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, February 8, 2015

Week 21

Students did a great job this week.  They reached the end of some significant knowledge gathering by watching videos, participated in various high level discussions, taking notes and even taking a peek at what the future might hold for them.  It is now time for them to create their Tri-Fold Brochure.  Using many of the intermediate and advanced features of MS-Word, students will create a brochure covering a wide range of robotic topics.  These topics will range from what a robot is, to what type of education might be needed for jobs and careers in the field of robotics. Students will also reveal how robots have evolved over time as depicted in motion pictures throughout the years.

It is my goal that each student will be up and running with this project on their own with little or no help from me.  They are required to follow 5 step-by-step video tutorials for document setup.  They will also follow a series of handouts with samples and brochure panel requirements to be met.  As they work on this creation panel by panel, my goals is to have all students working independently with them getting assistance as needed through this project.

Stay tuned for the remarkable products these 6th Graders will create.

As we do every week on Thursdays, students had an opportunity to practice their writing skills by sharing that they have learned so far about robotics by writing sentences and paragraphs. 

They also completed their BBC Typing Lesson 4 (T and Y).  As we cover each lesson, speed and accuracy are increased.  This week, we have about 97% of all students meeting the speed and accuracy requirements.  We will see how it goes over the upcoming weeks.

Stay tuned for great things to come.

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