• 6-8th Grade Design Curriculum Mapgreen line

    Students will work throughout the year to demonstrate their knowledge and skill through project-based learning, labs, individual assessments and collaborative assignments. 

    Sixth Grade Multimedia Curriculum Overview:

    In sixth grade multimedia, we learn about digital citizenship, copyright laws, fair use regulations, and many other topics related to 21st century technological skills. In addition to concepts and ideas, we create websites that serve as a digital portfolio. Sixth graders make a basic website, learn additional skills as the semester progresses, and continually add new content to their website with their newly learned abilities. The sixth grade semester of multimedia serves as a general introduction to technology and the role that it plays within our lives.

    Eighth Grade Multimedia Curriculum Overview:

    In 8th grade multimedia, we are able to take all of the technological skills we have built up over the past two years and create advanced content. Progress and growth takes the form of a website, and ultimately our 6th grade website is compared to our 8th grade website and we are able to see our growth as 21st century learners. Eighth graders spend much more time on advanced usage of the Adobe Suite, where additional tools and usages are explored. Eighth graders will learn how to use additional Adobe software such as Premiere for video editing and Animate to create animations that can be embedded in video/websites/etc. In 8th grade we spend time looking at computer systems as a whole and always acknowledge our impact on one another in our society and the impact that technology itself has on society.

    KMSTV Curriculum Overview:

    In KMSTV, we learn how to use camera equipment, video editing and production software, and ultimately we are able to produce our very own television show called KMS TV that all of our peers are able to see. This class allows students to explore media production and learn the ins and outs of actually producing a broadcast television show. Eighth graders learn how to operate camera equipment, audio equipment, edit video and create one of a kind content for the school. KMS TV staff members are aware of their impact and the responsibility that they have to one another as a member of broadcast media. 

    Computer Programming Overview:

    This course will focus on computer programming where students will create various programs using the programming language C++. Students will learn the inner workings of a computer and understand the relationship between a compiler and an assembler. Students will learn how to navigate and execute code using an Integrated Development Environment (IDE).

    Coding - Web Design Curriculum Overview:

    This course will focus on web development where the entire student website is coded. The class will use HTML5, CSS3, and elements from JavaScript to create student websites which will be used as digital portfolios for the student. Students will use Notepad++ as their Integrated Development Environment (IDE) when coding. In addition to coding their websites, students will use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Fireworks to create their graphical elements for their websites. While using the Adobe software, students will be exposed to graphic design principles that will expand their knowledge base of the graphic arts.

    Standards/Anticipated Outcomes:

    Strand 1: Creativity and Innovation:

    Concept 4: Original Works:

    PO 1. Create innovative products or projects using digital tools to express original ideas.

    Anticipated Outcome: Students will be creating websites that express their own ideas.

    PO 2. Use digital collaborative tools to synthesize information, produce original works, and express ideas.

    Anticipated Outcome: Students will use Google Classroom and Docs or OneDrive to work collaboratively on their websites.

    Strand 2: Communication and Collaboration:

    Concept 2: Digital Solutions:

    PO 1. Communicate and collaborate for the purpose of producing original works or solving problems.

    Anticipated Outcome: Students will create websites that are unique as well as novel, in doing so, they will need to solve problems in their code as well in their general site layout and communicate with their peers regarding this process.

    Strand 4: Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Decision Making:

    Concept 2: Exploring Solutions:

    PO 1. Plan, conduct and manage research using appropriate digital resources to develop solutions for a question.

    Anticipated Outcome: Students will be allowed to use digital resources, such as W3Schools, to further their understanding of coding.


    Strand 5: Digital Citizenship:

    Concept 1: Safety and Ethics :

    PO 4. Demonstrate safe online communication practices regarding personal information.

    Anticipated Outcome: Students will be taught about the importance of online anonymity and about protecting their personal data.


    Strand 6: Technology Operations and Concepts:

    Concept 1: Understanding:

    PO 2. Define and apply knowledge of various technical process terms.

    Anticipated Outcome: Students will be able to analyze and synthesize terms related to coding and programming.

    PO 3. Choose technology applications appropriate for the audience and task.

    Anticipated Outcome: Students will select and integrate proper applications related to coding, programming, and graphic design as it relates to web development.

    Concept 2: Applications:

    PO 6. Identify criteria for evaluating technical and design qualities of a web site and then create web-based content from the identified criteria.

    Anticipated Outcome: Students will be shown and taught high-quality design techniques and principles and will be expected to integrate those principles into their websites.

    PO 7. Identify and use network protocols for moving files and secure web access.

    Anticipated Outcome: Students will evaluate the processes used to organize and maintain their own file systems for their websites.

    Concept 3: Problem Solving:

    PO 1. Generate and apply solutions to troubleshoot hardware and software issues and problems.

    When faced with issues of continuity or functionality for their websites students will be able to analyze the problem and synthesize a solution.

    Concept 4: Transfer of Knowledge:

    PO 1. Transfer understanding of current technologies, input/output devices, symbols and icons, and applications to learning new technologies.

    Anticipated Outcome: Students will be taught the latest versions of current web technologies and will be expected to incorporate these techniques in their work.