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 6, 2015
6th Graders did a great job this week as we finished up our MIT App Inventor Programming Unit. After working on 5 introductory Apps to introduce "Block Programming", students were administered a Post Test to ensure knowledge and understanding. 70% of all students tested scored a perfect score of 100%. Given the complexity of computer programming, all 6th graders should be commended for their efforts. Students will be wrapping up the semester with a final unit relating to "Computer Hardware" concepts. Here is a sample of the App students created.
8th Graders in Audio/Video Technology completed an "Event Video". Two of which were showcased on my website "joecorona.net". Students worked on on this project. They are currently working on "Tutorial Videos" to teach others concepts relating to video production. Stay tuned for completed project samples soon.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.
The week before Thanksgiving, students in the 8th Grade Audio/Video Class completed a couple of videos. One was for our Hero/Halloween Dress days of red Ribbon Week. These were completed and put on-line on the Joecorona.net website. A couple of these students created a Llano Game Pep Rally video.
Another video completed and added was our annual History Day.
The 6th Grade Computer Science students completed a couple of Apps with "Textboxes" and "Buttons". Type in phrase and push a button to speak the phrase. While a simple place to start, all students had an opportunity to learn, practice and master what they are learning.
The videos on the video page are in chronological order so some of the new videos are a few from the top. Scroll down a bit and you will find them.
To view the new videos, Click Here.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Week 12 (November 9, 2015)In the process of learning to program Apps with MIT App Inventor, 6th Grade Computer Science students learn a wide range of skills. The first App they created has been modified and enhanced. Videos will be available this week since the final step of this assignment is a demonstration of their working App.
The 6th Grade Audio/Video Class is currently working on 2 videos. One is a Pep Rally Video from awhile back. The other is a "Super Hero / Halloween Costume" day video. Both will be available this week as they wrap up their work with Pinnacle Studio.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Week 13 (November 12, 2015)In 6th Grade Computer Science, students created their first App using the MIT App Inventor website.
This was a simple Android App to start with introducing students to "Screen Design" and the programming of a button. When the button is pressed, a phrase is spoken.
The video is also available here: Click Here
Sunday, November 8, 2015
Week 11 (November 2, 2015)Last week, the Audio/Video Students completed their first video using a wide range of resources. This week students are finishing up a "Stop Motion" video. They will use Windows Movie Maker for this project. Once complete, these students will begin and work on one of two projects. A "Pep Rally" video and a "Super Hero" video I have not had time to complete.
6th graders will begin "App Inventor" programming this week. Over the next few weeks, if your child has an Android tablet or phone, they will learn and be able to showcase the apps they create anywhere and at anytime.
If you missed the 2 videos posted last week, here is the link again: http://goo.gl/xPUfGm
Have a great day!
Friday, October 23, 2015
6th Computer ScienceStudents worked on a couple of more complex programs this week. Things did not go as smoothly as I would have liked and we did not progress as far as I had hoped. This week coming is our last week of Python programming. Our challenge this coming week is to complete 5 programming assignments from a list of 10. By providing students with choice of programming assignments, effort and quality will remain high to the end. Stay tuned for samples of the work they will do this coming week.
8th Grade Audio/VideoWorking with "Pinnacle Studio 16" turned out to be a bit more challenging than expected for most students due to all the bells and whistles built into the program. The Vacation Video they are working on still needs background music and their projects need to made into a movie file. Students will complete a self-evaluation form on their work before uploading the videos to Youtube. Final assessment and grading by me will be done when I receive an email from each student with the Internet link to the "Vacation Video" they created. Stay tuned for "Oscar Award Winning" samples.
Saturday, October 17, 2015
This week, 6th graders continue working with Python Programming. Working with the "Turtle Tool" student did more experimentation with yet another more complex program. As student continue to type in program code, they are getting much better at working out the planted Syntax Errors. While experimenting with program parameters and colors, students get to see what they are able to create through their programming efforts.
Sunday, October 11, 2015
This past week was very productive.
6th graders continue with with coding using the Python Programming Language. They learned how to work with the Python "Turtle Tool" allowing them to draw squares and circles. Students are having fun as they learn to code, test and debug their programs. This week, they will continue working with the "Turtle Tool" as their programming exercises become more sophisticated.
View samples of what was created: Click Here
8th Graders in Audio/Video are in the middle of creating a vacation video. Last week they learned to work with Pinnacle Studio 16 as they had to take their green screen pictures and process them with pictures from 5 different countries and tourist attractions. This coming week, they will be using PowerPoint as they take their vacation pictures and combine them with facts and information relating to the countries and tourist attractions they visited. They will complete their project in Pinnacle Studio as they add titles, credit and music to their video.
Stay tuned next week to check out their completed videos.
Have a safe and blessed week.
Sunday, October 4, 2015
This week, our Audio/Video class began their "Travel Log" video. They used the Internet this week to gather facts about 5 different countries and tourist attractions to visit. They also took pictures in front of a green screen. These pictures will be used in learning about Pinnacle Studio and Chroma Key processing. Once they have placed themselves in a photo of their vacation spots, they will create a video presentation with facts and information using PowerPoint. The PowerPoint will be converted to a video and completed with Pinnacle Studio. Titles, Ending Credits and Music will be added. By the end of this week, I will have some fine vacation videos to showcase.
Our 6th Graders spent the week learning about Python Programming. As students over came the initial challenges of Uploading and Download files from their Google Drive, the assignments themselves eventually began to work themselves out. By this coming Friday, I hope students know enough about the first few programming instructions, they will be able to write their own program. Keep in touch to see how it all turns out.
Sunday, September 27, 2015
This week our 6th and 8th graders started the week by completing a series of Mini-Posters to display around school. These Mini-Posters were created in review of our Digital Citizenship or Online Safety Unit. A video of sample posters is available for viewing.
6th Graders began their "Computer Programmer" training by completing a series of lessons at Code.org. These activities introduce students to the Logical Thinking (Computational Thinking) skills necessary for proper coding. Students did a great job of attempting and solving the many various challenges.
8th Graders created their first video using Windows Movie Maker. Students took a set of pictures of everyone in the class and assembled them into a video. This video had students leaning about Transitions, Pan and Zoom, Captions, Titles, Credits, adding Music and of course paying close attention and the the importance of Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation.
This link will direct you to my video page where you will see samples of the work created by students as well our Pep Rally. It was a great pep rally enjoyed by all.
To view the videos: Click Here
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Students had a great week as they finished up their "Digital Citizenship" training and Mini-Posters. The challenge was on as most students had never used MS-Word for a Desktop Publishing project before. Many students did a great job of rising to the high standards set for grammar, spelling and punctuation. Some even took it upon themselves to make edits and corrections to prepare their project for showcase. Posters will be scattered around our campus to remind student and teachers to be safe while on the Internet.
Here are a few samples of the Mini-Posters created by 6th and 8th graders this week.
Others completed this week will be added to these in a video I will post on Youtube soon.
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Busy week. Students completed 2 assigned lessons (from a list of 12) relating to Digital Citizenship and Online Safety. Upon completing the lessons with a minimum required score, students were teamed up with classmates who completed the same lessons for a brief presentation to share what was learned. All teams of 2 or 3 students did a great job of presenting and sharing.
As students complete mini-posers and complete a final test this upcoming week, sample mini-posters or other pictures will be posted here for all to see. Also, the Computer Science and Audio/Video Technology classes will begin to work on separate projects.
Saturday, September 5, 2015
This past week was a productive one. As students took their test over the Rules, Policies and Procedures of the school, students discovered they knew more than they realized. Every student passed the test with high marks and without any issues. Our Social Contracts have been finalized with our list of social norms. They have been printed out, signed and they are now ready for display.
A Pretest was administered as we started our new unit: Digital Citizenship and Online Safety. Students started with a 10 question Pretest. Using our new Easytech curriculum, students completed two online lessons. This coming week, students will be grouped into teams of 2 or 3 for a brief presentation to share what they learned from the lessons. A mini poster will be created for display around the school and a Post-Test will be given to ensure knowledge and understanding.
Tune in next week for samples of the student's posters.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Our first week of school was filled with eager students who shared a little about their summer break. My 8th Grade Audio Video and my 6th Grade Computer Science classes had no idea so many different "adjectives" could be used to describe a summer vacation.
Each class worked together as we created our "Class Social Contract". Students worked in teams as they created the list of social norms we will abide by or follow this year. A class picture was taken for our contract. As our Social Contracts"are signed and laminated for display next week, pictures will be posted here for all to see.
Being gone one day this week, students were left with an independent learning activity to familiarize them with high school terms. This activity still needs further review and reinforcement for student understanding and mastery.
Our next unit as we roll into next week, will have us involved in the learning of Online Safety and Digital Citizenship.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Here we are back to school. Training, training, training is the norm. Getting ready is fun and I look forward to a new year with the 6th graders. This year, your child will be involved in the world of Computer Science. Students will be exposed to Python programming, HTML Coding for webpages and students will also create Apps for android devices using the MIT App Inventor On-Line programming system.
Stay tuned weekly for updates on what is going on in class.
Saturday, June 6, 2015
As we wrap up the year, I wish to thank all my 6th Graders for a wonderful time. I know it is a little late in posting, but we are all very busy the last week or two of school as we wrap things up. Working with 6th graders this year was a fun and exciting experience. I want to thank all the parents who took the time to keep in touch and follow along through the various things we accomplished this year.
This last week of school was Flex Week. Students worked on all sorts of projects in their various classes. My 4 groups spent the week working on the "7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" by Sean Covey. Students this week learned to use an On-Line tool known as Powtoons. This website had students creating a video with animated figures.
Given options of various products to create, a few students optioned to create an old fashion Concept Poster.
As a final review toward the end of the week, students competed in a few rounds of Kahoot, an On-Line game site. Winners were awarded with special certificates naming them Kahoot Winners.
Have a great summer!
Sunday, May 10, 2015
These last few weeks of school will have students creating their "Portfolio Website". This project will require students to use every bit of their DeskTop Publishing skills to create a series of web pages. As the 6 separate web pages are created, they will be Hyper-Linked together into a website.
As the various pages are created, samples will be placed on display here throughout the next few weeks. As the "Portfolio Websites" are completed, they will be hosted and made available through the Internet. A permission form will be sent home with each student for permission to place the individual websites on the Internet.
Stay tuned for great work to come.
Saturday, May 2, 2015
I wish to thank all the parents who came out to the "Student Showcase" held at the elementary school last week. It is always a pleasure to see parents involved in what their children and other students are doing throughout the schools of our district.
This week, the 6th grade technology students began working on the creation of a "Portfolio Website". This week was spent learning how to create 3 simple web pages using Microsoft Word. Once the three pages were created, students learned how "Hyperlinks" connect the pages together into a website.
Over the next few weeks, students will create a more elaborate website with about 5 or 6 pages. These pages will consist of a Home Page, a Biography Page, A Special Interest Page, a page about the things they are learning here at school. One page about this Technology Class as well as one other class of their choice. All in all, I am hoping for about 5 or 6 pages.
Stay tuned as these pages will eventually be placed on the Internet through my Class Website.
Sunday, April 26, 2015
With STARR testing this week, work on our second Excel Spreadsheet was a little sporadic. When all the dust settled, the spreadsheet came out great. Students did a fantastic job of paying attention to all the details.
This real life project had students creating an Excel spreadsheet for a small business of their creation. Students had to list a number of items they plan to sell in their store and determine a "Cost" for each item. Using the Internet, students researched typical "Markup" percentages and used an Excel Formula to calculate a "Selling Price".
Here are some samples.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
6th Graders "knock it out of the park" on their second MS-Excel spreadsheet. This spreadsheet had them creating a spreadsheet for a business venture of their choosing. This week, students learned how products end up in our stores. From manufacturer to distributor, wholesaler to retail store, students learned the basics of how profits are made through markups of various percentages.
Here are some samples of the spreadsheets they created. The quality of these products are an indication of the student's understanding of what is expected in a business related spreadsheet.
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Students completed their very first spreadsheet this week. We didn't start with a small and simple spreadsheet, but one which was large and complex. I threw them into the water and all the students proved to be champion swimmers.
Each student started with a list of household items they believed to be essential to setting up their first apartment or dorm room. As students gathered information from various store websites, they learned about manufacturers and descriptions. In the process, many students learned and commented on the cost of essential household items. Many had no idea things could cost so much.
Sunday, April 5, 2015
6th Graders are on their way to completing their first Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. They have filled in the data from their "First Apartment" research and are ready to wrap up their spreadsheet by learning to add Functions, Currency Formatting, Borders and a little color. As soon as they are done, they will be reviewing and getting ready for their first Excel test on Tuesday or Wednesday.
The students next spreadsheet will have them owning their own store. In their next spreadsheet, students will learn to work with "Cost, Markup and Selling Price" for each item they sell.
As students complete their spreadsheets, samples will be made available for viewing. Stay tuned.
If all goes well, we may do another Proofreading and Typing Lesson on Thursday and Friday.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Students are learning the basics of how spreadsheet are created. They began the week by completing the last few lessons and a final quiz at the Learning.com website. From here, students began their first spreadsheet. This real life scenario spreadsheet has students moving into their first apartment or college dorm room. They must create a list of needed items. Internet research was done this week as students went to various store websites to look for things like: tables, chairs, dishes, rugs, lamps, clocks, etc. In the process students had to shop at a minimum of 3 different stores, look for information regarding brands, descriptions and prices. Students must have learned a few things since many commented on how expensive things were.
Due to 7th and 8th grade STAAR testing this coming week, our regular work flow will be modified. As this spreadsheet comes together, stay tuned for samples of student created work.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Last week our 6th graders returned from Spring Break to a new "Microsoft Excel" unit. In this unit, students are learning the basics of spreadsheets by interacting with an online curriculum system called EasyTech. This "Learning.com" system is on loan to us on a trial basis. I was able to secure this trial period to coincide with the beginning of our Microsoft Excel unit and the trial period is just about over. We hope to purchase this system to be used next year.
Along with the lessons and quizzes students have been working on, students are also using the Microsoft Excel 2010 program to complete a small sample spreadsheet, done together as a class exercise. This class exercise will reinforce the skills learned through the lessons and quizzes as well as provide practice in the basic creation of a spreadsheet and using Microsoft Excel.
With the knowledge and skills learned, students will soon create their first spreadsheet with a scenario based on a real life application. It is my goal students will be able to use what they learned and complete their first Excel spreadsheet independently and with little or no supervision from me. Similar to how a boss would like to see them function on their first job.
Stay tuned to see samples of spreadsheets as they are created.
If you have not seen the Desktop Publishing projects our 6th graders completed, check out the video at Youtube: Click Here
Monday, March 9, 2015
6th Graders completed their Desktop Publishing Unit with awesome product creations. While some students completed their Tri-Fold brochures, others completed alternative documents. Throughout each product, students had to demonstrate their proficiency in using the following Microsoft Word tasks: Page Orientation, Page Margins, Page Borders, Word Art, Font Style, Font Size, Bolding, Text Alignment, Graphics, Graphics Resizing, Graphic Frames, Text Wrapping, Text Boxes, etc. Most of these are advanced Microsoft Word features.
Students began the school year with little or no knowledge of Microsoft Word and in a few short months learned the basics, intermediate and advanced features of this Powerful Business program. I do not have any doubts students are ready to use Microsoft Word with confidence as they move into 7th, 8th, high school and beyond.
Watch this video and others at the Class Website. Click Here.
You can also watch the video directly from Youtube. Click Here
Sunday, March 1, 2015
This week, work continues with our Tri-Fold brochure project. During the first week of this project it was apparent some of my 6th grade students were struggling. I decided to offer an alternative assignment which some gladly accepted. In this alternative project, students have to create 3 documents on 3 different subjects. About half of the students chose to continue work with the brochure. In these final projects students must use and practice all their Desktop Publishing skills. Things are flowing more smoothly now and the student should wrap up this project on Thursday.
Students appear to have learned enough about Microsoft Word and Desktop Publishing to work independently with little supervision from me. Question and focus is shifting from "how" to do something to the more advanced aspects of the design process.
When this project is complete this week, we move on to Microsoft Excel and spreadsheets.
Due to the editing and polishing needed for this project, the proof reading exercise we normally do on Thursday was not needed.
On Friday, students completed Lesson 5 of their Typing Program. About 90% of all students are typing at the required speed and accuracy. We will see how it goes over the next few weeks as speed and accuracy requirements increase with each passing week..
On a different note, there is a completed video put online which showcases some of the work other classes did during FLEX Week.
Sunday, February 22, 2015
This week was filled with a wide range of activities for students to experience from creating a couple of short videos with different programs, to creating a game for others to play. Students learned to share their knowledge with others while learning and reenforcing Math and ELA terms they must know for the STAAR test.
To see a full account of what was done in this class and view samples of their work, Click Here.
The class website has also been updated to include videos of the Holocaust trip, the trip to Phil Hardberger Park and the Valentine's Day Dance. Click Here
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Students began work on their Tri-Fold brochure using their Desktop Publishing skills. The topic revolves around the field of robotics. The cover panels are off to a great start as seen in these samples. Stay tuned for updates as the project progresses.
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Saturday, January 24, 2015
This week, the students did a great job of engaging themselves in their study of new technologies. They are turning out to be great note takers. The notes they have been turning in indicate interest in the subject and their note taking skills show improvement. With more practice over the next week or two, 6th graders will be ready to handle any note taking challenge at any level.
Keyboarding takes place each Friday. The students do not mind the lessons because they know keyboarding skills are important.
Monday, January 19, 2015
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Students had a great time as we shared Christmas Breaks with each other.
Students reviewed what was learned from a previous learning activity about robots. Students started another activity to help them investigate and learn more about robots and their history.
Due to Benchmark testing, this activity was not completed this week and will continue on Monday.
Over the next 2 or 3 weeks, students will learn about the evolution of robotics by watching a few film scenes from 3 different time periods. The 1950s, the 1970s and 2000s.
No Proofreading or Typing activity this week. We will continue these activities on Thursday and Friday of the this coming week.