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.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

"Self-Learning" Modules Taking Shape

8th Grade "Principles of Information Technology"

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:

MIT App Inventor programming
Web Design
Python Programming
"Code.Org" Coding Lessons
Sphero Programming
Career Exploration
Graphic Design
Lessons at "Learning.Com"
Computer Hardware

It is really cool to see students involved in work that interests them.  As students work through the next 2 - 3 weeks, they will be able to complete the module and move on to a new and different module.  Stay tuned to see how things develop over the next few weeks.  

6th Grade "Career and Technology"

Students are finishing up our "Spreadsheet" unit.   Over the last few weeks, these little ones created 3 or 4 spreadsheets using Google Sheets.   Having learned about Labels, Values, Formulas and Functions, these students are now in the process of creating a much larger spreadsheet.  Each student contributed to the "Household Inventory" spreadsheet by adding a typical household item to the list.  They also used the Internet to find stores where the items can be purchased, along with descriptions and prices.

Students used "Functions and Formulas" to calculate a Sub-Total, Sales Tax, Total Price.  To conclude the calculations, students also use a Function to determine the highest, lowest and average price of the items. The spreadsheet will be completed this week as they learn to add borders and a splash of color to add visual appeal.