All posts by Valerie Buck

Valerie is an Instructional Technology Specialist in a public-school system with 10 years of teaching experience in elementary and middle school classrooms. Teaching middle school math earned her Washington State PTA Outstanding Educator in 2014. Today she provides professional development to teachers with an emphasis on ISTE EdTech standards, digital citizenship, and computational thinking that is integrated into core curriculum. Contact her at buckv@issaquah.wednet.edu

Text Compression: Hour of Code (secondary students)

Looking for an Hour of Code activity that will engage your secondary students? Try this lesson from Code.org that integrates music, texting, and saving time. Students will use the Text Compression Widget to compress segments of English text by looking for patterns and substituting symbols for larger patterns of text. The Hour of Code activity ...

2019 Dance Party Spoilers

Are you ready for the Hour of Code? I know I am, and here are a few spoilers you can share with your students this week! New Songs “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “If I Can’t Have You” by Shawn Mendes “Never Really Over” by Katy Perry “High Hopes” ...

Hour of Code: Step by Step

Step 1: Choose a tutorial from Code.org and sign up on their website. Step 2: Plan your technology needs. Hour of Code tutorials work on PCs, smartphones, tablets, and some that require no computer at all! You can join wherever you are, with whatever you have. Make sure to test tutorials on student computers or devices ...

Adobe Spark: Unleash Creativity and Capture Student Learning

Adobe Spark is an online and mobile app that allows users to create videos, graphics, and web pages with ease. Issaquah students and staff have FREE Education accounts for Adobe Spark, which were set-up for us by our IT department. To access your teacher or student account, choose the school account option and log in with ...

Computer Science Education Week: Who is Grace Hopper?

Grace Hopper (1906-1992) studied math and physics at Vassar and Yale in a time many women did not attend college. A professor at Vassar college when World War II erupted, she was compelled to join the US Navy to assist with the war efforts. Grace was assigned to the Bureau of Ordnance Computation Project at ...

Hour of Code: Questions and Answers

 What is Hour of Code? Hour of Code began in 2014 as a one hour introduction to Computer Science. It was developed as a way to demystify “code” and broaden participation.  Schools, businesses, and communities across the globe participate in one hour of coding during Computer Science Education week. While one hour is not enough ...

December 9th – 15th is Computer Science Education Week!

Computers are everywhere, changing every industry on the planet. But only 45% of all high schools teach computer science. Good news is, we’re on our way to change this! If you’ve heard about the Hour of Code before, you might know it made history. More than 100 million students have tried an Hour of Code. ...

Classroom View: November 15

Anisa Zareh's Earth Science students modeling land formation.

ISD STEMposium 2020

Save the date for this year's STEMposium on 2/13/20 at Issaquah High School. More details and sign-ups coming soon.

ISTE U: Introduction to Computational Thinking for Every Educator

What is Computational Thinking? Essentially it is a problem-solving method, what makes it special is that it uses methods that a computer could execute. Many teachers are already teaching these skills, but learning how to integrate this explicitly into your content area can empower students to solve problems that previously seemed IMPOSSIBLE! This year Ed ...