STEM

This website was designed entirely by Mr.Fitzjarrald as a means to help differentiate learning for his students at the Denver Center for 21st Century Learning. Mr. Fitzjarrald has been designing websites for several years, and has never found an instructional website that has all of the features that he wants. On this site, students can create social networking groups, study groups, friend each other, access content, take tests and quizzes, and most importantly, engage with their peers, teachers, and content.

About the Course

This course is designed to be a High-School elective in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). As a technology facilitated class, each aspect is set to integrate appropriate real world technologies. In order to get started, students can access the following online documents:

1. Grading Scale

2. Course Syllabus

3. Classroom Expectations

Students will use email, web, and word-processing everyday in my class. The basic structure of the semester is as follows:

Introduction: This unit familiarizes students to the web-interface and starts them working with their blogs and course groups.

Mapping: This is the cornerstone of the course. Using GIS software (including: ArcGIS online, ArcGIS 10.1, and ArcPad) students will create scientific maps. These maps will scale with the abilities and age of the students in the course, but will focus primarily on developing maps that introduce pertinent scientific data. Students will use rainfall and climate data to create modern maps of the local area. Total time 3-6, 4-lesson weeks.

Computer Science: Students will learn how to diagnose computer problems and create vector and coordinate based graphic programs. The primary interface for this design will be the KhanAcademy Computer Science editor but the programs are entirely designed by the students in the course. When students have basic experience, they will graduate to using DietCODA (for iPad) and EditPlus/NetBeans (for our PC’s). Total time 3-4, 4-lesson weeks.

Digital Literacy: Microsoft has a great Digital Literacy curriculum that is an introductory certification from Microsoft E-Learning. All students will be required to take and pass the Digital Literacy Certification Exam. This is no simple exam, and will take several weeks to go through and learn the material in preparation.

Design: After students have had basic introductory display, mapping, and coding experience, we will examine presentation and design. Throughout the course, students had developed their own blogs. Now they will have the option to grow their sites into fully functional and editable LCMS solutions. Students will be required to integrate interactive maps, programming code, a code markup, and a well developed tutorial about designing their site (which will be recorded in their blog).

Development: For this final unit students will take the knowledge they have learned and apply it to the design of one large final project. For this, students must find a need for the school. Students will then have the option to develop a website (WordPress, Drupal, or Joomla), a mobile app (using MIT android editor), a video game (using scratch), or a combination of the three.

Victor Fitzjarrald – Instructor

Victor is proud to be an educator of At-Risk youth in Denver Colorado. During his day, Mr.Fitzjarrald works with 150 students and a wide array of technology. The school has more than 70 iPad 2’s, 300 Netbooks, 100 Laptops, and two SmartLabs. When he is not taking the time to plan lessons and fix technology, he works on his coursework for the Administration and Supervision program at Johns Hopkins University. Victor will graduate with a Graduate Certificate in School Administration in July of 2013.