The other day, Lee Green @InstTechGuy and Cat Flippen @CatFlippen posted a message on the G+ GEG (Google Educators Group) about the "What is Computer Science?" event being hosted by the Black Googlers Network (BGN) at the Google Atlanta Office. I was lucky enough to snag a spot! It was so great!! Parents and educators were treated to inside information about various technology careers within Google along with tips on ways to help students become informed and prepared for a computing career in general. Students were given design challenges by Google staff to expose them to solving complex problems, creating new things, and understanding how the user experience and ultimately usability is influenced by the choices a product designer makes. During lunch, the adults had to figure out how to operate the things that were created by the students who used spare parts and recycled materials. The kids did an awesome job and learned a lot!
The big takeaway message to educators was given by one of the guys on the Google panel (Mr Marshall): "Don't give up on the knuckle heads! Don't write off any students, ever!" And, as a reminder to us all, we must remember that the key to success is PERSEVERANCE--- One special Googler, Nancy Douyon, (pictured on the right) reported multiple severe social factors putting the odds against her success but she found a way to survive, thrive, succeed, and exceed all expectations. Her accomplishments are too numerous to name but they are extreme and extensive. While she is intentional in her service to young women of color, she also serves as a role model to ALL girls and young women everywhere by showing what it looks like to be a strong, determined woman!! For students: http://www.google.com/edu/programs/index.html#!students
FUN at Google!!!
DEN GURU, Dr. Cindy Moss came to the Forsyth County School District in Cumming Ga today to lead us at the GA STEM Leadership Summit. Cindy did not lose my attention one time! Her pacing, along with the interesting information she shared made her presentation simply irresistible! I never knew that hearing about statistics, salaries, school programs, and corporate partnerships could keep me taking notes! I rarely write anything down but today I found myself hanging onto her every word. I am eager to share what I learned with my colleagues and also with the school community at large. It was also a delight to see Kelly Hines present Discovery Board Builder with a twist for anyone who was already familiar with it. Kelly has an awesome presentation demeanor; I love listening to pretty much anything she has to say! Thank you to Brian Nido of Discovery Education for letting me know about this very timely PD opportunity a few minutes after meeting me in Nashville at DENSI 2014. Discovery Education is the resource that just keeps on giving!
5th grade German born Ethiopian student shared how she learned English a few years ago. She has very insightful reflections that would make a great NPR story or book chapter.
Inspired by @stroudlibrary and other guests on March TLNewsNIght, 5th graders start book review video project toay: "Have You Read this?"
Kids Learn about Eloise Greenfield for Poetry month and listen to some of her poems from "Hip Hop Speaks to Children"
It's been fantastic to see how excited the kids have gotten over making rainbow loom bracelets for the Banding Together Project initiated by Shannon Miller. #Unbelievable
Career day was awesome! The bomb squad and good citizen dog were the highlights!
I was surprised to find out that my very "serious" 5th grader is writing fan fiction romance. She is loving the peer collaboration on the Ms Literati writing website for girls.
It's all in my head! Yep, it's all in my head! I write the most insightful and thought provoking blog posts in my head. I do it in the car, I do it in the shower and I do it on a walk. My thoughts never make it from my head to a blog post!! If we do not share our thoughts, it's possible that our peers might think we don't have any thoughts! I have finally come up with a solution to my problem. Instead of writing blog posts, I will just write headlines and people can simply imagine what the blog post might have said. Or, maybe if I write the headline, I can go back later and write the post, but I doubt it. This is because I don't think I can capture the depth and complexity of my thoughts once they are gone. My thoughts flee and I don't have a way of catching them fast enough but I won't give up trying!