In today’s world, students must prepare themselves for a wide range of college and work opportunities. All students want to lead a happy life and enjoy the good things the world has to offer. Our students will certainly be provided a quality education. This year I am working with our junior high students as they learn and master a wide range of 21st Century Skills.

In this year’s “Technology Applications” class, students will learn and master various topics associated with computers and technology.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Great Students; Great Work

After learning a handful of basic Microsoft Word Skills, students were able to put what they learned to good use.  Needing to display "Terms and Concepts"  associated with Microsoft Word, students chose from a list of 24 terms or concepts and created Mini-Posters for display.  They used this opportunity to demonstrate what they now know about Microsoft Word, Creating a Table, Merging Cells, Changing Font Styles, Aligning Text, Inerting and resizing Pictures, Saving, Printing, Etc.

Here are a handful of samples of what will be displayed around our room this week.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Great work on the Horizon

As students roll into week 5 of the year, 6th Graders are doing a fine job of keeping on top of things.  Over the past 2 weeks, due to various reasons, we have not had much chance or opportunity to complete any significant hands-on work with Microsoft Word.  They have been patient and anxiously awaiting our first graphic design project.

This week, students will learn many of the basic, intermediate and advanced features of the Microsoft Word Program.  Our Class Social Contract will have them learning about Margins, Font Styles, Size and Text Alignment, Tables, Graphic Images and Page Borders.  What they learn this week will be used for their next Graphic Project where they will create a Class Picture Set. In this project will continue learning other features of Microsoft Word.

Samples of their work will be ready for viewing soon.  Stay tuned and thank you for your patience.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Week 1: Off to a Great Start

The 6th graders in Technology Applications are off to a great start. For this first week of school, students were up and running in all 3 of their accounts (Network, Google and Blackboard).

Students were introduced to graphic design as they learned a number of things pertaining to Graphic Images and Google Documents. By the end of the week, two assignments were submitted through Blackboard.

Next week, we will start Module 1 (Microsoft Word and Tables). By the end of this module, students will have completed our "Social Contract" and "Class Picture Set". A final project will have students using what they learned to create 1 of 3 different projects.

Keep an eye out for project samples to be posted in future posts.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

The Renewal is Upon Us

After the first week of In-Service, it's great to be back.  The training this week goes a long way towards honing our craft and getting us ready for the new year.  By improving ourselves as teachers, we stand better prepared to move our students to new levels of knowledge and understanding.  I'm looking forward to our second week of training and preparation. 

Our Meet the Parents night is scheduled for Tuesday, August 13 (5:00 - 7:00 pm).  I look forward to meeting as many parents as possible.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Almost Time

The new school year is quickly approaching and it won't be long before I start posting student work again.

I have spent the summer making edits, adjustments, and modifications to the Self-Learning Modules students will be using this year.   I added 2 new modules.  One on Self-Improvement to help with the necessary Soft-Skills needed in today's workplace.  Another is a new coding or programming module where students learn Scratch Programming and game creation.

If you wish to preview the Self-Learning Modules for the year, Click Here.

Enjoy the remaining time over the next 2 weeks as we ready ourself for the great year to come.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Up and Running Again

It has been a while since I have been able to post anything.  There was an issue with my blog access back in March and I could not update the blog as I needed to.  Google made some changes and after several attempts to fix the problem, I was finally able to get myself going.  I look forward to posting the kids work again.

Have a great summer and see you all again in August.