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TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATION I
Prerequisites: None, Open to freshmen.
This course employs techniques to assist students in making the transition from grade school to high school with a foundation in computer technology and communication skills.  Using tablet technology, the course explores topics relevant to a student’s success in the classroom and beyond.  Students will gain an understanding and appreciation of current technology, its ethical applications, and its history. Upon completion of the course, students will have a working knowledge of research techniques, business and online etiquette, and interpersonal communications.  An introduction to public speaking will enhance the students’ skills for oral presentations.  In addition, students will gain experience using their tablet as a learning tool and develop skills that are essential for the 21st century student to succeed in the classroom. 

TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATION II
Prerequisites:  None. Open to freshmen
This course builds on elements from Technology and Communication I.  In this course, students explore further uses for tablet technology especially as it relates to success in life outside the classroom.  The course introduces concepts such as goal setting, workplace communication, and interview etiquette that will prepare students for success beyond their high school years.  This course goes on to develop technological skills that allow students to think critically using the tablet as a means of solving problems and communicating with others.  Upon completing this course, students will gain experience keeping personal financial records, creating professionally structured documents, and using technology to communicate both ethically and effectively.

INTRODUCTION TO ANIMATION
Prerequisites:  None.  Available to grades 10, 11, and 12
This semester course will use the Academy of Motion Picture’s “Creating Movement Frame by Frame” in conjunction with the Alice 2.xsoftware developed by Carnegie Mellon University.  In “Frame by Frame” students would learn the origin of animation, principles of design, storyboarding, and CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) concepts.  Students would then use Alice 2.4 to bring their creations to life. Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story or a video to share on the web.  In Alice, 3-D objects (e.g., people, animals, and vehicles) populate a virtual world and students design the logic structure necessary to animate the objects.  Both Frame by Frame and Alice are free.

INTRODUCTION TO GAME DESIGN
Prerequisites:  None.  Available to grades 10, 11, and 12
This semester course will answer the questions of what makes a good game.  This course would explore the fundamentals of game design – both digital and non-digital.  Topics covered will combine basic fundamentals of game theory, probability, strategy, design, and elementary programming concepts, as well as storytelling, graphic design, ethics and interactive design.  Students will create several non-digital games, as well as several digital games using Greenfoot.  Greenfoot is a free drop and drag game creation software.   

VIDEO  EDITING
Prerequisites:  None.  Available to grades 11, 12.
This one semester course is designed for the creative student who is interested learning basic motion video and video editing using Adobe Premiere CS5.  Students will produce both individual and group videos on topics of their choosing.  Topics have included, but are not limited to, videos about themselves, the school, a movie trailer, a team or personal highlight video,a music video, a play, a montage of favorite team, Senior Video, the Mardi Gras and the Rocket Report.

FILM  MAKING
Prerequisites:  Video Editing.  Available to grades 11, 12.
This one semester course is designed for the creative student who is interested producing individual and group videos. In this course, students will write, film and edit their original video pieces.  Students will learn some advanced techniques in lighting, video angles and audio usage.  Students will be required to videotape all of the footage used in their projects. Students will be graded by the overall quality of their projects, their implementation of required elements in their projects and the required written reports about their projects.

ACCOUNTING
Prerequisites: None, Available to grades 11, 12

This course is strongly recommended for students planning to major in a business related discipline in college.  Accounting will enable a student to develop the proper background to advance in the business world.  Included in the course are procedures to open and keep a set of books, prepare financial statements, work with payroll transactions, be knowledgeable in corporations and single proprietorships as a form of business organization, and learn proper income tax requirements.  Students will practice manual accounting procedures.

INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS:     THE ECONOMY AND YOU
Prerequisites: None, available to grades 10, 11, 12

This course meets the personal finance literacy requirement for Ohio students.  This course is strongly recommended for students planning to major in a business related discipline in college. This is a one semester introductory business course that familiarizes students with the business world. Topics covered include consumerism, banking, credit, insurance and our economic system. Practical topics such as personal finance, and income tax will also be covered.  Students will also solve business practice problems in an assessment section in the text.

COMPUTER   PROGRAMMING  I
Prerequisites: Credit in Algebra II or currently enrolled in Algebra II.Available to grades 11, 12    
This course is strongly recommended for the student interested in programming or majoring in a computer related discipline in college.   This course covers essential concepts in computer programing utilizing Visual Basic and C++.  Topics include, but are not limited to:  program structure and design,  algorithms, graphical interfaces, flow of control, conditions, “if-then-else” selection structure, functions, loops, arrays, sorting, menus, and objects.

AP  COMPUTER PROGRAMMING
Prerequisites: Computer Programming I or permission of teacher. Available to grade 12
This course is designed to the student who wants to major in a computer related discipline in college or is very interested in programming and wants to earn credit for college.  Based on the AP curriculum, the programming language (Java), the topics, and the case study in this class will be geared toward successful completion of the Advanced Placement Test.

TECHNOLOGY HELP DESK  
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of 90% in Technology and Communication; Available to grades 10, 11, 12; Passing interview process
The Technology Help Desk course is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in dealing with computers and technology.  Students will assist at the Help Desk and gain troubleshooting and hardware maintenance skills. 

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