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Staples Offers Revamped Computer Courses

Everyone needs to be a "techie" these days.  Staples High School understands this and is offering two newly revamped computer courses next year.  The courses are Introduction to Programming and Introduction to Web Programming.  They are part of a 4-course sequence that will include two additional classes to be rolled out the following year—Building Web Applications and Software Development.  At the end of the sequence, students will design their own computer application building upon what they have learned.“We are changing the way we teach tech ed in classrooms,” says Nathaniel Dewey, a Staples physics teacher who redesigned the courses.  “They are less math based and are not geared towards a specific language anymore.  The focus now is that we all have to be computer advocates. The courses are aligned with the need for '21st century skills'.“The computer courses are directed towards a cross-section of students, not just the "computer geeks". “We need to teach our kids to be producers not just consumers.  In the future, even if you are not a computer engineer, you will still be heavily involved with computers,” says Dewey.  So far, 80 students have signed up for the new classes.

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