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Program Description: 7th Grade Communication Technology is a 9 week introductory course developed to introduce students to hardware in communication technology along with allowing students to construct and analyze basic spreadsheets and databases. At the completion of the course, students will be proficient, according to the NJ TAP-IN rubric, in creating and analyzing spreadsheets and databases, along with identifying basic personal computer hardware and demonstrating the ability to solve common problems. These proficiencies are aligned with the NJ TAP-IN standards for Computer and Information Literacy.
Computer maintenance and troubleshooting will also be explored as it relates to the proper function of hardware and software and the use of each in communication technology.
The design and function of components will be studied and examined to understand how each part operates independently and in conjunction with the system.
All of the PC's components will be removed and replaced following proper safety guidelines.
Students will design and implement basic uses of spreadsheets and databases by utilizing Microsoft Excel and Access.
Program Purpose: The purpose of this course is to demonstrate proficiency, as stated in the NJ TAP-IN rubric while creating an understanding of the PC and it's relation to communication technology,its internal and external components and introducing students to the workings of spreadsheets and databases.
By removing hardware from the PC, students will see how the components interact. Replacing and upgrading parts of the PC will reinforce the students'understanding of troubleshooting and diagnosing proper functioning hardware and software. PC hardware and operating system software will be examined in regard to maintenance procedures that should be carried out at specific intervals to insure a proper functioning machine.
Students will also be exposed to the assistance that a strong spreadsheet/database program can give in presentation.
Through an understanding of the PC history, hardware and software, along with Microsoft Excel and Access, students will become more competent users of communication technology and will be prepard to further their knowledge in more advanced classes of communication technology. Students will also demonstrate an understanding of the technological standards of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards.