Computer Technologies

O.W. Best Computer Technology
The Computer and Technology class at O.W. Best Middle School is a 10 week course that students will take at the 6th, 7th and 8th grade levels. This class has been formatted and created using the 21Things 4 Students Project which meets National Educational Technology Standards For Students (NETS-S), and the Michigan Educational Technology Standards (METS).

6th Grade Computers & Technology: The 6th grade computer and technology curriculum provides students with introductory computer skills through project based learning. These skills will enable them to effectively, efficiently and responsibly utilize computers, technology, and other information sources. Students are recommended to have their own email account that they are able to access.
Topics covered in the 6th grade computer and technology curriculum include:  

  • Developing a Positive Online Presence
  • Presentation Skills
  • Intro to Spreadsheets
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Internet Safety
  • Copyright & Fair Use
  • Search Strategies
  • Interactive Learning
  • Virtual Field Trips
  • Game Design


7th Grade Computers & Technology: The 7th grade computer and technology class provides students with an advanced curriculum that focuses on project based learning through the utilization of web based tools. Students will create a web based, electronic portfolio that will be used to demonstrate their proficiency in the curriculum topics that are covered. Students will be required to create a Google Account in this class. The purpose of this is to give the students a web based working space, a space to collaborate, as well as to expose them to new and exciting Web 2.0 tools. 
Topics covered in the 7th grade computer and technology curriculum include:
  • Powerful & Web Based Presentation Tools
  • Web Design
  • Social Bookmarking
  • Databases
  • Advanced Spreadsheets & Formulas
  • E-Comerce
  • Career Prep
  • Mobile Devices
  • Mindmapping
  • Social Networking
  • Screencasting

8th Grade Video Production 
This corse addresses the multifaceted needs of beginning photography, film-making, video editing, and media analysis. This is a hands-on course designed to introduce students to all phases of video and media production. Students will work on a variety of media projects both independently and as part of a group.  This course covers standards related to basic photography, video production, script writing, media crew assignments, lighting, and computer-based photo and video editing. Classroom lessons and activities are closely related to the real world of interviewing, advertising, reporting, and meeting deadlines.
Topics covered in the 8th grade computer and technology curriculum include: 
  • Mobile Devices
  • Video Production
  • Script Writing
  • Media Crew Assignments
  • Lighting
  • Digital Images
  • Photo Editing
  • Video Creation and Editing
  • Creating Weekly (School Wide) Newscasts
  • Creation of the 8th Grade Video Yearbook