Introducing Touch Typing

Today will be the first day of really exposing my keyboarding students to the concept of touch typing.  While it seems like something they should already know, it is important to make sure we are all starting on the same page as we begin to increase our words per minute and accuracy.

We will be viewing two YouTube videos – one will demonstrate how fast people who use the touch typing method can type.

The other will give a brief overview of how to type.

 After, students will brainstorm the benefits of touch typing using a Padlet.  Once we have discussed some of the benefits of touch typing, we will begin to label and memorize the keyboard.  One of the biggest obstacles in becoming a good typist is knowing where the keys are located on the keyboard without looking.  Students will be labeling and color-coding blank keyboards in preparation for keyboard tests. 

Today’s exit ticket will require students to write down 3 benefits of touch typing!

About Me Presentation

One of my favorite projects during the school year is the About Me Presentation.  I really like this project because I get to learn about my students at the beginning of the year.  The students need to pick at least 15 of the topics from the list and create a presentation that focuses on them.  They can use PowerPoint, Keynote, or Prezi.  Below is the assignment sheet.

About Me Presentation 2014

Presentations will start on August 20, 2014

 

Computer Basics Presentation

We are jumping right in to keyboarding.  Yesterday, students took an initial timed-typing test and they will continue to test their typing skills.  By setting a baseline, we will be able to see how much students improve over the course of the semester.

Today’s presentation is an overview of computer basics.  I’m using videos from the Goodwill Community Foundation and information from About.com to give students a basic overview of computers and proper typing posture.  I’ve shared the video on Slideshare so students can view it at home, too.

Students will take a short quiz after the presentation and videos to check for understanding. 

 

iPad Rules & Consequences

This year, all high school students will be given an iPad to use.  One of the first activities we will do is come up with some rules and consequences for inappropriate iPad usage in class.  I think it is important for students to help develop rules because it provides more accountability.

To help facilitate this conversation, I will be using a Padlet.  Padlet is a technology tool that allows students to create notes on a pad that can be viewed by everyone.  I will ask students to create a rule and a consequence in a note.  I have created a sample note for them on the pad.

Students can link to the Padlet here: http://padlet.com/thompsonj3/ipad

 

Spring Semester Evaluation

It is important for me to talk to my students to figure out how I can be a better teacher in the future.  Last semester, I did a teacher evaluation as part of the final.  I have revamped it a little for this semester, but will still include it as part of the final.

Students can take the Spring Semester Evaluation by following the SurveyMonkey link.

The survey is anonymous, so students don’t have to include their name – just the hour they had class with me.

US News and World Report 100 Best Jobs

US News and World Report recently released their 100 Best Jobs of 2014.  This listing looks at several components and calculates their overall score.  The components include:

  • 10-Year Growth Volume (10%)
  • 10-Year Growth Percentage (10%)
  • Median Salary (30%)
  • Job Prospects (20%)
  • Employment Rate (20%)
  • Stress Level (5%)
  • Work-Life Balance (5%)

For a more detailed explanation of the rankings, click here.

Students picked a job featured on the listing to be their ‘career’ for the week.  They will be responsible for completing some basic research about the job and then building a monthly budget.

To complete this assignment, students will need to

  1. Find their job on the listing and read the information provided. Find the listing of the 100 Best Jobs of 2014 here.
  2. Open the SurveyMonkey link and answer the questions listed.  Find the SurveyMonkey assignment here.
  3. Submit the SurveyMonkey assignment and begin the Monthly Budget Worksheet.

 

Young Apprentice Reflection

Lord Sugar

The BCT I B students have been watching BBC’s Young Apprentice during the second semester and we are ready for the finale!  It has come down to the final two contestants, Zara Brownless and James McCullagh.  They are competing for the £25,000 prize (approximately $34,500).

Students will watch the second half of the finale in class today and complete the following reflection.  They can answer the questions on the computer or on paper.  Each question must be answered in 3-5 complete sentences.

Who won the challenge?  What was Lord Sugar’s reasoning behind that person being selected as winner?

Do you agree with who won?  Explain your reasoning.

What skills did these competitors need to be successful?

What skills do you have now that would help you be successful on the Young Apprentice?

What was your favorite challenge during the series?  Explain your reasoning?

If we had a Young Apprentice competition in the class, who would be the winner?  Explain your reasoning? 

These questions will be due on Wednesday, April 23.