Business and Information Technology 8th Syllabus

Business and Information Technology - Middle Level course(s) provides concepts and applications that facilitate the development of competencies required for success in all academic areas and in real-world contexts. The curriculum relates closely to understandings and competencies students will need as their world expands and as they develop career interests. The four broad areas included in this curriculum are technology, career exploration, personal finance/economics, and entrepreneurship. The performance expectations and instructional strategies for each area provide many opportunities to engage students in learning and applying technology as a tool.



  • Concepts and Operations:  Students demonstrate functional understanding of technology concepts, systems, and their interactivity, and use hardware and software components and understand the use of input and output devices.
  • Tool for Creativity, Innovation, and Productivity, Research: Students use technology as a tool to enhance learning and creativity and to increase productivity in developing their projects, and gather, evaluate, use, and cite information from computer technology sources.
  • Digital Citizenship: Students integrate technology in a social, legal, ethical, and safe manner to be lifelong digital citizens.


  • Exploring Self, College, Careers: Students analyze personal characteristics to create a personal profile, and use Career Clusters, Indiana’s College and Career Pathways, and other sources to explore careers.
  • Decision-Making and Planning: Students apply critical and creative thinking to make decisions, create flexible career plans, and solve problems, to succeed in their secondary and college education, as well as in their careers and life.
  • Personal and Employability Skills: Students demonstrate personal skills needed for success in school, life and career.


  • Financial Responsibility and Decision Making: Students demonstrate management of individual and family finances by applying reliable information and systematic decision-making.
  • Relating Income and Careers: Students analyze how education, income, career, and life choices relate to achieving financial goals.
  • Planning and Money Management: Students manage money effectively by developing financial goals and budgets.
  • Managing Credit and Debit: Students manage credit and debt to remain both creditworthy and financially secure.
  • Risk Management and Insurance: Students analyze the features of insurance, its role in balancing risk, and benefits in financial planning,
  • Savings and Investing: Students analyze saving and investing for short-term needs and building long-term financial security and wealth.


  • Business Communications: Students apply concepts of effective business communications to their interpersonal relationships and to their academic, as well as professional, documents and correspondence.
  • Marketing: Students apply the concepts of marketing functions, plans, and strategies to develop appropriate methods to serve potential customers.
  • Entrepreneurship: Students apply concepts of economic conditions, market competitions, financing strategies, innovation and opportunity recognition; while integrating their knowledge of business management and marketing principles, in order to design and develop a successful new venture


    • Take part in a simulation of real-world economic activity.
    • Learn the value of earning a paycheck, as they bank the salaries from their jobs.
    • Learn how to budget their spending, balance a checking account, and make scheduled payments.
    • Discover the importance of saving money to obtain what they want.
    • Describe the purpose of paying taxes.
    • Find out that every decision has an opportunity cost.

MATERIALS REQUIRED: We will not use a book for this course; however I would like you to purchase a folder for this class. I also would like you to bring a pen/pencil to class every day. You will also be required to bring your iPad to class daily. The majority of your assignments and activities will be available on your iPad.


The majority of your assignments will be done during class time. It is extremely important that you are productive during class and manage your time wisely.


  • Be on-time, on-task, and prepared to learn EVERYDAY
  • Respect the teacher the classroom and other students
  • Be responsible for your own learning
  • Personal electronics (Ipad, cell phone, etc) for EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY!!

I will also follow the 2016-2017 Greencastle School District Student Cell Phone Policy.  Upon entering Greencastle school building, you are expected to turn your cell phone off and place them out of sight. During school hours, cell phones must be kept in your cubical/locker at all times and should never be used. Any cell phone seen, heard, or used during the school day will be confiscated by an adult, turned into building administration and returned only to a parent/guardian. Students in violation of the cell phone policy will also be subject to serving a Wednesday School detention.


Strike 1=Warning, Strike 2=Write-Up and Parent Notified, Strike 3=Student sent to the office. Any major discipline issues will be referred directly to Ms.Christopher.

REMEMBER: You determine YOUR GRADE! Please treat everyone with respect. I hope you enjoy the class. 


“Respect is learned, earned, and returned.” Anonymous