Information Technology Department


Information Technology Department

History through Hollywood

History through Hollywood: Debate surrounding the media’s ability to shape public opinion is one we should all engage in! As Malcolm X once said, “The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” Exaggerated or not, this statement correctly highlights the importance of media in our lives, and by default, our obligation to better understand it.  During this class, students will explore media bias and its contribution to our perception and understanding of various historical movements, events and figures. In particular, social media, traditional news print organizations, TV news channels, and of course…. Hollywood film will be analyzed so that by the end of the course students will be able to evaluate Malcolm X’s claim above.

Credits: 0.5/ semester

Prerequisites: None. Grades 9-12. Grade 11 students may take this course for one semester only.

Standards and Benchmarks: HS IT Std.&Bench

Introduction to Film

Introduction to Film: Nowadays, it is truer than ever that anyone can make a movie! But as is the case in so many arts, although rules are meant to be broken, you cannot break them unless you know them. This is a general film production course for the person who has never gone through the top to bottom process of making a narrative film/video. We will be studying, in fairly broad terms, what makes movies and scenes tick, how to develop a screen-effective story, how to go about putting together a shoot and wrapping it up with good editing. By the end of the course students will have created at least one narrative project of five minutes length that is critiqued by the class.

Credits: 0.5/ semester

Prerequisites: None. Grades 10-12. Grade 11 students may take this course for one semester only.

Standards and Benchmarks: HS IT Std.&Bench

Introduction to Programming

Introduction to Programming: In this introductory course, you will learn and practice essential computer science concepts using the Java programming language (JavaScript). You will also learn about Object Oriented Programming, a technique that allows you to use code written by other programmers in your own programs. With this skills, you will put your new Java programming skills to the test by solving real-world problems faced by software engineers.

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisites: None. Grades 9-12.

Standards and Benchmarks: HS IT Std.&Bench

Publication Technology

Publication Technology is a one year course that will explore the many development and production stages of desktop publishing using InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. The yearbook experience will focus on the necessary skills for effective written and visual communication. The different aspects of desktop publishing that will be taught during this course are: the production life-cycle, principles of design, copyright, themes, layout, typography, photography, and image editing. Using these skills the publication class will work as a design team to produce the school’s annual yearbook. Students should have a desire to create and be creative both individually and as a group.

Credits: 0.5/ semester

Prerequisites: None. Grades 9-12. Grade 11 students may take this course for one semester only.

Standards and Benchmarks: HS Yearbook Std.&Bench