and ideas. Formative Assessment: Bell ringers, exit slips, daily CAD exercises Unit Assessment: Multiple choice/scenario exam (will also include one CAD problem) Time: 5 weeks UNIT 6: BRIDGES/FORCES Description: Students will use their understanding of bridges and forces to design, build, and test a bridge. Formative Assessment: Bell ringers, exit slips, daily bridge exercises, quizzes Unit Assessment: Multiple choice/scenario exam; constructed toothpick bridge (with a partner) Time: 4 weeks UNIT 7: AVIATION (March 7 – April 10) Description: Students will investigate aviation principles, and will design, build, and fly a rubber band-powered airplane. Formative Assessment: Bell ringers, exit slips, daily bridge exercises, quizzes Unit Assessment: Multiple choice/scenario exam; completed rubber band-powered airplane Time: 5 weeks UNIT 8: COMPUTER ANIMATION (April 11 – May 15) Description: Students will build and animate a 3D character. Formative Assessment: Bell ringers, exit slips, PowerPoint animation, A Simple Walk animation tutorial Unit Assessment: Multiple choice/scenario exam; original 15-second animated sequence Time: 4 weeks Note: Syllabus subject to change at teacher’s discretion.