Mr. Stephen Byrd's instructional style proves that literacy matters in the career and technical subjects. Students in Mr. Byrd's eighth grade ICT class recently learned to create simple web pages using HTML code by engaging in a paired programming activity. In paired programming, one partner carefully reads aloud the task instructions for creating the web page, while the other partner listens and responds, creating the web page as they go. In this hands-on lesson, students learn the importance of both reading carefully and listening closely, else their website creations will veer far off course. At different points in the lesson, students switch roles so everyone gets to experience the reading, listening, and creating aspects of the assignment. After this introductory lesson, students will delve into deeper detail about web design (colors, aesthetics, placement, alignment, proximity, etc.) throughout the unit, testing at the end to earn their industry certification in web design. Mr. Byrd does an excellent job of building students' literacy and listening skills while equipping them with high-demand technology competencies.
Cover photo - A.J. Lardiere reads instructions for creating a web page, while Kyla Brown listens and follows along step-by-step.
Noah McKnight and Grace Bell practice paired programming.