Who's Doing What?Grades 5 and 6
There are NO formalized homework assignments - however, here's a listing of the student activities and projects for Information Technology and Computer Science programs for the current school year:
Grade 5 - Computer science activities include navigating the internet safely and responsibly for completing school research projects, reviewing Word, introduction to Inspiration 8.0 (graphic organizing software) and learning how to use macros with the new laptops. Discussion and viewing excerpts of Wall-E for understanding the possible impacts of technology upon our daily lives will culminate into a Publisher newsletter reflecting their understanding of how technology influences our decision-making and future resources.
Grade 6 - Computer science activities review skills learned in Inspiration 8.0 to create a Timeline to Freedom in the USA. This will be after interactive discussion about the historical aspects of how men and women earned their rights to be free and equal. A role playing scenario where students become "sales reps" for CPU4U is the introduction to Excel to help students understand how software programs can analyze, sort and calculate data. Learning that the computer "can do Math" will be the highlight as students are introduced to formulations.
CUE Lab students are graded on 5 tasks they are expected to try to implement within their printed project. On a scale of 1 to 5, student's efforts are assessed to how well they succeeded in using the skill, applied a concept and or implemented a task. A rating of 5 is equal to a grade of A whereas a rating of 1 is equal to that of a grade of F. Students who would like to revise their work to earn more points may do so within the marking period that they originally submitted for grading.
- A plus is earned by that rare student who knows the answers, has experience AND can offer a (NEW) creative application that had not been previously demonstrated. There is no need for improvement as they've mastered the skill.This is equivalent to a score of 5 noted from an assignment on the School Brains Portal.
- A is earned by a student who demonstrates that they are self-reliant, able to work independently and can apply skills in new ways. This is equivalent to a score of 4.75 noted from an assignment on the School Brains Portal.
- B is earned by a student who demonstrates that they can perform most tasks with little intervention but some guidance and is doing commendable work. This is equivalent to a score of 4.5 noted from an assignment on the School Brains Portal.
- C is earned by a student who demonstrates that is satisfactory and complying with minimum requirements, trying to complete their work in a timely manner. This is equivalent to a score of 3.5 noted from an assignment on the School Brains Portal.
- D is earned by a student who demonstrates that there is room for improvement in completing work that extra effort and or practice will remedy. This is equivalent to a score of 3 noted from an assignment on the School Brains Portal.
- Minus or Plus suggesting the recognition of the student able to rise or drop to the next grade.
- F is earned by a student who demonstrates unsatisfactory effort, chooses not to practice and or seek help when needed. This is equivalent to a score of 2.5 or lower noted from an assignment on the School Brains Portal.
Students can make their computer lab experience better by bringing in supplies for their own personal use during their scheduled computer science or technology classes. For students in grades 5 and 6 who will be in the CUE Lab for class, a set of headphones — ear bud style like those used with MP3 players (ipods) are a good choice because they are small and easy to carry.
A USB corded or cordless mouse for use with the laptops in CUE Lab would make working less frustrating. The track pads on are laptops are very sensitive and inexperienced users can become very frustrated with the choosing and selecting capability.
Finally, if students wish to save their files on a thumb or flash drive, they may bring in a USB style portable storage device. Capacity for the drives can be as little as 4 GB or as much as 64 GB for most of the work students will need during their 4 years in the middle school. Most are available at office supply stores.
There are NO formalized homework assignments - however, here's a listing of the student activities and projects for Information Technology and TEL Lab's technology and engineering programs for current school year:
Grades 7 and 8
Students are applying what skills they have in computer science to learn about various subject related fields in the TEL Lab.
They are assigned with a partner to a Paxton Action Learning Lab module (we have 12 currently) for a duration of 12 classes to learn specific concepts and develop related skills in the following areas: AC Audio Communcations, DM Digital Music, EE Environment & Ecology, FT Flight Technology, GA Graphics & Animation, HF Health & Fitness, IT Information Technology, ME Mechanisms, RO Robotics, SE Structural Engineering, VP Video Production and VA Virtual Architecture.
Experiences in each of these modules develop unique skills for the technological application while reinforcing basic computing skills but also gives students opportunities to develop collaborative and cooperative skills that are vital in their professional lives as adults
TEL Lab Students are graded on their comprehension of mastery in concepts introduced in the module through 4 assessments at mid-way and end-points of the module, collaborative efforts during activities that apply what they're learning in the module, understanding of the DESIGN Process (a Science framework standard necessary for success with Technology & Engineering as well as Basic Sciences) and quality of completion of activities and long term projects.