[ Jefferson H.S., LAUSD ]

Digital H.S., Integrating Technology

INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGY INTO THE CURRICULUM


What Is Now In Place What Is Planned
English Department-- Journalism uses 2 computers to write news articles. Copy is laid out using PageMaker . Graphic Arts prints school newspaper. Several teachers use videos to compliment novels and plays. 1 English teacher uses e-mail (from home) to allow students to correspond with class in Germany including scanning and sharing pictures 2 teachers correspond with some students via e-mail. Several teachers require word processed essays and reports. 6 teachers are piloting the Accelerated Reader program using two computers in the library. One Internet capable networked computer in each class. 3 Alpha Smart mobile labs. Accelerated Reader Program (which analyzes reading levels and generates individualized tests) expanded to all ninth graders. Word processing, spell check, thesaurus, and grammar check software used in the writing process. Outlining and brainstorming software to enhance writing Multi-media projects with graphics, text, and sound Spanish and French school e-mail partners being sought. Electronic portfolios added to assessment.
Math-- 300 Graphing calculators in advanced classes 1 teacher presents lessons via computer 2 teachers are exploring CD-ROMS for tutorials and more effective ways to display lessons via technology 7 computers available on carts All classrooms have an Internet accessible computer. Multimedia carts available Spreadsheets used for problem solving Graphing programs for visualization, word processing with math symbols, statistics software, and SimCalc added to instruction and practice Students program probabilities, use software to reinforce basic skills, and learn pre-calculus applications. Teachers and students present problems using multimedia.
Business/Computer Education-- 3 computer labs with limited Local Area Networks 1 lab uses Mac computers, 2 use DOS and Windows 87% of ninth graders completed Introduction To Computers in 97-98 Teachers are from Math and Business Arts Teachers and the Technology Committee are writing plans for standardization of the curriculum. New Computer Ed Department Updates to Windows 95/98, provides at least 90 networked, Internet accessible work stations. Introduction class standardized, required of all ninth graders. Accounting skills using spreadsheets and QuickBooks Pro, Computer Repair, Desktop Publishing, Web Authorng, Networking classes. One or more labs available after hours for incoming students, parents, members of the community, and refreshers for current students.
Social Science-- 1 computer in department office for teachers. 1 teacher uses CDs regularly to aid presentation Several use videos. 1 is designing a process for students to use HyperStudio and Internet for research. At least one Internet access computer plus Alpha Smart stations. Students create multi-media projects using text, video, stills, graphics, and sound. Five electronic whiteboards. Classes correspond electronically with experts, other regions of the U.S., and foreign students. Students work with Media Arts Academy to produce videos of student written historic plays. Students research via the Internet and CD-ROMS. Electronic portfolios added to assessment.
Foreign Language-- Teachers occasionally use videos and audio recordings All classrooms have an Internet accessible computer. Alpha Smart mobile lab. A Bilingual Language Newspaper will be executed via desktop publishing program, printed for distribution to students, and placed on the school website. Research of cultural and literary topics conducted via Internet and CDs. Classes correspond with foreign students. Virtual correspondence conducted with writers whose works may appear in the Advanced Placement Exam in Spanish Literature. Databases of foreign language novels, short stories, poems and magazines created.
Science -- 3 teachers use laser disks to present lessons and CDs for individual and group work. Nearly all teachers have e-mail, 25% frequent users. 1 teacher brings Internet resources in daily. 4 teachers use probeware for measuring and graphing results. Several use video complement to lessons . 3 teachers are installing a local network to share printers, CDs, and Internet access. Teachers recently networked 5 computers to ISDN line for Internet access. Department has 1 computer locked down in each of 8 classerooms, another 6 on carts. All classrooms have an Internet accessible computer. Alpha Smart mobile lab. Students gather data, do research using CD-ROMS and the Internet. Other activities: e-mail to experts with specific questions; collect data using computer and/or calculator probeware; share data and results with other classes via e-mail and video conference; access information from news groups; observations and reports using digital camera and video. All students organize data using spreadsheets and databases, graph data electronically, present results in class and to parents using word processing, projectors and LCD panels. Electronic portfolios added to assessment.
Physical Education-- Teachers learning district electronic grade book. Student progress on physical fitness, percentage of body fat, performance in training, and other areas documented and tracked. Alumni informed on performance of Jefferson sports' teams via school website Virtual track meets, other competitions conducted via electronic sharing of performances on matched events. Internet used by students to post personal stats, find scholarships, and recruiting opportunities. Students use databases and spreadsheets to maintain sports records and statistics.
Film/Video Arts-- Students use 10 camcorders, 3 Macs, and 3 non computer editing machines, write, produce, direct, act in, record, and edit dramatic films. Program is being developed for implementation during the grant period. Proposal has been submitted to Workforce LA and the EIDC (Entertainment Industry Development Corporation) to add a Media Arts Academy to Jefferson's offering. New Media Arts Academy will serve all students with a special interest in the media arts Multi-media cart and Mac G3s added. Students collaborate in script writing, use Internet to contact professionals in the field and others. 3 multi-media presentations per semester combine still imagery, video, text, and music. Add animation, graphics and advanced editing of film and video in both picture and sound. Electronic portfolios added to assessment. Video productions featured in the Academy.
Visual and Performing Arts-- Videos and media center are used for art appreciation and research. Use Project Room to design compositions, critique artwork, enhance photography, do research. Work with Graphic Arts on computer aided design and animation. Compose and present shows using theater multi-media projector.
Music-- Videos and audio tapes are used. Electronic keyboards used. Musical classics on CD with analysis and composition history Develop music library. Computer aided composition. Work with Media Academy on portfolios. Research and projects assisted by Library Media Center and Project Room Planning software for marching band formations, transitions.
Trade Tech-- Satellite program of 4 teachers and coordinator is in nearby Los Angeles Trade Tech Community College Juniors and Seniors attend. English teacher uses 12 donated DOS and Windows 3.1 computers on which students write essays, business letters and other correspondence. 2 other teachers each have 1 computer per class. Career prep in network design and maintenance and web development. Technology integrated into all core classes. Lessons extended via the Internet.
Industrial and Graphic Arts-- 12 Macintosh computers allow Graphic Arts teacher to help students create images,incorporate photos using 2 digital cameras. Students publish cards, calendars, the school newspaper, and other projects. Wood shop and Drafting use AutoCAD for design. Other IA teachers are planning uses for anticipated technical equipment. 12 Macs added for state of the art printing 30 Mac G3s added to expand Graphic Arts Students access resources, documents, and experts via the Internet and CDs. Experts asked to collaborate on projects Representatives from industry attend in person and via teleconference to train teachers and students on new software, drafting and manufacturing techniques and assist in refining the focus of school to work to meet changing industry standards. Students conduct simulations, create architectural drawings, and solve problems via computer. Work shared with other students including feeder schools to help prepare younger students and increase career awareness. CAD/CAM system to manufacture scale models, parts, and finished products. Add computer manufacturing class with 20 PCs and software to expand Drafting class.
Special Education-- Teachers are planning curriculum applications for anticipated equipment. IEP data electronically maintained. Accelerated Reader Program for every ninth grader. Use of remediation software. Teachers and aides trained to assist students in labs, Media Center, Project Room. Technology tools incorporated into individual's objectives. Incorporate adaptive assistive devices .
JROTC -- 2 computers in department 1 used to present a HyperStudio presentation for their annual review and certification. Students responsible for creating annual multimedia review report Electronic correspondence with military officials and disciplines Portfolios used for applications to military schools and service academies.

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