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, January 14, 2018

New Semester Means a New Beginning

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6th graders are off to a great start for the New Year.  They begin the new semester with a Spreadsheet Assignment they left pending before Christmas Break.  They completed an online lesson at Learning.com and took Quiz #1.  With 90% of the quiz grades being 80 % or higher, working our way through Module 4 (Spreadsheets) will be a breeze. 

It won't be long before our 6th graders learn the basics of creating spreadsheets on their own and well enough to create a spreadsheet of their own creation and design.

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We closed out the semester with the very first group of 8th graders to ever complete "Self-Learning" modules.  Each module began with a Pretest.  After their Pretest, each student completed a series of learning activities, quizzes and projects.  They then took a Post Test to determine the growth of their knowledge and skills. 

I am including a link to a Spreadsheet with "Pretest" and "Post Test" scores.  The scores have been charted for graphic representation.  The charts can be found at the bottom of each spreadsheet.  Student names ARE NOT revealed in any way and not all Learning Modules were completed by students. Four of the 18 modules were not taken by students and do not have any data in them.  3 new modules were added over Christmas Break.   One module is not conducive to Pre or Post testing.

I am looking forward to working with a new group of 8th graders as they learn and master the skill of learning on their own.

 Stay tuned for the great things created by our students.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Self Learning a Challenge

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As students learn to take charge of their own learning and skill mastery, they are exposed to a number of various learning opportunities.  With the numbers changing weekly, the numbers in red represent the number of students engaged in the various "Self-Learning" modules at this time.

  1. Microsoft Word and Basic Desktop Publishing  ()
  2. Digital Citizenship ()
  3. Graphic Design  (7)
  4. Spreadsheets (1)
  5. Professional Development (1)
6.     Python Programming  (29)
7.     MIT App Inventor
  Programming (8)                               
8.      Web Design 💥
9.      Keyboarding  (6)
10.   Career Exploration (3)
11.   Computer Hardware (3)

(💥  Under Development)
12.    Robotics 💥
13.    Emerging Technologies 💥
14.   Business Documents  (1)
15.   Learning.com - Mixed
        Bag (7)
16.   Intro to Networking 💥
17.   Intro to  Cybersecurity💥

Career and Technology

The 6th graders have been busy, busy, busy creating web pages using Google Sites.  These websites are the final projects of their Career Exploration Unit.  While the web pages of these websites still need several rounds of proofreading editing and polishing, here are a few samples to share so far.

Complete websites will be made available when all rounds of editing and polishing are complete.


Sunday, November 5, 2017

The Adventure Continues

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The 8th Graders are working diligently in their new style of learning.  I currently have 66, 8th grade students working in 7 different "Self-Learning" modules.  At this time, the 7 modules are as follows:  Python Programming, Keyboarding, Graph Design, Career Investigation, MIT App Inventor Programming, Learning.com and Computer Hardware.  As students complete a module, they are to select another module of their choice and the learning continues.

Career and Technology

The 6th graders are currently working on Career Exploration.  They just completed a series of "Skills Inventories" to help them better understand the jobs or careers they might be best suited for.  At this stage of the game, it was an exercise to demonstrate how these skills inventories works as the Internet is filled with tens of thousands of these kinds of tools.

This week, students will learn to use the U.S. Government "Occupational Outlook Handbook".  An excellent source of information for just about any job or career you can imagine.  The book is compiled by the "Department of Labor" and is kept updated on a regular basis.

The information gathered on Job Descriptions, Salary Expectations and Educational Requirements will be shared through a website students will be creating for jobs and careers they themselves are interested in.  I have no doubt students will create awesome websites so stay tuned as they share what they are learning.

By the way, here s a link to pictures and videos for various events.

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)


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

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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.

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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.

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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.