Exploring Communication Technologies
This exploratory course introduces students to concepts and skills in communications technology,
which encompasses television/video and movie production, radio and audio production, print and
graphic communications, photography, and animation. Students will develop an awareness of
related environmental and societal issues and will begin to explore secondary and post secondary
pathways leading to careers in the field.
Unit 1: Desktop Publishing
Students will learn to use word processing and desktop publishing
programs. Students will create and format written documents and design
advertisements, newspaper columns, and brochures.
Microsoft Publisher Demonstration
Intro to Photoshop Elements
Unit 2: Graphic Design
Students will develop graphic design skills using traditional sketching
techniques and computer design software. Students will be introduced
to the elements and principles of design and become familiar with what
makes a good composition.
Activity 8: Turn yourself into a zombie
Assignment 2: Lizard person
Unit 3: Animation
In this unit students are introduced to multiple animation techniques and
applications. Student will use graphic design software, such as Adobe
Photoshop, to create images which will be animated using programs such
as GIF animator.
Activity 1: Introduction to FlashMX
Activity 4: Walk Cycle
Unit 4: Video Production
In this unit, students explore methods of creating, editing, and producing movies.
Students will use previously developed skills in graphic design, animation creation,
and 3D modeling to create a short film.
Activity 1: WMM Product demo
Assignment 1: Adobe Premiere Elements Infomercial
Unit 5: 3D Modeling
Students will learn how to create digital 3D objects using Google SketchUP.
Students will design numerous technology products while developing 3D
modeling skills and techniques.
Activity 2: Design your ideal cell phone
Activity 3: Design the "Next-gen" video game console