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 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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