Sashabaw Middle School - Career Tech

Computer Essentials helps students develop technology skills to help them do better in school, in jobs, and be smarter about tech things in life.  This course is engaging and fun with educational technology using performance-based activities based on 21st century educational technology tools such as: cloud computing, online collaboration, cyber-safety, and safe online shopping practices, etc.

Computer Essentials helps students develop technology skills to help them do better in school, in jobs, and be smarter about tech things in life.  This course is engaging and fun with educational technology using performance-based activities based on 21st century educational technology tools such as: cloud computing, online collaboration, cyber-safety, and safe online shopping practices, etc.

Career Awareness & Exploration introduces students to three interwoven themes that continue throughout this course. The first, "The Changing Nature of the Workplace,” is introduced through the Change in the Workplace assignments that students complete in each of the six activities. The second and third themes, "Interplay Between Industry and Community” and "Industry Clusters,” are explored through both in- and out-of-school activities, as well as through a Career Exploration Journal. Students are given a Career Exploration Journal assignment in each of the first five activities, and they use those assignments, and their new understanding of both industry clusters and the interactions between industry and community, to create a career presentation.

In this course, students learn about the businesses and industries in their region, the range of positions companies may offer, and the changing nature of the workplace. They gain information through interviews, classroom speakers, a work-site visit, and other resources. Throughout the course, students develop technology skills: working with databases, creating and delivering presentations, and doing Internet research. By the end of this course, students will have a better understanding of careers they may want to pursue, places they may want to work or intern, and the ways that people and companies adapt to change.

Computer Applications

Using Microsoft Office XP (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Publisher) and other current software programs, this course provides students with daily *hands-on* experience in using computers. Students develop basic proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and multimedia presentations. There may be time to explore desktop publishing software and utilize graphics software.