In today’s world, students must prepare themselves for a wide range of college and work opportunities. All students want to lead a happy life and enjoy the good things the world has to offer. Our students will certainly be provided a quality education. This year I am working with our junior high students as they learn and master a wide range of 21st Century Skills.

In this year’s “Technology Applications” class, students will learn and master various topics associated with computers and technology.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Working on Necessary Skills

The students in Principles of Information Technology are just now wrapping up their Google Slides and Scripts for their presentations coming up this week.  Stay tuned for samples of slides and maybe even recorded video of some of the presentations.

This week, students in Computer Science are finishing up their presentations.   The presentations which have been done so far have turned out great.  The scripts are well written and the Google Slides are neat, clean and professional looking. Students can be proud of how everything turned out.  We will begin our Python Programming unit this week.

Each Friday, we conclude the week with some sort of "Proofreading" or "Writing" activity.  This week, I had students write about new and upcoming technologies with an emphasis on their writing skills and what they think and feel about the technology coming their way.  I was impressed with how students shared their excitement and/or fears relating to the new technology and how it will impact their lives. With yet another opportunity to practice their "Writing", "Microsoft Word", "Graphic Design or Desktop Publishing" skills, here are a few samples.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Microsoft Word and Great Works of Art

In my Principles of Information Technology class, students completed their Microsoft Word Table unit with a two part formal assessment.   The first part of the test had students answering 25 questions about what they know relating to the creation and modification of tables.  In part two, students had to demonstrate their knowledge and skills by creating a table of their own design.  These samples demonstrate the high quality work students are capable of.

In my Computer Science class, students are preparing for a formal presentation relating to "Digital Citizenship and Online Safety".  From a list of many topics, students selected one of interest.  Online, they listened to and learned from a their selected lesson and completed a form with specific information needed for their presentation.  They are currently learning how to create presentation slides using "Google Slides".  After creating a script on Monday and Tuesday, student will make their presentations on  Wednesday and Thursday.  Samples of Google Slides will be available for viewing next week. and a video shortly after.  Stay tuned.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Week 3 is History

In "Principles of Information Technology", students spent the week preparing for an upcoming Unit Test by practicing what they learned.  They created a Microsoft Word Table to display "Texas Pride".  This "Visual Design" project was created using a sample with very few and specific requirements.  Students did a great job of using what they know and applying it to the creation of a quality product. 

In "Computer Science" students are working on a presentation to share what they are currently learning about "Digital Citizenship and Online Safety".  As a final project to conclude this unit, students will create a video using the presentation slides used in their presentation.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Week 2 - We're off to a great start

Students concluded our second week by learning to work with Microsoft Word and Tables.  In creating our Class Picture Project, students learn a variety if beginning, intermediate and advanced features of Microsoft Word. Students learned to change page orientation, adjust page margins and create a table with the appropriate number of columns and rows. Students merged cells, adjusted font style and size, inserted pictures and adjusted their sizes.  By learning to work with and mastering the graphic capabilities of Microsoft Word, students develop many "Graphic Design" skills usable in a variety of work environments.

(Here is a sample project from each class period)