Advanced Virtual Studies (AVS) courses are designed for students to improve critical thinking, reading for meaning, writing across the curriculum, textual analysis, and educational technology skills. These skill sets will allow students to succeed in meeting core high school standards while preparing for the rigors of college. AVS courses require significantly more student-teacher and student-student interaction and time than a general high school course.
Each AVS course is divided into modules, each of which focuses on Common Core elements. Students will be expected to then meet additional learning standards specific to the topic. These standards may include researching, integrating research into written assignments, experiential learning, highly engaged team projects, and STEM specific labs. Students will interact with the teacher and other students via Discussion Boards, Skype sessions, Blackboard Collaborate, or other medium deemed appropriate for reaching targeted learning objectives.
Introduction to Computer Applications is designed to familiarize students with computers and their applications. It will also emphasize the use of computers and technology throughout their middle school, high school, college, and future careers. Students will learn fundamental concepts of computer hardware and software and become familiar with a variety of computer applications, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and multimedia presentations. Students will also investigate Internet-based applications, working with email and learning how to browse the web.
Art is exciting! It is also controversial and can mean different things to different people. In this course you will experience art through looking at the history of art and expression, while examining current trends and types of art. You will learn art terminology, critique artworks, write a research paper, create a piece of art yourself and finally, develop a presentation as your final exam.
You will view art by searching on the Internet and finding relevant sites, but watching YouTube and other videos, and by ‘visiting’ online art museums.
You will interact with other students through the Discussion Board and through the Virtual Classroom.
The course will consist of 18 major units, divided equally into two semesters. The final will be a special presentation that you design.
Ch.1 – What is art?
Ch.2 – Design, Graphic & Otherwise
Ch.3 – Public Art: Murals and Graffiti
Ch.4 – Art history overview. Art in a Changing World
Ch.5 – Criticism: Reading and Writing about Art
Ch.6 – Modern Art
Ch.7 – The Artist. Focus on the Individual
Ch.8 – Architecture
Ch.9 – Still life (Critique)
Ch.10 – Photography
Ch.11 – Creativity, the Artist and Genius
Ch.12 – Sculpture
Ch.13 – Craft, Folk Art
Ch.14 – Portrait
Ch.15 – Painting
Ch.16 – Art in Everyday Life
Ch.17 – Final Project
Understand that “Art is the Mirror of Mankind”. Examine the various approaches to art and the materials and techniques employed. Classify selected works and their creators. Explore the historical development of painting, architecture and sculpture. Develop a familiarity with the visual language of art and the various media employed. Develop a fondness for art and history.