This course is designed to prepare our students with the understanding of career options available, the qualifications needed and the variety of job opportunities within the 16 job clustersThis course will be offered to grades 8 thru 12 plus. p


Essential QuestionsEdit

  • Productivity: What kinds of skills and tools will help me be more productive?
  • Organization: How do I manage all this stuff that I am sent, create, or search out?
  • Research: How do I find information and once I find it how do I know if it is any good?
  • Social: How do I interact safely and appropriately with my co-workers and community?
  • Presentation: How do I present what I have learned in an effective & interesting way that will teach others?
  • Tools: What tools (software/hardware) will I need to do my job? What are some of the opportunities associated with Free and Open Source Software?
  • Ethics: How do I live my life so I am true to sound ethical values? How do I live so I am respectful to the health and welfare of myself, the living things, and places around me?

Hardware That Will be UsedEdit

Web 2.0 Tools That Will be UsedEdit

  • Google Reader or Bloglines RSS aggregator
  • [ZOHO][1]
  • Blogger
  • Ning
  • Wikispaces
  • Free and Open Source Software (client software)
    • Open source office suites, scratch programming, Gimpshop photo editing, Audacity Audio editing, web browsers, etc
    • Free and Open Source Operating Systems such as Ubuntu, GoS, Sugar, SUSE, etc.

Required Skills for Successful Completion of This CourseEdit

  • Reasoning: use reliable evidence and sound logic to generate and support arguments
  • Mathematics: use mathematics to solve problems, model phenomena, and support reasoning
  • Collaboration: acquire and synthesize information from both peers and real-world participants
  • Business Writing: write letters and documentation/procedures
  • Copywriting: for more effective marketing and promotions
  • Public Speaking: so you can sell your ideas to others
  • Social Networking: blogging, profiles, forums, and etiquette
  • Offline Networking: trade shows, organizations, strategic partnerships
  • Multimedia Digital Presentations: students should be able to present a topic through video, web, text and interactive discussion (blogs), audio, and video production and editing
  • Introduction to Free and Open Source Software Development. Students could be required to collaborate on a Scratch application with another student in the course, or better yet with a student (or students) in a remote location.
  • Keyboarding

Course AssessmentEdit

In order to assess 21st century skills and competencies the following tools will be used

  • Portfolios
  • Narrative Reports
  • Computer-based assessment

Books, Readings, ArticlesEdit

  • Hofstede’s Software of the Mind
  • Pink's Whole New Mind
  • Friedman, Thomas L and Oliver Wyman. 2005. The World is Flat: A brief history of the twenty-first century
  • Kurzweil, Ray. 2006. The Singularity is Near.
  • Also see: Books

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