Introduction to Information & Communications Technology

Course Syllabus


Jeffrey Elkner

Contact Information:

Phone: 703-228-5771
Email: jeffrey.elkner@apsva.us
Web Site: http://ict.gctaa.net/sections/intro2ict

Course Schedule

Class will meet each school day from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. in Room 214 at Arlington Career Center.

Office Hours:

I will be available for walk-in questions from 1:05 to 1:40 p.m. each weekday, and will make arrangements for other times by appointment.

Course Description and Purpose:

This course introduces students to the 21st century information and communications technologies which are most relevant to their day to day lives, with a special focus on tools and resources available through the World Wide Web.

Students will be introduced to foundational skills and concepts in computing, cyber security, programming, digital communications, office tools, database, multimedia, and web design. They will learn to access cloud resources for anywhere access to the digital artifacts they will create. They will organize their creations in a digital portfolio of their growing ICT skills which they can take with them when they complete the course.

Course Objectives:

A detailed list of specific competencies (skills) for this course is included here.

Tutorials and Resource Materials:

We will be using the ICT Essentials Suite as our main resource, supplemented with other on-line resources as needed.

Supplementary Resources

Learning Environment:

In addition to the ICT skills and concepts specific to this course, the goal of the Arlington Career Center is to help students develop into independent, self-directed learners. To that end, we will be putting into practice a learning framework.

Evaluation and Grading:

Each student will earn a weekly grade based on their work in class and their Problem Based Learning (PBL) Technical Journal for that week, as described in the rubric therein. Students are both permitted and encouraged to challenge any evaluations with which they do not agree, but only during the week immediately following the evaluation. Evaluation grades will not be changed after this time.

Class Policies:


Attendance in this class is mandatory. We will be learning new things each time class meets, as well as practicing our newly acquired skills. Regular attendance will be essential to success.

Classroom Conduct:

Every student should practice behavior that supports learning. All students are expected to show respect for their classmates, the teacher and other staff members, and to be actively engaged in learning for this course during their time in class.

Students should likewise respect our computer lab as a place of learning, and treat all equipment with care and leave it ready for classmates using after them.


Academic Honesty:

Arlington Public School is committed to the highest standards of academic honesty. All work presented by the student as theirs should be the work of that student alone, and proper credit should always be given for work borrowed from others. Plagiarism in any form will not be allowed.