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, 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.

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