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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.


Friday, April 28, 2017

Approaching the End of the Year

Principles of Information Technology

Between STAAR Test and Showcase Night students and I have been busy to the point where my Blog Postings have been delayed.  However, great things have happened.  Having worked through a spending exercise, a one page essay relating to their work skills (and other things), students completed their "Professional Development" training by completing Job Applications for various places around Lytle.  Of course these application are for training purposes and 8th graders are not really at an age where they can work.  When the times comes, they will be ready.  Students learned that all applications are different as they chose and completed applications for places like:  Walmart, Burger King, Subway, Olive Garden, Gamestop, Sonic, McDonald, Bill Miller and Whaterburger.

With many companies today having difficulty finding employees right out of college with any work experience and good set of work ethics, a student's first job at 16 or 17 lays a solid foundation for success in college and their first job upon graduation from high school or college. There is no substitute for real work experience.

Computer Science

7th Grade Coding students have just completed a major app similar to one found in a museum.  Using MIT App Inventor, this 9 screen app catalogs vintage pieces of older technology I have in my classroom.  If you have ever been to a museum or major attraction where you use or rent devices to take a self-guided tour, this is is similar.  This app is set up to share information about various vintage devices.  Here are a few pictures of the apps as they are viewed on an Android Tablet.

Some of these apps were sent to the Director of Curators at the "San Antonio Children's Doseum".  Her and another gentleman at the "San Antonio Museum of Technology" have offered to view the apps and provide some feedback to our students.  We're all anxious to see and hear how the apps are viewed by professionals.






To view a sample screen in action.  Click Here

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