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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.


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Times, They are a Changing

Principles of Information Technology

This past week, 8th graders are beginning to experience learning in a whole new way.  As of this week, no longer are students tied to learning what their teacher feels is important, they have the power to pick and choose technology training which interests them.


 As a class, we completed Modules 1 and 2 for the purposes of learning and understanding how the modules are intended to work.  As Module 2 (Digital Citizenship) is completed, students are free to choose and have selected the following "Self-Learning" modules:  Graphic Design, Keyboarding, Python Programming, App Inventor Programming, Learning.com (Mixed Bag); a module which allows students to select from about 50 different "Learning.Com" online lessons in 11 categories and Computer Hardware.  A few others will be selecting their topics on Monday.


For a synopsis of available "Self-Learning" modules:



CLICK HERE (Google Doc Version)

CLICK HERE (PDF Version)


Career and Technology

Over the past several weeks, the 6th graders have been busy learning about "Digital Citizenship".  They completed this training module by creating a video using "Windows Movie Maker".  In these videos, the 6th graders did a fantastic job of sharing the dangers and suggesting safety tips for using the Internet and Social Media.


To view their videos, select a class period below.






Stay tuned for other great work samples as we begin Module 9 (Career Exploration).


Sunday, October 1, 2017

"Visual Graphic" Designers are Born




Career and Technology

In learning about Microsoft Word 2010, 6th graders begin to understand the many image and graphic capabilities of the program. Taking what was learned in our Digital Citizenship Module, students create a mini-poster to share the dangers of the Internet.

Students are now in the process of creating videos using "Windows Movie Maker".  In using another medium for showcasing what they learned, students will be sharing tips and information regarding online safety.  Stay tuned for the videos. 


CLICK HERE to see the Mini-Posters created by the students.



Principles of Information Technology

Students did not have the opportunity to work on Module 2 (Digital Citizenship) due to a Math and Reading placement test they needed to take.  With most students done with their 2 tests, work will continue on their Self-Learning module.

As work is complete for Module 2, the 8th graders will create their own version of the Mini-Poster and Video.

Stay tuned for samples of their work later this week.