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 28, 2015

Week 27

Students are learning the basics of how spreadsheet are created.  They began the week by completing the last few lessons and a final quiz at the Learning.com website.   From here, students began their first spreadsheet. This real life scenario spreadsheet has students moving into their first apartment or college dorm room.  They must create a list of needed items.  Internet research was done this week as students went to various store websites to look for things like: tables, chairs, dishes, rugs, lamps, clocks, etc.  In the process students had to shop at a minimum of 3 different stores, look for information regarding brands, descriptions and prices.  Students must have learned a few things since many commented on how expensive things were.

Due to 7th and 8th grade STAAR testing this coming week, our regular work flow will be modified. As this spreadsheet comes together, stay tuned for samples of student created work.

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