Computer Technology Classes and Programs at LSVI

 Computer Technology Classes and Programs at LSVI

Course and Enrichment Activities 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)
Assistive Technology:
Specialized instruction in various assistive technologies, including the Brailliant and Braille Notes.


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.

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