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, December 14, 2014
This week students completed their "Thank You" messages to Mrs. Leal. They will be presented to her on Monday the 15th. In each class period, a couple of students have volunteered to be spokespersons for the class and present the documents to her.
This week, students will begin their next unit on "New and Emerging" technologies. For this unit, robotics will be explored since our Junior High has just started a Robotics Club. This unit of exploration is in preparation for the Tr-Fold Brochure Project students will be creating in a few weeks.
It is my goal that students create the brochure on their own with little or no help from me. Independent learning and work is our ultimate goal. With the Internet research skills they will be learning and mastering, along with a series of step-by-step document creation video tutorials I created, I am hoping students will learn what they need and are able to create a Tri-Fold brochure on their own.
With the work we have been doing over the last few weeks, students have had plenty of opportunity to work on their spelling, grammar and punctuation. I am please to announce that over these past few weeks, the quality of student work is improving. The errors seen in most documents has been dramatically reduced thanks to the efforts of each student. They are to be commended.