Learning to learn is a lifelong experience, the foundation of which involves learning to use today’s technology tools and practicing traditional methods of learning. At Brentwood Academy, the goal is to help students understand how to control, rather than be controlled by, technology. Students are introduced to a wide variety of software tools in an atmosphere that encourages application of technology.
Today's technological tools provide access to information at such accelerated rates that a goal of learning is to anticipate how this mass of information will affect us and then devise methods to manage information rather than let it manage us.
6th Grade - Students will be introduced to a variety of technology tools to inspire creativity and grow their knowledge of computer applications. Students will design and iterate video games, create interactive movies, create and print three-dimensional models and design and build several robots using the Lego Mindstorm EV3 robotics kits. Students will work on individual projects as well as in groups to solve problems and build confidence in their technological ability.
8th Grade - The 8th Grade Robotics Curriculum is based on the ideas of Constructionism. Constructionism is a theory of learning based on experience and observation. In this class students will work in teams that use current technologies to solve real world problems. Students will complete 4 -6 instructor approved projects of their choosing. Technologies available for students to explore include: Raspberry pi, 3-D printing, Arduino, Makey-Makey, Vex Robotics, Scratch and Cubelets. Students will improve project management skills and continue to build confidence in the area of learning and staying current with new technologies.
Computer I and Computer II - Tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade students work with a variety of multimedia tools. The main presentation programs are iMovie and Microsoft PowerPoint; however, students also learn how to use data programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Adobe Photoshop, Soundedit, Appleworks Paint & Draw, Animation Maker, Quicktime, MacBible, Graphic Converter, Typestyler, Timeliner, and Adobe PageMaker.
Contact Information:Warren Bezuidenhout, Technology Department Chair