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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, March 21, 2015

Week 26

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 


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