The Digital Revolution - 0323  (.5 year)                 

Grade:  9-12

Elective Credit:  0.50                                                 

Computing has changed the world in profound ways. It has opened up wonderful new ways for people to connect, design, research, play, create, and express themselves. However, just using a computer is only a small part of the picture. The real transformative and empowering experience comes when one learns how to program the
computer, to translate ideas into code. This course will teach students how to do exactly that. This course will focus on some of the "Big Ideas" of computing, such as abstraction,design, recursion, concurrency, simulations, and the limits of computation. It will show some beautiful applications of computing that have changed the world, talk about the history of computing, and where it will go in the future. Throughout the course, relevance will be emphasized: relevance to the student and to society. This course is aligned with the emerging AP Computer Science Principles course.

 

Technology, Politics and Security - 0336  (.5 year)        

Prerequisites:  The Digital Revolution

Grade:  10-12

Elective Credit:  0.50                                         

Technology is a center point for understanding global economies and security, and it is a major force in political debate and government policy. This class examines how governments are forming policy around technology in an attempt to hedge off both security threats and intellectual property threats from both inside and outside their country. How is the government using technology to secure itself, its interests, and its citizens? Is there a point where this becomes a Constitutional issue? How are advancements in technology challenging the way we think about currency, rights, war, borders, government, and activism?

 

SFD Productions I: Getting Started - 0331  (.5 year)

Prerequisites:  None

Grade:  9-12

Elective Credit:  0.50                                  

Productions is a course designed to increase the use of technology for self discovery and expression. Students in Productions 1 will create: comedies, dramas, documentaries, TV shows, music, news casts, and more. This class does occasionally require work to be done outside of school hours. Students are expected to learn and assess their work as they improve their skills.

 

SFD Productions II - 0332  (.5 Year)

Prerequisites:  85 or above in SFD Productions I

Grade:  9-12

Elective Credit:  0.50                   

Productions II begins a student’s specialization in a particular field in media. This course will continue the film centered student’s exploration of producing, directing, and acting in their own works of video art. Students will produce videos that may be used as broadcasts, content for our websites, and/or specifically on our SFD Studios YouTube channel. The focus on this course is sharpening the student’s skills as a video producer and content creator.

 

SFD Productions III: Stallion Pride Studios - 0333  (.5 Year)

Prerequisites:  A in Productions I  

Grade:  10-12

Elective Credit:  0.50                      

Productions 3 is a unique course in that it strives to provide the most real-to life experience possible for students interested in media productions and web design. Students in this course will look to establish a presence in the community and seek opportunities for design work outside of SFD. Productions 3 combines the talents of our
broadcasting specialists, video producers, and web developers. SFD Studios will cover needs from commercials, advertisements, website design, and continued SFD community coverage.

 

SFD Productions IV & V -  0342  0343 (.5 Year)

Prerequisites:  A in Productions II  

Grade:  10-12

Elective Credit:  0.50                      

Productions IV and V are each designed around the independent learner and their ability to individually sharpen their project management and content creation skills. This course will operate similar to an independent study and will add the requirement for the student to begin the creation of their individual portfolio. Students will be encouraged and guided in finding creative work outside of SFD.

 

Independent Apps & Development - 0324  (.5 Year)

Prerequisites:  The Digital Revolution 

Grade:  9-12

Elective Credit:  0.50                      

Apps & Development is a unique course in that it is designed exclusively to help individual students achieve their individual goals in Computer Science and computer programming. Students can select an app development path for any platform they feel they would like to learn about. For example, a student may wish to learn how to create apps for the Android platform specifically because they use an Android phone as their personal device. An alternative may be a student that chooses to focus on web development. This course will resemble an open learning studio as opposed to the standard classroom environment. Students can learn independently or chose to learn through peer programming. The most important part of this course is helping students learn how to learn new technological skills on their own for anything they are interested in. This course specializes in creating and guiding students into becoming technology based life-long learners and this is one of the most important skills a student can learn before leaving SFD.