In this course, the student will learn the principles of responsible internet use, fundamentals of computer systems, basic troubleshooting, and the practical use of data in a computing setting. Computing system and programming instruction is presented in close alignment with national CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards. Throughout the core instruction, the student is prompted to explain basic computing concepts, master domain-specific terminology, and describe and use patterns to make predictions. Advanced concepts are broken down into easily understandable and applicable components that enable the student to conduct a simple data analysis. Together, the course elements provide the student with a thorough and approachable introduction to the field of computer science. The student will apply their learning to approach more advanced computing topics such as decomposing problems, writing and editing algorithms, and creating and debugging computer programs. Students are presented with instruction on algorithms in the form of practical lists and steps, with real-world applications for creating, evaluating, and correcting, and finish by using their knowledge to write a program in a block-based programming framework. The student is provided with a solid foundation in computer science fundamentals that will prove invaluable in future computing, programming, and networking studies.
Connections Education LLC dba Pearson Virtual Schools USA, its schools and affiliates use information technology as a means of providing equality of opportunity to the greatest number of people, including people with disabilities. Connections aims to create a culture of accessibility through education. Connections is committed to working with the schools it supports in developing accessible websites and other electronic information to the Technical Standards and principles set forth in Section 508 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Federal law requires all public schools to provide students, regardless of disability, with an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from the school’s education program. Students have 24-hour assistance in LMS and technical support.
Student participation in this course is documented by the following:
- Coursework submissions recorded by the learning management system.
- Participation verified by the virtual education teacher for time spent working offline.
- Academic-based communication between the student and virtual education teacher or learning coach and virtual education teacher.
- Synchronous time with the class, a group or the virtual education teacher recorded by the learning management system or teacher.
- The virtual education teacher verifies participation in the course 1-3 times a week.
- Virtual education teacher verifies participation 1 to 3 times weekly