Teaching

Paul Apfelbeck

Technology teacher, Galena City School District
Sidney C. Huntington School campus
Galena, Alaska 99741
907-656-1205 ext. 142
paul.apfelbeck@galenanet.com


Period 1 / Digital photography

This course is an introduction to using a digital camera that includes correct operation of a digital SLR in manual mode as well as precision editing techniques using Adobe Photoshop. The primary focus of the class is the use of Photoshop to edit, manipulate, and create images to mirror workplace situations where the software is used. Students begin training using Adobe Photoshop in a Classroom lessons, and then apply that knowledge with a variety of uses. Students are expected to articulate ethical guidelines for the use of Photoshop when manipulating images. Class discussion, lessons, and activities will concentrate on creative vision, composition, file management, and precision using Photoshop. In-class critiques will provide feedback on the work of students.  


Period 2 / 3D Modeling

This course is an introduction to using Blender software to create computer-generated simulations and animations. Blender is an open-source software widely used in professional settings for work in science, construction, engineering, and computer-generated special effects in film, entertainment, and gaming. The class uses online curriculum designed for beginners and high school students from CG Cookie and CG Fast Track. Students are assigned an external hard drive, which contains all the learning materials for the course. Course participants should be prepared to work in as a classroom community, focusing on following lessons as they are presented, and willing to help each other to develop innovative computer-generated animations.


Period 3 / Computer applications

Computer applications is the entry-level computer class for Galena high school students. Students learn the basics of Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, and Excel, with the focus on applying skills for academic achievement in other high school classes. In addition to lessons from the Learning Microsoft Office 2016 book, students will learn how to construct an infographic in the PowerPoint unit, including proper citation of information; students in the Word unit will learn the basic structure of a research paper; and students in the Excel unit will learn simple formulas and how to manipulate the Excel worksheet to create simple budgets and data series.


Period 4 / Advanced computer applications

This course is an overview of computer usage in academic, government, and business settings, followed by the opportunity to earn a certification in core Microsoft Office Systems software.  Coursework includes the major components of a computer and their functions, the operating system, file management, Internet essentials (browsing, searching and email), and primary office applications (word processing, presentation software, and spreadsheets). Students conclude the course with certification tests in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. 


Period 5 / Prep period

Period 6 / Computer application

Computer applications is the entry-level computer class for Galena high school students. Students learn the basics of Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, and Excel, with the focus on applying skills for academic achievement in other high school classes. In addition to lessons from the Learning Microsoft Office 2016 book, students will learn how to construct an infographic in the PowerPoint unit, including proper citation of information; students in the Word unit will learn the basic structure of a research paper; and students in the Excel unit will learn simple formulas and how to manipulate the Excel worksheet to create simple budgets and data series.