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, 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.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Latest from the 6th Grade Technology Applications

Good day to all.  It has been awhile.

The 6th graders have been very busy and hard at work in their various Self-Learning Modules.  Not all learning modules have product oriented activities but for those which do, students do a fantastic job of taking what they learn, know and are able to do and create products of professional level quality.

More will be on display during our "Science and Technology Paret Night" coming up in March.  Let your son or daughter tell you all about their journey through "Technology Applications".

Here are a few samples.

BBC micro:bit "Compass Program": Created by Luke Estrada.

BBC micro:bit "Final Project": Created by Katherine Moreno.

Created by: Ashley Emery
Created by: Ashley Emery
Created by Grace Eldredge
Created by: Ashley Emery

Created by: Valentina Ayala

Here are a few websites created by students in
Module 8 (Websites).

Photography Career Website Created by: Yara Laearno

Technology Career Website Created by: Aylin Casas

Moscow Tourist Webpage Created by:  Yara Laureano

Video Publishing Career Created by: Kayzen Lasere

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Independent Learning and it's Christmas

Over the past few weeks, 6th graders have demonstrated what it means to be an "Independent Learner".  Upon completion of Module 2 (Digital Citizenship), students selected their own path of learning by choosing from a wide range of Self-Learning topics.

Currently, my 140 - 6th graders are engaged in 12 different "Self-Learning" modules.

Graphic Design
Coding at Code.Org
Computer Hardware
BBC micro:bit coding
Python Programming
Career Exploration
Choice of learning activities at Learning.com
App Inventor Programming
Web Design
Professional development

Throughout the Fall Semester, students completed a number of assignments and projects as they worked through their various modules.

After creating a "Letter Head" as a graphic design project, this student was asked to compose a business letter in a subsequent assignment.

This student was asked to take her graphic design skills and create a flyer announcement to an event of her choosing.

Many learning modules require online lessons at Learning.com.

Upon completion of Code.org (Level 2) coding activities, these students earn their certificates.

Knowing how to "Touch Type" is an important skill to have. 
This student used her Microsoft Word skills to create an invitation using a "Column" format.

Graphic Design skills have "Real-World" application.
As one of two final projects for "Computer Hardware", students direct potential technology consumers to designated websites using QR Codes.

In the "Wed Design" module, students create a websites using "Google Sites". 

As a final project together as a class, students were asked to practice their Graphic Design and Microsoft Word skills by creating projects of their own topic or theme. 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Students Explore Independent Learning

Between Weeks 12 and 13, students have come to know and understand that being a "Self-Learner" is not as difficult or fearful as first imagined.  6th Graders are completing Module 2 (Digital Citizenship) and selecting "Self-Learning" modules of their choosing.  Some of the modules selected so far range from Graphic Design, Professional Development, Learning.com (Mixed Bag), Keyboarding, Computer Hardware, Career Exploration, and Coding using Code.org.

Between Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, all students are expected to complete Module 2 and start a new training module of their choice.  Empowering students to learn topics of their choosing is turning out to be the fulfillment of a dream I have pursued since I started teaching here 19 years ago.

To view the training modules available, click the link below.