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, October 30, 2016

Plugging Away at Great Things

The Principles of Information Technology class has been involved in "Career Exploration".  In this unit, we have covered much ground and getting ready to wrap up the unit with Job Applications for work.  Students will complete 3 job applications on paper and one sample online application. Coming soon is a major final project to share what was learned in the unit.  For their final project, students will choose from three different activities.  Stay tuned.

In Computer Science, students are programming in Python.  At the end of each 5 programming exercises, students work on a larger program using the skills they are learning.  Their second major program will have students listing their 8 courses and grades.  A grade average must be calculated and a message is displayed based on the grade average.  Students who have a high average will see a message of congratulations.  Students who's average is not so good, will receive a message of encouragement.  Students with a failing average will be be directed to get additional help as needed.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Another Great and Productive Week Behind Us

Students in Principals of Information Technology are working on "Career Exploration".  There are many lessons and activities to work through.  The students just completed a "Responsible Spending" exercise.  They started with a certain amount of pay to work with.  They calculated 10% of their pay to be deposited in to a savings account.  They shopped with what they had left and calculated "Sales Tax".  They also  had to calculate how much they had left until their next paycheck.  All in all, the activity was successfully completed by all students. 

The next activity for this week is a one page (3 paragraph) essay describing the 3 work skills they feel are their strongest.  Having to provide examples from their day to day activities, they are proving to themselves they have the skills they will take with them into their first job.  I look forward to reading the essays.

In Computer Science, students are finishing up their first attempt at writing a program on their own. This program was the largest program attempted so far. The program has a user entering 10 items purchased and 10 prices.  After all 10 prices are totaled up, tax is calculated on the total.  All information has to be printed in a neat and easy to read format on the computer screen.  

While help was needed here and there, student's debugging and error finding skills were kicked into high gear.  Many students are complete with their program on schedule and will move on to other programming exercises using the "Python Turtle Tool" for graphics programming.  They will be working on these activities this coming week.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Week of October 10, 2016

This past week, students in Principles of Information Technology just completed a series of videos to be showcased.  We then moved on to our next unit: "Career Investigation" and "Job Skills".  Students learned about "Hard Skills" and "Soft Skills".  Based on a classroom activities, students demonstrated mastery and are now ready to move on to learning about their first "Paycheck".  Soon students will complete a series of simple posters to share what they are learning with others.  These posters will be placed around the school.

In Computer Science, students tried their hands at writing their very first real Python program from scratch.  The program is a rather large one with several sections to code up and debug.  Students are challenging themselves to write each part without assistance.  If all goes as planed, they will be able to take off on their own and become real programmers.  That will be exciting.  After discussing with others in the coding industry, what we are doing in middle school, is awesome and "Hugh".  Computer Science and Computer Programming to this level is high school level training.

In other news, our TechnoPirates Robotics Club held a "Rummage Sale" fund raiser this past Saturday.  For the students who came out to work and all the community members who came out to support us, we wish each and every one of you a "Thank You!" from the bottom  of our hearts.


Saturday, October 1, 2016

Presentations going well . . .

Last week, students in Principles of Information Technology began their presentations on various subjects relating to "Digital Citizenship and Online Safety".  After creating a series of Google Slides and typing up a script, I must say the presentations are going well.    Students did a wonderful job of creating professional looking "Google Slides" using their Google Accounts.  Not able to display samples of all of the slides here, a good sampling of the work they are doing is showcased below.

In Computer Science, we also completed presentations on the same unit.  While students in Computer Science move on to Python Programming this coming week, samples of the Google Slides for their presentation are also included below.