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ABOUT HORNEDO

Hornedo Middle School is home to over a thousand sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students. Our principal is Mrs. Micaela Varela. The school opened in its new location in the fall of 2010, a brand new campus equipped with the latest technology. Classrooms support smart boards, ceiling mounted projectors, and wireless Internet access. Students have access to four computer labs, iPad carts, iPod carts, and laptop carts.

Hornedo students consistently excel in both academics and extracurricular activities. This year Hornedo students won UIL Sweepstakes, a fifth place finish at state science fair, a number of awards at National History Day, advanced to state in PTA Reflections, have won numerous awards in band and orchestra, and shined in athletics. None of these achievements would be possible without the support of teachers, sponsors, administrators, and the Hornedo PTA.

THE LAB

Hornedo's TSA Sponsors are Mr. Quarles, Ms. Olivas and Mr. Venzor. The Hornedo Tech Club meets in Mr. Quarles' computer lab on Wednesdays for mandatory, regular meetings and during the week, before and after school, when the lab is available. Students have access to a variety of hardware and software including Macs, PCs, Adobe's Creative Suite Master Collection, Unity, 3DSM, Sketch Up, iLife, KODU, Microsoft Office, and Pivot. Students build websites, design video games, construct robots, create special effects... anything creative that students can do with technology happens in the lab. This lab is home to computer courses for sixth and eighth graders. Courses include Arts, Audio Video Technology and Communications, Touch Systems Data Entry, Dollars & Sense & Technology Applications. Examples of student work can be viewed on Mr. Quarles' E-Walls and you can find his complete website here.

COURSES

6th Grade Technology Applications

The technology applications curriculum has six strands based on the National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS•S) and performance indicators developed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE): creativity and innovation; communication and collaboration; research and information fluency; critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making; digital citizenship; and technology operations and concepts.

Through the study of technology applications, students make informed decisions by understanding current and emerging technologies, including technology systems, appropriate digital tools, and personal learning networks. As competent researchers and responsible digital citizens, students use creative and computational thinking to solve problems while developing career and college readiness skills.

A variety of technologies will be used. Students will analyze and evaluate the results. Topics will include operating systems, networking, business applications, picture and sound editing, motion graphics, animation, web design, 3D modeling and game programming.

Guidelines for the course are Chapter 126.14 Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Subchapter B, Middle School.

8th Grade Touch Systems Data Entry

This course will introduce students to the concepts and applications in current computing as well as fulfilling the requirements for keyboarding credit.

Guidelines are the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Chapter 130.113 Touch Systems Data Entry (for credit). I supplement with Chapter 126.16 Technology Applications Subchapter B, Middle School.

In addition to keyboarding, topics will include operating systems, networking, business applications, picture and sound editing, motion graphics, animation, web design, 3D modeling and game programming.

8th Grade Principles of Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications

Careers in the Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communication career cluster require, in addition to a creative aptitude, a strong background in computer and technology applications, a strong academic foundation, and a proficiency in oral and written communication. Within this context, students will be expected to develop an understanding of the various and multifaceted career opportunities in this cluster, and the knowledge, skills, and educational requirements for those opportunities.

This high school credit course is taught as project based learning, using Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection and Adobe K-12 Curriculum. It is designed to help students develop the workforce skills and industry-standard software proficiency they need to succeed in higher education or on the job.

Guidelines for the course are Chapter 130.82 Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Career and Technical Education Subchapter C. Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications (One Elective Credit). I supplement with Chapter 126.16 Technology Applications Subchapter B, Middle School.