students at Beardsley Junior High School (BJHS), in Bakersfield,
California, have access to a computer/technology center that contains
thirty-two 700 MHz Athlon computers, running Windows 2000. All
machines are multimedia equipped and are capable of producing a wide
range of audio/visual (A/V) projects.
The center houses a scanner, as well as a laser jet printer, two inkjet printers, and three full-screen
monitors that allow students to observe modeled lessons and inspect
online projects from virtually anywhere in the lab.
Software provided for the students includes Microsoft Word
2000, PowerPoint 2000, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Complete National
Geographic: 108 Years of National Geographic Magazine on CD-ROM, Microsoft
Excel 2000, Microsoft Access 2000, Microsoft FrontPage
2000, Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing, Grammar Games, and
Accelerated Reader. Online support is available at <http://www.beardsley.k12.ca.us/bjhs/>.
The BJHS computer/technology center is connected to a local area
network (LAN), as well as a wide area network (WAN) through the Kern
County Superintendent of Schools Office.
All students who have returned the District’s acceptable use
policy, signed by a parent or guardian and student, have access to the
World Wide Web (WWW).
The computer/technology center contains video cameras, video and
audio mixing/editing equipment and software, video title generators,
special effects software, computers, and lighting equipment.
Students use the aforementioned equipment and software to produce
campus announcements and public service broadcasts.
Additionally, every room on campus contains a television with
cable hookup. Through the
use of a video-broadcasting cart, all students can view student
generated video projects from within their classrooms.
Projects are created in lab and broadcast through cable
Computer Lab Curriculum
A Level III CTAP TechMentor for the County of Kern, California,
develops all of standards-based computer lab curriculum.
All students are expected to learn the responsible use of technology
and information. Having
discussions that relate to acceptable Internet use, netiquette, and
copyright laws does this. All
students are presented the guidelines found in the Beardsley
School District Acceptable Use
Policy and are made aware of the personal consequences of
inappropriate use of the Internet.
All students are provided ongoing computer and audio/visual field
vocabulary studies. Thus,
all students are expected to know proper terminology when referring to
hardware and software issues. This
guidance extends into computer training sessions that provide the
content to help students communicate effectively using word processing,
database, and spreadsheet programs.
All students are expected to utilize electronic media (CD-ROM,
Internet, Intranet, e-mail) to collect information on a variety of
subjects. The use of
technology tools (multimedia authoring, presentation software, Web
browsers, digital cameras, video equipment, and scanners) for individual
and collaborative writing, communication, and publishing activities
allows this to occur. An
ongoing attempt to utilize telecommunications for collaboration and
research with other school districts, agencies, and businesses is taking
place. Recently, students
helped produce a commercial video about the district for a local
contractor who is building new homes in the district.
Their video production plays on a continuous loop in the
contractor’s model homes.
All students are expected to prepare and present cross-curricular
projects, utilizing computer-based skills.
Ongoing collaboration with the English and history departments
helps drive cross-curricular processes.
Both seventh and eighth grade students are responsible for
completing a term paper that counts for English, history, and Computers
grades. The math department
will soon incorporate math curriculum into lab projects.
During the eighth grade year, all students are expected to use
presentation software to complete classroom assignments and present
work. Currently, PowerPoint
is utilized for this.
All students use skill-based software to learn or refine core
curriculum skills. Students
use Grammar Games to improve their knowledge of English grammar.
In addition, Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing helps students improve
their typing ability.
Next year, all students will be given a unit of study enabling them
to apply strategies for identifying and solving routine hardware and
software problems that occur during everyday use.
This is in accordance with the future State technology standards.
Each student is expected to demonstrate that standard by taking
both a written and demonstration test.
The concept of computers in the workforce is stressed throughout the
course. To help students
demonstrate knowledge of current changes in information technologies and
the effect those changes have on the workplace and society, students
study career choices by investigating www.jobprofiles.com
to gain a better perspective of the technology skills that are needed in
the workforce. In addition,
lab instructors continually keep that concept on the forefront.
All students are expected to research and evaluate the accuracy,
relevance, appropriateness, and bias of electronic information sources.
Those concepts are stressed throughout the course, as well as
within all curricular areas.
All students are expected to acquire a sufficient level of computer
skills in order to pass the computer final with a score 60% or higher.
In addition, all students, by the end of eighth grade, should be
typing at least 40 words per minutes with a 90% accuracy rate.
What Is Being Done
The technology center opens daily at 7:15 AM to ensure that all
students have opportunities to use campus computers and to provide
students who miss lab times to make up missing assignments.
In addition, credentialed technology staff work closely with the
BJHS English and * Math departments to ensure that proper alignment to
State standards occurs. Each
month, a curriculum update worksheet is placed on a server. The document is accessible to all teachers.
Each worksheet has a four-week English and math curriculum
outline (update) that includes standards-based lessons.
Each week, lab instructors inspect the worksheet in order to
coordinate their lessons with the addressed standards from the English
and math departments. The
utilization of the server has made campus wide standards-based
collaboration convenient. At
the end of each month,
lab instructors give their completed standards-based worksheets to the
principal who leads the ongoing collaboration process.
The process is mandatory for all BJHS teachers.
All students are encouraged to take part in many activities that
include History Day, writing across the curriculum that involves typing
assignments for other classes, student letter writing, graphic art
assignments, essay contests, video productions, and career oriented
studies. In addition, students create reports and maintain an
The following is a list of objectives that computer lab instructors
pursue to complete for all students throughout their year in the
- Students will learn to prepare
reports utilizing word processing, graphs, charts, databases, and
- Students will learn how to use
electronic encyclopedias as research tools.
- Students will learn to search
the Internet for appropriate materials.
- Students will learn computer
and audio/visual terminology.
- Students will learn how to
produce audio-visual projects and participate in all areas of
productions, such as acting as cameraperson, actor/actress, editor,
special effects supervisor, director, scriptwriter, reporter, and
- Students will improve their
spelling and grammar through guided language arts activities.
- Students will be involved in
standards-based cross-curriculum projects that focus on language
arts, history, cultural awareness, and mathematics.
- Students will learn and
improve typing skills.
Both formative and summative assessments occur in computer class.
At the beginning of the school year, students are given a battery
of proficiency tests to determine ** typing skills, document format
ability, degree of knowledge of searching the Internet and electronic
databases, and computer field vocabulary comprehension.
Rubrics are used to help establish test scores.
The same battery is given at the end of the school year when
students’ scores are analyzed to determine mastery.
A score of 60% or above - in all areas - is needed to pass the
Steps are being taken to aid students in meeting Level III Advanced
[Student] Learning Proficiency set forth in the “DRAFT Technology-Based Performance Standards for Students” at http://ctap.k12.ca.us/grants/stdntstds.html.
*As previously mentioned, the technology staff is working on efforts
to incorporate the Math department into lab curriculum. Currently, English and history studies are being pursued.
Nonetheless, curriculum updates include English and math
standards-based indicators of study.
** Students’ typing skills are determined by the
use of Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing, a software-based typing tutor.
For more information, you can contact Ernest Lewis,
BJHS Technology Coordinator/Instructor, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org,
by phone at 661-392-9254, or by snail mail at the following address:
Beardsley Junior High School (Attention Ernest
1001 Roberts Lane
Bakersfield, CA 93308
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