Technology Course Descriptions

A listing of the courses offered with Sandra Gaiser as the instructor. All courses have been designed by her and most of the textbooks and supplementary material is written by her as well.

 

Classes For kids

Microsoft Office for Kids

 

Suggested Age: 7-13

Prerequisite: none

 

Kids will learn these Microsoft Office applications:

  • Word (word processing)

  • Excel (spreadsheets)

  • PowerPoint (slide show presentations)

  • Publisher (newsletters, letterhead, greeting cards, etc.)

 

In a fun and creative workshop-style class, each week we will study a new topic and create a take-home project for their computer notebook. By the end of the year, your child will have completed 33 projects of which to be proud: letter, envelope, address label, book report, greeting card, PowerPoint presentation, a reading log and more! They will also learn how a computer is made. This is a great class to introduce kids to the usefulness of computers beyond games and email, and prepare them for a high school level Computer Applications course.

 

Curriculum / Materials:

2010 version of textbook

 
Web Programming & Design for Kids Using HTML5 & CSS3

 

Suggested Age: 10-13

Prerequisite: Microsoft Office for Kids or equivalent experience

 

Kids will learn:

  • How a Computer Works

  • The History of the Internet

  • How the Internet Works

  • What a Website is

  • What a Blog is

  • How to Plan a Website

  • The Design Aspects of a Website

  • Basic HTML5

  • What CSS Is

  • How to use Web-Authoring Tools

  • Web Hosting Options

  • How to get a Domain Name

 

In a fun and creative workshop-style class, each week we will learn how to code HTML5 and then CSS3. By the end of the year, your child will have completed a website of which to be proud! They will also learn how a computer is made and the history of the internet. This is a great class to teach kids the real power of computers, taking them beyond video games, and preparing them for a lifetime of using & creating on the Internet.

 

Curriculum / Materials:

  • Laptop computer required for class (some teachers can provide one, if needed). We will install a free to use text editor for programming called Sublime Text. I provide 1 license per student for the school year; please purchase if you wish to continue to use it afterwards.

  • Textbook:  Web Design for Kids Using HTML5 & CSS3, by Sandra Gaiser

  • A USB flash drive to store student files

 
Robot Programming

 

Suggested Age: 10-13

Prerequisite: Microsoft Office for Kids or equivalent experience

Do you want to solve problems? Do you want to learn how computers work? Do you want to learn about programming? Would it be fun to learn how to control a robot through a program you have written? This is the course for you!

 

This is an introductory course in computer science and programming. You will study programming concepts, computational thinking, and digital citizenship.  At the end of the course you will create your own game, story or robot activity you can share.

 

You will learn foundational concepts of programming using drag and drop blocks rather than a programming language. Blocks are an easier way to get started and many top Universities today begin their classes with block-based programming.

 

The course is based Code.org’s Computer Science Fundamentals – Express online course along with the Sphero Edu robot labs. But independent exploration is encouraged.

 

Have your child be prepared for the jobs of the 21st century. All are not going to be programmers as a profession, but computers will be very much a part of their lives.

 

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Keyboarding (for kids & teens!)

 

Suggested Age: 8-19

Prerequisite: None

 

Learning how to type on a computer keyboard made fun with games,  contests and prizes! Every 2 weeks there is a competition to see how much each student has improved in speed and accuracy. The fastest doesn't always win, because each student competes against himself!

 

When should a child begin to learn keyboarding? Research states that 8 years old is a good age because students have developed the coordination and manual dexterity to keyboard efficiently. (www.keyboardingresearch.org)

 

Homework: 10-20 minutes of typing 4 days a week

 

Certificate of Completion awarded for keyboarding course

 

Curriculum / Materials:

  • Laptop computers required for class (some teachers can provide one, if needed) with a text editor like WordPad or TextEdit on Macs

  • Computer required for daily practice at home or local library

  • A bandanna or dishtowel to cover their hands while typing in class & at home

  • Textbook: Keyboarding for Homeschoolers, by Sandra Gaiser

 

 

Classes For TEENS & advanced Middle Schoolers

Advanced Game Programming

 

Suggested Age: 13-17

Prerequisite: Game Programming for Kids OR instructor approval

 

Scratch is a fun, free, beginner-friendly programming environment where you connect blocks of code to build programs. While most famously used to introduce kids to programming, Scratch can make computer science approachable for people of any age. Rather than type countless lines of code in a cryptic programming language, why not use colorful command blocks and cartoon sprites to create powerful scripts?

 

In Learn to Program with Scratch, author Majed Marji uses Scratch to explain the concepts essential to solving real-world programming problems. The labeled, color-coded blocks plainly show each logical step in a given script, and with a single click, you can even test any part of your script to check your logic.

 

You’ll learn how to:

  • Harness the power of repeat loops and recursion

  • Use if/else statements and logical operators to make decisions

  • Store data in variables and lists to use later in your program

  • Read, store, and manipulate user input

  • Implement key computer science algorithms like a linear search and bubble sort

 

Hands-on projects will challenge you to create an Ohm’s law simulator, draw intricate patterns, program sprites to mimic line-following robots, create arcade-style games, and more!

 

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Office Applications 1

 

Suggested Age: 14-19

Prerequisite: Microsoft Office for Kids or equivalent experience

 

Your kids should know office applications WELL!

This stuff is CORE:

  • How do you write? On a computer.

  • How do you calculate? On a computer.

  • How do you present? On a computer. 

  • How do you store information? On a computer.

  • How do you collect information? On a computer.

Learn the basics of Microsoft Office Suite using Microsoft certification track manuals:

  • Word

  • PowerPoint

  • Excel

  • OneNote

  • Access

 

Fulfills 1 credit state requirement for Technology applications

 

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Web Programming & Design for Teens

 

Suggested Age: 15-19

Prerequisite: Computer Apps 1 or equivalent experience

 

Your student will:

  • Learn beginning to intermediate web design

  • Understand website layout

  • Write HTML5 & CSS3

  • Fulfill 1 credit state requirement for Technology Applications

  • Have a fully functional website (online with approval) at the end of the course

  • Earn a Certificate of Completion for Web Design

  • Do 2-3 hours of homework per week
     

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Animation Programming (also offered in Summer)

 

Suggested Age: 15-19

Prerequisite: Office Apps 1 and/or Web Design for Teens OR instructor approval

 

Students use Alice 3.0 to learn the basics of object-oriented computer programming.

 

Programming concepts like:

  • Program design & implementation

  • Object-oriented programming concepts

  • Events & event handling

  • Simple control structures

  • Conditional execution

  • Loops, Recursion, Boolean functions

  • Lists & list processing

 

Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Alice is a teaching tool for introductory computing. It uses 3D graphics and a drag-and-drop interface to facilitate a more engaging, less frustrating first programming experience. Alice 3 is FREE to download to use in class & at home.

 

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Summer ONLY Class Offerings

Microsoft Office Workshop for Kids (summer only)

 

Suggested Age: 7-13

 

Students have fun creating a different project each week using the Microsoft Office suite of applications:

  • Word

  • Excel

  • PowerPoint

  • Publisher

They will make a friendly letter, a greeting card, a PowerPoint Presentation and more! Laptop computers provided or bring your own!

 

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Keyboarding (short summer course)

 

Suggested Age: 7-19

 

Student have fun learning to type correctly on a computer keyboard. With incentives like games, prizes, and competitions, you child will be excited to type faster than ever! There will be homework, as Keyboarding is more like a sport where one trains muscles to respond automatically. Laptop computers provided or bring your own!

 

Homework: 10-20 minutes of typing 4 days a week

 

Certificate of Completion awarded for keyboarding course

 

Curriculum / Materials:

  • Laptop computers required for class with a text editor like WordPad or TextEdit on Macs (some teachers can provide one, if needed)

  • Computer required for daily practice at home or local library

  • A bandanna or dishtowel to cover their hands while typing in class & at home

  • Textbook: Keyboarding for Homeschoolers-Summer Text, by  Sandra Gaiser

 
Web Design for Kids Using HTML5 (summer only)

 

Suggested Age: 10-14

 

Prerequisite: Computer Apps for Kids OR instructor approval

 

Kids will:

  • Learn what web design is

  • Learn to write HTML5 code to make their own websites

  • Learn to use code generators and how to use templates to built sites

  • Be having fun!

  • Homework: 10-20 minutes of typing 4 days a week

 

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Game Programming for Kids (summer only)

 

Suggested Age: 9-12

 

Prerequisite: Computer Apps for Kids OR instructor approval

 

Kids will:

  • learn basic computer programming & logic skills

  • while having fun

  • creating their own computer games

 

Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge. Kids will also be able to share their game with others online, too.

 

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Intro to Word, Excel & PowerPoint (for teens SUMMER ONLY)

 

Suggested Age: 14-19

Prerequisite: Computer Apps for Kids or equivalent experience

 

Learn the basics of Microsoft Office Suite using Microsoft certification track manuals:

  • Word

  • PowerPoint

  • Excel

 

Fulfills 1/2 credit state requirement for Technology applications

 

Curriculum / Materials:

  • Laptop computers required for class: MUST have Microsoft Office (version 2010 or later) Word, Excel & PowerPoint programs on it. Macs with Microsoft Office are fine. (Some teachers can provide one, if needed)

  • Textbooks: 3 Microsoft Office training manuals ordered by the instructor in May (You can pay for your books 2 ways: Online at my website or $76.00 by check – Due May 15)

  • A USB flash drive to store student files

(some teachers can provide one, if needed)

 
Web Programming & Design for Teens (for teens SUMMER ONLY)

 

Suggested Age: 15-19

Prerequisite: Computer Apps 1 or equivalent experience

 

Your student will:

  • Learn beginning to intermediate web design

  • Understand website layout

  • Write HTML5 & CSS3

  • Fulfill 1/2 credit state requirement for Technology Applications

  • Have a fully functional website (online with approval) at the end of the course

  • Earn a Certificate of Completion for Web Design

  • Do 2-3 hours of homework per week
     

Curriculum / Materials:

 

 

Classes For parents Only

Intro to Microsoft Office for Parents (for PARENTS SUMMER ONLY)

 

Suggested Age: 20+

Prerequisite: none

 

Learn the basics of Microsoft Office Suite using Microsoft certification track manuals:

  • Word

  • PowerPoint

  • Excel

 

Learn what your kids should know! This stuff is CORE: How do you write? On a computer. How do you calculate? On a computer. How do you present? On a computer. 

 

Curriculum / Materials:

  • Laptop computers required for class: MUST have Microsoft Office (version 2010 or later) Word, Excel & PowerPoint programs on it. Macs with Microsoft Office are fine! (Some teachers can provide one, if needed)

  • Textbooks: 3 Microsoft Office training manuals ordered by the instructor (You can pay for your books 2 ways: Online at my website or $76.00 by check – Due May 15)

  • A USB flash drive to store student files

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