1) Ohio has new Computer Science Standards. They are still in draft form but I thought I should read them and compare them to CSTA and the current Ohio Technology standards.
I felt so unproductive because nothing formal was completed. I looked over standards to see what were included expectations for grades 6 - 12.
2) My SMART goal(s) are generally written the first quarter of school. Maybe anticipating that the goals need to be written that is something I should consider writing and make goals BEFORE school starts.
3) My SLO tests are created by myself as I'm not a state-tested subject. I have used the same test for the last 5 years and students come in with scores of 10 - 15% and leave with scores 70%+ and this is really good because I only see my middle school students in 9-week rotations. BUT as well as they have been growing on these tests I thought it was time to create a list of things students should know by the end of 8th grade so I could test toward those things. Not only do I want to test these skill I think these skills will be used across curriculum. I'd love to get more in-depth with actual computer science but I make sure a lot of CS gets in while supporting use of applications that will be used in core high school curriculum. Keeping in mind that my students rotate in 9-week sections it's not feasible to do a lot of the curriculum out there for CS that is designed for an entire year.
See my list below of competencies/specific learning objectives (not standards) to see if you agree because that is pretty much all I completed that I can show on day 28. LOL
8th grade minimum requirements
- create a folder in a drive
- use a flash drive
- use the hard drive
- use Google drive
- change the color of the folder
- differentiate between drives
- understand a cloud drive requires Internet access
- rename folders and drives
- differentiate between save & save as
- save files as a different file type than the default for the program
- i.e. save .xlsx to .csv or .docs to .pdf or .txt
- recognize they cannot simply rename the file with the file type
- understand what an operating system is and does
- understand the difference between editable files such as .prel and .wlmp or .ai and final files such as .mp4, .mpg, .png
- understand basic syntax of HTML5 tags and incorporating CSS
- Note: other coding skills should be introduced but this is a minimum
- compare and contrast creating a website from a text editor vs. Google Sites and Weebly
- recognize that website builders still use HTML and CSS in the back end
- compare and contrast editors such as Notepad, Coffee Cup, CodePen, and Dreamweaver.
- Identify responsible use of technology
- understand copyright laws
- use and create images
- understand the value of taking own photography
- have strategies against plagiarism
- demonstrate varied research techniques
- understand Internet safety
- create and remember secure passwords
- understand personal information
- recognize unsafe activity
- guard against malware
- Edit photos and video