Computer Technology Classes at LSVI

 

Course Descriptions:

Keyboarding: Students will be introduced to the touch method of operating a computer keyboard to navigate and utilize an operating system and associated applications.

Introduction to Business Computer Applications (IBCA): This course is designed to provide students with basic computer application skills for accessibility and use in a work environment.

Business Computer Applications (BCA): The IC3 (Internet Core Competency Certification) curriculum is used to provide students a method of certification in basic computer literacy, building on concepts learned in IBCA.

Web Design: Students are introduced to principles of Web design with HTML, CSS, and Bootstrap using an accessible HTML editor. Principles for effective accessibility are a priority.

Computer Science: Introduction to computer science principles and programming concepts utilizing various languages including Javascript, Java, Quorum (acessible evidence based language) based on the computational thinking framework shown below.

Robotics: Design and execution of tasks for Lego Mindstorm robots, using RobotC and the Quorum Programming language (based on Java and the Netbeans IDE, Quorum version is Sodbeans)

 

LSVI is a CompTia Authorized Academy Partner, offering training and certification testing for students in CompTia core certifications such as IT fundamentals, A+, etc.

 

Meta Objectives (based on the Computer Science Teachers of America Computational Thinking (CT) Framework):

 

Students will be able to:

  • Formulate problems in a way that enables  computer use and other tools to help solve them.
  • Logically organize and analyze data
  • Represent data through abstractions such as models and simulations
  • Automate solutions through algorithmic thinking (a series of ordered steps)
  • Identify, analyze, and implement possible solutions with the goal of achieving the most efficient and effective combination of steps and resources
  • Generalize and transfer this problem solving process to a wide variety of problems

These skills are supported and enhanced by a number of dispositions or attitudes that are essential dimensions of CT. These dispositions or attitudes include:

  • Confidence in dealing with complexity
  • Persistence in working with difficult problems
  • Tolerance for ambiguity
  • The ability to deal with open ended problems
  • The ability to communicate and work with others to achieve a common goal or solution

 

 Evaluations:

 

  • Daily/Weekly/Monthly Project Assignments
  • Objective Tests
  • Classwork and Participation

 

Each student is expected to follow the guidelines for discipline in the Louisiana Schools for the Visually Impaired handbook.