Instructional Specialist- Computer Science
Philadelphia School District
I currently serve as the Computer Lab teacher for the school. My lab is comprised of 36 iMacs bound to a server. I use Apple Remote Desktop to manage the machines and Workgroup Manager to manage student accounts.
Lessons include projects on Internet Safety, basic Keyboarding practice, long-term research projects incorporating Inspiration, PowerPoint and including lessons on best practices for internet searches. Students also complete projects using Tux Paint (drawing program) as well as GarageBand projects. I incorporate Web 2.0 tools like Wordle, Storybird, Google Forms and Docs. I collaborate with content area teachers to employ cross curricular teaching strategies to promote student engagement.
My portaportal containing educational and supplemental websites I use in class: http://guest.portaportal.com/mrs.mercogliana
My class wikispace I use to deploy class information, links and assignments: http://mrsmercogliana.wikispaces.com/