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.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Pre-Kinder and Kinder Apps in Progress

This week, students started working on apps for Pre-Kinder and Kinder age learners.  While the apps are designed for easy use and are simple in nature, the challenge provides students with an opportunity to learn, practice and master the app creation process.  Having been granted permission to share the apps with kindergarten and elementary schools in various school districts, this week will be focused on modifying and improving our apps in preparation for distribution and use.

Pictures and videos will be available soon.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

June 15, 2016

This week with Trinity Upward Bound turned out to be an awesome experience.  I am working with high school students from Kennedy, Memorial and the STEM Early College High Schools.  Students researched career information relating to the field of computer programming and did a fantastic job of finding information on the many work skills they will need for their first job. Oral presentation to their peers and an essay was written to share what was learned.

The Code.Org website was used to learn and understand logical coding and problem solving skills. Upon the completion of 3 coding activities, students were ready to read and follow step-by-step tutorials to begin app creation using the MIT App Inventor system.

Week 2 will be devoted to creating an app for Pre-Kinder children.  Stay tuned for samples of apps created by these future programmers.