After a whirlwind of a summer it's difficult to think that school begins in 30 days. So far this summer I completed my first post-masters class in school administration, participated in my daughter's June wedding, read content for CTE test questions, attended code.org training, and participated in the opening days of our county fair.
This summer we are taking our summer vacation at the end of this week. It's later in the summer but gives me two full weeks to prep before students arrive. I hope to document the next 30-days with resources AND experiences.
I will be teaching Digital Design Productions, a student-based enterprise course where students will be using various tools to design products that can be sold online. I will be teaching Technology Communications where I have students learn about social media marketing, web commerce, video production, and blogging to explore communication online and via various forms of technology. I will be teaching 6 & 7 grade computer technology courses and AP CSP. None of these courses have district adopted curriculum so it's nice that I get to decide what to teach but also the biggest part of the challenge.
I'm starting with AP CSP, at least it has curriculum out there already laid out within it's own set of standards and learning objectives for the course. This year I'm still using the FREE Harvard CS50 but supplementing it with code.org and using App Inventor as the initial project to garner interest in using mobile devices.
Since my students have the benefit of having computer technology courses in middle school I will be taking a lot of the code.org material and introducing it at the middle school level. Code.org has specific middle school content so I will be looking at how the AP CSP and Discoveries curriculum integrates with each other.
Thank you for following me as a put together this plan for the new school year.