Students choosing not to remain on task will reduce the class' free time as well as lose participation points and receive the following consequences:
The most important thing for your student to remember is a pair of headphones. Many of the lessons and projects that we do in class require sound so it is important that students have a simple pair of headphones with them that they can plug into the computer. As you can imagine playing audio out loud is distracting to other students in the class and will not be allowed. I recommend having a simple (cheap) pair just for the class that can be left in the backpack rather that using other iPod, or nicer headphones.
Students will also need to have a class notebook. Most of the assignments that we do will be on the computers themselves, but there will be times that students will need to take notes in their notebook or write journal responses as part of a class assignment. Notes taken may be used on class quizzes, so the better notes you take the better you will do on the quiz.
Optionally some students find it useful to have a USB flash drive. This is an inexpensive storage device that will allow students to easily transport work from their to school computer to their home computer if they choose. Others may choose to open an account at dropbox.com that will allow them to store files on the internet for accessing from other computers. Again, these are optional items that some find useful.
Students will have access to expensive equipment such as computers, cameras, microphones, and lights. It is important that students work hard to take proper care of the equipment provided so that we may continue to offer this course. For this reason students are not allowed to bring any food or drink to their computer station and are encouraged to wash their hands regularly before coming to class. Students may leave water bottles near the front of the class and can ask for permission to go get a drink of they need to. Students who choose bring food to class or behave in a way that endangers class equipment will loose their computer privilege immediately as described above.
Projects and quizzes may be submitted after the due date, but will be reduced by 15%. You may track your student's grades at any time using the PowerSchool website at http://powerschool.hesperiausd.org.
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