McDonough High SchoolIntroduction to Digital Technology
Introduction to Digital Technology is the foundational course for Web & Digital Communications, Programming, Advanced Programming, Information Support & Services, and Network Systems pathways.
This course is designed for high school students to understand, communicate, and adapt to a digital world as it impacts their personal life, society, and the business world. Exposure to foundational knowledge in hardware, software, programming, web design, IT support, and networks are all taught in a computer lab with hands-on activities and project-focused tasks. Students will not only understand the concepts but apply their knowledge to situations and defend their actions/decisions/choices through the knowledge and skills acquired in this course.
Employability skills are integrated into activities, tasks, and projects throughout the course standards to demonstrate the skills required by business and industry.
Competencies in the co-curricular student organization, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), are integral components of both the employability skills standards and content standards for this course.
Various forms of technologies will be highlighted to expose students to emerging technologies impacting the digital world. Professional communication skills and practices, problem-solving, ethical and legal issues, and the impact of effective presentation skills are taught in this course as a foundational knowledge to prepare students to be college and career ready. The knowledge and skills taught in this course build upon each other to form a comprehensive introduction to the digital world.
Prerequisites: Introduction to Digital Technology is a course that is appropriate for all high school students. The pre-requisite for this course is advisor approval.
Course Curriculum Content
IT-IDT – 1 Demonstrate employability skills required by business and industry
IT-IDT - 2 Explore, research, and present findings on positions and career paths in technology and the impact of technology on the chosen career area.
IT-IDT-3 Demonstrate effective professional communication skills (oral, written, and digital) and practices that enable positive customer relationships.
IT-IDT-4 Identify, describe, evaluate, select, and use appropriate technology.
IT-IDT-5 Understand, communicate, and adapt to a digital world.
IT-IDT-6 Explore and explain the basic components of computer networks.
IT-IDT-7 Use computational thinking procedures to analyze and solve problems.
IT-IDT-8 Create and organize webpages through the use of a variety of web programming design tools.
IT-IDT-9 Design, develop, test, and implement programs using visual programming.
IT-IDT-10 Describe, analyze, develop, and follow policies for managing ethical and legal issues in the business world and in a technology-based society.
IT-IDT-11 Explore how related student organizations are integral parts of career and technology education courses through leadership development, school and community service projects, entrepreneurship development, and competitive events.
1st Nine Weeks:
1. FBLA – leadership development, community service, and employability skills
2. Online safety and digital citizenship
3. Emerging and future technology
4. Hardware and software
5. Problem solving, flowcharting and algorithms
6. Visual programming
7. Employability Skills
8. Information Technology Careers: Programming, Gaming, and Software Development
2nd Nine Weeks:
9. FBLA – entrepreneurship development, competitive events, professional communication
10. Operating systems
11. Customer relationships
12. Networking basics
13. Online resources
14. Web design
15. Ethics, legal issues, and cybersecurity
16. Information Technology Careers: Network Systems, Information Support & Services, and Web & Digital Communications, Computer Forensics