Building Computational Thinking Brains … If you care about jobs and the economy, you should care about computer science education…. Computers Control the World. But, who controls the computers? Computer Scientists!
Today after seeing your story about Lancaster remembered when I went there for training to teach Technology Systems at Houston ISD’s Westside High School. This changed my world as I experienced the environment that every school needs to provide. That went away and I am still wondering why and how to get it back. I remember the students that touched my life. Makes be a little sad that I don’t know how their life is now.
Just hope they are happy. Hope they get outside and listen. Have not been listening to the Osgood File while walking, but will do it now. CBS and Charlie again inspiring me to do something new. As I always know that something new takes away the sad. Like my remembering 9/11 and all my other posts that have a history of my students created because I know how to code in HTML. Remembering my editorials inspired by CBS Sunday Morning and Charles Osgood, both published in the Houston Chronicle and unpublished posted on my blog. Wondering my next path in the sun.
Thank you Barbara … Looking forward to our Walks and Talks in Nature
But then I also like to tell stories on my blog, something that always surprises me as I hated to write when I was in school. So, let me tell you about a flower, Linda, an elderly neighbor of my daughter’s. She brought over bags of grapes to my grandchildren and family to build community in their little cul-de-sac. She gave me two bags too, and said share this with one of your neighbors.
So, on my walk with my little flower Mia, we talked about sharing and reducing the “selfie” people in this world. We took the grapes to neighbors Emily and Tom, that have been on my list to visit as he had surgery. Tom and I talked about my new fun nanny activity, as I felt Mia was too young to put into day-care, and discussed if there really is quality day-care.
Then on my walk home went down a path I usually avoid because the stroller picks up hidden dog poop. As I was cleaning the wheels I wished that those who do pick up after their dog would also pick up any dog mess they see. As we all have to help each other out in this world. We have to do things just because they are right.
Such as planting seeds of kindness. Mia’s favorite book, If You Plant a Seed. And I think about the Zinnias that grew from seeds that my grandchildren planted in our community garden cul-de-sac. And I wish more people would step up to the plate and help grow gardens in schools. As teachers are so overloaded they can’t get beyond survival. Just like parents trying to raise their kids. That is why it is so much fun taking care of my granddaughter, as when I was a single parent I seemed to only have time to survive and not stop and smell the flowers.
And the fun is added when I go for a walk, as people stop and talk to my little bundle of joy. Have been walking the same path for years and see the same people, but now stop and talk.
Wondering – what little thing I could do now to help change the world through schools building peace and empathy.
Remembering August 2001 when I was on top of the World Trade Centers with my cousin, Kathy, also a teacher.
Remembering my classroom at Westside High School watching as I taught technology systems and had live TV access in the video production module.
Remembering my students who but together a tribute for 9/11. Wondering where they are and the impact I might have made on their lives to give back to our world, our community. Wishing I could watch their tribute again, and hoping the student who masterminded it would post it online so I could watch again.
Remembering my computer science classes and wishing I had posted more student work to show the past to change the future of CS Education. Wondering what I can to honor the selection by the White House a Champion of Change for CS Education.
Remembering my 50th High School Reunion August 27th and my friends who touched my life. Wondering what I can do for my grandchildren’s Spring Branch ISD schools they now and attend, and MHS my school where they will be attending. Wondering if the classrooms will still be mostly lecture mode desks or if the switch to student-led project based integrated learning will happen.
Wondering what I can do for CS for All to exponentially make the change happen for all students.
For all of us, our lives have been touched by Seymour Papert over the past 50 years. One of the fathers of educational thinking since the 1960’s, Constructivist theory of education belongs firmly in his lap.
His ideas that children could do more than just play with a computer, they could actually learn from them!!! to experiment, explore and create, changed how we viewed computers in a classroom.
Code Math TEKS presented by Code.org Affiliates
Karen North, Kim Lane, and Susan Reeves
Practice creates easy from difficult. Coding is a fun practice tool for math. It is a way of communicating, a way of understanding a process and articulating that through code. See how Code.org lessons including unplugged activities build the process standards for K-8 math TEKS through finance, art and geometry.
An additional $470 to $570 billion in new value for the U.S. technology industry could be generated through full representation of ethic and gender diversity.
Every incremental percentage point in African-American and Hispanic representation at NASDAQ-listed tech companies can represent a 3 percent increase in revenues and a potential $300 to $370 billion annual increase in revenue for the technology sector.
A global productivity boost of $430 to $530 billion could be generated through closing the global tech industry’s female leadership gap.
We are planning our first Happy Hour of Code in July in Houston.
Richard Gere on CBS Sunday Morning: “Wants to make films that do more than just entertain. … That simple connection makes everything meaningful. … Change does not come from your head, it Comes from the Heart.“
The CS Summit in Austin June 7-9 was amazing and inspiring. My biggest takeaway is that we need Applied Learning Facilitators to implement all the computational thinking ideas we learned. Time is the challenge to overcome. An applied learning facilitator is a code buddy and educational consultant that can support teachers to integrate required curriculum with real-world projects and challenges. Applies project management techniques to solve TIME problems by teaching two concepts in 1 minute … “a minute saved is a minute earned.”
A code buddy (CB) is like a reading buddy, but instead plays with a small group of students. An applied learning facilitator (ALF) is a facilitator of activities and puzzles. The ALF collaborates with a teacher to integrate computational thinking into the scope and sequence. They assist teachers by developing activities to meet individual wants and needs that build on unique passions. An ALF is an ELF that brings brain presents to the classroom, including crash-landing to help clean up brain garbage. An ALF is a classroom casting director.
“You learn it better when you teach it.” – conversation with my son who is a musician and teaches Protools and Reaktor at Austin Community College. Reactor is the software he really had to learn. So, the best CS ALFs are high school students who can teach the younger kids. And they are free. Just need to motivate the time. Ready to be a teacher?
Richard Gere on CBS Sunday Morning: “Wants to make films that do more than just entertain. … That simple connection makes everything meaningful. … Change does not come from your head, it Comes from the Heart.”