Computational Thinking at HISD #HISDecoded
The goal of #HISDecoded is to immerse every HISD student in Computational Thinking experiences, including coding. It is an educational approach that brings critical thinking skills and creative expression to life. Students learn how to create technology, rather than simply consume it.
Why Computational Thinking?
#HISDecoded supports HISD's core initiative of "Rigorous Instructional Standards and Supports" as well as its core value of "Student Learning is the Main Thing." Computational Thinking learning activities promote self-directed learning and meaningful collaboration. Computational Thinking equips students with the tools of formal logic and creativity, which is useful for everyone-not just computer scientists. Computationally-literate graduates are empowered to pursue advanced post-secondary coursework as well as post-secondary certifications that position them well in both the local and global economy. With this initiative, HISD is poised to advance the state of public education, as globally-competitive school systems already integrate Computer Science and Computational Thinking as part of their core curriculum.
Announcements - #HISDecoded
Planning to get CS certified in 2017?
There are three CS certification exam testing windows coming up in May (5/10-13), June (6/28-7/1), and August (8/16-19), so make sure you’re prepared. To help out, the WeTeach_CS Certification Prep Tour of Texas will be on the road throughout the spring and summer, coming to a location near you:
May 1-2 – Victoria – Registration closes April 24th – Register Now!
June 12-13 – Abilene – Registration Closes June 6th – Register Now!
June 12-13 – Edinburg – Registration Closes June 5th – Register Now!
June 29-30 – El Paso – Registration Closes June 22nd – Register Now!
July 11-12 – San Antonio – Registration Closes July 4th – Register Now!
July 18-19 – Beaumont – Registration Closes July 13th – Register Now!
August 7-8 – Richardson – Registration Closes July 31st – Register Now!
For more info go to: https://www.weteachcs.org/get-on-board-cert-prep-tour-of-texas/
Get a $1600 Teacher Stipend
HISD teachers who apply for and get accepted into the Professional Learning Program are eligible for the RUSMP WeTeach_CS Collaborative.
Upon successful completion of the program, Collaborative participants will receive:
- $1,600 stipend;
- $610 in books and teaching materials;
- Opportunities for customized professional development including face-to-face mentoring to become Texas-certified in grades 8-12 CS or travel and registration support to attend the WeTeach_CS Summit being held June 5-7, 2017; and
- Networking opportunities with other CS teachers, industry professionals and college faculty
The deadline for acceptance into the Collaborative is February 28, 2017. For more info, please see the program flyer HERE
UT Austin Center for Stem Education's WeTeach_CS Face-to-Face Workshop @ HISD
WeTeach_CS Certification Prep provides an overview of the educator competencies required of all teachers to become certified in Grades 8-12 Computer Science. This certification is necessary to teach courses such as Computer Science I, II or III, Fundamentals of Computer Science, or AP Computer Science A. Course instructors address several competencies in depth and link attendees to additional resources that will help to prepare them to challenge the CS certification test.
Date & Time
- Monday, January 23, 2017 - Tuesday, January 24, 2017
- 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
- Ryan Professional Development Center
- Building A, Room PL3
- 4001 Hardy Street
- Houston, Texas 77009
Fall and Spring CS Professional Development Workshops
Academic-year Workshop Dates (Saturdays) Location AP Computer Science Principles September 17, 2016 (8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) Room 1E01 October 29, 2016 (8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) Room 1E02 January 21, 2017 (8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) Room 1E01 February 11, 2017 (8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) Room 1E01 Exploring Computer Science September 17, 2016 (8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) Room 1E02 October 29, 2016 (8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) Room 2C12 January 21, 2017 (8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) Room 1E02 February 11, 2017 (8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) Room 1E02 Computer Science in Algebra October 29, 2016 (8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) Room 2E02 Computer Science in Science September 17, 2016 (8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) Room 2E02 January 21, 2017 (8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) Room 2E02
Bebras Challenge Invitational Round - Saturday October 1, 2016 at Rice University
During the 2015-2016 school year, 7000 Houston ISD students participated in the Bebras Computing Challenge. We invited the top scorers to participate in the Invitational Round of the Bebras Computing Challenge hosted by Rice University on October 1, 2016.
The challenge will be held from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM. A more detailed agenda is available at rusmp.rice.edu/bebras.
Summer CS Professional Development Workshops
2016-2017 High School Programs
2016-2017 Middle School Programs
Code.org Professional Development 2016-2017 Dates
Program Summer Workshop Dates Academic-year Follow up Workshop Dates (Saturdays)
AP Computer Science Principles
July 18-22, 2016 (Monday - Friday) in Salt Lake City, Utah September 17, 2016; October 29, 2016; January 21, 2017; February 11, 2017
Exploring Computer Science
July 11-15, 2016 (Monday - Friday) September 17, 2016; October 29, 2016; January 21, 2017; February 11, 2017
Computer Science in Algebra
July 7-8, 2016 (Thursday and Friday) October 29, 2016
Computer Science in Science
July 5-6, 2016 (Tuesday and Wednesday) September 17, 2016; January 21, 2017
Sign up for the upcoming AP CSP Teacher Training
The code.org AP CSP training is a rigorous workshop that trains teachers on strategies to teach the new curriculum and implement the online platform they will use in the classroom. Attendance stipends, CPE hours, and food will be provided. Reserve your spot ASAP. Apply HERE
Teach Computer Science! March 22-23HISD is offering teachers a 2-day Computer Science certification preparation workshop on March 22-23, 2016. Participants will address several competencies in depth that will help to prepare them for the CS certification test. Registration is open on e-train.
Bebras Global Computational Thinking Challenge, Nov. 9-20The Innovative Curriculum Department invites Houston ISD students in grades 5-12 to participate in the Bebras Global Computational Thinking (45-minute) Challenge. Participating students will join peers from over 30 countries to tackle a variety of interactive computing challenges designed to get them excited about computing through tasks that do not require prior knowledge of digital technology. Through these challenges, students develop crucial Global Graduate skills and abilities: critical thinking, communication, adaptability, decision-making, and leadership.
Students are exposed to computational thinking as a fundamental way of thinking, problem solving, and understanding people and the world that has a direct impact on their learning in math, science, reading and writing. Technology and Computer Science teachers choose the day and time that best suit their class schedule during the weeks of 9-20 November 2015. Schools with large enrollment and/or limited lab space, can elect to run the challenge on multiple days. Students can participate in this online challenge in their classroom, after-school club, or at home.Visit http://bebraschallenge.org/ to register for the challenge.