Ms. Cruz

Phone: 847-838-8322


Degrees and Certifications:

Masters: MA in Teaching Masters: Education Leadership K-12 Grade Administrative Certificate Computer Applications, PLTW ELA, Science Endorsements Bachelor's Degree : University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Master's Degree: Aurora University, Illinois

Ms. Cruz

I  make it my job to make sure all students are safe when they are on the 
internet. I teach them how to be cyber smart or safe online. I strive to teach 
my students to follow the District Technology Policy. Students will 
learn how to be respectful, cautious, appropriate, and use common sense 
while using technology at school and in their personal lives. 

Ms. Cruz's Site Antioch

    6th grade students will explore different digital applications while focusing on the concepts of digital citizenship and safety with engaging and empowering activities on the computer. The knowledge shared will help students become more efficient, respectful and responsible users of technology. Students will also participate in daily keyboarding activities practicing accuracy and speed with an online account.

    Computer Applications 7th Grade: (2020-2021)

    This course will develop students’ multimedia skills by introducing them to a variety of digital tools. Students will learn about blogs, podcasts, and web design. The focus is on building visual literacy skills and applying those skills to digital presentations. Students will be developing an electronic portfolio along with creating projects with video production tools.  

    Computer Applications 6th & 7th Grade (2019 - 2020 School Year) 

    Computer Applications Students enrolled in the Computer Applications classes are exposed to all of the International Society for Technology Education Standards. Each grade level has a different focus. Students will think creatively and problem solve while they practice technology skills. Students will also spend the first part of the period everyday typing as they increase their accuracy and speed. Each course has been created to be engaging and fun, while they learn valuable 21st century skills.


    • Internet Safety and Ethics
    • Explore how to be safe on the internet, understand cyberbullying and its consequences
    • Digital Citizenship, Respect the rights of copyright owners, Treat others with respect online


    • Define and use computer related terminology


    • Online free applications provided by the district through a student log in system
    • Google Documents for individual assignments, group projects, and communication


    • Explain the purpose of a word processor 
    • Manipulate text (insert, delete, align, change fonts, style, size, color)
    • Create, add and alter graphics 
    • Edit documents (thesaurus function and spell check) 
    • Change document layout (margin, page orientation, spacing, blank lines)
    • Use a variety of graphic tools 
    • Compose a word processing document 


    • Identify the purpose and uses of presentation software 
    • Demonstrate understanding of the tools of software programs and their uses
    • Demonstrate understanding of modification of background appearance 
    • Import and edit graphics (resize and move)
    • Demonstrate understanding of text fields 
    • Add movies and sounds to projects 
    • Create a project and save it 
    • Present work to the class


    • Learn how to gather and report information that contains or is related to a specific topic
    • How to avoid plagiarism and how to put the sources in the appropriate format


    • Develop and implement various sets of instructions
    • Learn how to instruct a computer to do a certain task
  • 8th Grade PLTW Robotics 

    Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, coding, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Students use the VEX Robotics® platform to design, build, and program real-world objects. This is a course in the series of Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum.  The class covers engineering concepts, coding, robotics and their use in the world, programming and hands on work.
    For more information, visit the PLTW website at
    Course Outline/Framework
    • Engineering
    • Design Process
    • Automation and Robotics 
    • Mechanical Systems 
    • Automated Systems 
    AR (Lesson Summary) Project Lead the Way 

    Lesson 1 What Is Automation and Robotics?

    The field of automation and robotics includes computer-controlled machines used to make manufacturing more efficient, productive, and safe. Robots are also used as assistive tools for people with disabilities and as equipment in hospitals to help with surgery, to deliver food, or to dispense medications. Robots are becoming popular household helpers, performing chores like vacuuming and mowing lawns. Scientists say that future generation robots will be able to clean up, take out the trash, or even care for an elderly parent. In this unit students will learn how automation and robotics affect everyday life both positively and negatively, including safety, comfort, choices, and attitudes about a technology’s development and use.

    Lesson 2 Mechanical Systems

    Think about a bicycle, an eggbeater, a sewing machine, a hand-cranked drill, and a workshop vice. What do they have in common? All of them have at least one mechanism that provides movement. If the devices were taken apart, you would find a series of gears that redirect the applied force so they can accomplish their tasks. The activities in this lesson will introduce the students to several mechanisms that are used to change speed, torque, force, type of movement, and direction of movement. These mechanisms have been developed over time to address the need for changes in machine tools, robots, automobiles, airplanes, etc.

    Lesson 3 Automated Systems

    Computer programs and sensing devices provide feedback to guide tools and machines in the manufacturing of parts. Automated systems can be used to pick up a part, move it to a certain location, wait for a process to be performed, pick it back up, and deliver it to an offloading location. Upon completion of this lesson, students will have a better understanding of the necessary components of a flexible manufacturing system and the programming necessary for communication between the sensors, motors and building components.