8th Grade Syllabus

8th Grade Introduction to Computer Science
ICS Syllabus and Expectation Guide – 8th Grade 2015-2016
Term – 9 weeks
Mrs. Nikki Browning Room 12
[email protected]
Planning – 9:56-10:56 a.m.
Courses of Study
Welcome to 8th Grade Introduction to Computer Science class. Here are some of the topics we will
cover during this term:
Digital Citizenship
Advanced Keyboarding Skills
Computer Programming (Python language)
Apps and Gaming Coding using Google Android devices
Arts in Technology
Project Lead the Way
Google Drive and Google Docs
Engineering Basics
Technology such as BRAND NEW desktop computers, Google Nexus Android devices, IPods,
headphones, etc. will be utilized often during this course. Since these peripherals are privileges,
students are expected to treat them with respect. If unwanted behavior is detected, students will
receive a verbal warning. If behavior continues, the student will lose privileges for three days, and if
not corrected, students will lose privileges for the remained of the term. This includes, but is not
limited to unapproved websites, questionable web searches, unauthorized gaming, and mistreatment of
the equipment.
Respect is a necessity in this classroom. Respect yourself, your teacher, your classmates, and the
equipment. Rude, disrespectful, or vulgar language will not be tolerated. If this behavior happens, you
will first receive a verbal warning; second offense will result in a conference after class; third offense
will result in an office referral and a call home.
Punctuality is important. If you are late to class will first receive a verbal warning; second offense will
result in a conference after class; third offense will result in a break detention and a call home.
Remember, multiple break detentions create an ISS day. Also, leaving the classroom during instruction
should be kept to a minimum. Restroom and nurse passes will be kept to no more than 2 per week
unless it’s an emergency.
Learning -Each student is responsible for his or her own learning. If any student displays actions that
affect the learning of another student or the safe environment of the classroom, he or she will receive a
Classroom Infraction Notice with the listed offense. The student will then meet with the teacher
immediately after class to find a solution to the problem. If 3 or more notices are given, the student
will receive an office referral.
Students will be expected to come to class prepared with a pencil, paper, and a folder designated
for ICS class. Also, please bring a pair of headphones, if available, for online modules.
Each student will receive a number for their desktops, Android, and headphones. It is each
student’s responsibility to check the computer before and after use and to report problems to
the teacher immediately. Tampering with or vandalizing hardware, software, or data will not be
Do not attempt to modify the appearance or operation of any technology equipment. This
includes, but is not limited to, commands, copying or installing software, setting pass code locks
or copying files of any type. Each one should remain in its original or teacher-set configuration.
Students will only use applications, software and programs required to complete
assignments/projects and only those that have been approved by the teacher. Failure to stay “on
task” may result in loss of technology privileges and/or further discipline actions. Students
should not use personal or school equipment to play online or video games.
No food is allowed near any technology at JCMS. Bottled drinks with lids can be placed in floor
or backpack, not near computer.
On occasion students will be requested to BYOD (bring your own device), including IPhones,
IPods, IPads, and smartphones to utilize during instruction. These devices are only permitted
during these times, so please refrain from use unless instructed otherwise due to privacy
Learning a computer language is like learning a new language. Please keep a positive attitude
even if the task seems difficult. Be persistent! Not knowing the solution to a problem is
okay, not trying is not okay!
“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower”- Steve Jobs, Founder of Apple
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