Instructional Technology, Television & Media Services

Ms. Shawna Powers, Director

Phone: 508-841-8756 Email: smpowers@shrewsbury.k12.ma.us

The Instructional Technology and Media Services department focuses on developing skills to enable students to gather, understand, manipulate, create, and present information to enhance their learning experiences while at Shrewsbury High School and beyond. These technologies are integrated into all curriculum areas, fully embracing the guiding principle that technology enhances teaching and learning. To assist in accomplishing these tasks, the Shrewsbury Public schools fully embrace the Department of Education’s technology standards for all students:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of computers and applications as well as an understanding of concepts underlying hardware, software, and connectivity.
  • Demonstrate responsible use of technology and an understanding of ethics and safety issues in using electronic media.
  • Demonstrate ability to use technology for research, problem-solving, and communication. Students locate, evaluate, collect, and process information from a variety of electronic sources. Students use telecommunications and other media to interact or collaborate with peers, experts, and other audiences.

For those students who have an interest in developing skills beyond what they receive in their regular programs, SHS offers several courses that range from introductory to advanced topics. Several of our course offerings require after school and evening time, which is an integral part of our program.

Web Design (7314)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,3,4,5,6,7,8

Elective                               Semester               Grades: 9-12                  A Level

Have you ever thought about being a Web Designer or Web Developer? Are you creative? Would you like to learn how to code? This course blends creativity with coding. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of web design concepts and techniques that are essential to planning, creating, testing, publishing, and maintaining websites. This course is recommended for students with an interest in Internet technologies, visual design, and digital communications. Students will learn to create web page content, plan a website, and incorporate creative design principles to bring personal web pages to life. Throughout the course students will work both individually and in groups to create a website with multiple pages and functions. Students will learn to code in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript for their webpages. No previous coding experience is required. This course satisfies the arts graduation requirement.

Student Innovation Team (Semester - 7415)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8

Elective                           Semester or Full Year         Grades: 10-12                     A Level

Do you like to help people? Do you like to solve problems? Do you like technology? If so, the Student Innovation Team (SIT) is a course for you! SIT students gain real world experience working at our student run help desk by using a ticketing system and providing technology support. Members of the Student Innovation Team (SIT) serve as the first level of technology support for teachers and students, providing customer service to help assess problems and to help identify solutions. As part of the course, students will pursue an impact project in a topic they choose, with the approval of the instructor. Students will also research new technology and apps for the iPad, and they will create training tutorials for the school community. Students are expected to demonstrate the ability to work independently and direct their own learning. Students can take this course up to 4 semesters. No previous experience is required.

Cybersecurity (7417)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning:1,2,3,4,7,8

Elective                                Full Year                 Grades: 10-12                   A Level

The digital world continues to grow along with information online. Would you like to gain skills that are valuable as a digital citizen in any field? This course will expose students to the rapidly growing and far-reaching field of cybersecurity. Students will learn foundational cybersecurity topics such as personal security, system security, network fundamentals and cryptography. Students will engage in problem-based learning, where they will act as cybersecurity experts and examine the ways computers, networks and people can be exploited by hackers. Students will identify cybersecurity threats and learn how to protect against them, and they will learn how to detect and respond to intrusions. Students will learn how organizations protect themselves and about the range of careers that exist in this high demand field. Whether exploring a career in this growing field or wanting to gain digital skills to protect one's own personal information, students will gain valuable skills for our ever evolving digital world. No previous experience required.

Financial Literacy

Meets Expectations for Student Learning:1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Elective                                Semester                Grades: 10-12                   A Level

Do you want to feel more confident with your finances and learn how to plan for your financial success? Financial Literacy will provide students with an overview of financial concepts, focusing on skills and information needed to manage one’s own finances. This course will enable students to make informed personal financial decisions by learning about topics such as budgeting and money management, savings and investment strategies, consumer credit, and types of loans. Students will develop and analyze financial plans and scenarios, enabling them to understand how to achieve short and long term financial goals. The understanding of financial literacy that students develop in this course will help them to become financially responsible individuals.

Computer Science 1 Honors (7333)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,2,3,4,6, 7

Elective                                Full Year                Grades: 10-12                 Honors Level

This is an introductory course designed to develop computational thinking and introduce students to professional coding tools that foster creativity and collaboration. Students will use Python as a primary toll, but they will also be introduced to multiple platforms and languages, such as php and SQL. Projects and problems will inculde app development, visualization of data, image processing, cybersecurity, and stilulation. No previous experience required.

Computer Science 2 Honors (7340)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,2,3,4,7,8

Elective                                Full Year                Grades: 11-12                   Honors Level

Prerequisite: Computer Science 1 Honors or Instructor Approval

This course will teach students authentic app development using Java, Android Studio, and XML by building on the basic skills learned in Computer Science 1 Honors and reviewing and extending the skills learned in Introduction to Computer Programming with Java. The primary goal of the course is to create independent thinking app developers. Every unit in this course builds on students’ prior knowledge and skills until they are able to complete an app development cycle independently from the ground up. Students collaborate to create original solutions to problems of their own choosing by designing and implementing user interfaces and Web-based databases.

Introduction to Television Production and Film (7401)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,3,4,5,6,7,8

Elective                               Semester               Grades: 9-12                        A Level

Have you ever wanted to learn how to edit film? Or use a video camera? Write a script? Direct? Produce? Put on a live TV Show? Then this semester course is for you! This is an introductory course that explores the industry of TV Production and Film in our very own TV studio here at SHS. Students will learn the basic fundamentals of camera skills, storyboarding, script writing, video producing, and computer editing. The class is hands-on and enables students to participate in a variety of video projects as well as well as live studio productions. No previous experience is required.

Television Production and Film II (7403)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,3,4,5,6,7,8

Elective                               Semester                Grades: 10-12                         A Level or Honors

Prerequisite: Introduction to Television Production and approval of ETS director.

Did you take Intro TV Production and Film? Then you are ready to further develop your skills by taking this semester course in our live TV studio at SHS. Students will continue to learn, practice and master the basic fundamentals of TV and film production, including writing, camera work, producing, and computer editing skills. Cooperative teamwork and strong organizational skills are essential. After-school and live productions continue to be an integral part of the program. This course satisfies the arts graduation requirement.

Television Production and Film III

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,3,4,5,6,7,8

Elective                               Semester                  Grades: 10-12                          A Level or Honors

Prerequisite: Television and Production II and approval of ETS director


Lights, camera, action! This course is designed for students who want to further their skills and education in TV and film production. Students will continue to work on producing live TV shows in our studio as well as creating their own original video ideas. This class builds on refining already acquired skills such as filming, directing, script writing, storyboarding, and editing. After-school and live productions continue to be an integral part of the program. This course satisfies the arts graduation requirement.

Advanced TV Production (A-7409, H-7405T)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,3,4,5,6,7,8

Elective                               Full Year               Grades: 11-12                         A Level or Honors

Prerequisite: Introduction to Television Production and Film, Television Production and Film II, and approval of ETS director

This full year course is designed for students who want to take their TV and film production skills to the next level and possibly pursue the field in college. The class builds on the fundamental skills acquired in Intro to TV and Film and TV and Film Production II and III and provides a predominately hands-on learning experience. Students have a great deal of freedom in deciding the focus of their projects and are empowered to become independent thinkers and creators. Students will participate in endeavors such as live TV productions, making school-related videos, producing short films, and entering video film contests. Many of the projects in this class are student-led with the teacher acting as a mentor. This course satisfies the arts graduation requirement.

ITAMS Internship (9972)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,2,3,4,7,8

Elective                        Semester                                 Grades: 10-12

Prerequisites: Teacher Recommendation and director approval

Interns will work with teachers in the TV Studio, Media Center, and/or Student Innovation Team Help Desk. Students who participate in this program will meet with their cooperating teacher and/or the director regularly. Interns will also complete a written reflection at the end of each quarter. The grade for this class will be a pass/fail grade and it will be determined by attendance, written reflections, and contributions to the department.

Multimedia Applications (7311)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,3,4,5,6,7,8

Elective                            Semester               Grades: 9-12                   A Level

This course explores animation and related multimedia topics. In this course, students will learn to create digital drawings and animations guided by best design practices. Students will learn to enhance their animations with sound and interactivity up to and including building simple games when class pacing permits. This course is project based & will involve individual and collaborative projects. No previous experience is required. (This course will not be offered during the 2021-2022 school year.)

Advanced Multimedia Design (7312)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,3,4,5,6,7,8

Elective                             Semester               Grades: 9-12                    A Level                Prerequisite: Multimedia Applications

Computers have become a critically important tool for design professionals as an aid in the communication of ideas. In this course, students will learn to use a variety of graphic visualization software. Students will be provided with a comprehensive introduction to the multimedia concepts required to transform their ideas into models and animations. Students will come to understand the full potential these tools offer them to facilitate communication of complex ideas. Other advanced multimedia tools will also be explored. Special emphasis will be given to the development of project planning and group work skills. This course satisfies the arts graduation requirement. (This course will not be offered during the 2021-2022 school year.)

 

Computer Programming with Java (7320)

Meets Expectations for Student Learning: 1,3,4,5,6,7,8

Elective                               Semester               Grades: 10-12                        A Level or Honors

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra and Geometry II Honors or Advanced Math I

Understanding programming is becoming an increasingly valuable skill for success in our digital world, one that requires both creativity and logic. This course is an introductory course that explores programming concepts through the hands-on creation of small applications. This course benefits both aspiring programmers and students who are not planning to pursue technical careers. Honors credit requires a contract with the instructor for additional independent work. (This course will not be offered during the 2021-2022 school year.)

 

 

 

 

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