Welcome to 2018/19 school year

 CTE (Career & Technical Education)

Tech Ed. 

 425-304-3062  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 participates in the following Robotics, & App inventor modules in the same sequence, one per semester.  

Robotics: Arduino  fall 1st semester 2018 

Robotics (Arduino) 

 This semester we will explore Robotics using an Arduino microcontroller 

Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. Arduino-boards are able to read inputs- ex: light on a sensor, a finger on a button, or a Twitter message - and turn it into an output – ex: activating a motor, turning on an LED, publishing something online.   The Arduino consists of both a physical programmable circuit board (often referred to as a microcontroller) and a piece of software, or IDE (Integrated Development Environment) that runs on your computer, used to write and upload computer code to the physical board. 

Students will complete 4 modules: Intro to Robotics > Programming with Arduino  > Building robots  >Final project:  user centered summative project (individual or partner project) 

App Inventor spring 2nd semester 2019 

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.

Google Classroom: 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.

Robotics: Arduino Google sites): 

students have access to lessons, visuals & codes/programming tips


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.