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 What is Technology Design Applications and why should I take it?

This is a one year course designed to prepare students for the transition from school to work. This course was developed to advance and strengthen the skills mastered in the 5th through 8th grades. It includes project based learning in areas of work processing, spreadsheets, database, and presentation. The students will apply tool software skills to business projects and use projects to develop competencies for national certification. The course is designed to provide opportunities for independent and collaborative work.
So this class is fun and we make stuff...what else?
Well, since you asked...students will complete this course with a fundamental understanding of computer operations and applications. College-bound students will be prepared for writing college papers and preparing presentations. Students entering the workforce will have excellent marketable skills. Students will have the skills to work as clerical assistants, desktop publishers,  and publication specialists. Career opportunities abound for people with good computer skills, and the pay-rate grows with the amount of skill and knowledge. If you like computers and learning about different software programs, there are other courses you can take that will also prepare you for computer careers.
Tips for success in T.D.A. class:
You may be thinking, "I am no computer whiz. I don't know how to do all that fancy computer stuff." That's okay! The whole purpose of this course is for you to learn how to create publications using a computer. So, don't start off discouraged because you don't know enough. You'll learn!
One thing to remember is this: A computer class requires using a computer in class (that is why it is called a computer class!). Therefore, if you want to succeed, you must attend class as much as possible. This is where most work is done. I rarely give homework assignments but if you are not here, you cannot get your work done on time. If you should be absent for any reason, it will require some time before or after school to make up work. Be aware of this when scheduling absences from school such as doctor or dental appointments.
Be patient! Computers will sometimes do mean things like shut down or quit working at the worst time. Take it with a grain of salt and don't let it get you down. Save work frequently to avoid major problems.

Class Competencies:

* Explore careers 
* Customer service skills
* Learn Word Processing       
* Demonstrate processing and managing of information
* Databases
* Demonstrate management and support skills
* Spreadsheets
* Demonstrate career management
* Telecommunications
* Demonstrate entrepreneurship awareness
* Presentations
* Learn career ethics

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