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, September 24, 2017

The challenges of Writing and Graphic Design

Principles of Information Technology

As we near the end of Module 2 (Digital Citizenship), students typed a one page essay to share what students learned. Through a couple of videos, 8th graders learned about the MLA and APA style college requirements and how these styles must be followed for high school and college writing assignments.  For this particular essay, students had to follow strict requirements for style and contents.

As I read through many essays, it became quickly apparent that most students learned proper writing skills last year as 7th graders in Mrs. Reyes' "Creative Writing" class.  It was great to read what students learned about Internet Dangers, Safe Practices and they were asked to share a true story about someone who ended up in trouble for not adhering to proper and safe use of the Internet.

Career and Technology

While 6th graders are learning about Microsoft Word and many of its advanced features, a "Digital Citizenship" digital poster is being created using Microsoft Word, graphic images, images styles, text boxes and page borders.  This allows students to practice what they already know as well as learn new features of the program they can use.

Samples of student's work will be available soon.  


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