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, September 27, 2015
This week our 6th and 8th graders started the week by completing a series of Mini-Posters to display around school. These Mini-Posters were created in review of our Digital Citizenship or Online Safety Unit. A video of sample posters is available for viewing.
6th Graders began their "Computer Programmer" training by completing a series of lessons at Code.org. These activities introduce students to the Logical Thinking (Computational Thinking) skills necessary for proper coding. Students did a great job of attempting and solving the many various challenges.
8th Graders created their first video using Windows Movie Maker. Students took a set of pictures of everyone in the class and assembled them into a video. This video had students leaning about Transitions, Pan and Zoom, Captions, Titles, Credits, adding Music and of course paying close attention and the the importance of Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation.
This link will direct you to my video page where you will see samples of the work created by students as well our Pep Rally. It was a great pep rally enjoyed by all.
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Saturday, September 19, 2015
Students had a great week as they finished up their "Digital Citizenship" training and Mini-Posters. The challenge was on as most students had never used MS-Word for a Desktop Publishing project before. Many students did a great job of rising to the high standards set for grammar, spelling and punctuation. Some even took it upon themselves to make edits and corrections to prepare their project for showcase. Posters will be scattered around our campus to remind student and teachers to be safe while on the Internet.
Here are a few samples of the Mini-Posters created by 6th and 8th graders this week.
Others completed this week will be added to these in a video I will post on Youtube soon.
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Busy week. Students completed 2 assigned lessons (from a list of 12) relating to Digital Citizenship and Online Safety. Upon completing the lessons with a minimum required score, students were teamed up with classmates who completed the same lessons for a brief presentation to share what was learned. All teams of 2 or 3 students did a great job of presenting and sharing.
As students complete mini-posers and complete a final test this upcoming week, sample mini-posters or other pictures will be posted here for all to see. Also, the Computer Science and Audio/Video Technology classes will begin to work on separate projects.
Saturday, September 5, 2015
This past week was a productive one. As students took their test over the Rules, Policies and Procedures of the school, students discovered they knew more than they realized. Every student passed the test with high marks and without any issues. Our Social Contracts have been finalized with our list of social norms. They have been printed out, signed and they are now ready for display.
A Pretest was administered as we started our new unit: Digital Citizenship and Online Safety. Students started with a 10 question Pretest. Using our new Easytech curriculum, students completed two online lessons. This coming week, students will be grouped into teams of 2 or 3 for a brief presentation to share what they learned from the lessons. A mini poster will be created for display around the school and a Post-Test will be given to ensure knowledge and understanding.
Tune in next week for samples of the student's posters.