Friday, March 11, 2016

Celebrating Coding

Ruth Ayres has a link-up on weekends where people link to posts that are celebrations about their week. I love this reminder to celebrate every week.

This week was a long one, but on Thursday, I was able to attend a training with Angie Kalthoff. I've used with my students for several years, but it was good to find out about more resources that are available and hear about how other teachers are doing things. It was fun to just be doing something out of the regular routine too.

I also really loved learning about a video game two girls created to break the taboo of speaking about menstruation.

And last, but not least, we got our copy of Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes. I'm looking forward to reading it this weekend.

***Update: I finished reading Secret Coders tonight and loved it to pieces. It's a graphic novel about a girl starting at a new school. She makes a friend and they try to figure out why there are strange birds and numbers all around. In the midst of this investigation, they get involved in some programing and her new friend teaches her about binary numbers. Here's a video about that part. Enjoy!

***Update #2: I just finished reading Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine by Laurie Wallmark and illustrated by April Chu. The author teaches computer science. I loved learning about Ada. She wrote the first computer program way back in the early 1800s. It was the perfect picture book for my coding week.


  1. Wow, Crystal, this is awesome. I'll need to return to watch more of the videos.Love your picture!

  2. Gene taught us in Bellingham about binary code It was really fun! Love the video about tampon run

  3. I was in Bellingham learning about binary code from Gene with Carrie. Well, we were in the same hall, anyway. For this retired LA teacher, it was fascinating to learn a little about the world of coding. Love the video about tampon run and the challenge of getting more women into the field of coding.

  4. Breaking routine is great. Coding takes us to a completely new world.

  5. Crystal, your new look is smashing! Coding is empowering! (love that phrase in the video.) Loved the 2nd video about the menstrual taboo. (Who would think this would trend?)