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Prep School - Computer
C O M P U T E R
The primary goal of the Seventh and Eighth grade computer curriculum is to further the students’ knowledge and understanding of the ways in which computers can be used as tools, both for production and research. Students participate in regular classes, which take place in one of the school’s labs. Areas covered include: word processing, spreadsheets, graphics, programming, 3D-modeling, simple web design, game design, and Internet Research. Applications used include Microsoft Office, Adobe In-Design, Adobe Photoshop, Scratch, Google Sketch-up, Freeway Express, iWeb, GarageBand, and Gamestar Mechanic.
Students at this level are expected to have a working knowledge of general computer terminology and also an understanding of the basic functions of the machine. In addition, regular discussions are held to heighten the students’ awareness of computer ethics with regard to such areas as the copying and distribution of software, citing references from electronic data bases, the Internet, etc. Other areas addressed include Internet Safety- social networking, virus/spam protection, etc.
One successfully completed semester of a Computer course, at any time in grades Nine-Twelve, is a requirement for CGPS graduation; students are encouraged to take additional courses as scheduling and interests allow.
A variety of computer electives are available to students in grades 9-12. These can include, but are not limited to, Programming, Podcasting, Computer Graphics and Design, Web Site Design and Publishing, Flash animation, Desktop Publishing, Building a Digital Portfolio, and Digital Video Composition and Editing. Introductory and advanced level courses are included in the above. Additional advanced courses may be offered depending on the students’ particular interest and ability levels.