Kerr High School (Houston, TX). Technology/Career-Technology Education (CTE) courses are offered to students in all grade levels and all students take at least one CTE or other technology course in computer science, computer applications, or digital art and media. Technology application TEKS are taught and reinforced across the curriculum with a focus on college and career readiness; these skills are embedded in all curriculum areas. Students use an online learning management system that provides 24/7 access to curriculum and assignments, school-provided email account, cloud storage with the ability to collaborate, and research tools and resources. Kerr’s technology courses focus on hardware components, information input skills, laws, issues, and ethics in societal use of technology, research skills, and collaboration in order to deliver products in a variety of media formats.
Students learn skills in web design, computer programming, digital media, video technology, business and finance, accounting, desktop publishing, animation, robotics, and Microsoft Office. The CTE department enables students to earn certification in several programs, including Microsoft Office Specialist and Microsoft Master. A variety of devices including desktops, laptops, tablets, and Chromebooks as well as students’ personal devices, ensure that technology is available on demand. Students also participate in state and national competitions through the Future Business Leaders of America chapter, Microsoft, National Center for Women and Information Technology, and student publication contests.