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Technology/Media Arts

Freshmen Technology

The start of the course will give students a refresher on Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Students will also learn how to use OneNote, a digital notebook that allows students to capture, organize and share class content, and Sway, a digital storytelling app that gives students the ability to create interactive presentations and reports. Following their Office 365 portion of the course, students will the complete an introductory level component of the following content areas; Programming with Java, Design Software with Photoshop, and TinkerCad.  

Introduction to Coding and Design

 This course incorporates various programming languages (Java, Cad, LabView), design software (Adobe Photoshop, Sketchup, HTML), business principles and planning. Throughout the course students will explore the creative aspects of Computer Science through programming, abstractions, algorithms, large data sets, robotics, and applied design principals through 3D printing and HTML web design.  

AP Computer Science Priniciples

Introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. With a unique focus on creative problem solving and real-world applications, AP Computer Science Principles prepares students for college and career. The course will introduce students to the creative aspects of programming, abstractions, algorithms, large data sets, the Internet, cybersecurity concerns, and computing impacts. AP Computer Science Principles will give students the opportunity to use technology to address real-world problems and build relevant solutions. Together, these aspects of the course make up a rigorous and rich curriculum that aims to broaden participation in computer science.

Prerequisite: 
Technology department approval to enroll in this course with grade requirements of a 93 average in Algebra 1 

Note: 
Entrance into AP classes is by invitation based on achieved scores. 
AP students must take the exam for AP, and families are financially responsible for the associated fees. 

AP Computer Science A - Blended Learning - Online Course with Assigned Teacher Component

Learn the basics of Java in two semesters, no programming experience required. Students will start on the basic building blocks of computer science and programming tools. Topics include control structures, primitive and class data types such as arrays, ArrayList and Strings, methods, and recursions. Second semester, students will progress towards manipulating data to create more sophisticated programs, with topics including class design, algorithm development and user-defined data types. 

Prerequisite: 
Technology department approval to enroll in this course with grade requirements of a 93 average in Algebra 1 

Note: 
Entrance into AP classes is by invitation based on achieved scores. 
AP students must take the exam for AP, and families are financially responsible for the associated fees. 

Communications/Broadcast Engineering and Journalism

Broadcast Journalism and Engineering is a one-semester class running in conjunction with Communications. This new course offers hands-on studio and field experience for girls interested in video production, journalism, and live television and sound engineering.  Students will join the GMA-TV News team to prepare and produce daily broadcasts and feature stories by engaging in the full creative process.  Members of Broadcast Journalism and Engineering will use industry-standard equipment and software resulting in college level technical skills upon completion of the course.  This class will provide students the opportunity to try each position, from reporter to technician to anchor. Students will create a body of work that contributes to personal and school excellence. 

Digital Media/Advanced Digital Media

Students will engage in advanced hands-on design practices, develop creative thinking strategies, and devise solutions to visual communication design challenges. Moving at a faster pace, this course familiarizes students with visual principles, essential software, and techniques that serve the basic designer needs. Students will develop applied creative projects and acquire technical skills to become adept at essential software, design principles and practices for future career applications. Students will also submit designs to local companies to be used as displayed as real advertisements. This will allow students to develop fluency in the principles of visual language to form a basis of aesthetic judgment and develop methods of analysis and inquiry for creative thinking. Students’ in-studio practice combines with class critiques of work, software tutorials, and supporting lectures. Course lectures address the cultural backdrop of the Internet and Social Media as it applies to design. 

Department Members

Ms. Caitlin Fasano '09

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: B.A. Pennsylvania State University
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Ms. Judith Wilson '87

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: M.A. St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, M.E.T. Boise State University
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