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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 26, 2014

Weeks 8 and 9

Students have been doing well.  They continue their "Positive Actions"  training on Mondays with Mrs. Leal and Mrs. Stewart.

Students completed a MS-Word Desktop Publishing project.  Our 6th graders  learned to work with Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced features of the program such as Graphic Re-Sizing and Picture Styles, Text Boxes, Page Borders, WordArt and other Word features.

A video of there work can be seen here:  http://youtu.be/qbfYzjFhl20

This past week we started another MS-Word Desktop Publishing document; our "Class Picture Project".  This project will have students learning about Tables as they create a keepsake they will take with them.  This project will have them creating and modifying tables.  They will be inserting a picture for each student in the class.  Because we only work on technology projects 2 days a week, This project will take another 2 weeks to complete.

For Thursday's Proofreading Exercise, students used MS-Word Shapes to indicate where errors are located in a text passage.  Upon identifying all the errors, students are challenged to type the passage error free. Focus is on Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation as well as "Paying Attention to Details".

Friday's are designated as Keyboarding days.  Last week, students completed Lesson 8.  With each 4 lessons, speed and accuracy are increased giving students an opportunity to feel comfortable with the requirements. Students have commented they are glad we do it this way since they feel an improvement in their speed and accuracy with each passing week.


Saturday, October 11, 2014

(Week 7)

Positive Actions training continues.  Students seemed to enjoy the program as they learn and participate in various activities facilitated by Mrs. Leal and Mrs. Stewart.

Students have submitted the first draft of their "Computer and Internet Safety" Desktop Publishing project.  They will receive an evaluation from me for the purposes of making corrections and adjustments.  Next week, students will be involved in a peer evaluation.  next week students will have one last opportunity for adjustments and improvements before a final submission for a grade.

On Thursday, students had an opportunity to write and share things they are learning (about MS-Word) and how they feel about the project they are currently working.  There was on an overwhelming sense that students feel good about what they are learning and had some positive things to say about the quality of their work on the  project. 

As always, on Friday we practiced our keyboarding.  Students completed Lesson 6 of the "Type to Learn 4" program.

Students will complete their projects next week.  Students are excited about their work being showcased on the big screens in our hallway, the Junior High as well as the Joecorona.net Websites.

Stay tuned.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

This past Monday, the 6th graders are involved in a special program called "Positive Action".  Two trainers will be coming to our campus and engaging students in various activities to help them make good, positive choices.  This training will take place each Monday for 11 weeks.

In the meantime, our technology training consisted of a couple of activities to help students learn, understand and master various Microsoft Word features, such as:  WordArt, Resizing and Rotating Graphic Images, Text Boxes, etc.

Thursday we completed a Social Studies proofreading exercise relating to the U.S. Constitution. Students used Microsoft Word to insert "Shapes" to highlight errors in the passage.  Once all the errors were identified, students were challenged to retype the passages free of spelling, grammar and punctuation errors.  Students used their eBackpack accounts to submit their assignment for evaluation and grading.

On Friday, we worked on keyboarding by completing Lesson 5 of the "Type to Learn 4" program.

As another week comes to a close, I decided to show some student work.  Watch the video to see what has been happening in the class so far.  The video is also available at Youtube through my class website.  Click here.