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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) 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 Office and Google Drive (spreadsheet and word processing). The course will also cover topics related to an understanding of appropriate and safe Internet use, digital careers and pathways, critical thinking skills and research. 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.

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, Guitar, Music Theory, United States History, Keyboarding and Multimedia. Prior to beginning 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 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.

A link to USOE course description can be found by CLICKING HERE This course was formerly called Multimedia.

Makeup Work

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 after school to complete your projects. Mr. Durfee is available most days after school but please check before showing up as there are times when I will be in meetings and the lab will not be available.

Classroom Learning Procedures

- 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 Learning Procedures behavior.

Course Grades

Participation Grades. Each day you will receive a Participation Grade. These points will be given in full if you meet ALL of the Classroom Learning Procedures. Minus 10 points if tardy. Need to be working the full time to receive full credit.

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

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

Test Grades. There will be two End-of-Term Tests for the first term.

Contact: ryan.durfee@ironmail.org

Computer Lab Procedures

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 in 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, Youtube or any other website not related to the coursework. Doing so can result in loss of computer privelleges.
- Do keep your area neat and clean. Trash picked up, supplies put away 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


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