Computer Science Institute
PROGRAM CODE: K56J
Social Studies: (85-100)
Math Level(s): 3-4
English Language Arts Level(s): 3-4
Review of Attendance & Punctuality
The Computer Science Institute has long been John Dewey High School’s most selective and academically rigorous program. Admissions for this program is screened, meaning every applicant’s seventh grade middle school report card grades, attendance and punctuality are reviewed.
This three-year sequence is designed for incoming freshmen who want to major in computers. Student will be trained in the Microsoft Office Suite, learn networking skills, JAVA programming, and will be eligible for Advanced Placement JAVA for college credit.
Computer Science Institute Curriculum
YEAR ONE: Computer Applications
The curriculum begins in their first year with a course in Computer Applications, which provides a framework for teaching essential skill sets for using the Microsoft Office Suite through project-based instruction. During the first year, students will take Microsoft Office and will have an opportunity to be MOS certified after they complete the full year course. The first session will be keyboarding. Students will learn the proper techniques for typing. The next portion of the program will be Microsoft Word. Students will learn the beginning, intermediate, and advanced features of Microsoft Word, and use its features for more than just document writing. Microsoft Excel constitutes the next portion of the course, and is also the bulk of the course. Excel is a very powerful program, and when mastered to its fullest potential, it can be an incredibly useful tool in many other facets besides Business. In Microsoft Access, students learn how to plan, design, create and edit database tables, queries, forms, and reports. Finally, Power Point teaches them about presentations. Power Point also gives the students a springboard to Public Speaking with supplemental information as a part of their presentation. The skill sets that students develop will enable them to be life-long learners in a technology intensive environment. Students will continue to apply these skill sets throughout the remainder of their high school career, both in the program and in their regular classes as well. Students earn 2 credits in year one.
YEAR TWO: Information Technology Lab
Students in their sophomore year will take modules in the Information Technology Lab. Each module is dedicated to a different area of Information Technology, such as Computer Maintenance and Upgrading, Network Configuration, Computer Troubleshooting, Investigating Networks, and many, many others. Students will have plenty of hands-on opportunity at their modules, along with history and theory of today’s operating systems and network architectures .Students work in groups of two to solve problems, repair computers, construct different types of cables, and, in the process, learn how to troubleshoot logically Students work in pairs at workstations which teach them the following:
1) Computer Maintenance and Upgrading
2) Computer Troubleshooting
3) Investigating Computers
4) Investigating Networks
5) Network Configuration
6) Network Administration
7) Working with the Internet
8) Electronic Communications
Due to the immense amount of work contained in each of the modules, a student will be able to complete four of these modules in their second year earning 2 credits.
YEAR THREE: Computer Design, Photoshop, HTML Programming, and Computer Assisted Design
In year three (2 credits), students take four courses in the Apple Macintosh Lab. They are Computer Design, Photoshop, HTML Programming, and Computer Assisted Design. These courses focus on using the computer for design and creative purposes. The creative year teaches the principals of design, which includes such concepts as balance, unity, focal point, and rhythm. The elements of art; line, shape, form, color, and texture are used to achieve the principles of design. Both technical skill in Photoshop, Illustrator, CAD, and Word are emphasized as well as a student’s ability to express themselves visually. The creation of web sites incorporates both programming skills with file organization and layout abilities. Computation, measuring skills and visual conception of 3D objects in 2D space are stressed in the CAD course. At the conclusion of their sophomore year, students will have completed the requirements for the CTE Computer Science Institute Program. In their junior year students will then continue on to take one year (2 credits) of Java Programming. Java programming familiarizes students with the intricacies of working within a data-driven environment.
The senior year brings a choice to the students in the program. They can return to the IT Lab to complete the modules they did not do in their sophomore year, continue on to take A.P. Java, or take both courses. The end result will be a graduation from the John Dewey High School Computer Science Institute Program.