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.

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.

Click here to view the created projects.

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.

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