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GRADES 9-12

Overview

Courses in the Business Education and Computer Technology Department are designed to prepare students for success in academic classes and to meet the challenges of an automated society in business, industry and post secondary education in the information age. According to the Massachusetts Technology Literacy Standards and Expectations, students should acquire increasingly sophisticated technology skills. Depending on the pathways and courses they
select, high school students will become more adept with certain technology tools than others. During high school, students should have the opportunity to use more specialized technology tools that enhance their learning. These might include simulation software, geographic information systems, computer-aided design software, or any of a wide variety of content-specific tools. In addition, students should have the opportunity to learn how to write code in a commonly used programming language.

Technology Standards and Expectations (as found on pages 13-17 of the April 2008 Massachusetts Technology Literacy Standards and Expectations)
  • Standard 1: Demonstrate proficiency in the use of computers and applications, as well as an understanding of the concepts underlying hardware, software, and connectivity.
  • Standard 2: Demonstrate the responsible use of technology and an understanding of ethics and safety issues in using electronic media at home, in school, and in society.
  • Standard 3: Demonstrate the ability to use technology for research, critical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making, communication, collaboration, creativity and innovation.