This is it, the last of days. Seniors...can you feel the end is close? Juniors...are you ready to step into the big show?
It has been a brilliant year. We have had some great classes (and some not so great classes, right Nada?). I hope that you have taken away a bit more of a love for technology and have learned to see the fun and joy in the many different areas. I know I have had an amazing time teaching you all this time around. Tech Class has been good to us all. Let's make it fun for the last week!
The last three blogs for IT Class with me...ever
So, two weeks of classes...that's it. Are you crying Seniors?
Easy week. By Wednesday your group needs to build the ball shooter (except Osama's, who are working on the alligator).
The last week you will have to build the sorter robot by the end of the week. No problems there.
Two weeks, two projects.
Well, this is going to be an interesting week. 80% of the class is gone for the first 3 days...
I think what we will do is take it easy for the first 3 days, play Minecraft, blog, etc
On the return of the Seniors (like a bad horror movie) we will start the coding part of the robots. This pushes our dates back a bit and we will probably only have 1 competition. Who knows though, we could have two.
Juniors have the following blog
Seniors have this blog
4 weeks...that is all that is left. 20 classes. Hard to believe.
This week we start the LEGO Mindstorm Robots. I wanted a full 4 weeks for this unit because it takes some time, even in groups, to get stuff going in the short classes we have. There isn't much to say about it but I will lay out my plans. Day by day these will be altered based on your interest and skills developing.
Group 1 - Zach, Fayed, Hussein
Group 2 - Assem, Fahmy, Yahia, Nada
Group 3 - Chris, Emad, Adam , Selim
Group 4 - Youssef, Yassin, Osama
Week 1 - Components and building
Sunday - Parts
Monday - Resources
Tuesday to Thursday - Build
Week 2 - Coding
Sunday - Software intro
Monday - Early Code
Tuesday to Thursday - Coding project
Week 3 and 4 - Competition
These weeks will be project builds on competition between the 4 groups...we will be taking the lead from our resident expert Farida.
I have to say that the last days of the previous week were awesome (sorry Farida, but I know you were here is spirit). The fact that Youssef came in on his own time, and Emad does often, shows that you are actually enjoying the unit. Even Nada was getting some joy out of it...I knew you would. It is a wonderful way to show off places and I am extremely happy that it was so successful. It is very hard to measure where you were and where you are now. Simply by the change in your teamwork, you ability to problem solve, troubleshoot and figure out areas was amazing. Looking from the outside in, it is great to see you working together as a class and a team. I hope you realize that simply by building a little blocky school in Minecraft has gotten you to work harder together than on any other assignment this year. I am really very proud of you all.
Now for this week I am still working out exactly what we are doing. It is the final week of minecraft, but the specifics are hazy. I will definitely give you another day to work on the schools, only because I love how much effort you are putting into them. I think on Monday I will start to show you some more features of that map, places you haven't seen. Later in the week I think we will do a final build, but we will see.
Coming up next will be robotics (and some fun coding)...
I am very excited for this week. It is going to be a week of discovery and learning what can be done in a virtual environment. The map we will be working with is called the World of Humanities. I will be talking more about it at the start of class. Your only task is exploration and a little team work. I am hoping to have a couple teachers come in and see what we are doing because I believe this is what educational tech is all about. I hope you have fun with it.
I think I should listen to what asked and return to the old Quarter 3 blog/vlog style. Vlogs will again count as 2 blogs.
This week's blogs:
At this point in the school year (and really High School) you probably have figured out that I have high expectations for you. It may feel like IT gives fairly easy grades and many of you have said that the class asks the most consistent work out of you. However, I am not sure you realize how far you have come. A lot of what you are learning you don't see because you are in the middle of learning/using the information. I can tell you, watching you grow and learn has been incredible. You are doing more than I think you realize.
As simple as Minecraft is, what have already learned is this:
Increased eye-hand coordination. Even the most untrained in this method of movement has already easily mastered it. I wish you could see what your brain is doing
Huge collaborative and communicative improvements. You miss half the conversations that are going on while you are task focused, but let me tell you, this is a HUGE change. It is very impressive
Problem solving through the roof. You should see how fast you organize your groups and plan solutions. It is just amazing.
All of this with a little simple game. Bravo!
This wee we will try a little fun. I think we will attempt both the obstacle course (more eye-hand and spacial awareness) and the Hunger Games (societal and communication skills). I am really looking forward to this.
A single blog this week:
Digital Citizenship is made of Nine Elements (Click HERE for a list). Which of the nine do you see the most involved with a game like Minecraft and why is that important?
This is it, the last Quarter in a great year. I think we are going to have some fun for the next couple months. I have some interesting ideas and I hope you look at them with an open mind and try to have some fun.
The first unit of the Quarter will be dealing with Minecraft. You knew it was coming. Some of you are excited (Emad) and some of you aren't (Nada). This is good. If you love everything we do then you don't see technology for what it really is. You need to know that somethings seem good to you and bad to others. It's the same argument with Apple vs Windows. You may not like a thing, but that doesn't make it bad. It's an opinion and you should have them. I don't expect you to like everything we do, but I only challenge you to try (you never know, you might learn that you like it).
So, we are going to use Minecraft as a tool. Yes, it is a game but it has incredible value. We are going to use this 3D interactive, creative environment to deal with Digital Citizenship. We are going to work together, help each other, and build together. That is something that is incredibly difficult to teach and I have found that being immersed in an environment makes it so much more fun.
The first week will be learning the system. You will be working through a tutorial world and an exploratory world. This will hopefully give you comfort in the system. After that we will look into some more complex builds, and even some coding (really, who doesn't want to learn how to make a computer run?). It should be great fun.
BUT FIRST! (no Chris, no selfie)...what we need to do is try something interesting. I am planning on using Minecraft as a tool for Digital Citizenship, so maybe we should look at that a little first. What we need to do is know the difference between your Digital Persona versus your Real Life persona. Some people are the same in both places, some are not (more common these days). So, who are you?
Myer's Briggs - Psychological Profile
Personality Test - Another style
Harry Potter MBTI
Game of Thrones MBTI
Walking Dead MBTI
Three blogs on your return, however, there is a change...you can do 3 blogs now or 2 blogs and 1 vlog...
What Myers - Briggs personality type are you? Are the results accurate?
Are you a good digital citizen? Click HERE if you don't know what that means.
Comment on the video below (or from the folder)...what are your expectations for the unit?
This is it everyone, a long 10 week Quarter coming to a close. I didn't this year could go any faster but it has. I think this has been a fantastic Quarter with you picking up a great deal of new tools. I am extremely happy to see a bunch of you using them outside of IT as well. They will only get easier to use and more useful if you keep playing with them. Great job everyone.
So, this week is only 3 days long. There are now blogs this week (I want to be done with my grades before the break). Keep working on your SketchUp assignments and projects. Remember, you need to show them to me before end of class on Tuesday.
This week is the start of the latest in independent assigns, leaving you the opportunity to move at your own pace. You have deadlines but I will mark assignments as you go. Remember, there are 3 main assignments and a selection of "Bonus" assignments for you to choose your fourth and fifth one from. Make sure to manage your time wisely. This unit is finished on the last day of the Quarter. You need to be able to show me your work in class, so make it count.