Computer & Technology

We recognize that God created mankind in His image and that being in God’s image means that we, too, create. Technology is simultaneously something created by God’s image-bearers and something used by God’s image-bearers to create. To that end, our Computer and Technology curriculum focuses on appreciating the work in creating technology and in using technology to create new things, from written documents and web pages to computer software and robots, to the glory of the God who created us in His image.

Computer 6

This weekly class helps students develop their computer skills and knowledge in a variety of areas, including typing, word processing, creating presentations and spreadsheets, coding, and understanding how computers can represent information.

Computer 7

In this semester course, 7th-grade students learn and practice how to use programs like Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel to build sophisticated documents, presentations, and spreadsheets for use in their middle school and high school career and beyond.

Computer 8

In this semester course, 8th-grade students learn about computer science – how computers work and how to perform problem-solving using computers.  Selected topics include binary numbers, logic and algorithms, parts of computers and networks, and making simple programs and web pages.

Computer Applications

In this ½ credit course, students learn and practice the more advanced features of Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, including envelopes and labels, mail merge, and custom animations.  They will also learn about Microsoft Excel and Access, making a variety of spreadsheets and databases, both simple and sophisticated, for personal, educational, and professional uses.

Web Design

In this ½ credit course, students learn how to design and make web pages using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and web authoring tools.

Computer Programming

In this ½ credit course, students learn about problem-solving techniques involving computers and making programs for computers using the Visual Basic programming language.  Topics include input and output, math equations, conditional tests and logic, loops and subroutines.  By the end of the course, students will be able to write working computer programs with a degree of usefulness, functionality, and complexity.

Robotics

In this ½ credit course, students work on assembling and programming small robots to be able to function independently in their environment. The robots will be able to drive around, sense when they bump into things, seek light sources, and use other sensors to avoid obstacles. (Computer Programming is a prerequisite for this class.)