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, January 23, 2017
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
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.