8th Grade: Creative Computers

  • Creative Computer is a semester long course which teaches the basics of computer programming. Students learn the basics of computer hardware and how that translates into the instructions needed to program the computer to perform specific tasks. The classroom is treated as a software development company and students are expected to follow the Agile Development Process as well as Pair Programming.

    During the semester students will work through the following subjects and skills:

    • Google Apps,
    • An understanding of Binary and Hexadecimal numbering systems and how they relate to working on programs,
    • Hypertext Mark-Up Language (HTML) and how web pages work on the Internet, through which students will gain the knowledge needed to create their own websites as well as delving into the code of pre-existing websites to learn how they function,
    • Using JavaScript to add apps to their webpages.

    My teaching philosophy is that students learn best when the teacher gets out of the way and they can work on their own. So I try to be more of a Facilitator and Resource than standing in front of the class and lecturing. 

    We use a Learning Management System, Schoology for keeping track of our assignments, projects, classwork and quizzes. It allows our students a large degree of flexibility in how, when and where they can learn. Since it is Internet-based students can work and learn anywhere they have access to the Internet and on any device. You will be able to find everything you need to know there.

    Almost every assignment, project or quiz has an associated video to help the student to understand the concept or skill they need to complete their work. Also, assignments and projects come with a rubric for grading. 

    Finally, most assignments and project can be "redone" to learn the skills necessary for completing the work. My motto is "Fail often to succeed sooner!"

    If you have any questions please feel free to email me at: chhoover@cpsk12.org.