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What's all this about?

Computer Guy ? Welcome to the Douglas High School CTE family. I'm excited about the classes this year and look forward to getting to know each of you. Our CTE department offers a broad spectrum of current informational technology topics including Microsoft Office, Web Development, Digital Photography, History of Computing, PC Components, Internet Structure, and Ethics. Check out the Tech Ed classes as well as Family and Consumer Science

Rules of engagement


Phones The Golden Rule is of no use to you whatever unless you realize it is your move. Frank Crane. more »

What do I need?


Maybe a USB Flash Drive for transporting files. Don't go out and buy a lot of expensive stuff. The labs can burn a DVD. All will mount a USB Flash drive. Web applications also work. Google Drive is recommended and a login is provided to all students by the State of SD. Photography students may bring their own camera. more »

Project based assessment


The majority of the lessons in Web Development and Photography involve producing a project or product. Yearbook as well, plus the need to attend and document events. For projects, I adhere to the practice of base-line grading. Average work based on your individual potential is awarded an average grade; spectacular work is awarded an "A"; substandard work is awarded a below average grade. more »

On call

Cells & Texting

Over 90% of students carry a handheld device. That's cool. I carry one, my kids carry theirs. We use them. I have five lines with unlimited texting and a couple of cellular network accounts, Google, Netflix, Amazon... In class they're a time soak. Turn them off, put them away in school. 'Nuff said. more »

Stupid monitor

An unpaid position held by the first person in class who says, "That's stupid!" That person has the permanent position of relaying concerns about assignments to the instructor. I should be able to tell you what you should know after you complete a lesson, plus why that's important. If not--we'll change the lesson.


We use software applications in the classroom which are considered 'Industry Standard', in other words, applications which are commonly found in business and commerce. Software includes MS Office, Photoshop, and Dreamweaver. These can be expensive, but there are viable alternatives. We'll explore some of these alternatives in class.

Where to find me

I try be in my office, Room 133--that's next to the Computer Lab--between 7:00 and 7:30 AM, and after school until about 4:00 PM. I am a lunch monitor for second lunch. Otherwise, I will likely be in computer lab 5 or LC. Please feel free to stop in for academic assistance or to discuss your progress in class. more »

About the subject

I like computers. I think they are fun! I hope you do as well!
My philosophy is that my courses are outcome based courses. In other words, I feel you should leave the course and be able to say to a prospective employer, "I can do this, or I can do that," based in part on what you learn here. more »