Monday, November 20, 2017

Jigsaw puzzle

We do not have classes for Computer Literacy this week, due to the holiday.

Classes will start back on November 28th at 12:30pm. We will meet in Room 203 of Deadrick Hall.

This will be the Intermediate and Advanced class. I believe we may change a bit, but the days will probably be the same.

In the meantime, I thought you might like to do a few activities on the internet.

This jigsaw puzzle, it is fun.
Jigsaw Puzzle

This is a math game that is really fun!


Here is a story that you might like to read to practice your reading skills!

Mr. Coyote Meets Mr. Snail

 If I find something else that you may like, I will post it here!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break. May you all be blessed with good health and bountiful homes.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Week of November 13, 14, 15th, 2017

This is the last week of our Beginning Computer Literacy, this class has been working really hard, now is the time to show what you can do!

This week, Tuesday, you will create an Excel document, using the information that I have given you on The code will be on the board.

 Remember to use borders, remember to add your name.  The information is not formatted as an actual table, so you will have to add it onto the Excel form. You know this!

When you are finished, you will upload the document in Google Drive, share the link with the instructor! If you do not have google, upload it to Access, then send me the link. Use any free time to review vocabulary, typing skills.

Wednesday, we will study a little for the vocabulary. Also, we will have the typing test, which will be the 'Sentences' on I will record your WPM, Accuracy and time.

Next you will begin the PowerPoint program. The instructions are on the board, It is going to be long, there are three sections that you must complete to  receive your certificate. I strongly suggest that you make a Word document to type in the outline for your PowerPoint. This will help with your whole presentation.

You must cover these three areas in the presentation.

How to Create a Word Document
How to Create an Excel Table
How to Create a PowerPoint

You must create at least one pane for each of the sections that introduces the section.
There must be at least 2 panes per section.
There must be graphics in the presentation.
Please add transitions.

{For the more advanced students, you will have an opportunity to show me just how creative you are, and what skills you have. Please include transitions, graphs, motion, sound, and if you would like, a video!}


Finish the PowerPoint presentation.  at 2pm we will take the vocabulary test in

I will give you the access code at 2. 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Week of November 7-9, 2017

We will again meet in Room 203. The new computers are installed, they are beautiful, they have new mouses!

There will be NO food or drink in the Computer Lab.

When we have refreshments for the class, since we are working so long, we will meet in room 205 which is Ms. Madrid's room. We will need to keep that room very clean as well, so please (and I know you are very diligent anyway) remember to wipe up any crumbs, use the trash cans!

The class will quickly review Excel for the students that were out of class on Thursday due to the local schools being out.

After the review, we will work in Google Drive. This means that you will need to have access to your gmail accounts... IF you do not have a gmail account, we will set up one. It is important that you know how to use this form of document sharing platform.

I have added a spreadsheet, named Excel Budget-Want to Quit Second Job?  This is under the Tab- Excel Documents. 

Please open this document, study it, and when we open Google Drive, we will recreate this Spreadsheet.

Even if you are a wiz at Excel, working in Google Drive can be daunting. The tools are set up a bit differently. You can learn this, it just takes a bit of practice.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Review week of October 31- November 2, 2017

Tuesday- Create Word document titled "About Me"
Write two paragraphs on the subject...
Center the title

Wednesday- Open Word document, follow along with instructor;
change font size, color, alignment; insert a page break; create 2 columns; file>save as>document 2
Then close your document. find both documents and open each, using Restore Down button on each
discuss similarities and differences in the documents.

Thursday- Excel- Remember to bring with you any vocabulary and any handouts on Excel documents that you have received. Create table showing income, expenses, and work with auto sum
review vocabulary words. Create Gmail account if you do not have one. We will go over google documents /google drive.  

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

October 24-26, 2017

Working in PowerPoint this week, students are creating a PowerPoint on Tuesday, this will be basic, at least 3 panes, with a theme.
Wednesday, students will create a PowerPoint that will include animation and transitions between panes.
Thursday, we will review vocabulary and have a short quiz over vocabulary. Take a practice test for the MOS certification to see where we are at, and then review some Word and Excel.

We will watch the presentation by one of our students, and discuss what is going on for next week. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Week of October 16-19, 2017

This week, we are reviewing Word 2013, creating a document with definitions, getting ready to take a vocabulary test!

Also, this week, we will review the vocabulary for Excel, which we started last week. I am very proud of the progress we have made, and hope that you will continue to grow in each of the programs that you are learning.

I will post a couple of graphics that you will use in your lessons this week. You can copy and paste them to insert into your Word document.

Also, please notice that there are two new pages, on is for our documents in Excel, the tab is at the top of this page, just under the graphic with the name for the class. It is named "Excel Documents". The other is named "Graphics". This page will have graphics that you can use to create work on posters or use for headings in documents.

This tab, " Excel Documents" is  a link to what you need to do for this week's lesson in Excel.
I will post a link to the google drive, so you can access the documents. You can click on the link for each document and it will show you that document, you can print it out or save it to your folder.

I am leaving the Flash Drives with your team number, so that you will be able to save it afterwards. Remember to 'Save' in your folder. You know whether or not you will need to use the 'cut and paste' method.

If you finish early, please log in to and create a Poster for this class.  Use things that you already know, such as, time and days of classes, what we are learning, why someone would like to be in this class! 

Hope you all have a wonderful week!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Week 4 - September 18-21, 2017

Week 4 is already upon us! 😬

Goals must be met by this week! September 21st to be exact, that means you must have the one (1) lesson in Aztec's Ready for Work AND the one (1) SPECIFIC lesson in your DOS complete...

Now that may be in Reading, Mathematics, or Language, it is specific to YOU! These are goals that must be met to meet State Requirements, so they are important to complete. 

There are sadly, people who have not yet logged in to Aztec yet. 

I understand that it is rather awkward to be in different buildings and not have set schedules for coming to Lab or to Computer Literacy, this is really understandable... but...

This part of your education is important, and it was set as a Goal! 
People who accomplish the most are those who revisit their goals, actually work towards them, and do not procrastinate completing goals. 

Be one of those powerful people, complete your education, make a place for yourself!

For those of you who have completed your goals, are working in your DOS, but want something extra... go to, click on the tab where it says "Students" > click on orange bar that says "Typing Lessons" (you do NOT have to log in) > Beginner click on 'begin' ... use button to Continue...  do the lesson, stop and write down the WPM/Accuracy. Keep for later on... continue on through lessons. I suggest working on this for about 10 minutes. 

Every day, it is a good idea to go to to practice your keyboarding skills. This type of repetitive action reinforces your hand/eye coordination and memory skills. It makes your fingers go to the right buttons when you see a letter...

Once you have completed 40 direct hours, you will be progress testing. This means that you will be checked to see what you have learned... not a grade.  This is not a test to try to cheat, or try to skip... it is important to do your best, but not be overly anxious about. 

Most know by now, I will not be working in the TxCHSE Department any longer. I am transferring to the ESOL Department this week. I will miss you all very much. Please remember if you need help, you can still email me. I will keep track of your progress, but will not be present.  I will also keep the blog up for a bit, I am not sure how long it will work out with me not being with the classes. I will continue to post updates for things going on around campus.

I hope the best for all that have been in my classes. I love you all, come visit me!