MICHAELS  HOMESCHOOL  ACADEMY

                      

  Michaels Homeschool Association
               of Chattanooga                    

Put God First

Computer/Typing/Web Design Classes

          We strive to give our students the KEYS to unlock their future!

 
                          COMPUTER / TYPING / WEB DESIGN

We are delighted to be able to provide Computer and Typing Skills Courses for our elementary school through high school students this coming fall and spring semesters. As God continues to expand our ministry, we are eternally thankful for His vision and His provisions. Once again, we have done our best to keep our fees reasonable and affordable for our home school community. Our schedule and fees are as follows: (Please scroll down for a description of each course). 

Course: Basic Typing/Keyboarding and Computer Skills Course

Grade Level: 4th - 5th grade

Day/Time: Tuesdays @ 12:40 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

Cost: $50 per month per child + $30 registration fee

Book(s): Mavis Beacon Keyboarding Kidz (PC Download) ASIN B08VB466WV. This software download can be purchased new through Amazon.com. Please make sure the ASIN numbers match.     

Instructor: Mrs. Michelle Young


Course: Basic Web Design Course

Grade Level: 6th - 8th grade (5th graders can register)

Day/Time: Tuesdays @ 2:15 - 3:45 p.m.

Cost: $60 per month per child + $40 registration fee

Book(s): Get Coding!: Learn HTML, CSS & JavaScript & Build a Website, App & Game ISBN 9780763692766. This book can be purchased new or used through Amazon.com, Abebooks.com, half.com, etc. Please make sure the ISBN numbers match.  

Instructor: Mrs. Michelle Young


Course: Basic Typing/Keyboarding 

Grade Level: 9th - 12th grade

Day/Time: Wednesdays @ 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Cost: $65 per month per child + $45 registration fee

Book(s): TBA   

Instructor: Mrs. Michelle Young


Course: Computer Programming Course (fall semester) - This course is a pre-requisite for High School Robotics
Grade Level: 9th -12th grade
Day/Time: Mondays @ 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Cost: $65 per month per child + $45 registration fee
Book(s): Python Programming for the Absolute Beginner (3rd Edition) ISBN 9781435455009. This book can be purchased new or used through Amazon.com, Abebooks.com, half.com, etc. Please make sure the ISBN numbers match.  
Instructor: Mr. Adam Marthaler


*Note: This class will be offered Online in Real Time*


Course: CAD (Computer Aided Design) - fall semester

Grade Level: 9th - 12th grade

Day/Time: Mondays @ 4:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Cost: $65 per month per child + $45 registration fee

Book(s): None. See "Course Description" below for  needed supplies.

Instructor: Mr. Adam Marthaler


*Note: This class will be offered Online in Real Time*


*Mrs. Young and Mr. Marthaler will be available for "Question/Answer" sessions regarding weekly homework via email, phone, or by personal appointment at our facility, if necessary.* 


Course Description

Basic Typing/Keyboarding and Computer Skills (4th - 5th grade)

This course will teach students the basic skills to use and operate computers. The class will focus on typing, Microsoft Word, and basic email etiquette; however, there will be an introduction to Power Point and Excel as well. Classes will consist of a short lecture introducing new terms, a short quiz, and an activity to apply what they have learned. Throughout the week, students will be expected to practice their keyboarding skills and the skills learned in each lesson. Students will also learn the importance of internet safety with interactive games. By the end of this course, students will be able to properly operate a computer and be able to type 10-20 words per minute. Requirements: a laptop to bring to class with Windows 10 or higher, Microsoft Office Suite, 1-inch 3-ring binder, paper and pencils. A computer mouse and a wireless keyboard are recommended but not required.   

 

Basic Web Design Course (6th - 8th grade)

This course will introduce students to the language of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript with fun, project-oriented lessons. Students will be provided with a variety of resources in addition to their textbook. Classes will consist of a short lecture introducing new terms, a vocabulary quiz, and an activity to apply what they have learned. Throughout the week, students will be expected to practice what they have learned and test out new ideas using the resources given. There will be an HTML and CSS project, a final website project, and a final practical exam. Students will also learn the importance of internet safety with interactive games. By the end of this course, students will have a solid foundation of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and will have the tools to go out and learn more on their own. Requirements: Basic typing and computer skills, a laptop to bring to class with Windows 7 or higher, 1-inch 3-ring binder, paper and pencils.  


Basic Typing/Keyboarding (9th - 12th grade)

Through this course, students will learn to type using proper hand positioning while striving for a balance of speed and accuracy. In-class exercises will allow the teacher to monitor progress, participate in friendly competition (with sweet rewards!), and encourage students to use correct form. Homework will ensure practice, which will help the students memorize where each key is located and will become easier with consistency. At the end of the semester, each student should be able to type without looking at their hands or the keyboard.   


Materials Needed: 

(1). A laptop and its charger or portable typewriter with a "Qwerty" arranged set of keys (this excludes laptops with foreign language keyboards, as their letter arrangements are different than those made for the USA).


(2). A word processor program that can save documents as '.docx' or '.txt' files. If using a portable typewriter, students will need blank 8.5"x 11" typing paper and either liquid whiteout or correction sheets.   

 

Computer Programming Course (9th - 12th grade) - Fall Semester - (Pre-requisite for High School Robotics)
This course will provide our students with a solid introduction to programming with Python. Developed by computer science instructors, this book will teach the principles of programming through simple game creation. Students will acquire the skills needed for practical Python programming applications and will learn how these skills can be put to use in real-world scenarios. Throughout the chapters, students will see code samples that illustrate concepts presented. At the end of each chapter, students will find a complete game that demonstrates the key ideas in the chapter, a summary of the chapter, and a set of challenges that tests their  newfound knowledge. By the end of this course, students will be well versed in Python and be able to apply the basic programming principles learned to the next programming language they decide to pursue. Requirement: A laptop to bring to class with Windows 7 or higher, a 3-ring binder, paper, and pencils. This course is a pre-requisite for the high school Robotics class.    

Computer Aided Design (9th - 12th grade) - (Fall Semester)

This course will guide students through the basics of CAD (Computer Aided Design) using FreeCAD (3D parametric modeler). While this software suite can do much more than what this class will cover, this class aims to focus solely on part design and to combine the electronic designs from Robotics and Programming in order to bring them into reality. Any robot designed will remain a pile of parts without a physical case to hold them, therefore, this class will aim to remedy this particular state. Requirements: NONE. Robotics and Programming are NOT pre-requisites for this class and can be taken separately if desired.  


Equipment Needed:


> Computer running Windows or Mac OS with 2GB of free space

> A digital micrometer

> Webcam

> A second monitor

> A high-speed internet connection

> A 3D accelerated GPU is not required, but it is recommended

> A 3D printer is not required, but it is recommended. If no 3D printer can be purchased, a 3rd party can print CAD designs for a fee. 

   



*Here at MHA, we want all our students to have a pleasant and enjoyable learning experience so please feel free to come to us with any questions and/or concerns.*