Welcome to ICT 101
Theprimary focus of this Information & Communication Technology LiteracyCourse is to promote safe, responsible, and productive digital citizenship and21st Century skills. Students will learn to become critical consumers, andproficient authors of digital media through research, discussion, andengagement with digital media, and media authoring applications. Students areencouraged to be self-directive, and use critical thinking to solve technicalissues, master new applications, and create effective digital communications.
Whilethere is a strong emphasis on technology and technology usage, this course alsoconcerns itself with humanity, and both the positive and negative effectstechnology can have on society, individuals, and our environment. While we allrecognize that there are sometimes hazards associated with technology, Ibelieve that responsible use of technology can help people connect with eachother and obtain the critical information they need to have a positive effect onthemselves and the world around them.
Sincethis is the first year this course is being offered, essentially the coursewill be the same for both 5/6 grade, and 7/8 grade cohorts. However, the 7/8grade cohort will progress faster, and go more in-depth. All classes willfollow the same guidelines, curriculum, and projects, unless separateinstructions are posted.
Ourfirst classes will consist of introductions (even if you already know eachother, I still want to get to know all of you), and discussions of cyber safetyand good digital citizenship. As the course progresses, we will explore theillustrative communication potentials of comic strips using Pixton, createanimations and applications using scratch. Additional, projects will involveediting audio, video, pictures, and text. Details and resources for eachproject will be added as we progress.
In order to promote a positive and productive learningenvironment for all students I have a few simple guidelines for everyone to follow:
Respect is critical!
Respect yourself, andothers
(especially yourclassmates, as well as, school personnel and protocols).
Be productive, andgive it your all!
Student progress isbased on effort and personal achievement.
Ask for help, andhelp others!
Knowing when you needassistance or instruction is an essential 21st century skill.Additionally, helping others is fundamental to good citizenship.
Cognitive researchindicates that explaining concepts and techniques to others increases ones owncomprehension, retention, and recall.
Guidelines forrespectful communication:
When someone addresses the class, or presents a project,everyone listens.
Collaborative conversations should only be heard by thecollaborators, not the whole class.
Conversations should relevant to the lesson or projectstudents are engaged in.
In order for criticism to be constructive, it must offeradvice for improvement and not leave people feeling incompetent or defeated.
When the teacher calls for attention, all conversationshould cease.
Physical and/or Verbal violence and aggression will not betolerated.