Author Archives: Sam Williams

Digital Music (Sam)

Music is always moving forward. Just when you think it will settle into one particular form, it creates a new form of expression. During this time, music has not only taken on a new form but has moved into a greater way of expression.

In this class, you will be using an online Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) to create, edit, and finalize pieces of music that simply express your personal creative sound. There’s always the opportunity to record live instruments, vocals, and use sound samples. We will have brief workshops at the beginning of class to try out new techniques, one on one support, and a bit of a musical show and tell.

I love music and you can find me listening to music on a daily basis. I’m currently working on a new project and looking to host a music podcast in the near future.

NOTE: You must have a computer that is capable of running the software used in class.

Please come and check with me. Thanks

Current Events (Sam)

Note: This class is open to middle school students only.

Information and how it is shared is so important. The need to be informed of news in your local community, county, city, state, and country as a whole is (in its basic terms) the main way people can stay connected. In this class, we will learn what makes the news, how information is distributed, and who makes the tough decision on what is covered on the local news, printed newspapers, and national and international websites.

We will also take the opportunity to learn about stories from new places and stories that the mainstream media thinks is not important to cover. Also, we will find time to uncover news from lesser-known places and understand the things they encounter on a daily basis.

This course will involve reading and answering questions about the content of each story. Students will have the opportunity to locate and present articles that interests them and relate the information to the class. There will be time to discuss things we discover and find interesting.

World History (Sam)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

World History is a subject that explores the key events and global historical developments since the 1500s that have shaped the world we live in today. The scope of Modern World History provides the latitude to range widely across all aspects of human experience: economics, science, religion, philosophy, politics & law, military conflict, literature & the arts. The class will illuminate connections between our lives and those of our ancestors around the world. We will also analyze people groups and important people that have not been mentioned in history.

We will uncover patterns of behavior, identify historical trends and themes, explore historical movements and concepts, and test theories. Students will refine their ability to read for comprehension and critical analysis; summarize, categorize, compare, and evaluate information; write clearly and convincingly; express facts and opinions orally, and use technology appropriately to present information.

Required texts/materials: I will provide the text. You will need a pdf reader/editor to be able to access the textbook. Adobe Acrobat Reader DC  (free)    - The instructor will procure the texts/materials.