MS Exploring Information Technology

Course Description:

If students have ever dreamed of a job in information technology, but aren’t sure where to start, this course will help them explore the different career options available in the field of IT. The course begins by exploring the basic biblical teaching about technology by posing the question, Is technology good or bad? After students debate this question, they examine various IT pathways of web and digital communications, information and support services, network systems, and programming and software development. In addition, students learn to recognize the proper stewardship of technology. This course gives students the opportunity to investigate the various career pathways that are in such high demand in the world of IT careers and as they do, they develop a wise, biblical approach to career planning and reflect on Christian approaches to and applications for software development.

Biblical Worldview Summary:

This course contains at least one faith-based lesson in each unit that relates the concepts students are
learning to the biblical worldview. Each quiz, the mid-semester test, and the semester exam contains questions related to biblical worldview. In addition, there are at least two faith-based discussions in the course.

Biblical Worldview Objectives:

• identify basic biblical teaching about technology
• describe the biblical foundations for copyright laws
• describe basic biblical teaching on excellence
• recognize the proper stewardship of technology
• reflect on various ways of working in IT as a Christian
• develop a wise, biblical approach to career planning
• describe Christian approaches to and applications for software development
• discuss the drawbacks of business communication software, especially from a Christian
perspective

Themes of Biblical Worldview Content:

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.

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.

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 the harmful, distorted ideas behind 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).

Recommended Prerequisites:
None

Grade Level:
6th-8th Grade recommended

Course Types Available:
• ½ credit – 1st semester only (6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
• ½ credit – 2nd semester only (6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
• No placement test available
• No honors available
• No credit recovery available

Approved by: 

Required Materials:

Equipment
• Computer with a microphone and camera

Software
• Google Drive (requires login)
• Google Sites (requires login)
• Gmail (requires login)
• Lucidpress (requires login)
• Obvibase (requires login)
• CodeSkulptor3
• Webcamera.io

* 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.