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US Dual credit

US History I – Dual Credit

Course Length:

Two semesters

Course Description: 

This course is a survey of American history from the pre-Columbian era to the Reconstruction period.  It will include topics in social, political, economic, cultural, and intellectual history with the study of Pre-Columbian, colonial, revolutionary, early national, slavery and sectionalism, and the Civil War/Reconstruction eras. History is made up of themes, which we will address in this course.  Some themes that we will address include American settlement and diversity, American culture, religion, slavery, civil and human rights, imperialism, economic and technological change, immigration and migration, war and diplomacy, and the creation and evolution of the federal government.

Prerequisites:

none

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

US History I Dual Credit Public Syllabus

Required Materials:

None

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: Available
Spring: Available
Summer: Not available

Lead Teacher:

Lindsay Thompson, Hellgate High School, lindsay.thompson@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Pre-Calculus A & B Dual Credit

Course Length: two semesters

Course Description: New for Fall 2021…

Pre-Calculus is available for Dual Credit from the University of Montana-Missoula College. Dual credit requires a separate registration with UM-Missoula College and fees and tuition paid to that institution.  Dual credit is only available to students that take the full-year course.

This course brings together and extends the concepts of Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2/Trigonometry including the study of functions (polynomial, rational, logarithmic, trigonometric, and exponential), analytic geometry, vectors, and an introduction to limits/derivatives. Successful completion of this course prepares students for AP Calculus.

Prerequisites:

Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 or course equivalents

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

Pre-Calculus Dual Credit Public Syllabus

Required Materials:

None

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: Available
Spring: Available
Summer: Not available

Lead Teacher:

Lori Quinn, Frenchtown High School, lori.quinn@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Photoshop Introduction

Photoshop Introduction

Course Length:

One semester

Course Description:

This course introduces students to the world of Adobe Photoshop. Students will get an insight into what it is like working in the visual and graphic design industry. Over 11 modules, students will learn everything from absolute basics like navigating Photoshop to performing complex tasks like editing and retouching photos, applying filters and effects, and even creating original artwork. The course contains guided, do-it-yourself projects, and great resources that will help students practice and learn how to work in Photoshop.

Prerequisites:

none

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

Photoshop Introduction Public Syllabus

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Access to Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud on a Windows or Mac laptop or desktop is a minimum requirement for this course.  MTDA does not provide access to this software so please confirm you have access via your school or personal access before you enroll in the course. You are not required to purchase any books for this course.

Photoshop is a powerful processing/robust software program. Please review the minimum system requirements to run Photoshop on your own computer before you sign up for a Creative Cloud subscription.

You must also always back up your work to multiple storage devices. You may also want to purchase an external hard drive for backing up your work. You can also use Google Drive, Dropbox, or Adobe Creative Cloud Files to backup and store your files.

Recommended Materials: A graphics tablet is also strongly recommended when working in Photoshop. 

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

At least two current (most recent update) web browsers from the following list:

Mozilla Firefox
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Google Chrome
Apple Safari (MAC)

This course does not support Chromebooks.

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: semester available
Spring: semester available

Lead Teacher:

Cindy Schultz, Sentinel High School, cindy.schultz@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Hospitality and Tourism

Hospitality and Tourism Marketing

Course Length: 

One semester

Course Description: 

Where is your dream travel destination? Now imagine working there! You’ll be introduced to a thriving industry that caters to the needs of travelers through managing hotels, restaurants, cruise ships, resorts, theme parks, and any other kind of hospitality you can imagine. Operating busy tourist locations, creating marketing around leisure and travel, spotting trends, and planning events are just a few of the key aspects you will explore within this exciting field.

Prerequisites:

none

Comprehensive Syllabus:

Hospitality and Tourism Marketing Public Syllabus

Required Materials:

None

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: available
Spring: available

Lead Teacher:

Nicole Bogunovich, Billings West High School, nicole.bogunovich@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Public Health

Public Health

Public Health is a new course for Fall 2021.  Our lead teacher and staff are currently working on rolling out updated materials related to the course.  If you have any questions about specifics in the meantime, please contact the support desk and we are happy to assist!

Course Length:

One Semester

Course Description: 

What is public health? Who decides which diseases get funding and which do not? What are the reasons for health inequality? Study both infectious and non-communicable diseases as well as learn how we conquer these on a community and global level through various methods, including proper hygiene, sanitation, and nutrition. Explore the role of worldwide current and future technologies and the ethics and governance of health on a global scale, and discover unique career opportunities you can pursue to make a difference.

Prerequisites:

Public Health is designed as an elective for students interested in Health Science. Students should successfully complete Health Occupations or the equivalent before enrollment.

Comprehensive Syllabus: Public Health Syllabus

Required Materials:

All required materials are provided in the course.

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

This course requires students to have access to desktop development platforms.  ChromeOS/Chromebooks are not compatible with this course.

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: A semester available
Spring: B semester available

Lead Teacher:

Constance K. Haan, MD, MS, MA, Billings Career Center, constance.haan@montanadigitalacademy.org

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English-1

English I A & B

Course Length:

Two one-semester courses (students must independently register for each semester)

Course Description:

In English IA, students take a journey through important concepts–the Unknown, Equality, and Identity–to learn the foundations of communication and analysis. In English IB students will explore a new set of themes: Achievement, Opportunity, and Understanding. In each unit of the course, students explore a variety of STEM-related literature, including genre fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and speeches. Through the study of this writing, students hone their own skills in communication and analysis.

To facilitate engagement and academic responsibility, students are encouraged to make choices at different points in the course. Most notable is the novel unit in English IA, in which students must select their book from a list of titles available (see below). This practice gives ownership to the student and places each learner in a position to develop a deeper appreciation of reading.

Prerequisites:

Should be prepared to read and write at a 9th-grade level.

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/english1ab

Required Materials:

  • Disk space on your computer as well as an external device to back up your files (flash drive, external hard drive, CD-Rom, etc.)

  • Research materials which are typically found online or at public and school libraries

  • Word processing and presentation software

  • All students will need to provide one of the following novels for segment one Journey to Identity Unit:

    • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

    • I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali and Delphine Minoui

    • Now Is the Time for Running by Michael Williams

    • The Red Umbrella by Christina Gonzalez

    • Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs

    • Of Beetles and Angels: A Boy’s Remarkable Journey from a Refugee Camp to Harvard by Mawi Asgedom

    • In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

    • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

    • The Boy from Baby House 10 by Alan Philps and John Lahutsky

    • Tasting the Sky: Palestinian Childhood by Ibtisam Barakat

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: A semester available
Spring: B semester available
Local schools may count either semester for credit for either A or B semester.
Summer: Not available

Lead Teacher:

Jenna Clark, Helena High School, jenna.clark@montanadigitalacademy.org

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AP-Language-and-Composition

AP® Language & Composition A & B

Course Length:

Two one-semester courses (students must independently register for each semester)

Course Description:

This course is a demanding, college-level class that prepares students for the AP* English Language and Composition exam in May. Students focus on becoming skilled readers of prose written from different time periods and rhetorical contexts, as well as becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Emphasis is on expository, analytical and argumentative writing that forms the basis of academic and professional communications, as well as the personal and reflective writing that fosters the ability to write in any context. Students should check with their intended college to see which AP* English exams may exempt them from freshmen English composition requirements. For a more extensive course description visit: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/sub_englang.html?englang

AP courses have challenging time demands. Students taking AP courses should be able to dedicate significant time for reading and study each week. It is not recommended that students take this course a supplement to a regular core course, but in replacement of it.

Prerequisites:

Advanced Placement courses are open to all students, but students should be prepared for college-level work and have strong writing and analytical skills. Generally speaking, students below Junior or Senior level do not have the writing background to be successful in this course.

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/aplangandcomp

Required Materials:

Most texts are provided in the course, but all students will need to acquire a copy of the following supplementary text(s):
The Great Gatsby
One of the Following: Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Into the Wild, Fast Food Nation, Outliers, The Perfect Storm, Into Thin Air

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: A semester available
Spring: B semester available
Course is not available to join at semester without permission from MTDA Curriculum Director and Instructor.
Summer: Not available

Lead Teacher:

Caitlin Skinner, Bozeman High School, caitlin.skinner@montanadigitalacademy.org

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English-2

English II A & B

Course Length:

Two one-semester courses (students must independently register for each semester)

Course Description:

English II emphasizes language arts skills including reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Coursework focuses on the reading and understanding of difficult texts selected from British and Western literature. The objective is for students to develop their writing performance, comprehend and analyze literature, and deepen their understanding of the organic process of revision. Special attention is given to improving students’ research skills and writing abilities.

Prerequisites:

To be successful in English II, the student should have successfully completed a freshman level English or Language Arts course.

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/english2ab

Required Materials:

Materials will be provided in the course.

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: A semester available
Spring: B semester available
Local schools may count either semester for credit for either A or B semester.
Summer: Not available

Lead Teacher:

Marne Burt, Billings Public Schools, marne.burt@montanadigitalacademy.org

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English-4

English IV A & B

Course Length:

Two one-semester courses (students must independently register for each semester)

Course Description:

English IV is a further exploration of language arts skills including reading, writing, speaking, listening, and media literacy. Studies here emphasize world literature in the form of essays, poetry, prose, drama, fiction, and nonfiction. This includes the recognition and appreciation of the diversity of human experience expressed through world mythology, literature, and culture. The focus is on expanding critical and analytical reading and writing skills to produce narrative, informative and persuasive pieces of writing. Students will need to emphasize direct evidence and make critical connections between what they read and what they write.

Prerequisites:

To be successful in this course, students should have successfully completed a freshman, sophomore, and junior-level English or Language Arts course.

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/english4ab

Required Materials:

Most required materials are available online or will be available from school and public libraries. When available, links and/or sources of supplemental audio recordings, will be provided.

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: A semester available
Spring: B semester available
Summer: Available
Local schools may count either semester for credit for either A or B semester.

Lead Teacher:

Trisha Carlson, Kalispell Public Schools, trisha.carlson.mtda@montanadigitalacademy.org

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English-3

English III A & B

Course Length:

Two one-semester courses (students must independently register for each semester)

Course Description:

English III includes a comprehensive study of writing, speaking, listening, and media literacy.  Emphasis is on understanding, analyzing, and appreciating United States literature from all genres and time periods.  A variety of cultural texts are used including Native American literature.  The Common Core requirements for all areas of language arts are included in this class.

Prerequisites:

To be successful in this course, students should have successfully completed both a freshman and sophomore-level English or Language Arts course.

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/english3ab

Required Materials:

Materials will be provided in the course. Students will need to acquire the following novels, available in most school and public libraries:

  • First semester novels: Fools Crow, by James Welch
  • Second semester novel: Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain. Note: Huckleberry Finn is not read in the summer session.

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: A semester available
Spring: B semester available
Local schools may count either semester for credit for either A or B semester.
Summer: Available

Lead Teacher:

Caitlin Skinner, Bozeman High School, caitlin.skinner@montanadigitalacademy.org

PLEASE SEE YOUR LOCAL COUNSELOR TO REGISTER FOR MTDA COURSES

Montana Digital Academy
Phyllis J. Washington College of Education
The University of Montana
32 Campus Drive – Room 315
Missoula, Montana 59812
Phone: 406-203-1812
Fax: 406-203-1815

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