Computer Technology

Computer Technology

Computer Applications

This is a practical, introductory computer class designed to teach students how to use the computer as a business and personal tool through the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Students learn the basic concepts and integration of these programs. A variety of other computer concepts are covered such as organizing files, Internet safety, computer ethics, research skills, and information technology. This class is a prerequisite to all other computer classes at Rio.


Graphic Design

This class is an introduction to the basic design principles used in all areas of design including graphic, web, fashion, interior, and product design. Students will use industry standard software (Adobe In Design and Illustrator) to design a variety of printed materials. Students will learn the process of screen-printing, color theory, typography, design principles, and the influence of design on today’s changing culture.


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Web Design

This class is an introduction to the best ways to design and develop websites. Students will learn how to create websites using both code and industry standard web design software, Adobe Dreamweaver. They will also learn how XHTML and CSS work together to create functional and user-friendly websites. Class discussions include learning how to attract and keep visitors on a website as well as the social and financial impact of the World Wide Web.


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Photoshop presents the basic and intermediate operating principles of Adobe Photoshop. Students will learn the beginning and intermediate skills of Photoshop, such as using the toolbox, painting and editing, selection fundamentals and working with type. Topics include working with scanned images, masking, filters, scratch repair, and manipulating photographic images to illustrate each student’s imagination.



Yearbook teaches students desktop publishing in a very practical way as they participate in producing Rio’s yearbook, school calendar, and Fitch Faces student directory. The class teaches basic graphic design principles, as well as photography basics and how to use a DSLR camera.


Video Production

This class enables students to create and produce short films from start to finish. Students are instructed on the three stages of project creation. In pre-production, students learn the basic principles of story development, screenplay writing, storyboarding, scheduling and budget planning. Instruction in the production stage includes basic visual composition, color theory, set up and operation of camera, sound, and lighting equipment. Students learn to use current software applications for video and audio post-production. Students shoot using DSLR’s, DJI Osmos and even learn how to fly and take footage using the DJI Phantom 3’s.