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.

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.

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