In today’s world, students must prepare themselves for a wide range of college and work opportunities. All students want to lead a happy life and enjoy the good things the world has to offer. Our students will certainly be provided a quality education. This year I am working with our junior high students as they learn and master a wide range of 21st Century Skills.
In this year’s “Technology Applications” class, students will learn and master various topics associated with computers and technology. For a list of the various technology topics covered in this course, CLICK HERE for a PDF file. CLICK HERE for a Microsoft Word document.
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Between Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, all students are expected to complete Module 2 and start a new training module of their choice. Empowering students to learn topics of their choosing is turning out to be the fulfillment of a dream I have pursued since I started teaching here 19 years ago.
To view the training modules available, click the link below.
Saturday, October 13, 2018
To complete the project, student had to know the following:
Change Page Orientation
Change Font Style
Change Font Size
Create a Table
Change Table Borders
Add a Page Border
Sunday, September 16, 2018
A number of learning resources were employed along the way. Interactive videos, Learning.com lessons, various class exercises and activities were completed as students learned and practiced their new knowledge and skills.
Here are a few "Social Contracts" created by students. Stay tuned as we move into our "Class Picture" and other Desktop Publishing projects.
Sunday, August 26, 2018
Through the week, students did a number of activities to learn what they needed to know for our end of week test. While we did a few activities together as a class, students teamed up and work primarily with each other as they prepared themselves for the test over Rules, Policies and Procedures. About 97% - 98% of all 6th grades passed the test with an 85% or higher. Congratulations to all.
Next week, students will learn about Microsoft Word and its "Graphic Design" capabilities. We will use this software package to create our "Social Contract" and "Class Picture Project". Stay tuned next week for samples of their work.
Sunday, May 13, 2018
It has been a great year for the 6th graders. I won't see them again for 2 years as 8th graders. They will be missed.
In Principles of Information Technology, 8th graders are wrapping up their "Self-Learning" modules. At the end of their various modules, they were asked to complete a little survey about the things they learned on their own. Here are their thoughts.
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Saturday, April 28, 2018
A number of students completed training modules this week and will continue their training by selecting a new and different "Self-Learning" module. Special recognition goes to Gale Raught for being the first student to ever complete the "Computer Hardware" module.
After she disabled the computer, she was able to confidently name the various internal parts. When she reassembled the computer, the machine powered up and worked as expected.
8th and 6th graders completed a project for this year's Student Showcase. Students were asked to share what they know about the various things they have been doing in class. While 6th graders are not involved in "Self-Learning" modules, their project indicates they now know more then they did before. This week, 6th graders began their training in "Python Programming".
Watch the video below to see what all students are able to do. Each 6th and 8th grade student was asked to share 2 or 3 key points and the video is about 20 minutes long.
On a different note, the TechnoPirates Robotics Club took a trip to the "San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology". Upon completion of the museum activities, we were taken on a tour of "Port San Antonio" to learn of the different companies in operation and the various job opportunity which exist.
These two videos are available for your viewing.
Monday, April 2, 2018
6th Graders have completed a unit on Spreadsheets and are now preparing PowerPoint Slides to share what they have learned and are able to do. They have learned how to use a program which converts text to speech as well as working with PowerPoint. A video will be created for viewing during the Student Showcase on April 23rd.
Saturday, March 3, 2018
8th Graders recently closed out Module 2 (Digital Citizenship). After doing so, students are now free to select a new learning module of their choosing. In any of my four 8th Grade classes, you will see students involved in:
Sunday, January 14, 2018
6th graders are off to a great start for the New Year. They begin the new semester with a Spreadsheet Assignment they left pending before Christmas Break. They completed an online lesson at Learning.com and took Quiz #1. With 90% of the quiz grades being 80 % or higher, working our way through Module 4 (Spreadsheets) will be a breeze.
It won't be long before our 6th graders learn the basics of creating spreadsheets on their own and well enough to create a spreadsheet of their own creation and design.
Principles of Information Technology
We closed out the semester with the very first group of 8th graders to ever complete "Self-Learning" modules. Each module began with a Pretest. After their Pretest, each student completed a series of learning activities, quizzes and projects. They then took a Post Test to determine the growth of their knowledge and skills.
I am including a link to a Spreadsheet with "Pretest" and "Post Test" scores. The scores have been charted for graphic representation. The charts can be found at the bottom of each spreadsheet. Student names ARE NOT revealed in any way and not all Learning Modules were completed by students. Four of the 18 modules were not taken by students and do not have any data in them. 3 new modules were added over Christmas Break. One module is not conducive to Pre or Post testing.
I am looking forward to working with a new group of 8th graders as they learn and master the skill of learning on their own.