Method of Contact: I check e-mail regularly and it is the best way to reach me. If you need extra help or extra time, please talk with me to arrange a day/time during my conference period or after school to meet.
Supplies: Earbuds, 1 box of tissue, and 1 tub of disinfecting wipes.
Course Information Rules & Procedures:
Students will follow the rules and procedures in the OJHS handbook.
Be on time for class.
Respect teachers & staff as well as all of OJHS equipment, students, and their work.
No gum, candy, or cell phones are allowed.
If a visitor enters or if the teacher receives a call from the office, you should remain on task and quiet.
Do not cheat, copy other peoples work, or copy materials from the Internet unless you cite the sources. Otherwise, it is called plagiarism.
Please adhere to the Olney ISD Acceptable Use Policy.
Streaming music and viewing music videos are NOT allowed without teacher permission.
Changing the computer settings is NOT allowed.
Printing is only allowed with teacher permission.
Middle School Technology class is designed to assist students in becoming better Digital Citizens. Each grade level will have custom projects/assignments designed for that grade’s developmental & proficiency levels. Every class will devote 10-15 minutes to develop and assess proper keyboarding habits.
Topics covered by all grades will include online safety, digital etiquette, cyber bullying, appropriate use, protecting your online reputation, social networking, plagiarism, copyright and fair use, how to conduct effective searches, how to evaluate sites for accuracy and bias, as well as computer and Internet History. Students will use communication and collaboration tools in class such as blogs, wikis, & Google Apps for Schools and discussion boards. You will create products using common productivity tools, Google Apps for Schools, Microsoft Office 2010 software and other web-based applications.
Students are expected to show up for class on time every day. If you are tardy it is your responsibility to check in with me and present a tardy slip. If you are absent, you are expected to complete missed work.
Concepts derived from the Texas TEKS and based on appropriate grade levels and subjects covered.
Students will practice, track, and improve progress in keyboarding skills.
Students will explain rules of online safety and netiquette, cyber bullying, plagiarism, copyright and fair use.
Students will discuss social networking tools, including ways they can be used to enhance learning, productivity, and relationships, as well as ways they can be misused and the consequences of misuse.
Students will manage and protect their digital reputation.
Students will employ search terms to narrow down appropriate sites in research as well as evaluate those sites as a resource.
Students will be able to properly cite sources in research and to create a bibliography.
Students will collaborate and communicate using blogs, podcasts, video conferencing, Google Apps for Schools and online discussions.
Students will create original projects using common productivity software, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Powerpoint, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Access.
Course Requirements Assignment Submission:
When you are at school you are to save your work into your Google Apps drive set up on the OJH school network. You will be shown how to save to this drive. From then on it is your responsibility to save to your drive or lose your work and face the consequences of turning in nothing. This class is primarily paperless and all assignments will be turned in online.
Student’s grades can be viewed online (Olneyisd.net) via the parent portal. (Contact the office if you do not have a login/password for access.)
Evaluation will be based on the following:
Daily Assignments 40%
Test Grade 60%
All communication must be positive and constructive. We are a community of learners and in this classroom you should act responsible. Keep in mind I will see all class communications. Be professional. If you wouldn’t say it in front of a teacher, do not say it in writing. Do not use texting abbreviations in class discussions, blog posts, or assignments.