TEJ1O - Grade 9 Integrated Technology
Introduction to Communications Technology

Ministry Course Expectations

Course Information

This course introduces students to information and communication technology that builds a foundation of digital communication skills necessary for success in a technologically driven society. Students will develop photograph digital processing and graphic layout skills using digital processing software. Throughout this course, there is an emphasis on digital literacy, effective electronic research,communication skills, and current issues related to the impact of information and communication technology.

All courses within HDSB are taught in learning environments that promote inclusive education, and identify and eliminate discriminatory biases, systemic barriers, and power dynamics that limit the ability of students to participate, learn, grow, and succeed. All students see themselves reflected in the curriculum, their physical surroundings, and the broader environment, so that they are engaged in and empowered by their learning experiences.

Marking Categories:

  1. Knowledge............ 15%
  2. Thinking................. 20%
  3. Communication... 20%
  4. Application............. 45%
  5. Total:........................100%

What will students be expected to learn? (Key Learnings)

In this course, you will be expected to provide evidence that you can:

Digital Literacy

  • understanding and use of relevant terminology and workstation environment;
  • managing electronic folders;
  • analyzing and applying digital electronic techniques;

Productivity Software

  • using Photoshop CS;

Your skills as a learner will be assessed in the way you demonstrate:

Learning Skill "Look Fors"
Fulfils responsibilities and commitments within the learning environment, completes and submits class work, homework, and assignments according to agreed-upon timelines, and takes responsibility for and manages own behaviour.
Independent Work
Independently monitors, assesses, and revises plans to complete tasks and meets goals. Uses class time appropriately to complete tasks, and follows instructions with minimal supervision.
Looks for and acts on new ideas and opportunities for learning. Demonstrates the capacity for innovation and a willingness to take risks, and demonstrates curiosity and an interest in learning. Approaches new tasks with a positive attitude, and recognizes and advocates appropriately for the rights of self and others.
Devises and follows a plan for completing work and tasks. Establishes priorities and manages time to complete tasks and achieve goals. Identifies gathers, evaluates, and uses information, technology and resources to complete tasks.
Accepts various roles and an equitable share of work in a group. Responds positively to the ideas, opinions, values and traditions of others, and builds healthy peer-to-peer relationships through personal and media-assisted interactions. Works with others to resolve conflicts and builds consensus to achieve group goals. Shares information, resources and expertise, and promotes critical thinking to solve problems and makes decisions.
Sets own individual goals and monitors progress towards achieving them. Seeks clarification or assistance when needed. Assesses and reflects critically on own strengths, needs, and interests. Identifies learning opportunities, choices, and strategies to meet personal needs and achieves goals. Perseveres and makes an effort when responding to challenges.

You will be expected to demonstrate your understanding of these key learnings through your knowledge, thinking, communication and application of the learning.

Key Learnings
Mark %
Emphasizes the ability to recall factual information, recognize fundamental concepts and the foundational skills of the subject/discipline.
15 %
Emphasizes the thinking skills used in thinking processes to demonstrate the student's understanding of information they have processed.
20 %
Emphasizes the clear, precise and effective use of oral, written and visual language to communicate the student's understanding of information and ideas.
20 %
Emphasizes the application and integration of knowledge, skills, processes and techniques to produce evidence of the student's understanding.
45 %

Note*** 70% of the student's mark comes from work completed during the term, which includes quizzes, creation and organization of files and folders and the use of various software packages.

Note*** 30% of your learning will be assessed at the end of the course (last two weeks of the block)through a final project, business presentation that incorporates the use of software programs, digital literacy and issues addressed throughout the semester and presented demonstrating effective business communication skills.

Final Mark Calculation
Mark %
Term Unit Work
70 %
Final Practical Evaluation Project
30 %
Final Grade on Report Card
100 %

Lesson #
Lesson Name
Mark (%)
Course Description
1 - 13
Digital Communications
70 %
Basics of Photoshop CS
Final Practical Project
30 %
Final Photoshop Project
Total Mark
100 %

TEJ1O - Communications Course Timeline

Time (Periods)
1 - 13
PhotoShop & Communication Concepts
Final Summative Project

TEJ1O - Communications Course Evaluations

Eval 1
Lesson 5
Eval 2
Lesson 9
Eval 3
Final Performance Task

The following table illustrates the general rubric that will be used to assess each student's ability in the Application, Knowledge, Thinking and Application categories:

Level 1

50 -59%

Level 2

60 -69%

Level 3

70 - 79%

Level 4

80 - 100%


ability to produce competent projects using all learned concepts from every unit

demonstrates limited ability
demonstrates some ability
demonstrates considerable ability
demonstrates a high-degree of ability

knowledge of fundemental unit lessons

demonstrates limited knowledge
demonstrates some knowledge
demonstrates considerable knowledge
demonstrates a high-degree of knowledge

understanding of the comparisons between learned and applied concepts

demonstrates limited ability
demonstrates some ability
demonstrates considerable ability
demonstrates a high-degree of ability

ability to effectively communicate learned concepts

demonstrates limited ability
demonstrates some ability
demonstrates considerable ability
demonstrates a high-degree of ability