Course Description: 9th Grade Credit Class
Introduction to Digital Technology is the foundational course for Web & Digital Communications, Programming, Advanced Programming, Information Support & Services, and Network Systems pathways. This course is designed for high school students to understand, communicate, and adapt to a digital world as it impacts their personal life, society, and the business world. Exposure to foundational knowledge in hardware, software, programming, web design, IT support, and networks are all taught in a computer lab with hands-on activities and project focused tasks. Students will not only understand the concepts, but apply their knowledge to situations and defend their actions/decisions/choices through the knowledge and skills acquired in this course. Employability skills are integrated into activities, tasks, and projects throughout the course standards to demonstrate the skills required by business and industry. Competencies in the co-curricular student organization, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), are integral components of both the employability skills standards and content standards for this course. Various forms of technologies will be highlighted to expose students to the emerging technologies impacting the digital world. Professional communication skills and practices, problem-solving, ethical and legal issues, and the impact of effective presentation skills are taught in this course as a foundational knowledge to prepare students to be college and career ready. The knowledge and skills taught in this course build upon each other to form a comprehensive introduction to digital world. Introduction to Digital Technology is a course that is appropriate for all high school students. The pre-requisite for this course is advisor approval.
It is recommended that students join Future Business Leaders of America.
Online Resources and Programs
1. Demonstrate employability skills required by business and industry.
2. Explore, research, and present findings on positions and career paths in technology and the impact of technology on chosen career area
3. Demonstrate effective professional communication skills (oral, written, and digital) and practices that enable positive customer relationships.
4. Identify, describe, evaluate, select and use appropriate technology.
5. Understand, communicate, and adapt to a digital world.
6. Explore and explain the basic components of computer networks.
7. Use computational thinking procedures to analyze and solve problems.
8. Create and organize webpages through the use of a variety of web programming design tools.
9. Design, develop, test and implement programs using visual programming.
10. Describe, analyze, develop and follow policies for managing ethical and legal issues in the business world and in a technology-based society.
11. Explore how related student organizations are integral parts of career and technology education courses through leadership development, school and community service projects, entrepreneurship development, and competitive events.
Participation, Labs and Projects = 50%
Objective Assessments= 20%
Final Exam = 10%
1. All policies of the Polk School District Board of Education and student handbook
will be enforced.
2. Come to class on time and begin warm up assignment.
3. Stay on task.
4. Visit only approved websites.
5. Do not change settings on the computer or download software.
6. Cell phones must be kept out of sight and not be used in class.
7. Take care of equipment and supplies in the classroom. This to include not writing
on furniture, textbooks, and computers.
8. Be respectful to peers, teachers, and staff.
Makeup Work Policy:
For each grading period, makeup work must be completed no later than two weeks
after progress reports are issued. Students may not make up work outside of the
grading period window once the time has passed. Re-Test Policy: Any student can
retest any test regardless of the grade on the test provided that the student attends
tutoring as directed by the teacher. The student must retest within two weeks of the
grade being returned. The higher of the two grades will be recorded. This excludes,
but not limited to benchmark assessments, final exams, standardized tests (such as
EOC Milestones, SLOs, EOPA, AP Exams, etc.), major projects and/or research that
required an exorbitant amount of time in and outside the classroom (i.e. research
Final Exam Exemptions:
For 2017-18, students must have an 80 average or above with no more than 3 absences. Any and all exemption polices do not apply to EOCTs, AP/MOWR exams or other PSD mandated examinations.
All departments in both middle and high schools have retesting opportunities for students.
• Students are allowed to retest one test per quarter, per subject.
• Retest can earn full credit.
• Retest Policy does not apply to Advanced Placement (AP) or Move On When Ready (MOWR) classes.
• This retest policy does not include final exams or benchmark assessments.
• Remediation is required from teacher or Directed Studies.
• If close to half or more of the class fails, the material is to be retaught and the test given again for full credit.
Late Assignment Policy:
Students are expected to turn in all completed assignments at the time scheduled by
the teacher. Any assignment turned in late will result in a ten point deduction per
day late in the grade.
Students are required to complete homework and turn in the completed assignments
when requested. Failure to turn in homework will result in a 10 point deduction per
day late in the grade.