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, 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.