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!
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Everything I do is to help student learn thinking and problem solving skills.
As I remember 9/11 I wanted to use this to communicate a small step you can do today to bring change. Below is an email I am sending my friends and connectors. If we all did the same thing, maybe we can move forward to peace in this world. Please share! As the student you find might be the innovator we need for our future.
On this 18th anniversary of 9/11 will you help spread the word so together we can build our community of problem solvers ? Please find one high school girl who has a vision and invite her to apply for the Aspirations award. Fill out the simple form at https://www.aspirations.org/content/encourage-student. Make her feel good by giving her value. And let me know if you invite her and I will let you know if she applies. Will give you joy too.
How would you use technology to bring peace to this world? What problem do you want to solve is a question on the NCWIT aspirations.org awards. By applying for this award, students can share their solution and brainstorm with other young women who aspire to solve the same challenge. And that challenge can be local to bring a spirit of giving and being nice to your community. It is using computer science to prevent problems through data science. It is preventing the need for cyber security.
Teachers, please make this a warmup journaling prompt, so when it comes time to submit the application, the hard part, the short essay is written. Our students can be the leaders of learning.
Houston Chronicle Editorial September 7, 2019 – submitted this viewpoint after reading the editorial about Sally the Salad vending machine and on the same page the opinion by Deborah Lugo, John Abodeely and Cathy Bencivenga. I have been submitting editorials before it was so easy to post. But now I keep up with the history as so easy: editorial-thoughts-right-or-wrong/ and hope they get published: knorth.edublogs.org/editorials-published/. Goal is to inspire others to mentor students to build their aspirations, as it is only the young who can make the future better.
“Arts classes important part of complete education” by Arts Connect leaders 9/7/2019 – thank you for this opinion! Providing access does transform schools and our city by giving a chance to express and channel creativity, adaptability and collaboration. But computer science education also teaches these skills and more. The Houston of tomorrow needs a prepared 21st-century workforce to create more “Sally” machines that solve real problems like easy access to healthy food. Now to get these salad bots into schools. As well as the ability to program the bots. Coding is an art form that plays the same key role as art classes. But coding art is accessible to all, even the blind and those who can’t hold a pencil.
The challenge is time. The solution to bring computer science to all (csforall.org) is to integrate IT into other courses. As a computer science educator, I solved that problem by combining the art of programming with creating graphics. This art lesson was first presented at an Expanding Your Horizons conference in 1990s. It continues currently by teaching students to create digital flowers they can share for free. Along with colleagues, I have presented at the Houston Art Partners Conference on creating Mondrian Art. This takes the program design process from Legos, to paper, to digital art using programming languages from beginner to college. If your art is dance, try coding a robot to do a line dance or have a dance party.
To overcome the equitable access challenge, I volunteer to train anyone interested in learning to code for free, if they sustain and scale this work. And my best audience is high school girls who have aspirations in computing. One of our aspirations winners from Puerto Rico is creating a comic book for the UH brain research center. We need artists to be part of our aspirations.org community. Please join us at the Empowering Latinas in Tech event at UHD as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month where we will have an outreach table.
This opinion was written by Karen North, NCWIT Aspirations Houston Coordinator and White House Champion of Change for Computer Science Education. She has taught CS, math and business in Fort Bend ISD, Alief ISD and Houston ISD starting in 1985. Karen was one of the first certified computer science teachers in Texas. She was a writer of the first computer science TEKS and the 2011 update which created 15 CS courses, as well as writer of national CS Standards. See http://knorth.edublogs.org/about/history/ for her history.
BONUS – The Art Data of Happiness – WHY Art Connection?
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.