Technology and Business Department
Curriculum Chair: Mr. Kiley McDaniel ext. 5570
Childcare and Gerontology
Computer Programming and Computer Science
The Computer Technology (Engineering) offers students an opportunity to explore IT skills through the study of PC hardware, software and networking.
We call this course affectionately the “ICE” course because it was the original Ministry course code and provided the impetus for a popular extra-curricular program called the “ICE Group” that meets on Wednesdays after school. Students learn about the many layers of modern computing and determine if they want to explore IT careers; online security, cloud computing, PC repairs, networking, electronics, e-commerce, coding and so on.
Students learn about hardware by disassembling desktop computers or laptops and use documentation to reverse engineer the process to rebuild the PC. During this process students explore upgrade and performance issues while learning to diagnose common PC problems using legacy BIOS or UEFI. The study of software starts next where students learn to install and configure computer systems; backup software, virtual machines, dual booting (run Windows and Linux on the same PC), install operating systems, run utility software (ex. Powershell/DOS, ping, ipconfig) and install drivers.
Students will learn to use application software (ex. spreadsheets), operating system software (ex. Windows, Linux (Ubuntu)) and programming software (ex. Python). Students learn quickly that software drives hardware and connects nicely to the next area of study which involves “interfacing” or physical computing. Interfacing or “physical computing” involves writing code on a PC to drive Lego robots (ex. NXT), Arduino micro controllers and IoT (Internet of Things) devices like home security systems. It involves getting familiar with PC electronics, soldering, Ohms law and other “under the hood” IT experiences.
The last unit of study involves the study of computer networking where students learn about different types of networks (ex. peer-to-peer, client-server) and what makes the connectivity work. They learn how hubs, switches and routers make the connections possible using wired (ex. Cat5e Ethernet) and wireless protocols. Students learn to crimp Cat5e Ethernet cables and build test networks to enable file and printer sharing. Our Grade 12 students (TEJ4E) will build and install a Windows server and enable services to share internet, files and access share folders.
New directions for computer technology include network security, PC electronics, physical computing (ex. DIY, IoT) and robotics. St Stephen provides a robust introduction to IT and numerous students have gone on the explore post-secondary study in IT after discovering they enjoyed computer technology and engineering applications. IT is a fast moving industry and people who thrive in this area are committed to life-long learning and embrace change.
Communications Technology courses offer students an opportunity to explore broadcasting and media production pathways. At St Stephen we focus on image editing, 2D animation, audio and TV/video production. Students can start their journey in communications in Gr 9 and continue to explore producing content every year of high school.
In Gr 9 and 10 Communications Technology students can explore media productions workflows. Teachers will engage “student voice” and co-construct success criteria for project design in response to a communications challenge (ex. Create or poster to promote safety in the workplace, create a video to promote a local business, create a film trailer).
In Gr. 11 and 12, students can specialize in video, TV and movie production by taking an emphasis course (TGV3M or TGV4M) or can study the regular programs (TGJ3M or TGJ4M) to further their knowledge and skill in video, photography, animation and audio production. We expect all graduates of our program to be proficient in file and project management.
We use Google Classroom for our LMS (learning management system) and we encourage students to store their exemplary work to Google Drive through the years to prepare a media reel for college and university applications. In addition, we teach using exemplars to help students improve achievement by reviewing learning goals and success criteria.
Students use Adobe software (ex. Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects) to create and edit audio, video, animation and still images to produce engaging content that responds to real-world communication projects; posters, promotional videos, creative films, podcasts, animation shorts, motion graphics, digital photographs. Our senior students use studio lighting, video cameras and green screen to live stream our Roar TV broadcast directly to our YouTube channel and our local “Live @ 905” school audience. We continue to improve content and production techniques (ex. 3 point lighting, white balance, external mics) to build our audience for the show and look forward to partnering with local media and guest speakers (ex. Kelly Wiley : CFTO TV) to improve our workflows.
At St Stephen, we are committed to best practice and this has been heavily influenced by involvement in competitions. We have competed in Graphic Design, Photography, 2D Animation and TV/Video Production at Skills Ontario at both Humber and Georgian College and learned much from the experience. Students and staff embrace reach ahead opportunities at Durham College’s MAD (Media Arts Department) where students have participated in digital video and photography workshops.
- The Apple video : Skills Ontario : Kocur / Brown
Students who commit to communication technology and a media production pathway can qualify for a FIT (Focus on Information Technology) certificate at graduation. The certificate confirms the graduate has consistently generated exemplary content and completed high school with a concentration in media production. See Mr. McDaniel or Guidance for more information.
Hair Styling and Aesthetics
As part of the technical studies department at St. Stephen, the Hairstyling & Aesthetics program offers students many different opportunities to learn about the world of hair, makeup & nail technology. Students accumulate skills in creative braiding, bridal updo’s and vintage hair styles as well as more advanced techniques in colour & highlighting processes. The program covers various aspects of makeup application such as fantasy & celebrity makeup as well as techniques in highlight and contour. Students have the chance to work with makeup artists that come in for various work shops throughout the year. Some of the spa services that are performed throughout the program include facials, spa manicures, and nail art design.
As a way to link the program to the real world, we have “hair days” every Friday where the hairstyling class is run as a salon and open to the school. Students and staff are free to make appointments to come in to have a relaxing scalp treatment, manicure or a haircut as well as other services. Competitions are held within our classes for such skills as creative up do’s as well as vintage pin curls where students could win top prizes such as flat irons, makeup and hair products. Students enjoy these competitions as their skills and hard work is acknowledged.
The hairstyling program is involved in many of the events that happen during the school year. We work closely with Drama and the Arts when planning for the annual school production. Students have the opportunity to use their skills and techniques to volunteer for the hair and makeup department when creating hair and makeup looks for the entire cast. We are also involved in social justice activities such as intentional courtesy week where students do ribbon braiding as a way to raise awareness for anti-bullying. Overall, this program offers students a completely different approach to learning, one that will allow them to build transferable skills and use them beyond their high school career.