Technology Integrated Environment @ Spectrum High School
Spectrum High School recognizes the importance of technical proficiency in the 21st century. Technology is woven into our society as never before. Possessing strong technical competency unlocks many opportunities for students in today’s global society.
Spectrum High School technology courses are incorporated into the curriculum for all grade levels. Starting in grade 6, all students take a fundamental technology course to learn safe and responsible online behavior, digital citizenship, and basic computer skills including typing, internet basics, operating systems, email, and more. Then, to develop critical thinking and problem solving, 6th graders are introduced to programming with beginner-level coding curriculum.
In 8th grade, students continue to build on their technical skills within the Digital Tech course which covers standards related to Office Productivity Skills, Trends & Impacts of Computing, Digital Media, and Algorithms & Programming. In this class, employability skills such as problem-solving, collaboration, and critical thinking skills are reinforced on a regular basis as students are immersed in project-based learning.
In 9th grade, Spectrum students take the semester course: 21st Century Skills. This Information Technology (IT) exploration course exposes middle and high school students to the myriad of IT careers and the range of computer-based skills and competencies employers in all career areas are seeking. Standards covered in this course include: Trends & Impacts of Computing, Computing Systems & IT Services, Networks & The Internet, Algorithms & Programming, Data Analysis, and Technology Careers
9th -12th grade students have the opportunity to take a variety of electives that are technology-focused including Web Design, Mobile App Development, Python Programming Language, CompTIA A+ Certification (IT Support), CyberSecurity, Digital Photography, Broadcast Journalism, and Game Design. Students can delve deeper into areas of technical interest and become adept at using industry standard software and programming languages. Students completing these courses gain valuable skill sets used in a variety of career areas.