Information Technology Syllabus
Mr. David Binnion
Conferences may be arranged by calling me at 393-3485 ext 2905 and you can contact me at any time via email.
This class is designed to teach students how to use the computer applications they’ll be expected to use at the high school in their academic classes and to prepare them for the workplace and/or advanced education. They’ll improve their word processing, presentation and Internet skills. They will also learn how to use a spreadsheet and explore the good and bad aspects of social media. They will also explore careers and a bit of personal finance.
Required Materials & Fees:
All materials will be provided online or as worksheets. All materials for this class are provided. There are no fees for the class.
Assignments, Projects & Homework
Students will be working on computers here at school. Homework is seldom assigned.
The student’s individual assignments and contributions to group assignments are the main evaluation tools. Due to the nature of this class, a limited number of quizzes, tests, and homework assignments will be given. For this reason, good attendance is a must. Students who miss work are expected to make up their work during home room.
Hillsboro School's Grading Policy:
The Hillsboro City Schools has adopted a grading policy that places an emphasis on students showing their mastery of the subject matter. Mastery assignments (labeled MAS in my gradebook) are worth 80% of the student’s grade. These include tests, projects, and other assignments that measure the student’s mastery of the subject. Assignments meant to help students practice new ideas and skills (labeled ASG in my gradebook) are worth 20% of the quarter grade.
Specific Policies & Expectations:
Students will adhere to all board-adopted policies. I permit no food, candy, gum, or drinks in my room for computer safety concerns.
I strongly believe that students want to do well in school and will try to meet their teachers' expectations. I strive to keep my expectations for students high but realistic and fair. I have spent my life trying to adhere to the simple idea of treating others the way I want to be treated - that is the first and most important rule of my classroom.
I expect students to be on time to class prepared to work. I expect them to respect their classmates, me, and themselves. They are teenagers and they will make mistakes - I know that and fully admit that I am not perfect. I do expect students to own up to their mistakes and try to learn from them.
A quick note on phones. Mr Davis, our superintendent has made it clear that he expects phones to be turned off and put away during class time unless they are being used for classroom instruction and since I do find smartphones useful my rules are as follows: Phones must be face down on the desk next to the student's computer or off and put away once the tardy bell rings. If the phone is not on the desk face down, it must be off. At the end of the period students may use their phones to set reminders and jot a quick note. A student who uses his/her phone during the period (in other words, picks it up or takes it out of his/her bookbag) will get one warning. Second offense: the phone will be taken for the period. Third offense and the phone will be taken for the day. Fourth offense the phone will be given to the office and board policy will be followed for that and all further offenses.
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