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, September 14, 2014

Our third week together was just as great as our first two.

This week, students learned to use their eBackpacks.  This is an on-line storage system allowing students to save all their documents, projects and other assignments.  Work is submitted through eBackpack for evaluation and grading.

On Thursday, students completed our second Proofreading Exercise to hone and polish their grammar, spelling and punctuation skills.

Friday's are designated for Keyboarding.  Students did well as they competed Lesson 2 of the "Type to Learn 4" keyboarding program. For this week, basic Speed and Accuracy requirements were met. Speed and accuracy will be increased over time as we progress from lesson to lesson.

This coming week, students will be taking a couple of baseline tests to assess previous knowledge and skills. One test will be a reading test, for our reading department, using our On-Line "iStation" system.  Another test will challenge students on a wide range of computer topics scheduled to be covered this year by me.  These tests will help teachers better understand student's weaknesses, allowing them to adjust and focus their training through the upcoming months.  We will also start our second Microsoft Word Project allowing students to practice what they have learned as well as learn additional features of the Microsoft Word program.

I am expecting great quality work, so stayed tuned.

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