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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 some of the most used application softwares, including: Fireworks (graphics software); Flash (animation software); Dreamweaver (html website creation); Windows 10 (operating system); Microsoft Excel and Word (numbers and text). We will also do some work using Google Docs (web based spreadsheets and word processing).

In addition to learning skills in some of the most current production software, this course will also cover topics related to an understanding of the appropriate and safe use of the Internet. 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 to find the most accurate information and avoid the vast amount of misinformation that exists on the Internet. Finally, we will use the software we have learned/are learning to complete cross-curricular activities using technology to understand topics in Mathematics, Science and U.S. History.

Your instructor, Mr. Durfee, has 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, World History; Keyboarding and Digital Design, Multimedia. Prior to teaching I worked as an accountant and tax research specialist for the Trammell Crow Company and KPMG Peat Marwick in the Dallas, Texas. I have degrees, certifications and endorsements in Accounting, Business, Japanese, Computer Information Systems, CTE and Western History. I have also studied, taught and continue to perform on the guitar and tenor banjo.

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.

After you have completed the missed assignment you will need to TURN-IN the assignment. If this is a digital file, you can do this by saving your file to the [Shared Drive], [Durfee], [Durfee-Turn in], [Your class period]. Be certain to include your name in the file name you are saving along with the file name of the assignment, e.g., dancing_skeleton_YourName


- be on time
- go straight to your seat
- login to your computer
- open an Internet browser (Firefox) and check the day's lessons and 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, do not 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 appropriate Classroom Learning Procedures behavior. If issues still continue, parent and administration intervention may be deemed necessary.


PARTICIPATION. Some days you will receive a participation grade. These points will be given in full if you meet ALL of the Classroom Learning Procedures. Note: You need to be working the full time to receive full credit.

ASSIGNMENTS. For points 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.

CITIZENSHIP. In the case where proper learning procedures are not being followed or teacher instructions are disregarded, your citizenship grade may be changed to an N, Needs improvement. To have the N removed you will need to demonstrate proper behavior for a week's worth of class participation. A citizenship grade of U, Unsatisfactory, is given after repeated N's and/or an incident deemed severe. Parent contact will be made in the case of a U grade. Note, a U can not be made up.



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)
- Do use your headphones for assigned lessons & news and not for listening to any of your own music
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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