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    I grew up an Oklahoman (Go Pokes!), and graduated from Northeastern State University in 1996.  From 2003-2008 I taught 4th and 5th grades in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
    In 2008 I moved to Prosper, TX.  While there I owned a restaurant in Frisco and enjoyed watching FC Dallas soccer.  Last school year I had the opportunity to go back into teaching at Roach Middle School, in Frisco.  At Roach I taught 7th & 8th grade Video Production & Broadcast. 
    This summer my family moved from DFW to Houston and have enjoyed being near the Gulf Coast.  HISD has been great, and I look forward to working with my students in Technology Applications.

Technology Applications

  • This year in Technology Applications we'll spend most of our time working with the code.org curriculum, CS Discoveries. This is an introductory course that empowers students to engage with Computer Science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun.  You can find out more about CS Discoveries here.

    In addition to code.org we'll also spend time working with Microsoft Office products such as Excel & Powerpoint.  During the second semester we'll also spend time working with video production.

This Week in Class

  • April

    Posted by Steven Mann on 4/12/2018

    This month the student swill be working with SketchUp.  This is a 3D modeling software that allows students to design all sorts of projects.  Students have been working on designing a house in SketchUp.  Proojects are due 4/12 or 4/13, and students will present on 4/16 and 4/17.

    During April and May students will also work on keyboarding skills.  The lessons will be in learning.com and will focus on learning the home row.  At this point accuracy is imprtant.  Speed will come with practice.


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  • 02/05 - 02/09

    Posted by Steven Mann on 2/6/2018

    This week students will continue to work with both SketchUp and Code.org.

    In SketchUp students will begin work on classroom models.  Students will measure the classroom dimensions and then input that information into SketchUp.

    In Code.org the students will work on the following activities:

    • Lesson 3.7 - The Draw Loop:  Students work with the code, World.frameRate and function draw () {}
    • Lesson 3.8 - Students explore the underlying behavior of variables through an unplugged activity.
    • Lesson 3.9 - By combining the Draw Loop and the Counter Pattern, students write programs that move sprites across the screen, as well as animate other sprite properties.
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  • 1/22 - 1/26

    Posted by Steven Mann on 1/22/2018

    Students are working on code.org Unit 3.  In this unit the students will learn how to create animation using javascript.  This week we are covering the following lessons:

    • Unit 3.3 - Drawing with javascript
    • Unit 3.4 - Shapaes and randomization
    • Unit 3.5 - Variables

    Students will be introduced to the following code:

    • fill(color)
    • rect(x,y,w,h)
    • ellipse(x,y,w,h)
    • background(color)
    • randomnumber()

    Students are also working with the design software, SketchUp.  This week they will work on designing a 3D tic-tac-toe board.  They will also continue working on a house design that was started last week.

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  • 12/18 - 12/21

    Posted by Steven Mann on 12/18/2017

    This week students will continue to finish their personal websites.  They'll also work with CSS code for style.  The lessons that they will focus on this week are:

    • Unit 2 lesson 10: CSS font styles & sizes
    • Unit 2 lesson 11: CSS text colors
    • Unit 2 lesson 13: CSS RGB color values & CSS Classes

    Students can work on code.org at home to complete any unfinished assignments.

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  • 12/04 - 12/08

    Posted by Steven Mann on 12/6/2017
    • This week students will be using the web lab in code.org.  They'll be doing the following activities.
      • Lesson 2.7:  Images and copyright.  Students will use the <img> tag.
      • Lesson 2.8:  Clean code and debugging.  Students will work with code that needs some help.  Using the information they've learned so far they will clean up code so that information shows up on webpages.
      • Lesson 2.9:  Hyperlinks.  Students will work on linking webpages using the <a> tag.
    • If a student needs to finish an assignment they can come after school on Tuesday for tutorials.  I'm also available for tutorials several mornings throughout the week.  Students will need to schedule a morning tutorial with me in advance.
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  • 11/27 - 12/01

    Posted by Steven Mann on 11/27/2017
    • Code.org Lesson 2.6 - Lists, Students will review and work with HTML lists
      • Code used:
        • <ol></ol>
        • <ul></ul>
        • <li></li>
    • Code.org Lesson 2.7 - Intellectual property and images
    • HTML Christmas Webpage activity
      • For this assignment students will use links, lists, headers, paragraphs and images in their webpage 
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  • 11/13 - 11/17

    Posted by Steven Mann on 11/14/2017
    • This week students will work on HTML web pages.
      • Rice Crispy Treat recipe webpage
      • Image insert webpag
    • Lesson 4 - Headers, Students will learn about header tags (<h></h>), and begin working on their personal webpages.
    • Lesson 5 - Digital Footprint, Students will learn about and discuss why it is difficult to control who sees information published online.  Student will also consider guidelines for safely publishing information online.

    • Lesson 6 - Lists, Students will review and work with HTML lists

      •  Code used:
        • <ol></ol>
        • <ul></ul>
        • <li></li>
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  • 11/06 - 11/10

    Posted by Steven Mann on 11/6/2017
    • This week students will finish their PBJ recipe webpages.
    • In Code.org students will work on Unit 2, lessons 2, 3 and 4.
      • Lesson 2 - Websites for Expression, Students will spend time brainstorming ideas for a personal webpage.
      • Lesson 3 - Intro to HTML, Students will work in code,org's Web Lab with the following tags:
        • <html></html>
        • <!DOCTYPE>
        • <body></body>
        • <head></head>
        • <p></p>
      • Lesson 4 - Headers, Students will learn about header tags (<h></h>), and begin working on their personal webpages.


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  • 10/30 - 11/03

    Posted by Steven Mann on 10/31/2017
    • This week we'll finish working on the Houston Astros Excel spread sheet.  Some formulas to remember:
      • =sum(  :  )
      • =average(  :  )
      • =if(  >  , "W", "L")
    • Students have finished CS Discoveries Unit 1, and will be presenting their app designs to the class.
    • HTML/CSS - Students will work with ordered and unordered lists this week.  On Thursday and Friday they will create recipe web pages.  Some new tags to remember.
      • <ul></ul>
      • <ol></ol>
      • <li></li>
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    Phone: 713-942-1907
    Conference Periods: P3 & R4 
    Tutorials:  Tuesdays, 3:35 - 4:45
    Coding Club: Tuesdays, 3:35 - 4:45 (this will resume in February)