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.
Monday, December 29, 2014
Students gave Mrs. Leal their "Heart Felt" Thank You messages. Mrs. Leal was very touched. She mentioned that no other class has ever thanked in in this way. I am confident her last day with us our 6th graders will be one to remember.
Using what students know about Desktop Publishing, students were given and opportunity to create a special Christmas or Holiday message to take home to parents or a special loved one. Students did a great job. With each opportunity to use what has been learned, document quality gets better and better.
The 6th graders also began our unit on Robots. A document was created by students to show the various type of robots there are. Students learned that there are Toy robots, Medical Robots, Military robots, Music Robots, Industrial Robots, etc. Students will view various scenes from different robot movies in 3 different time periods; 1960s, 1970s and 2009. Students will get to see and compare how changes in technology effects how robots are portrayed in different time periods. We have a few weeks of exploratory learning and will conclude our unit with the creation of a Tri-Fold brochure.
Stay tuned through the coming weeks to see how things develop.