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, January 29, 2017

Great Things are Always on the Horizan

Principles of Information Technology

Students will be completing our "Desktop Publishing" or "Graphic Design" Unit this week.  As I do with every class, one of the projects students create is a table with pictures of all the class members.  This particular project requires students to learn and master about 15 beginner, intermediate and advance features of Microsoft Word.  As always, students do a great job.  This coming week students will be completing a couple of tables for review and practice as they prepare for a formal assessment.  Here is a sampling of how the "Class Picture Projects" turned out.

Computer Science

Students just completed our "Sphiro Challenges".  We created videos of the Sphiros in action as programmed by the students.  The video will be complete and the challenge demonstrations will be available soon.  This week, students are programming in "MIT App Inventor" as they create apps for Android tables and phones.  There are 10 apps  to be created for this unit and samples of their work will be available for your viewing soon.

For a video of the "Sphiro" in action:  Click Here 


This past weekend, our TechnoPirates went to Somerset for this years' Robotic's Championship.  The TechnoPirates won the "PTC Robot Design" award.  Our team was full of spirit and we even shouted our team chant several times throughout the event.  The meet had us competing in 5 matches.  We came in third place overall in the rankings, and when one of the top two teams invited us to form an alliance with them for the championship round, we accepted the invitation.  The championship round was a two out of three match event.  With our alliance team, we won the first round and lost the second and final round.  Aside from the "Robot Design" award, we also were recognized for coming in 2nd place in the Championship event.  Thanks to Nicholas Ketron, our team mascot and his parents for the robot suit they made.  We are proud of our TechnoPirates for a job well done.  They deserve a lot of credit.

Click here for a video of the event.

Monday, January 23, 2017

TechnoPirates Compete in Somerset

Our TechnoPirates Robotic Team went to Somerset to compete in three meets this past weekend.  Two on Saturday the 21st and one on Sunday the 22nd.  While we did not do as well as we had hoped, we will take what we learned and apply it as we prepare our robot for next week's Championship meet.  On Saturday, January 28th, we will have one last meet on Saturday morning and hope to earn enough points to compete in the afternoon's championship.  There will also be a team of judges who will evaluate our "Engineering Notebook".  The team as a whole will stand before a panel of judges who will challenge them with questions relating to our team and the team's knowledge and understanding of what we did in preparing for our meets. All members of the team are expected to share information with the judges.


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Happy New Year!

This week, things went better than expected.  For a first week back, the new students in my Principles of Information Technology classes did a great job of getting themselves acclimated to their environment, getting logged in our computer network and using their Google Classroom accounts.  Because we were up and running so quickly, students completed a writing activity to share what they did over Christmas Break.  They shared what they learned in "Teen Leadership" and they did a great job of sharing how they plan to use what was learned last semester in my class to ensure success.  On Friday, we worked on a Proofreading activity to help students improve a much needed skill.  In this exercise, students used MS-Word and typing skills to identify errors and they did a great job of typing the passage error free.  Here is a sample of the activity:

Can you find the 5 errors?

In Computer Science, students enjoyed working with the Sphiro.

I began the week with a pretty sophisticated programming challenge which proved to be a little too challenging. I had to back up a little to give my students an opportunity to learn the Sphiro programming with simple challenges.  It did not take long for them to prove they are ready for the programming challenge coming their way next week.  If all goes well, there will be videos of their work.  Stay tuned.