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Welcome 2018/19

Mr. Robin Sheridan

sheridan@mendhamboroschools.org

973-543-7075 ext. 227
Tech Lab Room #105

2018/19 Student Portal Home

(using the portal requires a Menhamboro login)

All classes meet in the Tech Lab Room #105

The primary focus of the Information & Communication Technology Literacy Courses is still to promote safe, responsible, and productive digital citizenship and 21st Century skills. Students will learn to become critical consumers, and proficient authors of digital media through research, discussion, and engagement with digital media, and media authoring applications. Students are encouraged to be self-directive and use critical thinking to solve technical issues, master new applications, and create effective digital communications. There is a strong emphasis on technology and technology usage, but all courses also deal with humanity, and both the positive and negative effects technology can have on society, individuals, and our environment. While we all recognize that there are sometimes hazards associated with technology, I believe that responsible use of technology can help people connect with each other and obtain the critical information they need to have a positive effect on themselves and the world around them.

5th Graders will take ICT 101: Intro to Google & Digital Citizenship

This is an introductory Course that focuses on using the Google suite of online tools. Students will:

Create eportfolios using Google Sites.
Work with collaborative documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.
Save import files and manage their Google Drives.
Create forms/surveys and analyze their data.
Search and insert images and other media.
Additionally, students will learn to be safe, respectful, and responsible Digital Citizens

6th Graders will take ICT 102: Intro to Digital Authoring Tools

This course continues usage of Google, and also includes Scratch, Prezi, Photoshop, Premiere, and Pixton. This course focuses on presentation and communication. Additional creative authoring tools will be added as time permits.

7/8th grade courses:

Audio & Video production

This course focuses on using sound and moving images for communication.

Students will conceive, record, and edit audiovisual projects (which could include comedic or dramatic shorts, music videos, commercials, documentaries, and audio remixes). This course covers lighting, recording, advanced audio and video editing using Adobe Premiere, Green Screen Matting, the pros and cons of frame rates and video formats, as well as posting, embedding, and broadcasting. Students will work in small groups and/or individually to create complex and sophisticated projects. This is a student-directed and project-based workshop, and all students will be expected present detailed project proposals, demonstrate effective time management, complete daily work logs, and post several examples of project participation to their website by the end of the semester. Be prepared to work hard and have fun!

Global Collaboration and Communication

Students will create presentations about themselves, their local environment, and topics of global significance as part of their correspondence with students from other countries. The student will participate in a collaborative research /data entry project. They will also raise funds, research-worthy causes, and manage new and existing microloans provided through Kiva.org. While this course does involve using some audiovisual communication, there is a strong emphasis on more traditional language arts. This class is recommended for students who are excited, about learning about other cultures and making new friends.

Animation, Programming, and Game Design

Students will work in teams and/or individually to create complex and sophisticated games, animations, and interactive applications. This is a student-directed and project-based workshop. Students will have access to a variety of tools and resources including Photoshop, Pixton, Adobe Premiere, Scratch, Alice, and Stencyl. For game designers, the objective of this class is to take your programming skills to a higher level and create fully functioning multi-level games. Animators can choose from computers animation using Alice and Scratch, to more traditional animation techniques like stop motion, claymation, or hand-drawn cartoons. While the tools and techniques learned will vary depending on the projects chosen, all students will be expected present detailed project proposals, demonstrate effective time management, complete daily work logs, and post at least one completed project to their website by the end of the semester. Be prepared to work hard and have fun!

Student expectations:

In order to promote a positive and productive learning environment for all students I have a few simple guidelines for everyone to follow:

Respect is critical!
Respect yourself, and others
(especially your classmates, as well as, school personnel and protocols).
Be productive, and give it your all!
Student progress is based on effort and personal achievement.
Ask for help, and help others!
Using technology is a privilege, not a right! The school computers are meant to be used for educational purposes only!
Misusing school computers is a violation of the acceptable use policy that all off you signed.
Depending on the nature of abuse the consequences can be quite severe, including losing technology privileges in all classes, suspension, and in some cases criminal charges.

It is also important to understand that an individual's inappropriate actions can result in policy changes and consequences that can affect the privileges and freedoms of a class, grade, and even the district as a whole.

Ideally, everyone should be able to self regulate their behavior and click away if they accidentally encounter inappropriate content.

However, some students occasionally need a little extra help, if you witness someone behaving inappropriately, encourage them to get back on track.

If they don't listen to you, it is an import that you notify, an adult who can take the necessary action.

Remember, if you see something say something!
Knowing when you need assistance or instruction is an essential 21st century skill.
Additionally, helping others is fundamental to good citizenship.
Cognitive research indicates that explaining concepts and techniques to others increases ones own comprehension, retention, and recall.
Guidelines for respectful communication:
When someone addresses the class or presents a project, everyone listens.
Collaborative conversations should only be heard by the collaborators, not the whole class.
Conversations should be relevant to the lesson or project students are engaged in.
In order for criticism to be constructive, it must offer advice for improvement and not leave people feeling incompetent or defeated.
When the teacher calls for attention, all conversations should cease.
Physical and/or Verbal violence and aggression will not be tolerated.