Monday, February 22, 2021

The Virtual Barber Shop

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I teach most CTE competencies in a different way this year. With CDC mitigation strategies in place, the woodshop is virtually impossible (See what I did there? "virtually?" #dadjoke!). Even the 3d printers and laser cutter would require too much constant disinfection to make them a viable option for students to operate. (This applies during Stage 4 hybrid teaching. Obviously, they are off-limits when we are all staying safe at home) 
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As in EVERY year, I try to teach students Workplace Readiness Skills, which helps them to be more independent and self-sufficient, in my class, and in ALL of their classes: 
  • Virtual Downloadable Zoom Calendar 
  • Digital Safety (with usernames AND profile pics) 
  • How to bookmark important websites 
  • How to check grades/assignments for each class and what to do about it. 
  • Google Docs/Sheets/Slides/Drive Skills (I AM a Level 2 Google-certified educator, after all!) 
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I teach students the Design Process that engineers, inventors, entrepreneurs, and designers use to create marketable items. The two most important steps of this process in my mind for middle schoolers are the Empathize step and the Iteration step. 

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Every student learns Coding, in some way. In the 6th grade, this year, that means learning how to sign up for Scratch and set up their profile, and then we create two Scratch Projects. In the 7th and 8th grade, I have been using Code Combat, with the help of our county CTE program providing licenses for every student, to teach Python to my Mechatronics students and Javascript to my Engineering students. We do this every Wednesday, called "Coding Wednesday!" 

In my 6th Grade Exploratory class, formerly called Creative Design, this is where we run out of time. With only 22 days with them, I have done as much I can in our limited time, trying not to pressure students to have to do too much. 

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This year, without our Technology Support Specialist's hands-on help, we've lost the ability to download programs that we typically use to CAD. I researched and turned to TinkerCad, a web-based program, both to create 3d models and to program/assemble/wire Arduino simulations. 

My advanced, all 8th-grade Mechatronics XT class is with me even longer, so we were able to make multiple advanced microcontroller projects. I hope to have my 7th/8th Engineering students build some projects at home with the Engineering Kit that I've provided and y'all have hopefully picked up from Henley. 
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ABOVE ALL, I TRY TO GET TO KNOW YOUR CHILD AND HAVE FUN MAKING THINGS WITH THEM. This has not changed from past years.
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First TinkerCad Assignment- Name Keychain

 Before you work on TinkerCad, your folks at home have to fill out my Virtual Permission Form!


This was my first TinkerCad Project this year. I followed along with this blog entry that has short videos and pics throughout. At the end, I changed the filename to my username, and the words NameKeyChain squished together and capitalizing the first letter. (YOUR username is your initials and a number or a letter)


By clicking on the square with 3 dots and 3 lines to the left of my username (if you hover over it, it says "recent designs"), I could find where it's saved in the cloud. After clicking on it, I clicked on more designs and it shows me all the designs that I've ever done, with this, the most recent one, at the top.

We will be taking a ScreenSnip of this and putting it on a Google Doc, along with future CADs. Remember you Screensnip on your ACPS-provided laptop by hitting <Windows> <shift> <s> at the same time!




Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Intro to Mr. Barber

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Students, parents, and guardians, you can always call Henley and leave a voicemail by dialing 434-974-4700, selecting 1, and entering my extension number (51164), but here are some other ways to connect with me:
 jbarber@k12albemarle.org

I'm looking forward to a great year with you!
-Mr. B

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Barber First Day Google Form

Barber Coding Username/Password for BackUp Google Form

TinkerCad and Code.org Permission Form (for Parents to fill out)

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Students need to Bookmark in a "Barber Folder" on their toolbar. (Here's how):
  1. Barber Shop Website 
  2. Barber of Cville Blog 
  3. Henley Homepage 
  4. Google Drive (You will have to log in with your full k12albemarle email and password)
  5. Schoology
  6. PowerSchool 
  7. Delicious Tacos (students have to find this in Schoology!)
What else could you add to a Barber Folder?

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Here is the "Engineering Kit" that Albemarle County's central office has gotten together for each Middle School CTE Tech student (you!) to use to make a specific project during your class with me. (Don't use anything up before we build our project together!)

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Friday, March 13, 2020

What a student can do at home for Mr. Barber's classes

I know I've told all my classes to check here during the ... what do we call it ... "Coronavirus-closing"? Students, make sure you read the VERY bottom!

If you have the ability to (and the need to) catch up in my class, so we can 3d print and lasercut when we all get back, then TOTALLY do that. If you have access to the Internet, see below:
  • FIX GRADES- Check PowerSchool, click on your grade for my class, and see what is missing, blank, or is an F ... if you can redesign or CAD and save the file to your desktop, DO THAT FIRST! Be ready to lasercut or 3d print when you get back to school. Email me if you have any questions!
  • FIX YOUR NOTES FOR MY CLASS- Check Delicious Cheeseburgers and look at every row that your name is in. Make sure you fill in every box that you can. Email me if you have any questions!
  • CTE MECHATRONICS- Y'all can totally tweak and improve your shared Engineering Logs and your personal website/portfolios if you have time and Internet!
  • LEARN HOW TO CODE- If you have done EVERYTHING that you can do at home on your laptop and you absolutely HAVE to do more "work" because you miss Mr. Barber SO MUCH, you can play coding games (I suggest Code Combat- Escape the Dungeon) or keyboarding games (Let me know which links don't work anymore) from my website. If you find better games that will help your typing fluency, let me know!
  • NEED MORE?- I've been compiling links for my sister to use to teach her kids while they're stuck at home, and I'm sharing them on Facebook. They're mostly online. Would y'all be interested in my sharing them on a Google Doc?
BUT ... above all, just stay healthy, mentally, emotionally, and physically, the best that you can! Read books a little bit, get out in the sun (when you can, and when you aren't around other people- I believe in social distancing!), and reach out to others on your phones, laptops, etc. Don't just exchange Tik Toks and memes! Ask about each other. In that spirit, touch base with me on Twitter, Instagram, or email and let me know how you are. If you have questions or problems, or if you just want to say hi!

-Mr. B


Wednesday, January 22, 2020

IMPORTANT LINKS SPRING 2020- LAPTOP CHECK AND TUTORIALS

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LAPTOP CHECKS ARE WORTH 12 POINTS (7+3+2):
These are the 7 websites all students need to have bookmarked on Chrome:
  1. This is my blog (that you're on right now!): hoosjon.blogspot.com
  2. My website (The Barber Shop): https://sites.google.com/k12albemarle.org/barbershop/
  3. Henley Middle School Home Page: https://www.k12albemarle.org/school/hms/Pages/default.aspx
  4. Powerschool Log in: https://sis.k12albemarle.org/public/home.html
  5. Schoology Log In: https://lms.k12albemarle.org/ (no more BlackBoard!!)
  6. Google Drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/my-drive
  7. Daily Slideshow (Only ACPS students and staff can view)
Extra Links you might want:
You will need 3 apps downloaded and their shortcuts on your taskbar or Desktop:
  1. Arduino from arduino.cc
  2. AutoDesk 123d Design which Mr. B shared with you on Google Drive
  3. Adobe Illustrator which we get from Adobe Creative Cloud at school using the Software Center on your Window Button
You will need 2 labels with your name and STING on your Charger Cord.


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AutoDesk 123d Design tutorials
  • How to CAD a Nametag Video Video
  • How to CAD a Canoe, using Autodesk 123d Design: Step by Step,  Video (tugboat), Video (rowboat)
  • How to CAD a Stool, using Autodesk 123d Design: Step by Step
  • How to CAD a Soap Dish using Autodesk 123d Design: Step by Step
  • How to create a Nut and Bolt in 123d Design: Video
  • How to make a Mallet and Pegboard: Video
  • How to make a spur gear: Video
  • ADVANCED: How to make boxes with logos on the side Step by Step with Videos
Adobe Illustrator tutorials
Troubleshooting the lasercutter. Here is a "sometimes fix" for when the lasercutter won't read your Adobe Illustrator's RGB Red lines:


Friday, December 20, 2019

Student Made 123d Tutorials


Name
AutoDesk 123d Design
Key words
length
Annie     
15
7:14
Tommy
How to extrude objects on 123d design .
15
1:58
Lillie
11
1:35
Julia
17
1:47
Liam
17
7;00
Caroline
10
2:07
Hunter
??
1:14 
Maya
7
0:39
Mattie
16
3:48
Molly
13
?
Olivia
15
2:11
Amanda
42
4:55
Parker
10
1:31
Emerson
56
5:38
Abby
22
1:42
Allyson
28 
2:57
Josephine
 how to cad a peppa face  ( it is a two part video)

3:33, 09:34
Addie
25
2:53
Mac
24
2:12
Julian
9
3:17
Grace


8

0:34
Elsa
24

1:09
Samaria


36

4:33
Madelyn
77
0:56
Ava


16
2:41
Arshawn
28
5:00
Annie

2:55

Rafa
18
1:56
Sebastian
How to make a Medieval Sword pt. 1                                            How to make a Medieval Sword pt. 2
112
6:54
Jackson

4:14
Lilly
last one has about 80
12:37
  Summer
8
1:01, 1:09
Emanuel
19
1:29
Maggie
0:40 
3
Daniela
1:5
1
Asher
12
1:35
Lexi



1:49
Andy
6-8

2:44

3:50
Ian
7-3
1:01
Emma



3:25


Abigail
3:49

6


Gray
How to fillet and chamfer edges on Autodesk’s 123d Design Draft 4
15
2:00 
Cassandra
27
2:22