Welcome to 2017/18 school year

 CTE (Career & Technical Education)

Tech Ed.     Room 22

Carla Prater



Our Vision:

Nelsen Middle School will cultivate positive relationships to provide the whole child with a supportive learning environment

where EVERY student builds skills to become lifelong learners.

Classroom Curriculum and Activities:

Middle School Tech Ed is a Science, Technology, Education, and Math (STEM) course which contains four modules (see below).

Every Renton School District Middle School teaches these modules in the same sequence, one per semester. 

A student could take all four modules during seventh and eighth grade without repeating curriculum or activities

while building their skills and knowledge. 

App Inventor 2nd semester 2018 

Classroom Curriculum and Activities:

Middle School Tech Ed is a Science, Technology, Education, and Math (STEM) course.

Curriculum Overview

This course uses a curriculum (tinyurl.com/AppInventorSF) developed by SFUSD educators, with significant support from the University of San Francisco (USF), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and other leading CS education experts.

The App Inventor curriculum is organized into units focused on specific types of apps and relevant CS skills. Within each unit, students will:

  1. build an app by following a tutorial

  2. learn and practice CS concepts (in both a “plugged” and “unplugged” way)

  3. conceptualize the app, to deepen CS knowledge

  4. customize the app with coding challenges

  5. create an app of their own designs

  6. The App Inventor curriculum units include

  • Students use CS & programming skills to create a final project

  • submit/share their eportfolio with others

  • Standards Alignment  Currently, no officially adopted national, state, or local standards exist for computer science. However, this course is aligned to theITSE: (International Society for Technology in Education Standards Ed Tech: Empowered Learner:  ISTE 1. Knowledge Constructor: ISTE 3,Design Process: Innovative Designer: ISTE 4, Math: Computational Thinker: ISTE 5, Language: Creative Communicator: ISTE 6 and link to Renton school district’s PK-12 digital Citizenship (https://www.rentonschools.us/Page/3210)



Important websites:

Parents & students++++++++, below you will find important classroom information, links and resources:

Swift: announcements, important dates, events and communication links

Skyward: https://www2.nwrdc.wa-k12.net/scripts/cgiip.exe/WService=wrentons71/seplog01.w

 Parents & students can view how they are doing and keep up to date.

 Canvas: students can access assessments, assignments, participate in student discussions.

Parents are able to access their own student’s dashboard.

MIT App Inventor 2

students have access to lessons, tutorials, & activities.


Hawks SOAR


Build Each Other Up


Responsible for or own behavior


Responsible for our own learning


Care for Each Other

Academic Spaces

Classroom, library, gym

*We support each other academically

*We encourage each other to make safe, healthy, and responsible decisions.

*We T.H.I,N,K before we speak

*WE appropriately support others to take ownership of their work and actions.

*We help maintain a safe, clean, and positive academic space

*We challenge ourselves to be great

*We appropriately advocate for ourselves.

*We use school appropriate language.

*We participate and take advantage of opportunities for learning both during the school day and after school.

*We are on time, prepared, and ready to learn.

*We keep track of assignment, deadlines, and activities

*We have positive interactions with students, staff and guests.

*WE follow staff directions.

*We treat substitute teachers with kindness.

*We collaborate with our classmates.

Having trouble with these expectations?

Sometimes a student might need to be redirected and some of the steps I might take are:  verbal warning, a break in the

back of the room to cool down, a phone call home, a lunch, after school or Friday detention, an office referral.

Be prepared for class:

You should always have the following with you in Tech. Ed.:

  • A pencil (with eraser) and pen(always), post -its (3”x3”)

  • Your password and login information for multiple websites.

  • A USB drive (optional, but useful in Tech Ed!)

  • Absences and Make-Up Work

When you are gone from class you’ll need to catch up when you get back.  There are multiple ways to find out what you missed:

  1. Check swift website & Canvas

  2. Check the ABSENT box on the side of the room for documents that were set aside for you.

  3. Check with a friend.  They often have the best notes and can give you the quick rundown of what we did when you were gone.

  4. If you have questions raise your had to ask? 

  5. If you need to make up or retake an assessment or work on a project, ask Mrs.Prater

  6. good time before or after school would be to come in and work on that.


Grading Policies

 Mrs. Prater will grade using the standards based grading system.  All assessments will have a rubric so students are aware of the

standards as they’re working.  Students will always be given a rubric prior to the start of a project.  assessments, labs, projects,

quizzes, tests, presentations) Students will be assessed on various science, math, and language arts standards as well as the 21st Century Skills.

Grading Scale:

4-Above Standard    3-Meeting Standard  2-Approaching Standard   1-Not Meeting Standard

 Student grades are reflected in numbers one through four. An explanation of the grading criteria is explained below: 

4-Indicates the student has exceeded expectation on their assessments 

3-Students have shown that they have successfully grasped the curriculum expectation their accomplishments show growth

 2-After practice and assessment on a new concept, the student demonstrates limited progress and understanding of the material.

 1-Students are missing the understanding of key concepts, and might not demonstrate completion of assignments or assessments.