Computer Science - Grade 8

Welcome to 8th grade Computer Science! This is going to be a dynamic, super fun class where you will learn about Digital Literacy, Computers and Coding/Programming. In our increasingly technological world, everyone needs to know what it means to be a digital citizen - how to stay safe, how to spot false information and so much more. You will become comfortable with the various components of Google Suite and you will learn how much fun it is to code and program!

A little about me:

My name is Mr. Norton and I am a huge fan of technology. My undergraduate degree is in Interactive Media Design with a Game Design concentration. I've earned a Graduate Certificate in College Teaching and a Master of Education in Instructional Technology. In addition to teaching High School classes in Game Design, Animation, Electronic Music and Video Production, I've taught a variety of STEM and game courses at summer camps for many years. I love technology and will incorporate it in our class assignments and activities as often as possible. Do you dislike taking quizzes? You won't if you get to do them using Kahoot! How about giving a presentation in front of the class? No problem when you know how to use Google Slides.

Check out School News each week where I'll post deadlines and reminders for school events like Spirit Day. I'll also be providing links to loads of Resources - some we'll use in class - others will be good for you to explore in your free time. Becoming familiar and comfortable with these technology tools will help you succeed, not only in school, but also in college and career.

I'm looking forward to an exciting year - let's make it a great one!

Important information about Computer Science

Course Description: In this course, students will be introduced to Digital Literacy and Computer Science. Units will address the Massachusetts Standards for Computing and Society, Digital Tools and Collaboration, Computing Systems, and Computational Thinking. In our increasingly technological world, acquiring these skills is essential to your future success.

Vision: Digital Literacy and Computer Science (DLCS) knowledge, reasoning, and skills are essential to prepare students for personal and civic efficacy in the twenty-first century and to prepare and inspire a much larger and more diverse number of students to pursue the innovative and creative careers of the future. The abilities to effectively use and create technology to solve complex problems are the new and essential literacy skills of the twenty-first century.

Goals: See attached.

Class Expectations: Students are expected to be on time and in their assigned seat by the start of class. Please bring a pen or pencil and notebook with you to each class. Be ready to hit the ground running as this is a fast-paced, super fun class and we have a lot of material to cover! It is the student's responsibility to make up any work missed because of an absence. Our classroom is a computer lab, so you are expected to treat the equipment with respect at all times. No food or drinks allowed!

Homework: Homework will be assigned most days and will enhance student understanding of the lessons covered in class.

Grading Policy: Link to grading policy.

Extra Help: If you have questions or need help, I am usually available Monday through Thursday after school until 2:30 pm. Make sure to confirm with me in advance if you are planning to stay after school for help.

Technology Acceptable Use Procedures

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