ICT/Digital Media at San Francisco Unified School District

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ICT/DM at SFUSDSan Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is as unique in course offerings as it is in student demographics. Being the only district in both the City and County of San Francisco, (SFUSD) serves approximately 55,000 K-12 students through 131 institutions. There are 12 ICT/DM related Academies or Pathways in San Francisco Unified School District that offer at least a 2-year sequence of courses (some offer a 3-year sequence) focused in either Broadcasting, Digital Media, Programming, Information Technology or Business.

Broadcasting & Digital Media:

  • Balboa High School
  • Galileo High School
  • Ruth Asawa School of the Arts
  • Philip & Sala Burton High School
  • George Washington High School

Business & Finance:

  • Abraham Lincoln High School
  • Philip & Sala Burton High School

Computer Programming & Information Technology:

  • Balboa High School
  • John O’Connell High School
  • Galileo High School
  • Lowell High School

Even those high schools that do not yet have academies offer courses that allow students to get an introduction to ICT/DM.

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High School AnimationsStudents learn animation skills in a hands-on studio environment that emphasizes a strong foundation in basic artistic theory and drawing technique. Students then learn to work with a wide range of industry standard software, and digital production techniques and project management skills. Students learn to work with Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, After Effects, and Premiere. Students learn fundamentals of audio and video editing, and media encoding.  AP Computer ScienceComputer Science A emphasizes object-oriented programming methodology with an emphasis on problem solving and algorithm development and is meant to be the equivalent of a first-semester course in computer science. It also includes the study of data structures and abstraction. Broadcast MediaBroadcast Media and Production is an integral part of the Communication Arts Academy pathway for video and audio production. As an English department offering, the course focuses on developing students' ability to communicate using writing as the basis for any message. Students explore the history of broadcast in both audio and video media and examine the roles they play in our society today. They also explore the current state of the radio and television as multi-media becomes a larger part of the broadcast industry. Students combine theory with practice in the multi-media lab by creating a series of small projects in both audio and video media and they will focus on an area of interest to create their culminating project in the media of their choice. Computer ApplicationsThis course provides a thorough understanding and practice with the Microsoft Office Suite of programs, including: MS Word, MS PowerPoint, and MS Excel. Useful and common free office Web-based applications will be included in instruction also. Exposure to methods of using the World Wide Web as a resource tool will be explored as well as development of keyboarding skills. This course is part of the Academy of Information Technology course sequence. For academy students, successful completion of this course will make students eligible to participate in a paid summer internship at a local business between the student’s junior and senior years. Computer Programming Description coming soon. Web DesignThis course will focus on the designing, building and launching of Web sites using various software products, Web-based publishing tools, and basic HTML coding. Students will learn how to maintain, update and trouble-shoot Web pages and the proper procedures and protocol for maintenance. Students will determine a business’ requirements for their site, gather Web content, create Web pages, conduct usability testing, launch their Web Sites, and plan how to attract traffic to the Web site they have created. Game Design The game design class, offered within the AOIT Academy at Balboa and Thurgood Marshall High Schools, introduces students to digital game design. The classes are taught by a former Zynga game designer and Zynga volunteers often join them to create and pitch a game to tech industry leaders. Students will pick roles on teams and be given a random set of words, create a game concept from the words, and sell it to industry executives. Exploring Computer Science Exploring Computer Science is designed to introduce students to the breadth of the field of computer science through an exploration of engaging and accessible topics. The course is designed to focus on the conceptual ideas of computing and help students understand why certain tools or languages might be utilized to solve particular problems. The goal of Exploring Computer Science is to develop in students the computational practices of algorithm development, problem solving and programming within the context of problems that are relevant to the lives of today’s students. Students will also be introduced to topics such as interface design, limits of computers, and societal and ethical issues.
Ruth Asawa
Balboa X X X X
Burton X
Downtown X
Galileo X X X X
Independence X
International Studies Acad
Jordan
Lincoln X X X
Lowell X X
Marshall X
Mission X
O’Connell
SF International
Wallenberg X
Washington X X
Wells

 

High School Computer/Media ArtsStudents learn communication skills with video and other multimedia technologies. Students will become proficient in camera, audio, and video editing technologies. Students will gain skills in inquiry-based learning, project management, teamwork, client service, and problem solving. Students are also exposed to aesthetic valuing and creative challenges. Students will leave this class with a portfolio of work demonstrating skills that could be applied to areas as broad as print media or architecture Principles of Computer Science This one semester course is based on the same curriculum used in the first semester CS10 Computer Science course that is taught at UC Berkeley. Eventually, this course will prepare students to take a new AP Computer Science Principles exam that will be offered for the first time in the Spring of 2017. Students will learn to program using the Snap programming language, The course also covers some of the Big Ideas of computing, such as abstraction, design, recursion, concurrency, simulations, and the history, future and limits of computation. Robotics These two semester courses are designed for students who want to participate in Lowell's FIRST Robotics Team and are part of the Robotics Academy pathway, which includes Computer Science Principles, Computer Programming and AP Computer Science. Video ProductionThis is a professional quality video production class embracing all aspects of video film making, both documentary and dramatic. The highly collaborative and creative skills of video production are taught. Modeling outstanding examples of feature films, students incorporate the finest film art and understanding into their video work. Academy of Information Technology (AOIT)Academies of Information Technology are 2-3 year programs that seek to prepare students to learn, utilize, and adapt their technology skills to meet the evolving use of technology in higher education and the workplace. Pathways at the schools vary. Some may focus on computer science and information technology. Others place emphasis on digital media. Arts, Media and Entertainment (AME/CAST)AME or CAST academies are visual and performing arts based programs with 2-3 year course of study with an emphasis on the career/technical professions in the areas of the Arts, Media and Entertainment Industries. Computer Science AcademyThe CSA is a three-year pathway focusing on learning computer science concepts through inquiry and projects. Themes and practices include the creative problem-solving using technology as a tool. Students in CSA take their Computer Science class and their English class together with the same students. The teachers work to build projects and skills across the curriculum, forming a small learning community. College and career skills are built into the courses to prepare students for higher education and future work as computing professionals. Robotics AcademyThe Robotics Academy is a 2-3 year program focusing on Computer Science and Robotics. Students on this pathway learn Computer Science Principles, Computer Programing and take AP Computer Science in addition to ICT Robotics 1 and 2 qualifying them to participate on the schools Robotics Team and further education and careers in computer science, software and hardware engineering.
Ruth Asawa X
Balboa X X X
Burton X
Downtown X
Galileo X X X X X
Independence X
International Studies Acad X
Jordan X
Lincoln X X
Lowell X X X X X
Marshall X
Mission X
O’Connell X
SF International X
Wallenberg X
Washington X X
Wells X

 

This list was updated using course offerings in fall 2014 in January 2015.

High school students can get started with one of these courses, continue with dual enrollment ICT/DM classes at CCSF, and save time and money when they continue on the pathway as a community college student. See the Resources page for flyers that describe the ICT/DM related classes and who to contact at each school.