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Technology Electives

Broadcast Video Technology I
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
The Broadcast Video class allows students to gain a wide variety of video and broadcast experiences. In this class students will create and broadcast news stories, shoot and edit different styles of video projects, learn to understand the language of video, and learn to be a consumer of video. Students will also produce a weekly news program to be viewed by the Northland community.

Broadcast Video Technology II
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Broadcast Video I.
This class is an extension of Broadcast Video I. Film production allows students to be creative with film and story. Students will explore Motion and other video programs to create graphics, visual content, and transitions for the Northland weekly news broadcast.

Technology Applications
.5 Credit ~ 1 Semester
Students will explore many software applications and learn to create products for personal, school, and business use. Topics covered will include: keyboarding skills practice, word processing and publication layout (both Apple Pages and Microsoft Word), multimedia presentations (both Apple Keynote and Microsoft Powerpoint), and spreadsheet functions (both Apple Numbers and Microsoft Excel), copyright awareness, ethics of technology use, and online research skills. Students will practice using other technology tools such as scanners, digital cameras, and video cameras.

Computer Science I - Honors
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Students will focus on problem solving skills and the Java programming language. Topics will include computer history, programming basics, object-oriented programming and user interfaces. Through collaborative and individual projects, students will practice programming variables, data types, and control structures in an object-oriented style. Students may also have the opportunity to compete in team programming contests.

Introduction to Mobile Application Development - Dual Credit Online 
IT140 - 11th or 12th Grade
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Two years of high school Algebra
Introduction to Mobile Application Development introduces application development for mobile computing devices such as the iPhone, iPad or Android. Students learn basic mobile development concepts that apply to multiple platforms. Topics include an introduction to user interface design, database connectivity, and network communications. This class is offered online through Abilene Christian University and earns three college credit hours. (Additional fee applies.)

GenerationTECH (Student Technology Support Team) 9th - 12th Grade 
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Students taking the GenerationTECH course will be in the program as both a student and a troubleshooter. Students will learn the technical and communication skills necessary to troubleshoot, fix, and maintain the technology used at Northland. At the same time, students will be part of the Northland technology support team to help students and teachers keep their computers running properly. All students will be exposed to troubleshooting, time management, peer mentoring, resource development, problem solving and will have the opportunity to develop competency with numerous computer programs and procedures.

GenTech Internship 10th - 12th Grade
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Generation Tech, instructor approval
The student in the GenerationTECH Internship course will work one-on-one with the Staff Tech Team as both a student and a troubleshooter. The student will learn the technical and communication skills necessary to troubleshoot, fix, and maintain the technology used at Northland. At the same time, the student will be part of the Northland technology support team, helping students and teachers keep their computers running properly. The student will be exposed to troubleshooting, time management, peer mentoring, resource development, problem solving and will have the opportunity to develop competency with numerous computer programs and procedures. This is a great opportunity for individual students to develop their technical skills.

Robotics and Engineering Design 9th - 12th Grade
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Application required.
Robotics and Engineering Design is a course designed for students interested in pursuing a career in engineering with special emphasis on robotics.  Students will develop an understanding of how modern engineers use math and science, together with ingenuity, to design and build new technologies, be exposed to new and relevant applications of mathematics and science to solve engineering problems of the day, develop a deeper and broader set of computer skills, and be exposed to a variety of new and future career opportunities in engineering and technology. During the first semester student will design, program, and build a robot for competition in the First Tech Robotics competition. The second semester will focus on a series of engineering design projects intended to provide exposure to larger engineering disciplines. Students will be expected to attend competitions (generally held on Saturdays) and be responsible for an activity fee of $50.

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