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These courses are suggested for elementary school students.

Suggestions for High School Students are below in section 2.


Word for Kids

This course is designed to teach children the productivity tools of Microsoft Word at an introductory level.  Each class will be a hands-on computer activity with individualized instruction.  Students will learn to: open, save and  close documents; use alignment buttons; change font face, size and color; create bulleted and numbered paragraphs; set margins and tabs; spell check and print documents.
Three Two-Hour Instructional Classes

PowerPoint for Kids

This course is designed to teach children the productivity tools of Microsoft PowerPoint at an introductory level.  Each class will be a hands-on computer activity with individualized instruction.  Students will learn to: open and close a file and exit PowerPoint saving all changes; create presentations;  insert new slides; switch to slides pane; insert pictures; type in  text boxes; insert  word art; move, copy and delete slides; add transition effects, sound, and slide timings.
Three Two-Hour Instructional Classes

Exploring a PC

Students will learn about processors, printed circuit boards, cables, power supplies and ports.  Students will disassemble a computer, study computer vocabulary and reassemble the computer in class under the supervision of the instructor.
Three Two-Hour Instructional Classes

Excel for Kids

This course is designed to teach children the productivity tools of Microsoft Excel at an introductory level.  Each class will be a hands-on computer activity with individualized instruction.  Students will learn how to: manage a workbook; create a worksheet; move around in a worksheet; enter and edit data in a worksheet; use copy and paste; use the auto sum button; add and delete columns and rows; use formulas.
Three Two-Hour Instructional Classes

Publisher for Kids

This course is designed to teach children the productivity tools of Microsoft Publisher at an introductory level.  Each class will be a hands-on computer activity with individualized instruction.  Students will learn to open, save and print publications.  Students will learn to: create personalized mailing labels, greeting cards, post cards, calendars and invitations.  
Three Two-Hour Instructional Classes                                            

Creative Writing for Kids

This course is designed to teach Creative Writing to young children. The students will have fun creating their own story, creating and describing characters they love, and creating a setting. Students will learn to develop a paragraph, lead to the next paragraph smoothly and write with interest.  Students will read stories written by expert authors.  Comprehension exercises will be included for evaluating stories.  These exercises concentrate on the student’s understanding of the story.  Many exercises emphasize vocabulary as well.  The exercises include completing sentences, matching words with definitions, labeling, finding words with similar meanings, and multiple-choice questions.
Three Two-Hour Instructional Classes

Excel for Kids

A course designed to introduce the student to basic spreadsheet design techniques. Tasks include: selecting cells; opening, saving, printing and closing a workbook; entering labels, and values; making corrections; formatting the workbook; copying data; and using functions .
Three Two-Hour Instructional Classes


Computer Keyboarding I for Kids

This course is designed to introduce the student to alphabetic, numeric, and selected symbol keys “by touch” using proper techniques.  It also introduces basic formatting and editing techniques.
Three Two-Hour Instructional Classes

Computer Keyboarding II for Kids

This course is designed to improve the student's keyboarding skills; to teach the student to format business letters, memorandums, and reports; to prepare the student for writing and formatting research papers. Furthermore, this course teaches students how to apply basic language arts skills via proofreading and revising documents.
Three Two-Hour Instructional Classes

Computer Keyboarding III for Kids

This course is designed to improve the student's keyboarding skills. Students will learn to key 55 wpm and above with good accuracy.  Students will learn to create two-page unbound reports with references and report documentation, including footnotes and endnotes.  The students will learn to key resumes and cover letters using different formats.                           
Three Two-Hour Instructional Classes         

Digital Photography for Kids

Concepts that are covered include: connecting a digital camera to the computer; resizing and cropping pictures; viewing, zooming, and reorienting pictures; adding text and drawings to pictures; storing and retrieving information about your pictures; organizing pictures into folders; burning your personal photographs to a CD-disc. Students will learn to upload photographs from their cameras to the web.
Three Two-Hour Instructional Classes





These courses are suggested for high school students.

Introduction to Computers


Introduction to Excel

A course designed to introduce the student to basic spreadsheet design techniques.  Tasks include: selecting cells; opening, saving, printing, and closing a workbook; creating headers and footers; using page breaks; using  page setup; editing data and creating a series. Students will enter labels, values and formulas and format a workbook.
Three two hour instructional sessions                                          
 

Intermediate Excel

A course  designed to teach the student intermediate spreadsheet design techniques.  Tasks include: using functions and the function wizard; using paste special and paste link; creating data lists and charts; linking files ; moving & copying sheets; using the IF function; adding, deleting, & sorting records; using the page break view; freezing panes; using print titles; grouping worksheets.
Three two hour instructional sessions  

Advanced Excel

This course designed to teach functions to predict Forecast, Trend and Growth.  Tasks include:  PMT Function, One-Input and Two-Input data tables; Goal seek and solver; VLOOKUP and HLOOUP functions; PivotTables and PivotCharts.
Three two hour instructional sessions                                   

PowerPoint

This course is designed to teach the student the productivity tools of PowerPoint in the Windows environment.  Major concepts that are covered include: creating presentations; understanding the toolbars; using templates; inserting clip-art; inserting graphs, tables, and spreadsheets into presentations; creating and modifying color schemes; creating original drawings on slides; adding builds, sound files, add timing to slides; creating transition and animation effects.
Three two hour instructional sessions                                  

Beginning Microsoft Word

This course is designed to introduce the student to computers.  Creating documents, editing text, and formatting documents is covered.  Formatting tasks include: changing fonts, indenting paragraphs, adjusting margins, creating bulleted and numbered paragraphs, creating and adjusting tabs. Editing functions include: Cut, Copy, Paste, Find and Replace.
Three two hour instructional sessions                              

Microsoft Word—Intermediate Word Processing


This course teaches productivity tools in Word at an intermediate level.  Desktop publishing is introduced.  Students learn to create newsletters and brochures.  Skills learned include:  Creating headers and footers; creating newspaper style columns; inserting graphic images on a page; sizing, resizing, and positioning graphics and text in a document; adding objects to a document; creating and modifying tables; adjusting line spacing and copying between document windows.
Three two hour instructional sessions     

Microsoft Word—Advanced Word Processing   

        
This course covers the skills needed for formatting and editing a research paper.  Skills learned include:  creating an outline; setting margins; inserting page breaks, section breaks, headers and footers and page numbers.  Tasks learned include:  using footnotes and endnotes;  inserting cross-references; creating and modifying an index; creating a table of contents, a table of figures, a bibliography and a table of authorities.  
Four two hour instructional sessions    


Windows


Concepts that are covered include:  Windows basics; opening, closing, moving and sizing windows; signing in; using the start screen; using modern UI Apps; working with files; working with pictures; playing music and videos.  Students will learn:  to customize windows; to create a user account; to share files with others users.
Three two hours instructional sessions                       

Advanced PowerPoint

This course is designed to teach the student the productivity tools of PowerPoint in the Windows environment.  Major concepts that are covered include:  customizing slide masters, adding elements to slide masters, creating a customer show, creating advanced animations, creating and modifying SmartArt diagrams and charts.  The students  will learn to: insert an action button, hide slides, add and link existing content to presentations, annotate slides during a presentation, control slide advance, animate text and objects, and rehearse timing and advance slide timing.  The student will also learn to review presentations, protect presentations, Secure and share presentations, prepare printed materials and rehearse presentation delivery.
Three two hour instructional sessions                           

Computer Keyboarding I

This course is designed to introduce the student to alphabetic, numeric, and selected symbol keys “by touch” using proper techniques.  It also introduces basic formatting and editing techniques.  Students will learn to create block style and modified block style letters and to create envelopes.
Three two hour instructional sessions                           

Computer Keyboarding II

This course is designed to improve the students keyboarding skills and to teach the student to format memorandums and reports.  Furthermore, this course teaches students how to apply basic language arts skills via proofreading and revising documents.  Students will create and format memorandums and press releases.  Students will prepare outlines and create  one page reports with main and side headings.
Three two hour instructional sessions                             

Computer Keyboarding III

This course is designed to improve the students keyboarding skills.  Students will learn to key 55 wpm and above with good accuracy.  Students will learn to create two page unbound reports with references and report documentation including footnotes and endnotes.  The students will learn to key resumes and cover letters using different formats.
Three two hour instructional sessions                             


Computer Keyboarding IV

This course is designed to teach students advanced office administrative skills.  Students will create and format administrative communications such as itineraries, transmittal forms, travel expense logs and minutes.  Students will prepare a table from a memo and will learn to format a table.
Three two hour instructional sessions                        



Research Paper


This course is designed to teach features of informational writing. Tasks will include: choosing a research topic; developing a working thesis and creating an outline. Tasks also include:  preparing your draft and organizing paragraphs into an appropriate format. Other  tasks will include:  using library and database resources; looking up articles in periodicals; documenting research and writing annotated bibliographies.
Four two hour instructional sessions                                         

Web Design

The course objectives include: an introduction to a website builder to create your own web pages; using web page graphics; add images with hyperlinks; arranging text and images for the best effects for your website.  Students will learn basic Web Site Design using HTML coding language.  The course also includes:  Learning to use a text editor to write your information for web pages, basic HTML document structure and learning HTML tags.  Learn to make your webpages pop to get the most our of your website.  Showing the students the HTML page; formatting text, creating reply forms; working with frames and publishing your web site on the World Wide Web.  View your own website on your favorite browser.
Three two hour instructional sessions                                          

Creative Writing

This course is designed to teach Creative Writing to older students.   Expressive writing is explored.  Students learn the features of a personal narrative.  Writing in the first person, using time and time-order words, and expressing the writer’s personal feelings are covered.  Writing, revising, proofreading and publishing the first draft are studied.  Students also learn about persuasive writing.
Four two hour instructional sessions                                   

Essay Writing I

This course is designed to teach essay writing to middle school and high school students.  An essay is a nonfiction composition in which you analyze and interpret a topic offering your personal view of it.  Students will learn to find and limit a subject and develop a thesis sentence.  They will practice organizing their essay, and writing special kinds of paragraphs.  Students will write and revise an essay.
Four two hour instructional sessions                                 

English - Advanced Grammar

Students learn how to organize sentences to write a unified coherent paragraph.  Students practice writing complete sentences and avoiding run-on sentences.  The topic sentence, the structure of the paragraph and development of the paragraph are studied.  Narrative, descriptive and expository paragraphs are studied.
Four two hour instructional sessions                             
              
Adobe Photo Shop

This course is designed to provide instruction to Adobe Photo Shop.  Students will learn to:  crop images; crop to a selection boundary; change size of the canvas; use the cookie cutter tool; remove spots, small imperfections and unwanted objects from photos; clone images; replace colors in an image and soften edges of photos.  Students will also learn to: use PhotoMerge; sharpen an image; rotate or flip an item in a photo; apply perspective to a photo to give pictures a 3D effect.  Apply brush tools to edit photos; to use filters to enhance photos; to add color to old black & white photos; to understand layer editing using  masking and the layers panel.
Six Two-Hour Instructional Sessions                                     

Small Basic

This course is designed to provide  introduction to Small Basic.  Small basic is a programming language that is designed to make programming extremely easy and user friendly for beginners.  Students will have fun learning the following: writing their first program; introducing variables and creating loops; learning conditions and branching; learning about graphics; having fun with shapes. learning properties and operations; learning subroutines and creating arrays; using event signals and interactivity; using editor to create programs; analyzing programs; learning rules for naming variables; using “intellisense” and handling multiple events.
Six Two-Hour Instructional Sessions                                     

Visual Basic

Students will learn the following skills:  Objects oriented programming, building interfaces, customizing forms, adding controls to the form, writing the code.  How to work default properties, events, and operators.  Also students will learn: how to debug runtime errors, working with controls picture boxes, combo boxes and list boxes, dealing with data, working with variables, constants, arrays and collections.  Using event handlers. Dealing with how to create and use classes.  Performing arithmetic operations, working with numeric and strings, using if..then..else.  Creating a web browser and animations are studied.  Looping for repetitive jobs, creating and understanding sub procedures.  Working with mathematical functions, trigonometric functions. How to use a timer, working with checkboxes and radio buttons.  Handling errors, creating graphics, creating ellipses and circles, drawing text, polygons and pies are studied.
Six Two-Hour Instructional Sessions     

Scratch

This course is designed to create interactive stories, games and animations.  Use configurable blocks to think creatively, reason systematically and work collaboratively as students create their projects.  Students will gain the ability to imagine, create, play, and reflect.
Three Two-Hour Instructional Sessions      
                                

Java Script Programming


This course is design to teach students using JavaScript and HTML with a simple text editor for testing.  Student will learn about functions, DOM Objects, JavaScript Object Notation, using JQuery, Cascading Style Sheets, loops, variables, functions, objects, properties and methods.  Learn how to script common elements with JavaScript such as forms and tables using events and triggers for event handling.
Six Two-Hour Instructional Sessions                                             

Greenfoot

This course is a visual and interactive computer program that uses Java to build games, stimulations and other graphical programs.  Students will learn interacting with objects, return types, parameters and Greenfoot execution.  Students will use actor objects and program execution controls.
Three Two-Hour Instructional Sessions