Saturday, February 23, 2002

Lebanon High to require multimedia skills

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        LEBANON — By the time this year's eighth-graders graduate from Lebanon High School, they should know how to make a Web page, edit video, make a presentation using PowerPoint and burn a compact disk.

        Beginning with the Class of 2006, all students will be required to take multimedia applications as freshmen or sophomores, a pilot course.

        The class, and others like it, will prepare students for life in the information age, educators say. By using programs such as Microsoft Office and Quicken, students will be learning skills needed in their personal and professional life.

        “They're going into a world we're just transitioning into,” said Jennifer Moormeier, Lebanon's director of technology and secondary instruction.

        The high school already offers technology-savvy courses in the art and business departments such as computer imaging, Web design and computer graphics.

        It is the second year journalism and yearbook students have used professional software to plan, write, edit, organize and manage production, sending material to publishers via the Internet.

        It's also the second year at Lebanon for the two-year Cisco Systems Networking Academy Program that will teach students how to design, build and maintain computer networks. The program aims to give students the skills to take a test for Cisco Networking certification.

        Next year, students will be able to sign up for global communications classes that will allow them to broadcast over the World Wide Web. They will learn directing, producing and editing by using video and audio techniques. Productions of school and community events will be available on the Internet, some live.

        A personal finance class will be added in the fall that uses the Quicken program to learn money management, credit and savings. College Life Skills, to be offered next year, will also use technology to help students learn how to get into college and what to expect. Students will select a college, fill out applications online and learn about financial aid and scholarships.


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