The 7th grade Computer Literacy course provides foundation skills to enable students to effectively, efficiently and responsibly utilize technology and information sources. The Computer Literacy curriculum emphasizes 21st Century skills to communicate, problem-solve and collaborate in an ever-complex global society. This class meets for one marking period, 10 weeks. Instructional time will be focused in five areas:
1. Understand and use technology systems
2. Select and use applications effectively and productively
3. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression
4. Transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies
5. Practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology
Units of Study
- Digital Copyright and Ethics
- Computer Hardware
- Working with Google Sheets
- Video Game Design
The Ballston Spa Central School District Technology Department is committed to:
- Preparing all students to be responsible and informed citizens in a world that is increasingly affected by advancements in science and technology.
- Preparing all students to be scientifically and technologically literate so they can comprehend, analyze, and meaningfully participate in the debate of scientific and technological issues.
- Developing students’ critical thinking and analytical skills through research and the use of the engineering design process.
- Developing students’ awareness of the types of opportunities that would be available for them to pursue in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.
All students take 20 weeks of technology in 6th and 7th credit to meet the 1 unit of credit for technology required at the middle level. Students have the opportunity in 8th grade to take the high school level course Design and Drawing for Production, which is a full year.
The middle school technology curriculum is aligned to the New York State Math, Science and Technology standards. Students have the opportunity to apply the concepts they learn in math and science to solve engineering design problems. The technology curriculum helps students develop the technical, intellectual, collaborative and innovative skills required to be successful in the emerging careers such as nanotechnology and clean energy.
The Engineering and Technology Department at Ballston Spa participates in a partnership with Project Lead the Way (PLTW) to offer a middle level and high school level courses that introduce students to the scope, rigor and disciplines of engineering and engineering technology prior to entering college.
Units of Study
6th Grade Technology-PLTW Design and Modeling
- History of Technology
- Computer Aided Design
- CO2 dragster
- PLTW Automation and Robotics
7th Grade Technology-PLTW Magic of Electrons
- Basic Electricity
- Digital Electronics,
- PLTW - Energy and the Environment
- Photovoltaic Systems
- The Electrical Grid
PLTW Design and Drawing for Production-Design Process
- Measurement, Statistics, and Applied Geometry
- Presentation Design and Delivery
- Engineering Drawing Standards
- CAD Solid Modeling
- Reverse Engineering
- Consumer Product Design Innovation
- Graphic Design
- Engineering Ethics
- Virtual Design Teams