Hey y’all. Seems like it’s been a while since I’ve written. Really it hasn’t been too long but a lot has happened over week or so. Changes have happened.
Change. Change happens. Changes with friendships, those can suck and sometimes I’m last to know which really sucks. Changes happen with time, summer is now coming to an end and school starting. Changes happen to our health, can be quickly like throwing a back out or slowly like rehabilitating. Some changes can happen as quickly as the weather here, sunny and hot and literally storming and flooding and within 15 minutes.
So my change for this year is that I no longer will be teaching science. Last 4 years I’ve been teaching 6th grade science at McAdory Middle School in McCalla, AL (I never mention my school name here but it’s needed for what I’m going to ask for in a few paragraphs). Well I’ll still have one science class a day but the rest of the time I’ll be teaching a ‘technology elective’ for 6th grade. Kinda cool, huh? It’s going to be fun but from time I found out until time school starts is a week and half window. And no I don’t have a curriculum to go by nor has this class been taught at my school to look at way it was in the past. It’s really exciting to start from scratch. I’m lucky because I have a PLN to turn to during this. So many sent me curriculum maps/scope and sequences of what they have done or what is done at their schools. I’ve had invites to schools not far from here to see what they are doing. I’ve had others give me fantastic ideas for lessons or reminding me I can now do things I was afraid to slip in my class due to curriculum requirements & time limits.
So I’ve got an outline. Who knows how closely I will stick to it, but I’m going to try. I may get a wild hair and go off on something, but these are the basics and not only cover things I want to them to learn but the state technology course of study as well. So here it is:
1st 9 weeks: (The Basics)
Class expectations (with input from kids), rules, district AUP, setting up Edmodo accts, etc. (1 week)
Digital Citizenship – social media will be then as well (3 weeks)
Parts of a computer (1 week)
Basic computer usage (1/2 week)
MS Office Basics (3 to 4 weeks)
2nd 9 weeks: (Internet, Web 2.0, Apps)
Search and Research – Google, Nettrekker, online libraries (1 to 2 weeks)
Web 2.0 Tools (4 weeks)
Apps (I hope…Need something to run apps on) (4 weeks)
3rd 9 weeks (Getting Fancy)
Website building and coding (4 weeks)
Photo and video editing (5 weeks)
4th 9 weeks (Engineering) (I need help for this y’all!)
LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT (or if someone is feeling really generous EV3)
Also I plan on starting having a genius hour some time during the 2nd 9 weeks, depends how long we take to get to that maturity level, they are 6th graders.
I know there is a lot more that could be added to this, but this is what I am comfortable with so far. These are things I already are comfortable with and pretty good at. Yeah there maybe a different robot out there but I’m really good at LEGO and if I don’t have a learning curve then I can focus more on instruction.
- I have a worksheet that has my top “wants” and prices here: http://bit.ly/TechWish2013
- Old computers we can take apart and put back together.
- Class set of tablets (or 10 so I have enough for groups of 3. I would love ipad minis but will not be picky!)
- Adobe Photoshop (or the whole suite) for the lab computers.
- Other makerspace projects
- Big Shot Cameras (How cool are these for only $89 each?!)
- 3D printer (hey a girl can dream, right?!)
- 10 (15 would be the dream to work in groups of 2) sets of LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT
- Class set of netbooks or laptops (We have a lab but I am not guaranteed to get in there everyday. I have 7 netbooks in my classroom, but 4 have an older version of Linux that will not connect to the wifi so if someone knows how to fix them and can come by to do so…)