Hour of Code Buddy Training

What is Coding?

  1. Welcome and Thank you. What is your goal today?
  2. Binary Bracelets – Make a set for your mentee.
  3. What is the Hour of Code?
  4. What activities are available?
  5. Unplugged Lessons
    1. Plant-a-Seed
    2. Bee-Bots
  6. Code.org Puzzles
  7. How do I find a school to help?

CS 4 TxCS 4 All


My Inspiration is those who learn – at end when mentors were introducing themselves and their goal (I forgot to do at the start) – one person said I get that coding is really about problem solving.  I gave him a high-five. Others shared that this can help build self-esteem and confidence, which is a major problem with their mentees.


“B” Better


City of Houston District “B” Conference for Middle School Students
MAKING IT BETTERCouncilman Davis
George Brown Conference Center 11/29

What impact does Internet have on you?
Robotics will be bigger than Internet.
Those with power learn to control the robots.
Computers Control the World.
But, who controls the computers? Computer Scientists!



Watch Black Girls Code and See Prince’s Yes We Code

And Make your Goal with Chris Bosh

Every High School in Texas is required to offer two years of computer science. But, to be prepared YOU need to be pro-active and not wait for a teacher.  Learning to CODE is free and online, YOU just need to add the time.  Go to code.org or Khan Academy to get started.  Ask your principal to implement an Hour of Code next week during CS Ed Week.

“Robots may become as common as whisks” – Food Made with Love by Robots

We need ARTISANAL classrooms!!

Hour of Code Training

Spring Branch ISD is hosting an outreach lunch and training for volunteers on Wednesday, Nov 30th at the SBISD Technology Training Center in collaboration with AAUW-WHC Expanding Your Horizons Team. This training, in preparation of the upcoming Hour of Code, will lead participants through the concepts of computer science and provide hands-on “plugged” and “un-plugged” activities to do with students ranging from Pre-K to 12th grade. A light lunch will be served.

Spring Branch educators are committed to facilitate Hour of Code activities for students!
Find a School that needs a Code Buddy.
See Hour of Code events on Twitter! #SBHourof Code

Help us give every student the opportunity to learn computer science by learning what you can do to support a teacher! We need code buddies to help our schools. To register as a Code Buddy and SBISD volunteer go to this link.

Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek Dec. 5-11) is an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science. Code.org now organizes CSEdWeek as a grassroots campaign supported by 350 partners and 100,000 educators worldwide. The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching over 100 million students in more than 180 countries.

To reach all students in Houston we invite the mayor, all City Council members, and staff to go into a school in their district and join students for one hour.  The best way to learn the power of computing is hands-on with young children. Like President Obama learned by coding with kids and was inspired to create the CS FOR ALL.

Computer Science Education Week
WHEREAS every child in Texas should learn computer science; and,

WHEREAS the Texas Alliance for Computer Science Education (TACSE) is leading a grassroots statewide effort to educate all Texans about the value of K-12 computer science education; and,

WHEREAS only 2% of Texas high school graduates have taken a computer science course and only 5,172 high school students in Texas took the AP Computer Science exam in 2015; only 24% were female; only 987 were Hispanic; only 180 were black; and,

WHEREAS Schools are lagging behind parent demand; 9 in 10 parents want their students to learn computer science… but only 1 in 4 schools teach it; and,

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

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 5-2011, 2016 CS4TX Houston will support an Hour of Code as WHEREAS, the City of Houston is a strong supporter of STEM initiatives and commends the Computer Science for Texas and supporting organizations and businesses for its leadership in STEM Education.

THEREFORE, I, Silvester Turner, Mayor of the City of Houston, hereby proclaim December 5-11, 2016, COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION WEEK.

Code Math TEKS

Fort Bend P-16 Math Summit October 29th

GREG TANG KEYNOTE – Major Economics – Minor Computer Science
“We would be better off if we taught coding instead of math in schools.”

It’s about the PROCESS … It’s about the PRACTICE … It’s about the PLAN …
It’s about YOU!

Knowledge is answers to questions!!!
How can coding (CS and CT) enhance one of your daily math lessons?


  1. Warmup:  Binary Bracelets
    1. Color Theme –Hex Codes for MBL Teams
      1. World Series and Cleveland (This is where my father is from).
  2. Fold-a-book – Real Life Algorithms and Planning Process
  3. If You Plant-a-Seed – Ideas that you grow
    1. Math TEKS Coorelation
    2. CAMT
  4. Walk-the-Line
    1. Line Dance and Getting Loopy
    2. Geometry
  5. Circles and Connecting the Dots

Want to learn more?

  1. Rice University RUSMP
  2. Code.org FREE PD
  3. University of Texas WeTeachCS
  4. Bootstrap – Algebra Integration
  5. Computer Science for Texas CS4TX.org Meetups
  6. Google – Computational Thinking
  7. Greg Tang – Keynote for 3 hours at Fort Bend P16 conference
    1. Wants kids to think about numbers – using number bonds over years
      1. CS Connection – just break apart – Apples in a barrel example – 108 / 9 part, part, whole.  Sees the pattern – groups.
      2. CS Connection – explain the process – write and code the algorithm
    2. Efficiency matters – takes deeper understanding
    3. Meta-cognition – visual images – kids need to think deeply
    4. Kids like to figure – can do this with reasoning puzzles if practice everyday.  Think in a systematic way. Example used Consecutive digit problem.
        • Can you come up with a formula? In CS we call this an abstraction.
    5. Number lines and paper folding – Cuisenaire rods. Use rectangles instead of lines. Build vocabulary connections: Perimeter Peri (around) Meter (measure).
    6. Fraction example divide up a cookie.  Notation is problem, want 1/2 or 1/4?
    7. Equal sign – everything is a comparison. Wanted his kids to be comfortable with math as they were going to school for hockey. What two numbers add up to 20, but have a difference of 4?
    8. Key is PRACTICE – does that with books and puzzles. Sees groups – look for 10s. Use Dice. Did Scope and Sequence with cross-word and snake puzzles that are self-checking. Turning into board games so have F2F interaction.
    9. Most his books are over a decade old so enhancing with online puzzles. Can your kid write an app bringing concepts into the digital age? Works with districts to streamline. Greg’s “background is economics not teaching.” My background is teaching. I can help educators for free as code.org raises the funds to deal with equity for CS for All.

Grace Hopper

What an amazing conference in Houston!

At the CS4TX State Meeting during this conference we received a proclamation from the mayor to Celebrate CS Education week in December. Calling on all to help.  Please join CS4TX Houston to find out how.

WHEREAS, in a world increasingly dependent on technology, computer science knowledge and skills are crucial to every student’s education, only two percent of Texas high school graduates have taken a computer science course and only 5,172 high school students in Texas took the AP Computer Science exam in 2015; and,

WHEREAS, much is being done to improve the existence of computer science education, most notably, Computer Science for Texas (CS4TX) is leading a grassroots statewide effort to educate all Texas about the value of K-12 computer science education; and,

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

WHEREAS, during the week of December 5-11, 2016, CS4TX Houston and AAUW West Harris County Branch will celebrate Computer Science Education Week by supporting an hour of code to education students about computer science for one hour. Computer Science Education Week is observed in celebration of Grace Murray Hopper, a major female contributor to computer science. The observance also raises awareness about the need for improving and strengthening computer science education; and,

WHEREAS, the City of Houston is a strong supporter of STEM initiatives and commends Computer Science for Texas, American Association of University Women, National Center for Women & Information Technology and other Houston supporting organizations and businesses for their leadership in STEM education.

THEREFORE, I Sylvester Turner, Mayor of the City of Houston, hereby proclaim December 5-11, 2016, as COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION WEEK In Houston, Texas.

Spring Branch ISD is offering training for Code Buddies on Nov. 18th. Contact Abby Walker for information on how to volunteer or partner with helping all schools implement an Hour of Code.


When are people going to learn that people are more important than money?
Are grades classroom money?
Innovative Time and Community Service Graduation requirement are solutions.
Lets give those who aspire to help solve real world problems that opportunity.

As I watch my granddaughter – my flower – explore and experiment, I see how she has all the innovative time she needs to learn. My aspiration is to make sure she has an education outside the box, that bowl that keeps classrooms swimming in circles.

Watch the fish in a bowl


Calling all superintendents to motivate all their principals to motivate all their teachers to give class time to help young women start the process of applying for the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award during the school day. And calling all parents to support their child in completing the application before November 7th.

Calling all divas, hackers, coders, entrepreneurs, innovators, creators, designers, artists, dancers, writers to help young learners to run in circles around their passion.  Community service that involves unplugged CS lessons is a solution to build our future minds. Not computer time.  And that takes Code Buddies as teachers are so overloaded they need your help with 25+ kids wanting individual attention.  And your expertise to understand that computer science is a process that starts the skills needed to learn how to solve real world problems.

Will you help!

Remembering can be Sad


CBS Sunday Morning – Will miss Charlie too.  So many inspirational SUNS … So many inspirational thoughts from the best show on TV- like this post I write on this Sunday Morning.  Guess I will have to see you on the radio as I walk my little flower.

Today after seeing your story about Lancaster remembered when I went there for training to teach Technology Systems at Houston ISD’s Westside High School.  This changed my world as I experienced the environment that every school needs to provide. That went away and I am still wondering why and how to get it back.  I remember the students that touched my life. Makes be a little sad that I don’t know how their life is now.

Just hope they are happy.  Hope they get outside and listen.  Have not been listening to the Osgood File while walking, but will do it now.  CBS and Charlie again inspiring me to do something new. As I always know that something new takes away the sad.  Like my remembering 9/11 and all my other posts that have a history of my students created because I know how to code in HTML.  Remembering my editorials inspired by CBS Sunday Morning and Charles Osgood, both published in the Houston Chronicle and unpublished posted on my blog. Wondering my next path in the sun.

My Flowers

Stories to be told … best F2F … in the Real World

zinniabybarbara  miabybarbara

Thank you Barbara … Looking forward to our Walks and Talks in Nature

But then I also like to tell stories on my blog, something that always surprises me as I hated to write when I was in school. So, let me tell you about a flower, Linda, an elderly neighbor of my daughter’s.  She brought over bags of grapes to my grandchildren and family to build community in their little cul-de-sac.  She gave me two bags too, and said share this with one of your neighbors.

So, on my walk with my little flower Mia, we talked about sharing and reducing the “selfie” people in this world.  We took the grapes to neighbors Emily and Tom,  that have been on my list to visit as he had surgery. Tom and I talked about my new fun nanny activity, as I felt Mia was too young to put into day-care, and discussed if there really is quality day-care.

Then on my walk home went down a path I usually avoid because the stroller picks up hidden dog poop.  As I was cleaning the wheels I wished that those who do pick up after their dog would also pick up any dog mess they see. As we all have to help each other out in this world.  We have to do things just because they are right.

Such as planting seeds of kindness.  Mia’s favorite book, If You Plant a Seed. And I think about the Zinnias that grew from seeds that my grandchildren planted in our community garden cul-de-sac. And I wish more people would step up to the plate and help grow gardens in schools.  As teachers are so overloaded they can’t get beyond survival. Just like parents trying to raise their kids.  That is why it is so much fun taking care of my granddaughter, as when I was a single parent I seemed to only have time to survive and not stop and smell the flowers.

And the fun is added when I go for a walk, as people stop and talk to my little bundle of joy.  Have been walking the same path for years and see the same people, but now stop and talk.


Wondering – what little thing I could do now to help change the world through schools building peace and empathy.

  • Remembering August 2001 when I was on top of the World Trade Centers with my cousin, Kathy, also a teacher.
  • Remembering my classroom at Westside High School watching as I taught technology systems and had live TV access in the video production module.
  • Remembering my students who but together a tribute for 9/11.  Wondering where they are and the impact I might have made on their lives to give back to our world, our community. Wishing I could watch their tribute again, and hoping the student who masterminded it would post it online so I could watch again.
  • Remembering my computer science classes and wishing I had posted more student work to show the past to change the future of CS Education. Wondering what I can to honor the selection by the White House a Champion of Change for CS Education.
  • Remembering my 50th High School Reunion August 27th and my friends who touched my life.  Wondering what I can do for my grandchildren’s Spring Branch ISD schools they now and attend, and MHS my school where they will be attending. Wondering if the classrooms will still be mostly lecture mode desks or if the switch to student-led project based integrated learning will happen.
  • Wondering what I can do for CS for All to exponentially make the change happen for all students.