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.

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.

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