Glitter, Rainbows, Unicorns, and….App Inventor 2?

In teaching, we find out quickly that everyday isn’t just glitter, rainbows, and unicorns. Most of us in education start out with visions of those big exciting teaching moments. You know the moments movies are made from. Those dreams that we as young teachers have and think how single handedly we are going to change … Read more…

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Summer planning to mix things up and make things better led me to the idea to teach coding in HTML in Computer Science Principles.   HTML would bring the Internet into tangible form AND give students experience with text coding at an early stage of CSP.   Years ago I taught HTML as a part … Read more…

The Internet of things is here!

We are now in the first part of the Internet portion of our CSP course.   Last week two weeks ago I spent time with my class talking about the layers of abstraction on the Internet, how packets move, how to trace packets, how URL addresses are arranged and so much more. It’s always interesting … Read more…

Giving students the freedom to be creative

As I watch my students work on their first Snap! Programming project my mind wonders to a conversation I had with my son when he was in elementary school. Like most parents do from time to time I was “calling out” my son’s questions for his test scheduled for the next day. Like a little … Read more…

You are invited to join our CS10K Journal Project group….

Hi, friends~ First, today I want to let you know that Internet lessons for CSPrinciples are being added this week.   The school year is zipping by at warp speed and here we are to Unit 4 already.   If you are nearing time to teach about Internet and Global Impact, we got this! The … Read more…

Embark on a Virtual Field Trip!

In the last two years or so I have had the opportunity to visit NYC a few times — which was a real torment for me (NOT!).   I love NYC!   In prep for the first of the two most recent trips, I was told that there is a great, FREE subway app known … Read more…

Writing Code……..the not so old fashioned way.

  In our world of copy and pasting, we all seem to want to find a better quicker way. I find myself taking pictures with my phone to keep from writing information down.  I do this because it is quicker and also because I’m not as likely to lose it if it’s on my phone. … Read more…

Teach Algorithms Early and Often

Last week I had a brainstorm come to me in the wee hours of the morning.  I was up during the dark and early wee hours because I cannot sleep due to have TOO MUCH to do with the start of school yet my mind is dreaming up more to do — go figure!   … Read more…

5 Tips to Start a Fantastic Year

How is it already the first week of school? and Where did the summer go?    If you are asking yourself these questions, you must be a teacher.   School started yesterday for Gina and will start tomorrow for me so we are in the thick of too many meetings, too much required PD, and waking up too … Read more…

The birds and the bees & CSP

When I was growing up I loved spending time with my grandparents.  I remember standing on my tip toes looking out the kitchen window watching my Grandpa rob honey from his bee hives.  I was amazed.  Grandpa wore only a hood and showed no fear as he collected the amber goodness from the hives.  When … Read more…