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Middle School Technology - Course Descriptions

Exploring Computers

This course is an exploratory course to learn the basics of keyboarding, information literacy, word- processing, excel, and multi-media. Students will also learn about internet safety, cyberbullying and social, legal and ethical issues related to use of technology, including acceptable use and copyright.


Introduction to Computers 6-8

Students taking this elective will be introduced to various basic computer skills. They will learn how to use and understand basic computer related terms, identify basic computer hardware components and peripheral devices, i.e. keyboard, mouse, printer, CD-ROM. Students will also be introduced to basic word-processing skills which will include correct use of the keyboard and will have the opportunity to practice on a daily basis. Students will be introduced to spreadsheet skills and will create simple multi-media presentations. Correct terminology related to hardware, software and applications will be introduced and reinforced throughout the semester. This course will prepare students for Intermediate level technology courses in middle school. They will understand the legal, social and ethical issues related to the use of computers in our daily life.


Intermediate Computers 6-8

This elective will build on previously learned computer skills. Skills learned in Introduction to Computers will be reinforced and the next level of skills will be introduced including database skills and the development of spreadsheets. Students will continue to practice word-processing skills through the semester and will improve their speed and accuracy. Students will use appropriate terminology related to hardware and software throughout the semester. Students will apply technology skills to conduct research and complete core curriculum projects. They will continue to deal with legal, social and ethical issues related to the use of computers in our daily life. This course will prepare students for the advanced level of technology in middle school.


Advanced Computers 6-8

This elective will build on proficiencies acquired in the Intermediate Computer course. Students will integrate previously learned tools, i.e. word processing, multi-media, spreadsheet and database, into a cumulative Web design project. Students will create their own web page, which will showcase their proficiencies. Students will use appropriate technology skills to conduct research and complete core curriculum projects, e.g. historical research, scientific and math investigations, and language arts writing projects. Emphasis on desktop publishing will provide additional opportunities for students to demonstrate application of skills previously learned. Legal, social and ethical issues related to the use of computers in our daily life will continue to be reinforced.


Computer Aided Design (CAD)

is a course exploring technology concepts through a hands on, technical approach. Students gain technology skills as they explore technical manuals, engage in video tutorials, and follow incremental instructions to learn CAD concepts and skills. They learn critical thinking as they engage in a top down design approach in problem solving. Keyboarding skills from previous technology courses are continued in daily warm ups to prepare students coding and website development component. This course of instruction explores communications, mathematical concepts, programming, top down design, and computer technology.


Digital Imaging

This course will provide students with current skills using a variety of digital tools as well as elements of graphic design and design thinking to create computer graphics and digital layouts to communicate with diverse audiences. This course address the ISTE Standards for Students – 2016 (ISTE 2016), Career Technical Education Career Ready Practices as well as selected Common Core State Standards.


Multimedia I

Students will engage in units in Audio & Video Production and Website development. Students develop skills in audio and video production to create and publish videos. Research, collaborative work, planning, layout, and storyboarding strategies will be explored and utilized in the creation of the videos. Students develop their coding skills to code websites which display their video and sound files along with other technology related projects that they have completed. Students will continue to develop their keyboarding skills in the course. In addition, students will understand the legal, social, and ethical issues of using digital media regarding copyright and fair use.


Multimedia II

Students will develop intermediate web design skills, building on skills learned in Multimedia I. Students will use web development software to integrate HTML code and develop web layout and design skills. Students will also be introduced to the fundamentals of computer networks, the history of the internet, and how websites are uploaded, stored and accessed on the World Wide Web. Students will work with web based media such as graphics, video and sound. Students will delve deeper into the understanding of the business of web development and the structure and esthetics of web sites. Students will continue to develop their keyboarding skill in the course. In addition, student will understand the legal, social, and ethical issues related to the use of computer in our daily life.


Computer Applications 1

This course is designed to provide students with skills for the post secondary world. Productivity skills will be learned in the context of careers and Industry Pathways. Students will explore careers and understand the skills required to compete in a 21st century global workplace. Special attention will be devoted to digital citizenship and safe online behaviors. Students will compile a career-based portfolio of key assignments demonstrating computer literacy skills.


Computer Applications 2

This course is designed to provide students with advanced computer skills in the context of their industry sector. The course will focus on enhancing skills taught in Computer Applications 1. Students will apply digital citizenship and safe online behaviors. Students will compile a career-based portfolio of key assignments demonstrating advanced computer literacy skills.


Department Info

Department Address
1515 Hughes Way
Long Beach, CA 90810

Department Phone
(562) 997-8000 x.8031