At Odysseyware, we are committed to designing and publishing standards-aligned courses to support student learning. Our curriculum development team designs courses beginning with state and national standards.

Subject Matter Experts unpack each standard to craft standards-aligned learning objectives prior to collaborating with instructional designers, curriculum writers and editors to design courses, units, lessons, projects and assessments.

Courses in Mathematics, English Language Arts, Science, and History/Social Sciences are aligned to the Ohio Learning Standards.

Our digital curriculum is continually recognized for its consistent quality and rigor, with 22 technology courses receiving the ISTE Seal of Alignment for Proficiency and 22 core courses approved by Quality Matters.

Intro to Information Technology Support & Services

Intro to Information Technology Support & Services

This course focuses on real-world application including common industry best practices and specific vendors that offer tools for technicians, project managers, and IT leadership. Emphasis should be made that the purpose of the IT department of an enterprise is to support the overall mission of the company, and it is not simply a standalone component of the company’s infrastructure. Students will continue to apply their knowledge of hardware and software components associated with IT systems while exploring a variety of careers related to IT support and services. Students will analyze technical support needs to perform customer service, perform configuration management activities, and evaluate application software packages and emerging software. Students will demonstrate and apply knowledge of IT analysis and design by initiating a system project andevaluating applications within the IT system. Information Technology is a dynamic discipline that is continuously evolving.

Objectives

  • Explore systems design and implementation.
  • Investigate the implementation and maintenance of IT infrastructure.
  • Review the basics of management collaboration and reporting.
  • Discuss education and careers in IT and how to pursue such a career.

This is an introductory course in support and services providing information technology services and management. There are norequirements other than a basic familiarity with personal computers and the Internet. Students should be able to access the web and to use it to retrieve information and create accounts on free services.

IT Support and Services Capstone
This capstone project provides students the opportunity to use their newfound understanding of IT Support and Services to create a full IT plan for a new business within an existing corporation. This course will enable the student to consider all high-level aspects of providing IT support and services through the lens of a new business unit “starting from scratch.” The student will—with the background of the previous units—create the project plan, identify the key steps, research and recommend products and architectures, design processes and procedures, and otherwise create a credible plan that would be useful when applying for positions in IT support and services. One of the key barriers in finding work in IT is perceived aptitude and prior experience. Unit Six will help the student to comprise some evidence for his or her further study or employment.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Information Technology
Course Length: Semester

Introduction to Information Technology

Introduction to Information Technology

In this course, we introduce students to the knowledge base and technical skills that will help them to successfully compete for jobs within the Information Technology Career Cluster. Lessons are structured so that students learn and then demonstrate not only critical assessment and analytic skills, but also interpersonal skills that are valued so highly among IT employers.We explore a range of career tracks that include network engineers, application/programming developers, and systems analysts. These career paths are described in depth, discussing typical job responsibilities, educational and licensure requirements, working conditions, and job outlooks.Our lessons help students place the evolution of technology and job opportunities in context so that they will understand their important role in furthering its development. We believe that the most successful IT professionals combine technical know-how with leadership ability. To this end, students learn that their acquired expertise comes with the responsibility to represent themselves and the companies they work for within the highest legal and ethical standards.

Objectives

  • Identify the basic components and structure of a computer system and its use within a networking/communicationsenvironment.
  • Design and implement a basic network while being introduced to multiple types of network systems.
  • Apply both ethical and industry standard security policies to networks.
  • Discuss the history and development and use of the Internet in business and society.
  • Explain the development of human-centered technology interaction.
  • Apply mobile computing technology capabilities to learning and business.
  • Identify the variety of operating systems found on desktops, laptops, and mobile devices.
  • Understand mobile application architecture, deployment, and marketing.
  • Determine best practice application skills for the variety of information technology systems available to implement.
  • Plan, develop, and implement an information system.•Maximize use of the Internet within the home and business.
  • Identify the structure of wireless communication networks and the mechanisms behind its functionality.
  • Identify and develop protocols for use of the Internet within business.
  • Identify and develop information system libraries and repositories of information.
  • Develop an understanding of the logic behind object-oriented programming.
  • Identify the multiple programming languages for use in mobile/Internet application development.
  • Plan, develop, and implement a mobile/Internet application.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Information Technology
Course Length: Semester

Fundamentals of Programming and Software Development

Fundamentals of Programming and Software Development

This course will provide students with an understanding of basic software development concepts and practices, issues affecting the software industry, careers within the software industry, and the skills necessary to perform well in these occupations.

Students will learn details about core concepts in programming using Java, including writing and debugging code, proper syntax, flow of control, order of operations, comparison operators, and program logic tools and models. They will learn the function of key program techniques including if statements, looping, and arrays. They will also learn about web development using HTML and drag-and-drop development of user interfaces in an Integrated Development environment.

Students will also learn about the Software Development Life Cycle and the different variations used to create software. They will learn about different programming languages and paradigms. They will learn about the importance of usability and usercentered design processes. Students will also learn about careers in the software industry, the education and skills required to work in the industry, and related career resources. Finally, the capstone project will allow students to explore and state opinions on key issues and trends impacting the software industry, and to learn about the experience of working in the industry.

Objectives

  • Understand the relationship between computer hardware and software.
  • Describe the purpose and high-level organization of the central processing unit.
  • Understand categories of software and be able to properly assign software products into the correct category.
  • Describe the key functions of systems software.
  • Describe the functionality of popular software applications (e.g., word processing, database management, spreadsheet development).
  • Understand the function and operation of compilers and interpreters.

For topics in this course, it is helpful for students to be familiar with the basics of using desktop and laptop computers as well as accessing websites over the Internet. If students are unfamiliar with these topics, it is recommended, though not required, that they familiarize themselves with creating and saving files in a text editing or word processing application and with using web browsers and conducting searches on the Internet.

Additionally, activities in this course require that the Java Software Development Kit (SDK) and the NetBeans Integrated Development Environment (IDE) is installed on students' computers. Instructions are included in the Unit 1 lesson titled "Introduction to Java Programming."

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Information Technology
Course Length: Semester

Fundamentals of Digital Media

Fundamentals of Digital Media

This course gives an overview of the different types of digital media and how they are used in the world today. Students examine the impact that digital media has on culture and lifestyle. The course reviews the basic concepts for creating effective digital media and introduces a number of different career paths that relate to digital media.

Students will examine some tools used to create digital media and discuss best practices in the creating of digital media. This includes an overview of the process used to create new media pieces as well as the basics concepts of project management.

In the course, students will examine the use of social media, digital media in advertising, digital media on the World Wide Web, digital media in business, gaming and simulations, e-commerce, and digital music and movies. Students will review ethics and laws that impact digital media use or creation.

Objectives

  • Discuss different types of digital media.
  • Explain the value of using online video and audio for business.
  • Discuss careers in digital media.•Compare and contrast digital media and traditional forms of media.
  • Discuss living in a digital society and the changes resulting from it.
  • Discuss project management as a career.•Describe the evolution of social media.
  • Discuss ethics and social media.•Identify some challenges that the gaming industry will face in the future.
  • Compare the different types of computer languages.•Determine the role digital media plays in globalization.
  • Explain the limitations of doing business on the web.•Describe some different laws that relate to digital media.
  • Explain the cannons of journalism.•Describe some expected changes in social media and advertising.
  • Determine what type of schooling is necessary for their chosen career.

Student should have a basic understanding of computers and the Internet.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Information Technology
Course Length: Semester

Fundamentals of Computer Systems

Fundamentals of Computer Systems

The Computer Fundamentals course will provide students with an understanding of computers and how they operate as well as a basic understanding of how to manage and maintain computers and computer systems. These skills will provide students with the ability to configure computers and solve computer problems.

Students will learn details about the different elements of computers and computer systems. They will learn to identify hardware devices and their functions. They will be instructed on the role of operating systems as well as how to install and customize the Windows operating system. Students will learn about networking and the Internet. They will also be introduced to security issues in order to protect themselves and their computers and data.

Students will also learn about some of the software applications typically used on computers today, such as Microsoft Office. In addition, students will learn specifics about maintaining and troubleshooting computers, including managing files, backing up systems, and using the administrative tools in the Windows operating system. Lastly, the students will learn the basics of customer service and working as a help desk support technician.

Objectives

  • After completing this course, the student will understand computers and their functions, as well as develop basic customer service skills, and be able to effectively meet customer needs.
  • Students will be able to implement problem-solving techniques to understand the nature of computer problems. They will also understand hardware components, software, and the Internet, so they are able to develop, maintain, and update computer systems.
  • After this course, students also will be able to use the Internet to update computer systems and complete other IT service-related tasks. They will be able to install, configure, or modify software and operating systems to ensure optimal system function.
  • Students will be able to perform computer backup procedures to protect information. They also will be able to recognize potential security threats and understand the procedures for maintaining security.
  • After this course students will be able to provide IT support and training for computers and networks.

For topics in this course, it is helpful for students to be familiar with the basics of using desktop or laptop computers as well as accessing Web sites over the Internet.

If students are not familiar with these topics, it is recommended, though not required, that they familiarize themselves with the operating system and Web browser they will be using for this course. This includes turning on a computer and logging into an account, if necessary, exploring the different types of software available, navigating through some of the operating system menus to understand the available tools, and doing a basic search on the Internet.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Information Technology
Course Length: Semester

Personal Care Services

Personal Care Services

This course in Personal Care Services introduces students to a variety of careers in the following areas: cosmetology (including hairstyling and haircutting, esthetics, manicuring, makeup, and teaching) and barbering (including cutting and styling of hair and facial hair and manicuring for men); massage therapy, teaching body-mind disciplines (yoga, Pilates, and the martial arts), and fitness (general exercise classes and acting as a personal trainer); and mortuary science (embalming and funeral directing). The course teaches students about what each career entails and the education and training they will need to become credentialed in various career specialties. In addition, about half of the course is devoted to teaching knowledge associated with the various professions, so that students can get a feel for what they should learn and whether they would like to learn it.

  • Introduction to Careers in Personal Care: Unit One is an overview of careers in personal care. Students will explore different jobs, the scope of a professional's work in each of these job titles and the type of education that will be required for each job title. Students also explore some foundational knowledge necessary for the pursuit of a career in personal care.
  • Careers in the Beauty Industry: Unit Two focuses on careers in the personal appearance or beauty industry. In includes lessons on the anatomy of the integumentary system, cosmetology specialties, education and skill requirements for cosmetology careers, and accreditation and licensing.
  • Careers in Massage Therapy: Students will learn about the anatomy of the musculoskeletal system, types of massage, massage-therapy training, accreditation, and health and safety issues.
  • Careers in Body-Mind Movement Instruction and Group Exercise and Fitness Education: Unit four covers careers in fitness instruction, dividing this topic into mind-body disciplines and general exercise.
  • How These Careers Interact: This unit focuses on mortuary science and culminates with a lesson on how the careers within this field interact.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Human Services
Course Length: Semester

Introduction to Human Services

Introduction to Human Services

This course introduces high school students to the possibilities for careers in the human services professions. Through anecdotes, lessons, and a variety of assignments and projects, students will learn about the broad variety of jobs available in the human services. These begin with entry-level positions, such as associate social workers, that require only a two-year Associate of Arts degree. At the apex of the profession, being a psychiatrist brings the most prestige and the biggest salary, but only after many years of school and training. Students will learn exactly what the human services are and the ethics and philosophies of the helping professions. The history of the profession will be covered, as well as the impact of the cultural, social, and economic environment on individual people, especially those who need social services assistance. By the conclusion of this course, students will have a firm introductory understanding of the social services professions. Employment at all levels of social work and related jobs is projected to grow rapidly over the next decade. Students will have a better idea of whether this is a career course they would like to explore further.

  • Human Services: Changing and Improving People’s Lives: Students will learn exactly what defines human services, some essential history of the field, and the underlying philosophy of the helping professions. Students will also be shown how professionals use the available human resources to achieve specific goals in the human services setting, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary team approaches.
  • Values, Ethics, and Legal Issues: Students will learn about the underlying values and moral responsibilities that drive the field. Students will learn how to seek advice and guidance on legal, ethical, and professional questions when necessary.
  • Systems Theory, the Ecological Framework and other Perspectives: Students will learn how to conceptualize client problems as the way an individual interacts with other people, especially in groups: family, work, friends, and society at large. Students will also explore the basics of how people work with systems, within systems, and as part of a system, especially as they relate to human services.
  • From Theory to Practice: Students will pursue a deeper understanding of the change process. What is the change process? Can people change, and, if so, how? They will also explore delivery models for helping people in need, different stages of intervention, and basic communications and interviewing skills.
  • Clients and Helpers in Human Services: Students will explore the personal characteristics needed by people who want to help others as a career. Intellectual capacities and cognitive skills that are necessary will also be part of the unit’s topics.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Human Services
Course Length: Semester

Introduction to Human Growth and Development

Introduction to Human Growth and Development

This course focuses on human growth and development over the lifespan, as well as careers that help people deal with various physical, intellectual, and socioemotional issues, such as physicians, nurses, nutritionists, substance abuse counselors, clergy, teachers, career counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists. This course is important because it gives the student a background in human growth and development from before birth, through childhood, into adulthood, and through death and grief. It gives the student perspective and highlights where people in the caring professions are most needed. Students who take this course will come away with a broad understanding of all the careers that help people from birth to death. They will understand how people in the helping professions interact with each other and how continued growth in this sector can give them flexibility, good pay, and high job satisfaction.

  • Starting Strong: Introduction to a Lifelong Journey: This unit focuses on introducing human growth and development as a journey throughout the lifespan, exploring parallel physical, cognitive and socio-emotional/personality domains through various chronological ages. It examines developmental milestones through the lenses and perspectives of developmental theorists Erik Erikson, Jean Piaget, Sigmund Freud, Lev Vygotsky and their respective theories.
  • Childhood: Early, Middle, and Late: This unit focuses on the milestones of normal physical growth, cognitive, socio-emotional, and personality development throughout the main stages of childhood, from toddlerhood through preschool and middle school, to the edges of adolescence. It discusses the psychosocial task of toddlers as outlined by Erik Erikson, the stage of cognitive development for the toddler as presented by Jean Piaget and described physical growth and language development throughout childhood.
  • Adolescence: This unit focuses on the tremendous physical and physiological changes experienced during the adolescent years (12-18) and the transitional challenges of not being a child but not being fully grown either. It discusses the physical changes that trigger puberty and the development of self-concept, self-esteem, and identity during adolescence, as well as the psychosocial tasks faced in adolescence as described by Erik Erikson. It introduces moral development during adolescence according to Lawrence Kohlberg and covers the topics of dating, sex, teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, parenting styles, eating disorders, drug and alcohol use, and depression.
  • Adulthood: You Have Arrived: This unit focused on the phases of growth and development experienced during the adult years, including leaving home to create one’s own life, career, and family. We described the physiological changes during early adulthood, socioemotional development during this phase, and the financial challenges of being an independent young adult. We also explored midlife, including what is traditionally called the midlife crisis, psychosocial tasks in middle adulthood, changes in sexuality, rearing children, the "Sandwich Generation," finances, and retirement.
  • Finishing Strong: Ending the Lifelong Journey: This unit focuses on understanding the tasks and challenges of the last years of life, how to accept the limits of our aging bodies, still finding ways to remain competent and useful, and coping with and accepting loss. Specifically, it reviews end-of-life decision-making, senior relationships, dementia, and the psychosocial tasks associated with this stage. Lastly, it talks about the dying process, cultural aspects of death, signs of approaching death, and grieving.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Human Services
Course Length: Semester

Introduction to Consumer Services

Introduction to Consumer Services

In this introductory Consumer Services course, students analyze various career paths in terms of employment opportunities. We will discuss educational requirements, including applicable hard and soft skills, certifications, and licensures for different pathways. Developing research, analytical, and presentations skills will be key components. This course is designed as an overview to prepare students for a consumer services-related career and to introduce them to specialty areas. Emphasis is placed on the human services aspect (vs. corporate concerns) of consumer services. Social issues and advocacy, as well as ethics and legalities, are a recurring theme. Students will gain knowledge of current issues affecting various consumer services professions, and the impact of local, state, national and global issues on consumer services.

  • Consumer Services Basic Competencies and Organizational Structures: This unit focuses on introducing consumer services professions, which provide services to individual consumers as opposed to businesses. It offers perspectives on customer services and consumer advocacy, organizational structure, external influences on consumer services, and career management.
  • Customer Service and Consumer Advocacy: This unit focuses on customer service, conflict resolution, and working with databases. It also introduces students to the role of policymakers and consumer advocacy.
  • Counseling, Advisement, and Education: This unit focuses consumer services in a financial setting. Students will learn about becoming a financial counselor, developing a financial plan and budgeting. Applying for credit and credit scoring will also be introduced, as will aspects of building an estate plan, credit counseling, and risk management.
  • Creativity: Consumer services careers that involve creativity are the focus of this unit. Students will explore careers ranging from fashion designers to those involving writing and editing.
  • Management, Sales, and Public Relations: Aspects of the different levels of management, sales and public relations are topics in this unit. Content focused on management ranges from what working with employees to analyzing customer bases. In the lessons on sales and public relations, students will learn how to manage a company’s public image while also improving sales.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Human Services
Course Length: Semester

Family and Community Services

Family and Community Services

This course introduces applications within professions related to Family and Community Services. You will identify degree and credential requirements for occupations in this pathway and identify individual, social, historical, economic, and cultural context to increase awareness of family and community services. You will develop the abilities necessary to evaluate and identify a range of effective communication strategies and skills for establishing a collaborative relationship with others. You will also complete a variety of projects to apply your skills and knowledge. The course begins by introducing you to Family and Community Services, associated careers, and general requirements. The first unit requires you to investigate the skills required for many professions, including effective communication and critical thinking. The remaining units are divided among career fields. Each chapter begins with a lesson that discusses the general role of the professionals, their required skills and knowledge, educational requirements, employment opportunities, and salaries. The following lessons in each chapter then discuss various aspects of the career in greater detail.

  • Introduction to Family and Community Services: In this first unit, students will explore introductory information needed to understand careers in Family and Community Services. It covers occupations, educational and skill requirements, hard and soft skills, and a review of organizational structures.
  • Social Workers: This unit offers an overview of the profession of social work. It covers the types of careers, such as clinical, child and family, and health care. It also discusses certification requirements, workplace settings, and job roles.
  • Management and Planners: This unit explores the requirements and roles of managers, planning aides, and eligibility interviewers as support personnel in Family and Community Services.
  • Therapists and Treatments Specialists: The goals of the professionals who serve as therapists and treatment specialists are to change behaviors. In this unit, students will extend their knowledge of family and community services by learning about marriage and family therapists and correctional treatment specialists.
  • Education and Childcare: When one thinks of an educator, the first thing that comes to mind is a schoolteacher. However, the profession provides a wide variety of career options such as professor, elementary, middle school, or high school teacher, lecturer, substitute teacher, special education teacher, teacher’s aide, outreach educator, and preschool teacher. This unit is a general introduction into the careers of education and childcare and provides examples of duties and responsibilities associated with the careers.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Human Services
Course Length: Semester