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In today’s world, students must prepare themselves for a wide range of college and work opportunities. For our students who want to lead a happy life and enjoy the good things the world has to offer, all of our students will certainly need a quality education. This year I am working with our junior high students as we learn about Computer Programming. Students in my “Coding” class will be writing and creating programs using the Python programming language. Students will also learn Block style programming for Android Phones and Tablets using the online MIT App Inventor system.

In other various courses I am teaching, students will learn a wide range of technology applications such as MS-Word, MS-Excel, hardware and software concepts along with basic video editing and production. Students will be introduced to 3D design and 3D Printing. All students in my classes will have ample opportunity to learn and practice 21st Century Skills throughout the semester and year.


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Times, They are a Changing

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This past week, 8th graders are beginning to experience learning in a whole new way.  As of this week, no longer are students tied to learning what their teacher feels is important, they have the power to pick and choose technology training which interests them.


 As a class, we completed Modules 1 and 2 for the purposes of learning and understanding how the modules are intended to work.  As Module 2 (Digital Citizenship) is completed, students are free to choose and have selected the following "Self-Learning" modules:  Graphic Design, Keyboarding, Python Programming, App Inventor Programming, Learning.com (Mixed Bag); a module which allows students to select from about 50 different "Learning.Com" online lessons in 11 categories and Computer Hardware.  A few others will be selecting their topics on Monday.


For a synopsis of available "Self-Learning" modules:



CLICK HERE (Google Doc Version)

CLICK HERE (PDF Version)


Career and Technology

Over the past several weeks, the 6th graders have been busy learning about "Digital Citizenship".  They completed this training module by creating a video using "Windows Movie Maker".  In these videos, the 6th graders did a fantastic job of sharing the dangers and suggesting safety tips for using the Internet and Social Media.


To view their videos, select a class period below.






Stay tuned for other great work samples as we begin Module 9 (Career Exploration).


Sunday, October 1, 2017

"Visual Graphic" Designers are Born




Career and Technology

In learning about Microsoft Word 2010, 6th graders begin to understand the many image and graphic capabilities of the program. Taking what was learned in our Digital Citizenship Module, students create a mini-poster to share the dangers of the Internet.

Students are now in the process of creating videos using "Windows Movie Maker".  In using another medium for showcasing what they learned, students will be sharing tips and information regarding online safety.  Stay tuned for the videos. 


CLICK HERE to see the Mini-Posters created by the students.



Principles of Information Technology

Students did not have the opportunity to work on Module 2 (Digital Citizenship) due to a Math and Reading placement test they needed to take.  With most students done with their 2 tests, work will continue on their Self-Learning module.

As work is complete for Module 2, the 8th graders will create their own version of the Mini-Poster and Video.

Stay tuned for samples of their work later this week.



Sunday, September 24, 2017

The challenges of Writing and Graphic Design

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As we near the end of Module 2 (Digital Citizenship), students typed a one page essay to share what students learned. Through a couple of videos, 8th graders learned about the MLA and APA style college requirements and how these styles must be followed for high school and college writing assignments.  For this particular essay, students had to follow strict requirements for style and contents.

As I read through many essays, it became quickly apparent that most students learned proper writing skills last year as 7th graders in Mrs. Reyes' "Creative Writing" class.  It was great to read what students learned about Internet Dangers, Safe Practices and they were asked to share a true story about someone who ended up in trouble for not adhering to proper and safe use of the Internet.

Career and Technology

While 6th graders are learning about Microsoft Word and many of its advanced features, a "Digital Citizenship" digital poster is being created using Microsoft Word, graphic images, images styles, text boxes and page borders.  This allows students to practice what they already know as well as learn new features of the program they can use.

Samples of student's work will be available soon.  

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Students complete Module 1 (Microsoft Word and Desktop Publishing)

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Career and Technology

Students spent the last two weeks working through the first of many Self-Learning Modules.  Module 1 (Microsoft Word and Desktop Publishing) had students completing a number of self guided activities resulting in the creation of high quality Social Contracts and Class Picture Projects.  Starting the module with very low Pretest scores, about 95% of students experienced a 60 - 70 increase in their Posttest score at the end.

Each year we begin with a couple of projects designed to introduce students to Microsoft Word and its Visual Design capabilities.  This year, we decided to try doing this same project with a Google Document.  We quickly learned that a Google Document IS NOT Microsoft Word.  Even with limited table and graphic capabilities, students did a fantastic job of creating this year's Class Picture Project.  Here are samples created by each class period.









   

Monday, September 4, 2017

Visual Design and Desktop Publishing

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Career and Technology

While many students are relearning or learning Microsoft Word 2010 for the first time, they found our first project challenging. While our "Social Contract" is a simple document, each student has learned to use about a dozen basic and intermediate functions of the Microsoft Word program. Here are a few samples.



Sunday, August 27, 2017

Off to a Great Start

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Career and Technology

Students in my 2 classes are gearing up for a fun year.  As we ease into the new year, we are working on creating our "Social Contract" and our "Class Picture Table".  Students are learning to work with the new Learning Modules set up for the year.  It won't be long before students are working at their own pace and selecting Learning Modules of their own interest.  Stay tuned as things unfold.