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!
In 2011 Karen North was a 28-year computer science, math, technology systems and business teacher. She is an officer with ISTE SIGCT and is on the CSTA Committee working on K-8 Model Curriculum. She is currently a Technology Specialist at an elementary school in Houston ISD, allowing her the opportunity to put into practice her CS research on the K-5 level. Ms. North began her advocacy for computing in the 1980s programming BASIC, Logo and the T.I. Calculator in math courses. She also sponsored the recycling club at her school and is chair of the education committee for Keep Houston Beautiful. Retired now still advocating for outdoor and computer science education. See her home site www.build-a-brain.com for her on going advocacy.
My first job was at NASA when I graduated from high school in 1966. That led to an aspiration to apply for the teacher in space program. And continues today as I try to motivate young leaders as a Houston Aspirations.org award coordinator.
What do they do on the ISS?The ISS serves as a microgravity and space environment research laboratory in which crew members conduct experiments in biology, human biology, physics, astronomy, meteorology, and other fields. The station is suited for the testing of spacecraft systems and equipment required for missions to the Moon and Mars.
Accountability for schools should be based on the questions students ask. Not worksheet questions created by others.
We need an Integrated Communication Loop in Education too. … Can we get almost all the way up? And create capsule art.
Let this be the start of a new Journey in the Classroom that will change education for All! Thanks for your patience as I push to debug a system that must change the tangled mess I see. The current education system is not working. Time to get Elon Musk type thinkers to make it happen. Where is the control center standing by? Where is Cyber Security?
Women can be the leaders that can design new pathways. What beautiful days full of art and inspiration. Thank you to all!!
So, what is missing in the education system? A lack of quality control and feedback. The busy bee is the quality control agent. We can learn from nature. We can learn from Space. We can learn from the voices not heard!
“Stand still and wait until the way forward is clear.” – How long should I wait? Maybe going to Julie’s Library with my 4 year old granddaughter might help me find the right pathway.
… Finding that pathway for my voice by researching positive role models like Bill Gates. And teaching teachers about the importance of learning about data science and quackery. In other words, learning if information is valid or invalid. Changing the model of competitive education into collaborative. Adding more librarians and counselors who can support students in research and building new passions and interests. Maybe that just might be finding new pathways for health. And that health includes our trees. Encouraging our youth to grow vegetables instead of choosing screen “candy” with this new found time. Our future depends on changing the system of education by finding a different way.
I am so thankful I have a large network of online friends and my F2F friends who touch base virtually. Susan just shared her tweak for the day, a new Rosie book.
What pockets of control can you lead? What is in your heart? Share your TP? Questions from TED Conversations … Connections we need created rapidly by experts whose ideas can help us reflect and work through this uncertain time with a sense of responsibility, compassion and wisdom.
How can we all pay it forward?Changing the way business is done… conviction to do what he believes is right, even if it’s unpopular. Mission to create a world where values-based companies reshape the economy, so business stops being about making the most money possible. Dan believes it’s not about doing business as usual anymore, but doing business better. His employees paid-it-back by offering to work for free.
Bella is slowly learning social distancing. My house may not look good, as I have put up gates in order to survive puppy-hood. I have gone through numerous trainers. One who said she need behavior therapy and medication and told me to only listen to him. I decided as the parent, I must discover what works. And this virus reinforced the 3 basics: attention, exercise and consistent discipline. I occasionally gave her an inch and let her say hi and then she took a mile. No more … until she learns manners I realized her problem was my mistake in training. This AED is the same advice I give (as a grandparent hoping you want my advice) to parents who are new to the world of home-schooling. Have fun … do some virtual Houston Children’s Museum activities everyday. And how about traveling with John Hartman. Or go to the Robotarium. Take an amazing University online course. Lets have a Dance Party!
Our Houston Affiliate Aspirations Award event scheduled for Feb. 29th was cancelled than rescheduled. Schools in Houston including UHD was closed Friday due to a water main break. Then we were notified we could hold our event. So, I had the privilege of announcing our Energy Day Academic Award winners who will receive a cash prize on Energy Day October 17, 2020.
As I was walking Miss (Mistake) Bella I realized I needed to focus. Multi-taking is not working. When I was not watching she peed on her lease. When I got home her new name was Amazing Bella as she walked and listened so good. I ran into a neighbor who has been collaborating with me on computer science education in Spring Branch ISD for years, and Bella sat and waited patiently as I ran my mouth. I shared SBISD was working a district strategic plan and asked if she wanted to go with me to meet with the community outreach coordinator. Alas, she is swamped with her 4 kids and Odyssey of the Minds and said this summer maybe we can get back advocacy work. I shared an observation I made on the construction of a house close to her. They put in a single gate to their backyard and I regret not suggesting they put in a double-wide, as this was a mistake I made on my house.
I fear school choice is a mistake that needs to be addressed before it is too late. All schools need to create a home-schooling atmosphere with maker-space time. And community service needs to be required for graduation. As I am reviewing problems our 156 Houston area Aspirations applicants want to solve, I know these students are the solution we are looking for. That and all the other young adults who see problems and want to help, if only they had the time. About half the students wanted to solve Social or Health problems. The other half were concerned with education, Environmental, Engineering, Economic and Cyber Security issues. Very few were interested in energy or politics. We need small talk time in every classroom for students to brainstorm.
There is too much I want to say and blogging in circles. So if you see an action items you can implement to change the school system, please leave a comment. Or better yet walk in to the closest school and volunteer to mentor a teacher. One thing I know is Together is Better. The action lies with the teachers. That is my focus, helping teachers teach. At least those who have the time to ask for help. So that moves my focus to monitoring educational laws. And speaking up when I know as a 25 year classroom teacher, and still volunteering in the classroom, policy makers just don’t get it.
So back to my focus areas. “They” say if you write it down more likely to happen.
My family: Sons who are both teachers, one of HS math and other college music. My daughter, a mother and school volunteer. Grandchildren, 16, 13, 10, 4 years old. … Education.
Scale the networking – best part listening to other passionate educators. Looking forward to seeing their stories. Hope to see action partnerships with NCWIT, Code.org, CSTA and the ISTE CSN as we all have similar goals.
Setting the Right Goals – that is the goal of the summit. Tracking action is mine? Maybe that way UNT can build the social robot I will be needing in 10 years as my living assistant.