In Memory … Inspiration for generations of educators and researchers around the world.

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.

CS4TX – CS for All


“For all the factory jobs lost to Third World competitors,
Far more are lost to robots.” – Charles Krauthammer

So who teaches robots? Computer Scientists of all ages.

WeTeach_CS – Bee-Bots Dancing to Bring CS for All

Computer Science creates the opportunity for rising wages.  Every career requires computational thinking skills.  What can you do to provide the opportunity for CS for All?

White House CALL TO ACTION … January 2016August 2016

Building the mindset can start in kindergarten.


Building A Foundation Ideas


  • International Society for Technology Education  ISTE June 2016 Denver
  • Conference for the Advancement of Mathematical Teacher CAMT June 2016 San Antonio

TedE travels … Sponsored by the TRC … From one conference to another found wonderful connections to build computational thinking minds. Including our CTN Playground, Computer Science Firehose, Bee-Bots, Google Project Bloks,’s Hadi Partovi and Disney R2D2 Frozen Plans. Surprised that of the 70 math teachers at our CAMT Code Math TEKS presentation only a small percent had even heard of “Hour of Code.” WeTeachCS and my Bee-Bots Dancing for CS for All can only grow as ISTE will be in San Antonio next year.

Join the Texas movement -> CS4TX

  BeeBotISTE HadiGoogle  ISTER2D2HadiPamela

See the excitement from a math teacher who just learned about “Hour of Code”

We live on a ship powered by energies that sunder cause and effect, beginning and end

Building on the President’s Call to Action to Expand Computer Science Education in K-12 Schools














Conference For Advancement of Mathematics Teaching – CAMT June 28 11:30

SPONSORED BY … @weteachcs #weteachcs …

Code Math TEKS presented by 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 lessons including unplugged activities build the process standards for K-8 math TEKS through finance, art and geometry.

Integrate?  Segregate?

By ChoiceBy Design – By Process … About TIME

“Ask the problem before teaching the method – the process.”
Jo Boaler CAMT 2016 Keynoter

The first step in computer programming is to define the goal.

Math Mindsets BoalerVennDiagr-GRN   Input_Process_Output_Feedback

“If you can guess about IT, IT is in the Real World …
If you can argue about it, it is in your Real World”
Dan Meyer CAMT 2016 Keynoter

  1. Warmup: Binary BraceletsEntrepreneurs and Financiers?
  2. Connections: Letter Introduction and Ideas
  3. Why Code? Why Integrate? Survey – Who is our audience? WhyCSLiked Data Analysis
  4. Math TEKS correlation with Lessons
    3DArtistCodeStudio Watch the Artist
  5. Process Standard Implementation Ideas:
    . . . Bee-Bots Dancing to bring CS for All.

    1. The CRA Model start with Unplugged LessonsGET LOOPY
    2. Pair Programming: staring the Navigator and Driver
    3. Code Digital Flower and imagine Mondrian Art
    4. Frozen – Code Elsa and Anna to draw snowflakes
    5. Real Life Algorithm:
      1. Fold-a-book – Paper Airplanes
      2. Plant-a-seed – Kids Grow in the garden too.
  6. The Pathway to facilitate actionCSPathwayCodeOrg
  7.  Resources
    1. CS in Algebra Curriculum
    2. BootStrap – CS and Algebra Integrated using WeScheme (presenting next)
    3. Google Education – including grant opportunities
    4. Pencil Code Gym
    5. Shelly Kozma Coding in the Math Class.
    6. Breakout Edu
  8. Circle Action Plans – “Shortest distance between two points is a straight line.”

Create Illusions by Integrating Key Math Concepts with Code

Intel Decoding Diversity: The Financial and Economic Returns to Diversity in Tech

  • 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.


CS4TxRichard 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.

Be in the Moment, Be Present, Be in Nature

Applied Learning Facilitator

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.

Are you ready to be that ALF that all teachers need?
Ready to have some fun? Do things together?


“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.”

Be-e in the Moment, Be Present, Bee in Nature

It is so much easier if it grows naturally.



Fun for All in Austin at the Computer Science Summit

Bee-Bots Dancing to Bring CS For All

Music – Art – Dancing Lessons

  1. Dancing with the Bees 2007
  2. Robotic Spelling BeeI Love CS Fun.
  3. Bees Need Flowers – Plant a Seed Unplugged
  4. Learn More: Spring Branch ISD Bee-Bots PD

We are NOT here to Wait for the Storm to Pass
But to Learn to DANCE in the Rain.

What Small Wonders of Design can you create?Frog Umbrella

CS For All – Implementing Via Computational Thinking

Collaboration with Joe Kmoch

Pattern Recognition – Algorithms  Decomposition – Abstraction
Logic – Evaluation
Persistence – Problem Solving  Collaboration – Communication
Tinkering – Debugging

Integrating Computational Thinking with Dance, Art, Gardening, Garbage …
Where do you want to Dance? What makes you Happy?


All I can do in PD is to provide the seeds,
and hope they get planted.

Bacterium Mycobacterim vaccae found in soil triggers the release of serotonin, which elevates mood and reduces anxiety. It also improves our cognitive function. Gardeners inhale these bacteria while digging in the soil. Research has found that children that grow up on farms are 30-50% less likely to develop asthma (New England Journal of Medicine)… it is good for children’s health for them to play in the dirt and get dirty.Cosmos Magazine “How gardening could cure depression” –> Dirt Can Make You HAPPY.… so -> PLANT A SEED

BE-E a CS Advocate
BE-E a Pollinator – We can’t live without them.

Go to your fields and your gardens, and you shall learn that
it is the pleasure of the bee to gather honey of the flower,
But it is also the pleasure of the flower to yield its honey to the bee.
For to the bee a flower is a fountain of life,
And to the flower a bee is a messenger of love,
And to both, bee and flower, the giving and the receiving of pleasure is a need and an ecstasy.
— —  Extract from Kahlil Gibran’s “The Prophet”

Bee+FlowerFrom Lazy Gardener & Friends Houston Garden Newsletter

CT is Connecting the DOTS

CT-BarefootComputingGraphic From UK – where my son teaches – Alas Texas does not pay a living salary.

Learn more in Texas

Rice RUSMP Code PD Presenters

What is your future application?

Drone Dancing? and E-Textiles?

  • A CS Summit Presentation: Sew Electric and Safety – Code to Market – Artbotics


“Taking Care of our Brains, so we can take Care of the Earth.”

Education with Keep Houston Beautiful

Education with the Ninja Turtle Coders


The kids at Westwood ES in Spring Branch ISD absolutely enjoyed the Keep Houston Beautiful Event. They planted flower seeds connecting it to the concept of algorithms in computer science, followed by a lesson on coding a flower in Elizabeth Sosa (AIM | Allied Integrated Marketing) treated us to a wonderful pizza party, and everyone was given a pass to the premier of the new Ninja Turtles movie. Algorithms for planting seeds, growing a virtual flower and recycling garbage are our future inspired by their amazing teachers Ms. Olson and Ms Moulton.
Ninja Flower
This Hispanic student’s teacher was so excited that he followed the written directions and enhanced with own stamp. He explored and found the Ninja to expand the Ninja Mutant Turtle movie theme. Ms. Olson designed a game to help him learn to code and her heart grew when she saw what he did on his own. See Flower Power Code Samples to build your own lessons for your unique learners. Slide 2 has the directions the students were given to grow their flower power.

AMINewCoderI was inspired by seeing the excitement from the volunteer teacher from AIM, when he saw the flower bloom that he created by following the directions on the handout. We all gave him a hand as these were his first lines of code.  I think I may have found a future Code Buddy.



Computer Science Education is Future Money
CBS Sunday Money SunWe Teach CS Summit Austin

My inspiration show CBS Sunday Morning had a special on Prince.  I wish they shared his philanthropy – Yes We Code – to inspire low-income youth to have a voice in the tech sector. We need entrepreneurs like the creator of Nike to get on this bandwagon and inspire youth through basketball or whatever their passion might be. What If we send out armies of Shakespearean bees and history mysteries to leave words, like the title, “Alvearie” which means beehive. We need an alveary in the classroom to create a natural speed increase to production.  Too many are bringing “relief” to education that hurts brains, like those with loving intentions that send donations and cause problems.

Now if you are having trouble following these connections, watch the stories and create your own.  Now to research putting a beehive in my backyard to produce honey, a natural allergy solution. And to maybe look into an easy pet, a tortoise. But then I have to tend to naturalizing my gardens.
squash2016 squash2016Circle

Decision making, most important thing for kids to learn!

How trees inspired the renewable plastic of the future

My passion is to scale the passion of innovative code teachers like Gena at Westwood ES in Spring Branch ISD. She designed a manipulative to bridge understanding for her students who could not solve puzzles and needed hands-on 3D practice to see the patterns. She created a gameboard with Blockly manipulatives to use as a scaffolding tool to teach computational thinking to her 2nd/3rd grade class. The kiddos use it to think through the Blockly-puzzle problems on and to create puzzles of their own. In sharing her teaching tool she inspired the intervention specialist to make the connection of coding to help students struggling with math. Adding to this creative school puzzle we need principals to create innovative code schools to help find the secret code in every child’s unique brain. We need time for CS for All. We need to naturalize learning environments in every classroom.