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, 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.

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