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 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.


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