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Technological Education

 

The Goals of Technological Education

The fundamental purpose of the technological education program is to provide students with knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will enhance their ability to achieve success in secondary school, the workplace, postsecondary education or training, and daily life.

 

The goals of the technological education curriculum are to enable students to:

  • gain an understanding of the fundamental concepts underlying technological education;
  • achieve the level of technological competence they will need in order to succeed in their postsecondary education or training programs or in the workplace;
  • develop a creative and flexible approach to problem solving that will help them address challenges in various areas throughout their lives;
  • develop the skills, including critical thinking skills, and the knowledge of strategies required to do research, conduct inquiries, and communicate findings accurately, ethically, and effectively;
  • develop lifelong learning habits that will help them adapt to technological advances in the changing workplace and world;
  • make connections that will help them take advantage of potential postsecondary educational and work opportunities.

 

Communications Technology 

At Notre Dame, our Communications Technology classes explore on various disciplines such as Graphic Design, Animation, Photography,  Audio, Film/Video and Web Development. Students work with state-of-the-art equipment ranging from Apple iMacs to HD DSLR cameras and industry standard software such as Adobe Creative Suite and Final Cut Pro.

 

Animation
Students will use Adobe Animate CC for 2D animations and web advertisements, and Adobe After Effects CC for motion graphics and special effects. 

 

Graphic Design
Students working in Graphic Design employ a variety of techniques and software. Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign are some of the software used to design cartoon characters, iPhone apps, brochures, posters etc. The world of design is constantly evolving and can be found in every facet of our everyday lives.

Film and Video
Students working in Film and Video develop a thorough understanding of cinematic and narrative storytelling techniques. Working with full 1080p 24f high definition cameras and professional non-linear editing equipment, students create music videos, commercials and public service announcements.
 
Photography
Students will learn how to properly  frame, compose and expose images. They will also learn manual operation techniques to achieve beautiful photographs. Students explore areas such as fashion photography, photo-journalism and ethical use of photography in advertising. Students also learn digital manipulation techniques using Adobe Photoshop.



Hospitality and Tourism

 

Hospitality and Tourism

We offer a really hands on learning opportunity in the Hospitality class at Notre Dame High School. Our emphasis courses in Culinary Arts empowers students to develop and gain confidence in their cooking skills and safe food preparation.  Special emphasis is placed on students developing skills in preparing and presenting food, global food issues, controlling inventory, and managing school events and activities.  Students will develop knowledge of the health and safety standards within the hospitality industry and environmental and societal issues surrounding food, and career opportunities in the tourism industry.  Students have the opportunity to cater school functions and events in this hands on and highly practical course.  ​

 


Technological Design

 

Fashion

We offer a unique Fashion-focused emphasis course in Technological Design where students learn how to use the design process to create original garments, develop skills in pattern-drafting and sewing, as well as fashion illustration and technical design using industry-standard tools and techniques. Students explore the fashion industry and related careers as well as the global impact of fashion from a business as well as an environmental perspective. Students also develop skills in fashion communication and learn about marketing as it relates to the apparel industry. Students have various experiential learning opportunities such as visiting design exhibitions, attending fashion shows and participating in workshops. Notre Dame is proud to host a year-end fashion show produced by students to showcase the work of the fashion students.


Technological Design

Technological design courses provide students with a variety of learning experiences that
focus on the practical application of the principles of engineering, architecture, and design.
These activity-based courses emphasize problem solving to meet design challenges in a
wide range of areas, which may include apparel and textile design, architectural design,
interior design, mechanical and industrial design, and robotics and control systems.
Students learn to apply knowledge of research, historical trends, design, materials, fabrication
methods, and testing criteria to develop innovative and environmentally sustainable
products, processes, and/or services. The technologies and processes used to create design
solutions may include both traditional and computer-based drafting methods, scale models,
working prototypes, animations and simulations, displays, portfolios, and presentations.​

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