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, November 27, 2016

History Day Video

On the Friday before Thanksgiving, our Junior High Students had the opportunity to learn about our nation's history in a different way.  Movies of a historical nature were shown to each class level.  Students also had the opportunity to learn about our country's history from various historians who came to share what they know.  Some of our students were even involved in several of our presentation stations.  All in all, students left for the day with an appreciation for what our community and nation is all about.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Getting Ready for a First Job

When it comes to getting and keeping a first job, there is much to know.  From making a great first impression to the various skills students will need.  Students covered a wide range of topics relating to "Career Exploration".  Students in "Principles of Information Technology", learned how critical a good set of work skills will be.  They learned what it will be like to earn a "First Paycheck", payroll deductions and they completed an exercise to stress the importance of savings and responsible spending.  They concluded the unit by filling out 4 "Job Applications".  Two of them  to various places of employment. To complete the unit, students were asked to create a showcase piece to share what they have learned.

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After Thanksgiving, students will conclude this one-semester course as they learn the basics of Microsoft Excel.

In "Computer Science", students learned to program using Youtube videos. Without the aid of any handouts or program samples, students were challenged to "watch and learn".  Real world learning comes when students discovered the various versions of Python are not compatible with each other.  Sometimes a program worked and sometimes it didn't.  Welcome to the real world of programming.  After Thanksgiving, students will learn about Hardware components inside the computer.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

On Saturday, November 12, our TechnoPirates Robotics Club drove to Memorial Early College High School in New Braunfels, Texas to participate in an "FTC Robotics Conference".  Many robotic teams from all over south Texas attended the conference.  All club members attended a wide variety of workshops where they learned such things as: 

  • The "Java Programming" needed for this years competition
  • Wiring Best Practices
  • The different "Sensors" to be used in our robots
  • Project Management
  • Judge's View
  • The "Inspire Award" (The award all teams shoot for
There were many other workshops designed to make all teams highly competitive were offered.  Overall, students had a great time and found the experiences exciting.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Ready for work? You bet!

This week, students in "Principles of Information Technology" completed their Career Exploration Unit by completing 4 job applications.  Two paper applications were completed for learning and practice.  A third paper application was completed for a grade.  For the third application, a wide range of applications were provided from various San Antonio and local businesses. Applications from Subway, Bill Miller, HEB, Olive Garden, Game Stop, Whatabuger and a few others were provided for their experience.  A fourth application was completed online.  While this was a generic application, it gave students an opportunity to experience completing and submitting an application online.

This coming week, students will begin working on a final project. This final project will have students sharing what they learned.  Three projects are provided for their choosing.  Students can choose from a 3-Fold Brochure, A Google Website or a Video.  Stay tuned, I expect these projects will be their best work yet.  

In "Computer Science", student continue to program in Python.  As students work toward the end of this unit, they will be creating a program on their own by viewing various videos on Youtube.  By doing this, students will become familiar with the concept of  "Self-Learning" by using an outside source.  Various options for Python Programs will be made available.

Stay tuned, as this unit wraps up, a final project will have these students showcasing what they learned about Python.