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Digital Literacy - About the Course

The major objective of this course is to help prepare you with the skills you will need to be a 21st century learner.

This couse is a survey course (we look at and study/learn a bit about many things). The course is designed to provide the student with an introduction to some of the most used application softwares, including: Adobe Fireworks & Illustrator (graphics software); Adobe Flash (animation software); Adobe Dreamweaver (html website creation); Windows 10 (operating system); Microsoft Excel and Word (numbers and text). We will also do some work using online applications software using Google Docs & Sheets. This is also a class to access your keyboarding skills and there will be some keyboarding skills practice throughout the course. Another portion of this class is dedicated to using the application software accross the curriculum (this means using your computer to study History, Math, Language Arts and Science). We will also spend some time looking at how to use the Internet safely, securely and in a way to obtain the best information available and not be confussed by false or misleading information online.

Utah State Core Requirements for Digital Literacy

Your instructor, Ryan Durfee, has been teaching for over 25 years, including teaching at the university, high school and middle school levels. Courses taught include: Economics, Accounting, Financial Literacy, Digital Literacy, Beginning and Intermediate Guitar, United States History, World History; Keyboarding, Multimedia. Prior to teaching Mr. Durfee worked as an accountant and international tax specialist for the Trammell Crow Company and KPMG Peat Marwick in Dallas.


Students who are ill or miss class due to a school excused activity can find the assignments online at the CMS website. If you need additional time due to an excused absence you may request SMART time.

After you have completed the missed assignment you will need to TURN-IN the assignment. If this is a digital file, you can do this by saving your file to the [Shared Drive], [Durfee], [Durfee-Turn in], [Your class period]. Be certain to include your name in the file name you are saving along with the file name of the assignment, e.g., dancing_skeleton_YourName


- be on time
- go straight to your seat
- login to your computer
- open an Internet browser (Firefox) and check the day's lessons and begin your work


- remain in your seat, unless we are working in small groups and you have been given permission to move

- use ALL of your time on your projects (do not quite early you can also do more on a project)
- follow school and Computer Lab Procedures

- remember you aren't the only one in the lab so be respectful to all other students
- always, do your best work


- work right up to the bell (do not signout early & do not line up at the door)
- when bell rings be certain to signout of your network account
- make certain your space is clean, chair is pushed in and headphones are placed over the computer monitor

Should you choose not to follow one of the above Class Procedures, your citizenship grade will be lowered. In order to bring your citizenship grade back to Satisfactory (S) you will need to demonstrate a week's worth of appropriate Classroom Procedures behavior. If issues still continue, parent and administration intervention may be deemed necessary.


PARTICIPATION. Most days you will receive a participation grade. These points will be given in full if you meet ALL of the Classroom Learning Procedures. Note: You need to be working the full time to receive full credit. 10 points on time and begin work right off, 20 points working on day's assignment/learning objectives for the entire class period for a total of 30 points possible.

ASSIGNMENTS. These are, generally, one class period in completion time length and are scored at a maximum of 50 points.

PROJECTS AND TESTS. There will be a few large projects. Check the grading rubrics for these large projects to understand how points are allocated for your work.

CITIZENSHIP. In the case where proper learning procedures are not being followed or teacher instructions are disregarded, your citizenship grade may be changed to an N, Needs improvement. To have the N removed you will need to demonstrate proper behavior for a week's worth of class participation. A citizenship grade of U, Unsatisfactory, is given after repeated N's and/or an incident deemed severe. Parent and administrative contact will be made in the case of a U grade. Note, a U can not be made up.



In order to provide a safe, clean and working lab for all students, the following procedures and rules for the computer labs must be followed. Note, not following procedures and/or rules may result in a loss of partial or ALL computer priveleges for the entire school year.

- Do bring a water bottle with a lid
- Do walk and speak softly when in the compter lab
- Do keep your hands on your own computer (never touch another students computer, cables, etc.)
- Do be respectful of all students in the lab (this means do not change settings on the computer you are using)
- Do save or download only files related to your coursework/assignments
- Do stay on task (no games or websites not related to the day's lesson)

- Do keep your area clean (trash picked up, supplies put away, headphones on monitor and chair pushed under the table)
- Do wait to be excussed at the end of class (we do not line up at the door)
Always do your very best work

NOTE: Not following procedures will result in a lowered Citizenship Grade and failure to follow the computer lab procedures can result in loss of computer use & referral to school principal for disciplinary actions. Your use of the Internet is closely tracked, monitored and recorded by the Iron County School District. Everything you do online is tracked and a permanent record is kept of your Interent activity. So, be careful with your browsing choices.


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