Digital Information Technology

Course Description:

Digital Information Technology provides students with the foundational skills needed for exciting careers like game development, military defense, web design, and software engineering. Students see how changing technology can help them fulfill their role as a keepers of creation.  
In this course, students explore Microsoft Office online applications, web design, emerging 
technologies, operating systems, project management, communication methods, information 
technology careers, and much more while recognizing the value of these to the practice of 
biblical stewardship. They learn about their strengths and how they relate to different career 
paths. They see how computer technology can help them serve others and as they grow in their 
ability to manage the amazing resources God has surrounded them with for His glory. This course serves as a prerequisite to many exciting career and technical education programs of study. 

Recommended Prerequisite(s):
None

Recommended Grade Level(s):
9-12

Approved by:

  • University of California (UC)

Course Types Available:

  • 1 Credit – Full course (1 credit, 12 weeks minimum / 12 months maximum)
  • ½ Credit – 1st semester only (0.5 credits, 6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
  • ½ Credit – 2nd semester only (0.5 credits, 6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)

Biblical Integration Information:

  1. Creation: Created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26–27), humans are made to share in God’s loving dominion over creation (Genesis 1:28; 2:15). Among other things, this involves discovering and developing the potential that God has invested in his creation, including the potential for software and technology.
  2. Fall: As a result of Adam and Eve’s original disobedience, however, human nature is thoroughly and universally marred by sin (e.g., Genesis 3:14—4:16; Romans 1:18—3:23; 5:12–21). Like any other human phenomena, then, technology reflects this reality in a variety of ways: from the downplaying of the personal and the physical to technological pride and malicious software, even to technicism, the idolatrous belief in technology as the savior of the human condition.
  3. Redemption: Thankfully, God is in the business of redeeming technology. Contrary to so-called technical optimists and technical pessimists, he thinks of it neither as a deliverer nor as a destroyer of humanity. Instead, he finds much that is good in it, and as Isaiah 60, Micah 4, and Revelation 21 might suggest, he plans to repurpose and reprogram harmful, distorted technology for his service in the new heavens and new earth. In the meantime, his people can and should critically use technology for kingdom purposes: for the common good, for spiritual formation, for the promotion of the gospel, and so on. While creating software that accomplishes these purposes, tech-savvy Christians should also devote themselves to pursuing excellence (cf. Colossians 3:17), stewarding and maintaining their resources well (cf. Matthew 25:14–30), conducting themselves in ethical and lawful ways (cf. Exodus 20:15, 17), giving and accepting constructive criticism in a wise and loving manner (cf. Colossians 3:12–14; 4:5–6), and practicing biblical virtues in their work, such as humility, integrity, and hospitality (cf., e.g., Philippians 2:3–8).

Required Materials:

Software 
Microsoft Office 365 (This software can be accessed free through a valid, school-issued 
email address. There are also subscription options if a school email account is not 
available.) 
* Common household items, and access to research materials as well as word processing and 
presentation software, may be required for the completion of lab activities and/or other 
assignments. See course for details.