Scaling CS Education


Action Items:

Recent Items of Interest:

The future:

  • I predict brick and mortar schools, brick and mortar teachers, and the Carnegie units that drive standards and testing will go ahead. The paradigm shift out the factory age classroom will be replaced by information age learning and entrepreneurial teachers.

Coding gives Student Voice … and teachers too if they have time to collaborate.

  • It will be students who drive this revolution. Teachers maybe you should go ahead and make the switch. Learn to Code. Computers control the world, but computer scientists control the computers. Be a computer science teacher. Teach history: Mankind: The story of All of Us to scale ideas from the past that change the future.

Geometry Decoded

Houston Arts Partners Conference
Code Math TEKS with Mondrian Art

Young Audiences of Houston,, & Pin Oak MS (Houston ISD)
Friday 9/11 10:15 and Saturday 9/12 12:45
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Teachers are performing artists in front of an audience every school day.
The art they produce is seen in every student’s smile.
They need time to rehearse. They need feedback. They need applause too.
They need freedom to create, so their audiences can create.

They build brains. Their art is the future.

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RUSMP Workshop


Code Math TEKS
Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills

Rice University School Math Project is supporting coding as a tool to practice math problem solving. This builds pattern recognition, decision making, organizational skills and following a sequence of steps. Coding gives teachers another tool to differentiate instruction to reach every child. Since your classroom is unique, please share your ah-ha moments when you see a code concept that can help your unique students master a math concept.

Please see the Houston Chronicle article, RUSMP Hosts Exciting Workshop for Houston Educators.

Build inspiration through passions with a Google CS First Club. Inspire persistence in Problem Solving. Connect the dots. Observe the crazy circle illusion. Create 3D Cubes.

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Real-World CS

And real-world professional development! Spring Branch ISD technology teachers went to the University of Houston to see computer science research and development in action. “Teachers need to be inspired about computer science so they can inspire their students.” Karen Justl, SBISD Tech Coordinator.

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Laboratory for Noninvasive Brain-Machine Interface Systems, University of Houston
Be Inspired to Learn More
CBL – Computational Biomedicine Lab

Coding – Filling my destiny

Created by my student in an Integrated Tech Magnet program over a decade ago. In retirement still filling my destiny to teach, the most amazing job as it never stops. Taking coding to the arts supported by the Young Audiences of Houston at the Houston Arts Conference in September, please come!.

See the Filling my destiny Post by the librarian at Spring Branch MS. She motivates me to continue what drives me to keep teaching in my retirement. Now to get code buddies in schools to help teachers teach coding.



My mother is going to tell my story. Maybe one day I will have a device like Barbie that gives me the power to communicate a little myself. When she goes to conferences to talk about computer science education I get to go with her. At the ISTE 2013 Conference my mother’s roommate said I had to have a Twitter handle which I created as @TedE4CS.

At the 2015 Summit she was presenting on her history of CS Advocacy so I went to help her along with my buddy the Bee-Bot. She is leaving on another trip so will finish her story in August, but I said before you leave please post some pictures of me. She is hoping that those who attended will share their advocacy ideas on the Google form. She is excited that she met rooms full of experts that have done so much more and wants to hear how they did it. At our breakfast table heard these conversatons: ChicagoCodeorgCarl, ChicagoCodeorgDebbie, ChicagoCodeOrgSabrina

I even got to wear Hadi’s hat that was wore by the President when he coded. I had dinner with the Texas Team and got to ride the Ferris Wheel with Auntie Ruth and Linda.

Super Power

The most powerful of software tools is the programming language … an important role for the teacher is as a sort of human tool, a consultant on ways and means, rather than an initiator of activities for students.” – Brian Harvey 1980

Since starting teachin in 1980s I have had a super hero in the classroom with me

Learn about a the “superpower” that isn’t being taught in 90% of US schools.


Decision Making

This is the answer to the question below. I decided to leave the Tech for Tots Conference in Galveston yesterday. So much for my plan to give the award to the winner of the Estimate the number of beads and money in the Code Jar game today. The answer is 826 beads and $8.26. The winner is Michele; she estimated 826 beads and $9.27.

Part of decision making is using the best resource to solve a problem. So, have learned that I should use a Google Form to collect the data. That way I can easily use the spreadsheet to calculate the winner. This connects to Big Data and Crowd Sourcing, a Code Studio unplugged lesson. The more data, the better the decision.

Computer Science teaches data analysis and using that data to solve a problem. And since the computer is more accurate and faster than a human, coding the solution to the problem is more effective. CEOs make the big bucks because they are responsible for the big decisions, and includes the cost of software. So, they need to learn, What is Code?

So, how do students learn to make decisions if the teacher decides what kids are supposed to do? And how do teachers allot time to this if administrators are deciding the allocation of their teaching time? It is an equity issue, allocate the same amount of time to coding and PBL that goes to testing. And TIME, not money is the most needed resource in the classroom.

One cannot make a decision without data.  The more questions the more information. So …

Teach questioning!

Teach the process of finding the best solution, not the right answer.

Teach Computational Thinking.

CT = Critical Thinking + Computing.

Assessing Math TEKS


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OR just Build-a-brain DOT com AS Knowledge is Answers to Questions.

What is the most important thing your students need to learn?


Why are there coins on the bench?

There are news mongers down on 61st street to capture the approaching tropical storm. So, what do you think? Should you leave early? Do you decide this alone?

I found out because I talked to someone who found “Wilson” and was so excited she stopped to tell me as I was sitting by the ocean this morning.

Now time for you to Talk to those around you.

But, first let me introduce you to TedeE @TedE4CS, TamE, Phillip and those who came to the Workshop yesterday.

Your Career, Your Future!

Knowledge is Answers to Questions. The more questions the more knowledge.

Spring Branch Middle School Presentation by Junior Achievement of SE Texas

Making Decisions for Tomorrow, Today

Connecting Your Future

What is next on your journey?

  • What is your passion?
  • What interests you?
  • What are you Good at?

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Google CS First Clubs

Would you like to know about my journey?

  • Spring Branch Middle School and Memorial High School Student – I learned how to learn, and type fast.
  • University of Texas Math major, Computer Science minor – Learned programming with keypunch cards was frustrating as one little comma missing and the main frame rejected your work.
  • Research Analyst and Stock Broker Underwood Neuhaus – Learned how to get money to work for you, so you had resources for your passions.
  • Personal Assistant to Dr. Mavis Kelsey – Learned about Genealogy, Art Collections, Programming a data base, and managing personal finance.
  • Math, Computer Science, Technology Systems and Business teacher – learned that I have a passion for teaching and having the summers to spend with my children doing things I love.
  • Grandmother of future Spring Branch Middle School students and Computer Science Education Consultant – learned that I must be part of the solution in schools.

Why should you start planning for your future today?

  • To Explore your interests and connect to a career – note that in every career knowing how to code is a bonus
  • Maximize time learning in High School
  • Get involved with groups that help prepare you for your future
  • Start making plans to pay for your education – play the Game of Real Life.
  • Compare college degree pay scale for different careers.