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Life Long Learning and Skills Development

Students develop career and technical skills they can apply to their lives in this program as well as begin to explore academic pathways that culminate in industustry or higher education.

The Communications Technologies Department offers the following classes

Introduction to Communication Arts

Length of class : 1 semester

Occupational Ed or Elective: 9, 10, 11, and 12

Prerequisite: none

The world of media is awash in striking images, video, audio and graphic design created to capture our imagination and communicate complex ideas. This class explores the basics of digital photography, video, audio, graphics creation, multimedia, and Internet technologies as vehicles for expression. Emphasis is placed on personal expression of complex ideas, leadership, and skills development. Students are exposed to the value of being not just consumers but also authors and publishers of media. Issues are raised and discussed about modern expression and its implications.

Visual Communications

Length of class: 1 semester, repeatable

Occupational Ed or Elective: 9, 10, 11, and 12

Prerequisite: Introduction to Communication Arts

The world of media is awash in striking images created to capture our imagination and communicate complex ideas. Visual Communications explores the basics of black and white 35 mm photography, digital photography, graphics creation, multimedia, and Internet technologies as vehicles for visual expression. Emphasis is placed on personal expression of complex ideas, leadership, and skills development. Students are exposed to the value of being not just consumers but also authors and publishers of media. Issues are raised and discussed

Web Development

Length of class: 1 semester, repeatable

Occupational Ed or Elective: 9, 10, 11, and 12

Prerequisite: Introduction to Communication Arts

Takes students through the basic steps involved in authoring and producing HTML documents, placing them on a web server, and maintaining a site. Also covered will be working with new possibilities in text, images, sound and video content on the Web. This will require gaining competency in the use of a number of multimedia authoring applications. Students will be actively involved in producing both their own pages and pages they develop in partnership with other classes at Olympia High School and other schools in the district or county.

Generation TECH / IB

Length of class: 1 semester, repeatable

Occupational Ed or Elective: 9, 10, 11, and 12

Students will develop skills in problem solving, computer technology support, telecommunications, interpersonal communication and leadership. "On the job training" will be the main mode of instruction. Rather than using a book for the class these students will be writing the book - literally. Daily logs based on each days activities and experiences will be maintained by each student. Students will become proficient in the use of telecommunications through the use of the Internet. They will become information resources for others by helping locate sources for computer support and projects that would be helpful for teachers' infusion of technology into the classroom.

Leadership

Leadership opportunities will be present on a daily basis as these students interact with school staff members and students. As resources for information they will need to develop good communication and people skills.

Instructors

  • Kevin Wright, 596-8271, kwright@osd.wednet.edu - Introduction to the Communication Arts, Visual Communications, Capital News Service (CNS)
  • Scott Le Duc, 596-8241, sleduc@osd.wednet.edu - Introduction to the Communication Arts, Visual Communications, Web Development, and Generation TECH