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Digital Literacy - About the Course

The major objective of this course is to help prepare you with the skills you will need to be a 21st century learner.

This couse is a survey course (we look at and study/learn a bit about many things). The course is designed to provide the student with an introduction to many application softwares, including: Fireworks/Photoshop (graphics software); Flash (animation software); Windows 10 (operating system); Microsoft Excel and Google Docs (spreadsheet and online word processing). The course will also cover topics related to an understanding of appropriate and safe Internet use. We will look at digital careers and pathways. We will practice effective thinking and effective research skills. We will look at how the Internet has changed and is changing our world as well as other areas of technology that have and will impact our world. We will also spend time improving our understanding of how do we find the most accurate information and avoid the vast amount of misinformation that exists on the Internet.

Your instructor, Mr. Durfee. I have been teaching for over 25 years, including teaching at the university, high school and middle school levels. Courses taught include: Economics, Accounting, Financial Literacy, Digital Literacy, Beginning and Intermediate Guitar, United States History, Keyboarding and Multimedia. Prior to teaching I worked as an accountant and tax research specialist for the Trammell Crow Company and KPMG Peat Marwick, both in the Dallas, Texas offices. I have degrees, certifications and endorsements in Accounting, Business, Japanese, Computer Information Systems, CTE and American/European History.

The Course Objectives/Topics of Study include: Creativity and Innovation; Communication and Collaboration; Research and Information Fluency; Digital Citizenship; Technology Operations and Concepts; Digital Lifestyles and Critical Thinking and Problem Solving.


Students who are ill or miss class due to a school excused activity can find the assignments online at the CMS website. You may need to schedule time to come during SMART time to complete work. Note: If time is not used wisely during classtime, you may not be given the opportunity to make up the work.


- Be on time
- Go straight to your seat
- Login to your computer
- Open an Internet browser and check the Daily Schedule
- Begin your work
- Remain in your seat (if you have a question or need assistance, raise your hand)

- Use ALL of your time on your projects (do not quite early and line up at the door)
- Follow School and Computer Lab Procedures

Should you choose not to follow one of the above Learning Procedures, your citizenship grade will be lowered. In order to bring your citizenship grade back to Satisfactory (S), you will need to demonstrate a week's worth of apporpriate Classroom Learning Procedures behavior. If issues still continue, parent and administration intervention may be deemed necessary.


PARTICIPATION. Most days you will receive a participation grade. These points will be given in full if you meet ALL of the Classroom Learning Procedures. Need to be working the full time to receive full credit.

ASSIGNMENTS. For assignments graded on the actual assignment, and not just participation grades, check the assignments rubrics to see how points are allocated.

PROJECTS AND TESTS. There will be a few large projects. Check the grading rubrics for these large projects to understand how points are allocated for your work.



In order to provide a safe, clean and working lab for all students, the following procedures and rules for the computer labs must be followed. Note, not following procedures and/or rules may result in a loss of partial or ALL computer priveleges for the entire school year.

- Do bring a water bottle with a lid (no drinks, other than water, or food to be eaten in computer lab)
- Do walk and speak softly when in the compter lab
- Do keep your hands on your own computer (never touch another students computer, cables, etc.)
- Do be respectful of all students in the lab (this means do not change settings on the computer you are using)
- Do save or download only files related to your coursework/assignments
- Do stay on task (you may not go to computer games or any other website not related to the coursework)
- Do keep your area clean (trash picked up, supplies put away, headphones on monitor and chair pushed under the table)
- Do wait to be excussed at the end of class (we do not line up at the door)
Always do your very best work

NOTE: Failure to follow the computer lab procedures can result in loss of computer use & referral to school principal for disciplinary actions. Your use of the Internet is closely tracked, monitored and recorded by the Iron County School District.

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