MSA Information & Communications Technology
This course introduces students to communications technology from a media perspective. Students will work in the areas of Video production (create a one minute video), Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Movie Maker), and Programming (Scratch). Student projects will include computer-based activities such as editing/manipulating photos, creating a video, and working on taking the perfect photo. Students will also develop an awareness of environmental and societal issues related to communications technology and what they need to know about With Power Comes Responsibility, Cyber bullying, Identifying High Quality Sites, The Reality of Digital Drama and Trillion Dollar Footprint.
We have been very busy these past couple of weeks with students working on their Environmental Issue. They chose an issue, and have created a postcard and are now working on a poster in relation to their topic.
If you have any questions in regards to this project please do not hesitate to contact me.
"It's no longer about how to access information, it's about how to use the information, how to sift through it to determine how to apply it to your life."
Social Media and Body Image
Digital Dilemmas are brief hypothetical situations and corresponding questions designed to foster cross-generational conversations about different aspects of adolescents’ digital lives. Use this fictitious scenario, based on real-life stories, to spark a conversation at home with your children and open up the discussion about these very important topics.
Josh clicked open his Instagram app and saw the latest version of his grade’s new favorite game. Someone would post pictures of four different girls on Instagram and others would vote for the most attractive by “liking” her picture. The girl whose picture received the fewest number of likes would be eliminated and pictures of the other three girls were re posted for another round of voting. The sharing and voting process would continue until there was a winner. Josh said that one of the ‘worst’ parts of the game was that the girls who lost might actually initiate another round of the game with a fresh set of girls, in the hopes of winning a separate version. Still, he didn’t want to get involved. He knew that games like “Hot or Not” were popular in other schools, so he figured this was just his grade’s version.
- What is your gut reaction to this story?
- How do the people whom you follow use Instagram?
- Have you ever heard of anything like this happening on social media?
- Do you think there is a difference between the kinds of pictures girls share of themselves and the kinds of pictures boys share?
- What would you have done if you were in this situation?