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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, March 4, 2017

Presentations Galore

Principles of Information Technology


This week, students concluded their presentations on "Digital Citizenship" and "Online Safety".  With the proper preparation of slides and script for their presentation, the presentations not only looked professional, but were very informative. As part of their training, the presentations were video recorded for self-evaluation.


Each student evaluated their own presentation by commenting on what they liked about their presentation and what improvements were needed.  Students had to also assigned a letter grade to themselves for the efforts and the results.  With another presentation coming up in about 3 weeks, students will have a chance to practice what they learned this week.

Computer Science

Students are concluding their "4 Screen" Career app and getting ready to move on to an "8 - 12 Screen" Museum App.  From the time these students began working in App Inventor, to now, great improvements are seen in screen design, quality of information presented and their understanding of how apps come together.   Here is a sample video of a few "Career" apps in action.


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