Computer Technology

Linkhorne has updated its hardware and software this year. We now have more than 250 computer stations and a wide variety of new instructional software. In addition to the elective opportunities for students given below, teachers and students will use technology in all academic classes to enhance learning experiences. A variety of enrichment activities that utilize technology in the learning process are provided throughout the school year.

Sixth Grade

Computer Applications 6
In this six week course students will review Word and graphics tools by creating a flyer or advertisement. They will review searching the Internet by completing a scavenger hunt. They will also learn appropriate Citations and Copyright Laws. By using PowerPoint, students will learn basic elements of good screen design and then create a slideshow presentation on a historical character or event. Students will become more familiar with Excel spreadsheets when they compare prices of a favorite item, and will create an Access database of something they like to collect. The remainder of the course will be spent creating web pages using basic HTML programming tags.

Technology 6
In this six week course students will learn to navigate the LCS wide area network and the LMS local area network. They become familiar with their personal folder on the server. They focus on science skills as they use the computerized microscope and various resources on the Internet.

Seventh Grade

Computer Applications 7
In this semester course, students will review Word and graphics tools by creating a newspaper or informational brochure. They will review searching the Internet and appropriate Citations and Copyright Laws. By using PowerPoint, students will learn basic elements of good screen design and then create a geography travel log. Students will become more familiar with Excel spreadsheets when they conduct and analyze a survey of their peers, and will create an Access database of endangered species. The remainder of the course will be spent creating web pages using basic HTML programming tags and experiencing an online webquest.

Technology Inventions and Innovations
A modular approach to technological applications. Modules will be selected from among the following: computer programming, manufacturing systems, desktop publishing, problem solving, flight technology, rocket technology, electronics, screen process printing, bridge building engineering, and materials and processes.

Eighth Grade

Computer Applications 8
This course will emphasize multimedia and the technology SOLs. Through designing and developing presentations that include sound, animation, and graphics, the many components of computer technology will be discovered along with their usefulness. Students will create web pages. The use of spreadsheets, databases, and word processing will also be explored.

Advanced Web Page Design
This course is designed to be an extension of the seventh grade computer applications class. Topics covered include creating graphics, animation of GIF images, web pages, virtual reality, and the advanced features of Power Point, Word, Access, and Excel. Successful completion of seventh grade computer applications or approval of the instructor is prerequisite for this class.

Technological Systems
This course offers a modular approach to technological applications. Modules will be selected from among the following: power and energy, computer aided drafting, design technology, robotics, sensors and controls, research, communications, manufacturing systems II, electronics II, and metrology.

TechWorks
This class is designed to bolster the student’s knowledge of the state mandated computer technology SOL’s. It also provides them with the skills to use the current technology found in the Lynchburg City Middle and High schools, including application software, network applications and peripheral devices. Lynchburg City has acquired the most modern C/T equipment and software available and the requirements made by teachers to use it in the classroom will increase as the student continues through our school system preparing them for the demands of today’s technologically centered society.