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.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Week 19

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.
This week, students had an opportunity to practice their writing skills.  They were given a document with five writing prompts and given the option to pick and choose any two topics.  We will do a number of various writing activities throughout the spring because 6th graders know that "Practice makes Perfect".

Keyboarding takes place each Friday.  The students do not mind the lessons because they know keyboarding skills are important.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Week 18


In week 18, students began learning about new technologies.  The exploration of "Robot" technology will be done by viewing several film clips in different time periods.  Through the film clips, students are introduced to robots and they see how robot and other technologies has changed over the decades.  This week, our focus will be on a futuristic Science Fiction film I,Robot.  Many discussions will be held throughout the movie regarding a futuristic society where robots are heavily integrated into our society.  Much speculation and many concepts will be explored and discussed.  Throughout the process, students are challenged to speculate, be engaged in discussion and conversation and learn "note taking" as a skill needed for upper level classes.

Students also practiced their Proofreading skills as they proofread and corrected a "Social Studies" passage relating to some of our Constitutional Amendments.  Not only are they challenged to find the errors, they use MS-Word tools to indicate where the errors are.  They are also required to type the passage error free challenging their typing and "Attention to Detail" skills.

For keyboarding on Friday, student began a new On-Line Typing system; BBC Dance Mat Typing. There are 12 lessons and students began with Lesson 1.  We will complete 1 lesson each week.  I am happy to say that with the Keyboarding we did in the fall, 95 - 98% all 6th grade students met the speed and accuracy requirements. Speed and Accuracy requirements will be increased with each passing lesson each Friday.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Week 17

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.