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 –

Code Camp

27 07 2014

Created by a SBISD student.

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 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 …


5 01 2014

Dream, dream, dreeeammm – Who was inspired by the Everly Brothers? In the 50s two kids from Liverpool practiced being Everly Brothers imitators. Music, the soul of inspiration, the beginning of dreams. Do teachers have time to sing?

She cried because teaching was no longer fun.
She cried because she wanted more time to sing to her students.
June 9, 2011 Retirement Editorial

Teachers have the power to inspire imagination. As Einstein said, “Logic will get your from A to B, Imagination will get your everywhere.” I dream of eliminating A,B … C, D and F – Failure, to provide time for building the growth mindset. If I could connect with my former students, another dream, they might remember our motto poster that I hung in my classroom for decades,”sometimes we do things wrong, so we can tell the difference when we do things right” or my “Book of Errors” used to debug computer programs. “Back to the Future” – 2015 is almost here. At the 1999 AACE M/SET Conference I presented on using programming to teach math using that theme and am still advocating for computer science education. Now with and even the President on the band wagon, maybe I can at least inspire teachers locally to integrate coding Bee-Bots into their K-2 curriculum.

Michael Dell, Graduate of Spring Branch Memorial High School, founded the Dell Computer Corporation in 1984 with nothing more than $1,000 and an idea. The corporation was founded on the idea of “bypassing the middleman” to sell custom-built PCs directly to consumers. After graduating from Spring Branch Memorial High School, Dell attended The University of Texas at Austin, where he began selling computers from his dorm room. Another dream I have is to bypass the middleman in education, the school system, and connect learners and teachers directly. Maybe another SBISD student, teacher, parent or community member can make that happen. Maybe CS Education will continue beyond just one week and grow in 2014. Will you continue coding –

Computer Science Education Week

8 12 2013

The American Association of University Women – West Harris County Branch members working on community outreach are celebrating Computer Science Education Week. According to AAUW’s Why So Few research report, women remain severely underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. We are supporting K-2 teachers as Community Coding Mentors. PLease join us.

So, what are you doing?

Coded Graphic WHS 2004

Coded Graphic WHS 2004

Believe in Tomorrow

18 10 2013

To Plant a Garden is to Believe in the Future – Audrey Hepburn
She had a passion and made it grow.

Basketball Passion in the Garden

Basketball Passion in the Garden

How do I build a passion for gardening in my grandson?
Build a basketball garden
How do I build a passion again for science?
Make gardening a priority over testing in schools …

BeeBot How do I bring Busy Bees into the Classroom?
With Bee-Bot Coding and Computer Science Education in the Garden.