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!
We were looking for all the “Thinks you Can Think” as went to see Suessical the Musical at Miller Outdoor theatre. My favorite book I read to my students even in high school. Instead my 3 year old granddaughter took the book “The Imagineering Way – Ideas to Ignite your Creativity”. I bought this in 2004 when I presented at the AP CS conference on Programming with Graphics. That led to re-discovering Figment.
My granddaughter made me leave her photo upside down, cute. She is making music now with her animal’s tail, a temporary Figment, which she just called, a good dinosaur. Such creativity. If only this could be her life in the classroom K-12; connecting the dots with creative conversation. She just told me I have to look at what she is doing. She told me to turn my face to see him do a head stand. I said I have to think, as someone mentioned to me they liked Disney. I remembered. It was yesterday at the University of Houston where I went to see a student I am mentoring who earned an internship at the Brain Research center. She is creating a comic book. So many connections; just need to turn the dots into collaborative creative action.
May be a figment of my imagination, but I think SBISD and I are going down parallel pathways. I believe it would be more efficient and effective if were going together. Maybe then we could take a giant leap.
To walk across the Mississippi River … and navigate the sharp bends.
… No matter the rules, give way. Analyzing disasters for the future. There is only so much we can do. … 90 days to make a wish come true! -> changing our classrooms.
Bringing back the love of a hard day’s work in the classroom. The joy of success no matter the job. That is what we need to inspire in our young children. Give teacher’s the freedom to do this. As those in the classroom who plant the seeds are the only ones who can. And those who make the rules need to walk in this river and be a real live partner in change.
“It is a season 4 strategy” – My grandson’s who I signed up for the Game Builder’s class at Code Ninja’s. Kade asked, “Same people as at the Mindcraft class?”… “Yes! Those people were amazing.” Said while they were playing Fortnite as multi-taking way to get them to talk and listen to their conversation. “Do you want to do dance therapy now?”
Building the Computational Mindset in STEM Education
To scale Computer Science For All
To integrate the foundational CS skills of pattern recognition, decomposition, abstraction and algorithms and the computational thinking dispositions/practices in K-12. Are you finding roadblocks to scale CS for All? How do you promote STEM integrated thinking through CT/CS? Do other teachers help build the mindset to prepare students; try coding and creating apps? You will be given the opportunity to brainstorm solutions to your unique classroom, school or district. Together is better in dealing with the politics of CS Education!
The 2019 CSforALL Summit theme is Systems Change. As the movement matures, we are challenging the community to dig deep and think long term, moving beyond individual efforts to inspire students and prepare educators, to transforming the systems that will ensure that computer science becomes an integral and sustained part of the K-12 experience, both in and out of schools.
What innovative initiatives that leverage existing infrastructure and networks, work with communities to create local ownership, and support community-led, sustainable implementation of computer science education are part of your school system?
To change the system by the time my 3 year old grand-daughter gets to high school. The high school that I went to where my grandson currently goes.
One of my solution ideas to start the change:
Every child is required to study math PK-12. To decompose the time problem, I would like schools to require 20/20 time in 2020. That is 20 minutes a week for 20 weeks for computer science integration. UPS can track a package across the world. Multiple choice testing is taking too much time. 21st century accountability could be tracking the apps a student creates K-12. Posting products of learning student’s create … “building something just for the joy of building it is something to be proud of ” – Make.
How do you know what brings you joy? Look to your decisions on where you spend your free time. In the Happy Planet? Look to what motivates you to give more time. Look to what you do in your moments of time.
A friend asked me for help on teaching her 2nd grade granddaughter math. She came home crying because she failed a 2nd grade accountability test. My 9th grade grandson did not like Geometry and was worried he might get a “C” if he did not pass his final exam. He loved algebra but had problems in his online AP math class. I am MADD! Ask me F2F what #GASS means.
I saw Linda Darlene-Hammond at a SXSWEdu conference in 2013 to find solutions to this challenge. Yet here it is almost a decade latter and the senate wants to add multiple-choice accountability testing to SB3 which gives teachers and librarians a needed salary boost. Yes, I called and talked to my legislator’s (Beddencourt and Murphy) office interns. I hope they listened and will share my message and that of many experts on testing. Thanks to Raise Your Hand Texas for their Act Now Flyer.
Together is Better – Part of testing needs to be collaborative building on strengths.
A honeypot is a computer or computer system intended to mimic likely targets of cyberattacks. It can be used to detect attacks or deflect them from a legitimate target. It can also be used to gain information about how cybercriminals operate.
Evidence Room – Where is the evidence that schools are preparing our children for this Cyber Technology World? Are children must learn to write code so they can understand why computer science is so very important in the world day. I have been teaching CS since 1985 and am an advocate today to take down the roadblocks. I start with HTML as I have found when one learns how easy it is to code a website, they learn how easy it is to post false information. That leads to questioning fact vs. fiction which is so important in this cyber world.
Ophra shared in “The Path Made Clear” to say what do you really want. What I want is to be “invited to the party” created from an idea I planted. And seeing that idea Expand Horizons through Computer Science Education, as that is the gateway out of poverty. After decades of advocacy for this decision makers still don’t get IT. And too many children are being left behind. I want CS For All. As Coding is an easy tool to learn failure is OK, and is in fact essential for mastery, something Ophra shared is so important. “Meet me in the bathroom” if you want to talk about what path to take, as I am going through that now, and I know “Together is Better” as I just can’t do it it alone. Lets build a foundation together.
Individual Goal: Create a Networking Lego Rectangle
1. Introduce yourself and share your aspiration.
2. If that person has a brick with a different color or size, trade bricks.
3. Once you collect 4 bricks that have 4 different attributes, build a rectangle.
Team Goal: Create a 3D Lego Art Piece
5. Add your rectangle to the base plate.
6. Look to see if there is a shape of the same size or a rectangle with the same colors.
7. Did you find others you could team with?