Friday, April 24, 2015

Karaoke time

Good lunchtime behavior is rewarded with a little help from technology. Students requested a little karaoke time from assistant principal Luiz Lazaro and he was happy to oblige.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Geometry in 3d

Our ITS department loaned us a 3d printer for a few days and the geometry class took advantage of that opportunity. Students created name tags in Tinkercad, a simple computer aided drawing (CAD) program. They saved their files in a compatible format for the printer and Mrs Lind, ITS, printed the objects. This exercise will be followed by an evaluation of the printing and designing used and a lesson about surface area and volume. The students were all very excited to use this printer. Once word got around that it was In the building, many students were eager to create their own 3d objects.  We also were able to print a hravket piece from Inventor and the little building was extracted from a Minecraft Texas history mission world. We will be awaiting our next turn at the use of his remarkable device.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Want to learn a new language?

Canyon Vista offers courses in Spanish and French and next year German. The Spanish classes conducted by Mr. Garza have been trying out DuoLingo - both an app and a website on which you can learn languages. Many languages can be learned through this free program - Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Irish, Danish, Swedish,  Turkish, and English. For example, Mr. Garza's students are learning Spanish. They are given phrases to practice by converting them from English to Spanish, Spanish to English, reading and then speaking them, and repeating the phrases orally. Progress is measured for each person and the program adapts as to how the student advances the skills to be learned. Students are also given options to test out of lessons to progress at a rapid rate.  This is a wonderful program that anyone can use. So try it yourself at https://www.duolingo.com/.