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, November 5, 2017

The Adventure Continues

Principles of Information Technology

The 8th Graders are working diligently in their new style of learning.  I currently have 66, 8th grade students working in 7 different "Self-Learning" modules.  At this time, the 7 modules are as follows:  Python Programming, Keyboarding, Graph Design, Career Investigation, MIT App Inventor Programming, Learning.com and Computer Hardware.  As students complete a module, they are to select another module of their choice and the learning continues.

Career and Technology

The 6th graders are currently working on Career Exploration.  They just completed a series of "Skills Inventories" to help them better understand the jobs or careers they might be best suited for.  At this stage of the game, it was an exercise to demonstrate how these skills inventories works as the Internet is filled with tens of thousands of these kinds of tools.

This week, students will learn to use the U.S. Government "Occupational Outlook Handbook".  An excellent source of information for just about any job or career you can imagine.  The book is compiled by the "Department of Labor" and is kept updated on a regular basis.

The information gathered on Job Descriptions, Salary Expectations and Educational Requirements will be shared through a website students will be creating for jobs and careers they themselves are interested in.  I have no doubt students will create awesome websites so stay tuned as they share what they are learning.

By the way, here s a link to pictures and videos for various events.