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Computer Studies                  

 

         

 

Goals

 

The fundamental purposes of the computer studies program is to provide students with knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enable them to achieve success in secondary school, the workplace, postsecondary education or training, and daily life. The goals of the CS curriculum are to enable students to:

  • gain an understanding of computer studies concepts;
  • develop the skills, including critical thinking skills, and the knowledge of strategies required to do research, conduct inquiries, and communicate findings accurately, ethically , and effectively;
  • apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired through the study of computers to a variety of learning tasks, and relate them to computer phenomena on the local, national, and global levels;
  • develop lifelong learning habits that will help them adapt to computer advances in the changing workplace and world;
  • make connections that will help them take advantage of potential postsecondary educational and work opportunities.

At BCSS. we offer CS courses at the Open (Grade 10), University and College (Grade 11 and 12) levels.

Introductory programming is taught using Alice, a graphics program that uses cartoon characters which students manipulate into animations, and in the process, learn basic programming comments. In Grade 11 and 12, students use "Java", a professional level programming language, as well as "Google Apps Inventor" to develop applications for mobile devices. Students also have opportunities to participate in programming contests, including the the University of Waterloo contest which helps prepare them for university entrance.

 

Computer Studies @ BCSS - Course Paths and Descriptions (coming soon

 

Technological Education

 

Goals

 

The fundamental purpose of the technological education program is to provide students with knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will enhance their ability to achieve success  in secondary school, the workplace, postsecondary education or training and daily life. The goals of the technological education curriculum are to enable students to:

 

  • gain an understanding of the fundamental concepts underlying technological education
  • achieve the level of technological competence they will need in order to succeed in their postsecondary education or training programs or in the workplace
  • develop a creative and flexible approach to program solving that will help them address challenges in various areas throughout their lives;
  • develop the skills, including critical thinking skills and the knowledge of strategies required to do research, conduct inquiries, and communicate findings accurately, ethically and effectively;
  • develop lifelong learning habits that will help them adapt to technological advances in the changing workplace and world;
  • make connections that will help them take advantage of potential postsecondary educational and work opportunities.

At BCSS, our Tech Department offers courses in seven areas. These are "Exploring Technologies (Grade 9), Computer Technology (10-12), Construction Technology (10-12), Transportation Technology (10-12), Health Care Technology (11-12), Design Technology (10-12), Communications Technology (10-12). We have three active and well-equipped shops, in addition to MacIntosh and PC computer labs. In addition to numerous, practical, classroom activities students engage in each day, students are also encouraged to participate in the Peel Technological Skills Challenges, which lead to Regional, and ultimately provincial Skills competition, where a number of our students have competed very successfully in recent years.

 

Tech Education @ BCSS - Course Paths and Descriptions (coming soon)

 

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