The digital skills curriculum has been designed to provide Year 7 & 8 with a range of creative and practical skills. The skills can then be leveraged by subjects from across the wider curriculum.
Upon arrival in Year 7, students complete a practical Office 365 bootcamp designed to ensure a seamless transition into the Dubai Microsoft ecosystem, reduce technical barriers to learning and ensure quick and easy navigation around platforms such as MS Teams, One Drive and Outlook.
Dubai College is keen to ensure that students are not only consumers of online media but also successful and capable content creators. With this in mind we have designed an ambitious and challenging unit based around filming and editing video in Adobe Premiere Pro. We finish off with work on the theory of dual coding through the design of academically focused infographics through the Adobe Spark application.
Year 8 starts off with a challenge. MS Excel was highlighted in an Alumni Exit Poll as a skill they had wished they had been taught while at Dubai College. Therefore, a robust 10 week programme on Microsoft Excel has been designed to introduce students to the application and develop their skills as they progress through the unit. In Term 2 we return to Adobe Premiere Pro where students are tasked with honing their skills and producing an academically focused tutorial style video from an area of the curriculum of their choice. We finish off with a unit rooted in MS PowerPoint, but designed to facilitate the development of their research skills and prepare them for their HPQ project in Year 9.