Fundamentals of Technology ~ 2014-2015 Mrs. Upshaw Bixby 9th Grade Center 366-2200 x2445 [email protected] Planning Period M/T/W/TH/ 7:30-8:31 F/ 7:30-8:17 Course Objective: This course will provide students with the fundamental concepts, principles, and ideas needed to understand how business is operated and managed in a rapidly changing global environment, which is needed for success in careers in business related fields. This course also provides job readiness skills and soft skills that are critical for success in any workplace setting. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to: Identify types of computers, how they process information and how individual computers interact with other computing systems and devices Identify the function of computer hardware components Identify the factors that go into an organizational decision on how to purchase computer equipment Identify how to maintain computer equipment and solve common problems relating to computer hardware Identify how software and hardware work together to perform computing tasks and how software is developed and upgraded Identify different types of software, general concepts relating to software categories, and the tasks to which each type of software is most suited or not suited Identify what an operating system is and how it works, and solve common problems related to operating systems Manipulate and control the windows desktop, files and disks Identify how to change system settings, install and remove software Be able to start and exit a windows application and utilize sources of online help Identify common on-screen elements of windows applications, change application settings and manage files within an application Perform common editing and formatting functions Perform common printing functions Be able to format text and documents including the ability to use automatic formatting tools Be able to insert, edit and format tables in a document Be able to modify worksheet data and structure and format data in a worksheet Be able to sort data, manipulate data using formulas and functions and add and modify charts in a worksheet Be able to perform basic database operations Demonstrate knowledge of graphics software Be able to create and format simple presentations Identify network fundamentals and the benefits and risks of network computing Identify the relationship between computer networks, other communications networks (like the telephone network) and the internet Identify how electronic mail works Identify how to use an electronic mail application Identify the appropriate use of e-mail and e-mail related “netiquette” Identify different types of information sources on the internet Be able to use a web browsing application Be able to search the internet for information Identify how computers are used in different areas of work, school and home Identify the risks of using computer hardware and software Identify how to use computers and the internet safely, legally, ethically and responsibly Demonstrate knowledge of geographic information systems (GIS) Demonstrate knowledge of global positioning systems (GPS) Demonstrate knowledge of a content management system (CMS) Demonstrate knowledge of a learning management system (LMS) Demonstrate digital video literacy Demonstrate knowledge of web accessibility Demonstrate understanding of digital media Demonstrate knowledge of security awareness Demonstrate knowledge of leadership Complete an employment process Textbooks: Discovering Computers & Microsoft Office 2013, WORD IT, EXCEL IT, ACCESS IT, PRESENT IT Publishers: Shelly Cashman Series, B.E. Publishing Method of Instruction includes: Lectures, class discussions, hands-on training, demonstrations, projects and performance evaluation. Assignments: An employer expects you to manage your time effectively, moving through tasks as quickly as possible while maintaining high quality. Mrs. Upshaw expects the same from you. You will be expected to complete a certain amount of work each week. If you are not finished with your assignments by the due date, you need to make arrangements to come in during your time to get them made up. You can see what you missed during an absence by checking my website. Grades: Students will receive grades for completing computer assignments, online assessments, projects and tests. Students will take online competency exam(s), or certifications, at the end of the semester. Students should check their progress using the Power School online grade book access. Required Certifications: ODCTE Fundamentals of Technology and Brainbench Make-up work: Because new assignments are given daily and make up work must be done in the room (you may not take it home), regular attendance is imperative to keeping up with class work. If you are absent a day, you must schedule a time to complete the missed work. You may schedule time before school (7:00-7:25) or Friday (1:15-1:59). You are encouraged to do the assignments within 2-3 school days of your absence. Make-up work is your responsibility!! No late makeup work will be taken the last 2 weeks of the semester. Grading Scale: A= 90-100 B= 80-89 C= 70-79 D= 60-69 F= 0-59 Class Rules: 1. Arrive on time, with necessary supplies 2. Respect your teacher, other students and yourself 3. Do not bring food, drink, or candy into classroom. 4. When you come into the room start working on bell work. 5. Use class time wisely. 6. No Cell Phones (no texting during class) Discipline Procedures: 1. Verbal Warning 2. Come in before school and work on an extra assignment 3. Referral to Office (Certain inappropriate behavior will receive an immediate referral.) Supplies needed: 1-2 Pocket Folder for class documents and 1 Box of Kleenex Mrs. Upshaw 9th Grade Center 366-2200 x2445 [email protected] This syllabus represents the rules and procedures of this class. By remaining enrolled in the class and signing the attached statement, the student agrees to accept the above stated rules and procedures. I have read, understand, and agree to the classroom procedures listed in the syllabus. These procedures and rules will be followed. Violations to the Acceptable Use Policy, procedures, and rules will result in discipline action. Student Name_____________________________________ Student Signature__________________________________ Date___________________ Father’s Name_______________________ Cell Phone #________________ Father’s email ___________________________________________________ Mother’s Name_______________________ Cell Phone #________________ Mother’s email____________________________________________________ Parent Signature _____________________________________ Date___________________ Please check your e-mail: I will communicate your child’s progress throughout the semester if their grade falls below a C. If your e-mail changes during the semester please e-mail me at [email protected] . If you do not have an email please specify what phone number you wish to be contacted at during the day. Each student will be given their username and password so they are able to check their grades online.