2020-2021 COMPUTER CLASS A&B

  • 21st Century Skills Mission For The Class

    The 2020 - 2021 year promises to be an all-new and exciting year for sixth graders in computer class! As the school year progresses students will be using curriculum designed by Project Lead The Way. Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is an American nonprofit organization that develops STEM curricula for use by US elementary, middle, and high schools.  After students become established in a style of learning that takes shape for this school year, we will begin the process of learning about, focusing on, and creating mobile apps.  A mobile app is a computer program designed to run on a mobile device such as a phone, tablet or watch.

    PLTW App Creators introduces students to the field of computer science and the concepts of computational thinking, through the creation of mobile apps. Students are challenged to be creative and innovative, as they collaboratively design and develop mobile solutions to engaging, authentic problems. Students experience the positive impact of the application of computer science to society as well as to other disciplines, particularly biomedical science.

    The unit provides students opportunities for self-expression. Teams identify a personal or community problem of interest to them that can be solved with a mobile app solution. The problem can address issues such as health and wellness, the environment, school culture, emergency preparedness, education, community service—the options are endless!

    In addition, Students of Union Vale Middle School will become proficient in certain Microsoft Applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and email. This course will give students a renewed understanding of Microsoft Office. They will also be discussing how to stay safe on the Internet and will be using various Web programs. In addition, students will be introduced to Google Suite, which includes a file storage and synchronization service provided by Google, and enables user cloud storage, file sharing and collaborative editing.  Google Drive allows students to complete a significant portion of their course work in all subject areas off-campus in an online environment using educational technology over the Internet.  Many students have access to a computer at home.  However, the majority of their skills involve games, social media, instant messaging and surfing the Internet. This course will teach them how to be safe, expand their horizons, and expose them to other available tools.  These tools will improve their computer proficiency for all subjects in the future and any computer activities that may occur in everyday life.

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