Power of Nature

26 12 2014

Ever changing, ever constant … the power of nature to inspire thinking.
Three years of Sun in Three minutes

Holiday Lights on the Sun

What Circles are you going to create this year?

Circle Illusion Coded in pyret.org

Circle Illusion Coded in Pyret

See the Code behind the Circle Illusion in Pyret.

Hour of Code Celebrations

1 12 2014

“Computer Science is electricity for your brain!”
Answer by a 1st grader when asked what is Computer Science.

Connections adding brain electricity in Houston:

See Photos at: csedweekhouston2014.shutterfly.com/

I celebrated Computer Science Education week both as an AAUW Member and a Code.org Affiliate. It started by picking up a proclamation celebrating CS Ed Week from Anise Parker, the Mayor of Houston. The big event was a reception at Schlumberger. Code Clubs from Hamilton M.S., HISD; Clifton M.S., HISD; DeZavala Elem., HISD; Crockett M.S., FBISD; Quail Valley M.S., FBISD demonstrated skills. AAUW and Code.org Teachers taught how to make binary bead bracelets and code a Bee-Bot. I continued my outreach at Spring Branch ISD Memorial HS and Woodview ES, Houston ISD Piney Point ES and Kolter ES. A friend, Marti Daniel won the $10,000 prize from Code.org and the Houston ISD partnership with code.org was announced.

Computer Science Education Week Proclamation
American Association of University Women
Houston and West Harris County Branches

WHEREAS, today, women fill close to half of all jobs in the U.S. economy but hold less than 25 percent of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs; and,

WHEREAS, the American Association of University Women (AAUW), founded in 1881, is an organization that serves as the nation’s leading voice in promoting equity and education for women and girls; and,

WHEREAS, according to a 2010 research report by the AAUW, negative stereotypes and gender bias in the school climate are barriers that continue to block women and girl’s progress in STEM; and,

WHEREAS, in a world increasingly dependent on technology, computer science is crucial for every student;

WHEREAS, each year, Computer Science Education Week is celebrated in December in observance of Grace Murray Hopper, a major female contributor to computer science, and to call attention to the need for improving and strengthening computer science education. During the week of December 8-14, 2014 the AAUW Houston will host a Hour of Code for women and girls to education them about computer science for one hour; and

WHEREAS, the City of Houston is a strong supporter of STEM initiatives and commends the American Association of University Women Houston for its leadership in STEM Education,

THEREFORE, I, Annise D.Parker, Mayor of the City of Houston, hereby proclaim December 8–14, 2014, COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION WEEK.

Art of Programming

2 11 2014

Learn the art of designing apps, graphics, stories and games.
Join the CS Education Week revolution … THE HOUR OF CODE IS HERE … Forever

CS provides students with tools for critical thinking, logic, persistence, and creativity to help students excel at problem-solving in all subject areas, no matter what their age. Even kindergarten-aged pre-readers can participate. Code.org has developed an elementary school curriculum to explore the limitless world of computing- at no cost for schools. The courses blend online, self-guided and self-paced tutorials with “unplugged”activities that require no computer at all.

Teachers learn the art of programming so you can motivate your digital age children by signing up for FREE PD. Find a workshop at code.org/professional-development-workshops or in Houston find a date that works for you:

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Please sign up for HOUR OF CODE Today – csedweek.org


15 09 2014

Computer Science For Elementary School

“The real challenge today is not to make new and improved tools but to make new and improved classrooms that can incorporate such tools.”
Connected Code – Why Children Need to Learn Programming
–by Kafai and Burke

Are you up for the challenge of improving your classroom with FREE Coding Tools?

If YES, be the innovator by signing up for free PD at Houston Code Camps for Teachers:

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Please sign up for HOUR OF CODE Today – csedweek.org

Code Camp

27 07 2014

Created by a SBISD student. loreleishannonart.weebly.com

Created by a SBISD student.

TEXAS LAWStudents in a Texas high schools are to be given the opportunity to take two computer science courses.

FEDERAL LAW … Passed House and now in Senate an act To define STEM education to include computer science

CREATE THE INTEREST by sponsoring CODE CAMPS during and after school. Spring Branch ISD hosted their first camp in July.

THE CS MINDSET was started in SBISD by providing professional development for 26 elementary school teachers and giving each school a 6-pack of Bee-Bots to integrate computational thinking into their daily lessons.

CODE CAMP FOR TEACHERS is now available in Houston. Our first Code Camp will be Oct. 25th at Houston Community College Hayes Road Campus. Join the CODE.ORG family as we build the CS mindset with free training and resources. Sign up your school today so you can be first in line for the Power of Coding.

CODE CAMP FOR STUDENTS was held in Spring Branch ISD in July 2014. Students now are asking for more, so we must train and motivate all teachers to bring coding to their classroom.

Please use computers for creativity!!

Time Dots

11 07 2014

These are deadlines that force you to take ACTION. But, that action creates connections to other plans and passions. For example:

  • Someone is coming over so your TIME priority switches to cleaning your house; and you stack your piles of papers in a box. Your project ideas are in one location making it is easier to organize the items. And in doing so find more ideas making the project better.
  • Presentation on Design Thinking took me back to posters I developed for a 2009 conference. Had I not had this deadline, I would have missed the connection to my current computer science outreach with code.org. Still thinking 5 years later and the solutions I suggested are the same ones I am suggesting now trying to get implemented. And wondering how Time Dots, that is connected action plans, can be mapped.

Connect the Dots

1 06 2014


I am just a dot trying to make connections. After 30 years of teaching I know without a doubt that we cannot do it alone. The only solution in this educational reform quest is to provide TIME for teachers and students to connect the dots.




Algorithm that Change

24 03 2014

How can you change brains to build the future?

The Ingenious Ideas that Drive Today’s Computers
- John MacCormick

“Is this Right?” – my 92 year old mother asks
“What do you think?” – my answer each day as she gets dressed

Are we helping children too much in the classroom? Are we so focused on the grade that it prevents thinking and creativity because they fear getting something wrong? My mother loves reading comics, so showed me this one. It reminded me of what my 4-year old grandson said when we looked at a sad plant and we talked about where it might be happy. I asked him where he was happy. He said in the garden. I asked where he was unhappy. He said where he gets in trouble. Algorithms are rules, and are needed to control computers. But kids are not robots and need an environment where they can mix paint and numbers, and learn about cryptography, Algorithm #3 in the book above.

Family Circus 3-24-14

Family Circus 3-24-14

Expanding Your Horizons

24 02 2014

The AAUW-WHC EYH Experience:

The current focus in accountability testing is on the 4 academic areas of math, science, English and Social Studies, which leaves out computing, engineering, creative design and algorithmic thinking.

The current focus in accountability testing is on the 4 academic areas of math, science, English and Social Studies, which leaves out computing, engineering, creative design and algorithmic thinking.

Coding Equity

30 01 2014

In the beginning, communicating your ideas in your own words to convince yourself is valuable. However, to convince others and reveal your thought processes, making your arguments more formal is beneficial.

University of Texas Linear Algebra w/ Computer Science MOOC Quote

Why Toy Startup GoldieBlox’s Historic $4 Million Super Bowl Ad Win Matters

- Claire O’Conner Forbes Staff

How do I make the argument for the need for computer science education equity clearer? Been saying this for decades …