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CS Education Week In NYC1


All over the city this week, students in NYC’s public schools have been celebrating CS Education Week by doing events and hackathons to showcase their coding skills. Through NYC’s CS4All program, over 1000 teachers have been trained to teach CS classes in their schools. That is over 500 schools to date. Over the course of the ten-year CS4All program, over 5,000 teachers will get this training so that all 1700 school buildings in NYC will have at least one CS teacher and many will have two, or three, or even four. Most of these 500 schools, and many others around NYC, participated in CS Education this week. I was out in the schools along with my colleagues at the Department of Education, CSNYC, and the companies that support us, including Google, Accenture, and Alexandria Real Estate. I met this eighth grader up in the Bronx at In-Tech Academy, a 6-12th grade school that specializes in STEM education and mostly pulls from the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx. He told me that he wants to be a game designer when he grows up. I told him he was well on his way and that he just needed to keep up his schoolwork and his excitement for coding and making things. But it wasn’t just me out in the NYC public schools this week. A bunch of Google engineers went out to the schools and helped with the hour of code. Google has developed a K12 CS Ed curriculum called CS First and Stephen Bloch was helping a student do a lesson from that curriculum. The thing that most excited me this week was to meet all of the NYC public school teachers who have been trained under the NYC CS4All program to teach CS to their students. This is a photo of a teacher named Ms Calise from Horace Mann, PS90Q in Queens, where a bunch of teachers have taken advantage of the CS4All program to learn how to teach CS skills to their students. So, needless to say, this week has been very gratifying for me. CS Education is seeping into hundreds of school buildings in NYC and will continue to do so for the next few years until it is in every school building in NYC. I am so thankful for the generous support of corporations and non-profits like Google, Accenture, Alexandria Real Estate, Hearst, AOL, Two Sigma, Wachtell Lipton, Math For America, Robin Hood, Hutchins Family Foundation, Paulson Family Foundation, and many many others, without whom this work could not happen. If your company or non-profit wants to join this group and help bring CS to all students in NYC, please email me or leave a comment in this blog post and I will contact you. http://avc.com/2017/12/cs-education-week-in-nyc/

Potential to Kinetic


In science textbooks growing up, we used the the image of a rock sitting atop a hill as the example of potential energy. This potential energy is converted to kinetic energy when the rock is pushed down the hill. However, the transformation from potential energy to kinetic energy is far from guaranteed – both in rocks and in humans. We’ve heard the wistful “He/she has so much potential” line among sports analysts and managers in the workplace alike. Unlike rocks which need some environmental prompting to move, the transformation of energy in humans can occur from within as well. And, for most folks, the difference between it happening and not happening is the outcome of two developed traits – discipline and a growth mindset. Discipline provides the push to convert the potential energy to kinetic every day. And, a growth mindset ensures the use of the discipline muscle feels worthwhile. Share this: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Like this: Like Loading... Related https://alearningaday.com/2017/11/16/potential-to-kinetic/

Cyber Monday 20178


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Reaching people on the internet42


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Un-Super-Vised1


My partner Andy and I were playing with the latest crypto craze, cryptokitties, this weekend and he suggested we sire a USV kitty. So he contributed a parent from his collection and I contributed a parent from my collection and with the addition of some Ethereum, which I paid from my Coinbase account, we made a new kitty. Since it is a USV kitty, we asked the USV team to send in name suggestions and Jacqueline won that contest with the wonderful name of Un-Super-Vised. That’s a handsome cat but the thing I like most is its “lucky stripe.” God knows we need that in the startup business. In the wake of all that excitement, Jacqueline posted her thoughts on this craze. If you want to know what to make of all of this, I’d suggest giving that a read. http://avc.com/2017/12/un-super-vised/