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.

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