Technology

Keyboarding - Grades 6, 7, and 8

Course No. EL13 Semester

The basic keyboarding skills which one uses in personal life and work are emphasized in this course. Students will develop proper computer keyboarding skills by practicing keying on a computer keyboard and numeric keypad. Emphasis is on the development of proper keyboarding skills, building speed and accuracy. Students will explore the use of a variety of software including word processing.

NOTE: Students should pair this course with another middle school semester course.

 

Computer Applications - Grades 6, 7, and 8

Course No. EL14 Semester

Computer Applications is a semester course that includes word processing, data base applications, telecommunications, and publishing. Changes in computer technology will be studied and new software packages will be examined. Using Windows and other programs, students will develop skills in applying technology to word processing, spreadsheets, applications, data bases, graphic information, manuscripts, and reports. Students will also acquire an understanding of various office software including, but not limited to Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher, Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

NOTE: Students should pair this course with another middle school semester course.

 

Computer Solutions - Grades 6, 7 and 8

Course No. EL31 Semester

Prerequisites: Mathematics 8 or concurrent enrollment in Mathematics 8 This course provides students opportunities to pursue the logic, concepts, instruction, and sequence that formulate basic computer language. Students will be creating computer programs. Some specific topics include: input and output of data, assignment to variable and mathematical operations, screen formatting, looping, high resolution graphics and modular programming, and subroutines.

NOTE: Students should pair this course with another middle school semester course.

Make It Your Business - Grades 6, 7 and 8

Course No. EL32 Semester

Students design, establish, and operate a small-group or class business, producing a service or product that meets an identified school or community need. Emphasis is placed on the introduction and application of business terminology, basic entrepreneurship concepts, and fundamental business principles. Basic academic skills (mathematics, science, English, and history/social science) are integrated into this course.  

NOTE: Students should pair this course with another middle school semester course.

 

Pre-Engineering - Grades 7 and 8

Course No. EL05 Semester

Students combine resources and techniques to create systems, attaining comprehension of how technological and engineering systems work. Students will explore, design, redesign, analyze, and evaluate technological and engineering systems. By simulating systems and assessing their impacts, students gain insight into how to approach the problems and opportunities of a technological and engineering world. Students apply the engineering design process through participation in hands-on engineering projects. They also explore technology and engineering careers.

NOTE: Students should pair this course with another middle school semester course.

 

Pre-Engineering - Grade 8

Course No. EL06 Year

Students combine resources and techniques to create systems, attaining comprehension of how technological and engineering systems work. Students will explore, design, redesign, analyze, and evaluate technological and engineering systems. By simulating systems and assessing their impacts, students gain insight into how to approach the problems and opportunities of a technological and engineering world. Students apply the engineering design process through participation in hands-on engineering projects. They also explore technology and engineering oriented careers.

 

Applied STEM Investigations - Grades 6, 7 and 8

Course No. EL45 Semester

Calling all innovators! Are you a good problem solver? Are you a team player? Do you like designing, developing, and creating solutions? The goal of the Applied STEM Investigations class is to foster a learning environment in which students are challenged to produce original ideas, objects and structures using concepts and skills from math, science and technology. Students will actively engage in critical thinking, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The focus will be on STEM topics relevant to Virginia, investigating careers, researching current topics, and explore engineering solutions.

NOTE: Students should pair this course with another middle school semester course.