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Khan Academy and Code HS offer courses for students to learn how to use Java Script for coding.

Watch this Chat with Deb to learn about using Java Script for coding:

Resources shared in this video:

Kahn Academy Computer Programming

Code HS

Berkeley Hour of Code


Thank you to Intel's Teachers Engage for sponsoring this Chat with Deb.


Search Engine Fun

Posted by deb_norton Dec 18, 2014

Google Image Search Engine


#1 You can upload and search an image:

Click on the little camera icon when using Google Images


Choose an image to upload

Google Image Search Engine

#2 Find an image with a transparent background.


Click on Search tools, Color and then Transparent


If the image has a checkered background it is transparent.

If the image does not have a checkered background it is not transparent.

Google Image Search Engine

#3 Search for animated images (gifs)

Click on Search tools, Type and then Animated

Google Web Search Engine

#4 Search for current information. Click on Search tools, Any time and then choose the time period.

Here are a few more tips to help with the Google Search engine:
#1 Use it as a timer to keep you on track.

Google: set timer 30 minutes

Go full screen and project it in front of the class. A scroll bar will show how much time has passed.


#2 Calculate the tip.

Google: tip calculator


#3 Find out what date any holiday falls on.

Google: Easter 2016 or Hanakkah 2016


#4 Movie release dates.

Google: The Hobbit Release date


#5 Television show schedules.

Google: Gold Rush episodes


#6 Songs of your favorite band or books by your favorite author.

Google: Songs by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Google: Books by Jack London




#7 Tilt your search

Google: Tilt

or go completely crazy and tip it over

Google: Barrel Roll

Have fun using the Google Search engine and all of the great features.


Quiz Your Friends

Posted by deb_norton Dec 12, 2014

Recently I was asked by a co-worker to suggest a site that students could use to create questions and answers for their friends.

Immediately I remembered a site called "Quiz Your Friends".

What I like about this site is:


  • no account is needed
  • you can choose the number of questions
  • create a personalized message for your friends when they finish your quiz
  • share easily
  • the quiz scrolls nicely from question to question


Click here to take my quiz on bowling.

I highly recommend giving Quiz Your Friends a try.

This week we celebrate the national Hour of Code event.


Watch this Chat with Deb to see two sites that will help students to become creators, inventors and coders.

3D Tin


Made with Code


Resources shared in this episode:

Make with Code from Google


Click here to view all of the Chat with Deb episodes.

Thank you to Intel's Teachers Engage Community for sponsoring this episode.

Common Core Anchor Standards

Math Practice Standards (see below)


December is Computer Science Education Month. You may have seen the buzz around The Hour of Code, and heard that our students should be exposed to computer science early and often, but you have probably also worried that if you take the time out for things like the Hour of Code, you are not meeting Common Core State Standards. Have no fear!! The standards were designed to guide students to be college and career ready, and although no standards specifically address Computer Science or Computer Programming, they certainly do align! Let’s take a look at the Math Practice Standards. I have eliminated some of the standards, but when you read carefully, it is clear that computer programming is a perfect fit for many of the math practice standards.


CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP1 Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

Mathematically proficient students start by explaining to themselves the meaning of a problem and looking for entry points to its solution. They analyze givens, constraints, relationships, and goals. They make conjectures about the form and meaning of the solution and plan a solution pathway rather than simply jumping into a solution attempt. They consider analogous problems, and try special cases and simpler forms of the original problem in order to gain insight into its solution. They monitor and evaluate their progress and change course if necessary…


CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP3 Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

Mathematically proficient students understand and use stated assumptions, definitions, and previously established results in constructing arguments. They make conjectures and build a logical progression of statements to explore the truth of their conjectures. They are able to analyze situations by breaking them into cases, and can recognize and use counterexamples. They justify their conclusions, communicate them to others, and respond to the arguments of others... Students at all grades can listen or read the arguments of others, decide whether they make sense, and ask useful questions to clarify or improve the arguments.


CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP5 Use appropriate tools strategically.

Mathematically proficient students consider the available tools when solving a mathematical problem...  They detect possible errors by strategically using estimation and other mathematical knowledge. When making mathematical models, they know that technology can enable them to visualize the results of varying assumptions, explore consequences, and compare predictions with data. Mathematically proficient students at various grade levels are able to identify relevant external mathematical resources, such as digital content located on a website, and use them to pose or solve problems. They are able to use technological tools to explore and deepen their understanding of concepts.


CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP6 Attend to precision.

Mathematically proficient students try to communicate precisely to others. They try to use clear definitions in discussion with others and in their own reasoning. They state the meaning of the symbols they choose, including using the equal sign consistently and appropriately....


CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP7 Look for and make use of structure.

Mathematically proficient students look closely to discern a pattern or structure ... They also can step back for an overview and shift perspective. They can see complicated things, such as some algebraic expressions, as single objects or as being composed of several objects...


CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP8 Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

Mathematically proficient students notice if calculations are repeated, and look both for general methods and for shortcuts... As they work to solve a problem, mathematically proficient students maintain oversight of the process, while attending to the details. They continually evaluate the reasonableness of their intermediate results.


To view the full set of math standards, please visit offers a tutorial to introduce students to programing, and also includes the common core alignment of the tutorials for teachers. If you want to go beyond the Hour of code, check out Bootstrap, which is a computer programming module that specifically addresses programing to learn algebraic and geometric concepts.

Computer Programming is a great way to engage students, foster creativity, and meet the Common Core Standards. How will your classroom embrace Computer Science Education and meet the Common Core Standards?

Thanks to my Facebook friends, I've started playing a new app called Trivia Crack. It is free and addicting. 

And, unlike many apps that people are playing, Trivia Crack is educational!!!! Although I must admit that most of the time my friends are better at Trivia than I am. . .


Trivia Crack is very similar to Trivial Pursuit.  The object of the game is to get enough correct answers to earn each of the 6 categories:

Science, History, Sports, Art, Entertainment and Geography

What I love about Trivia Crack is that it is challenging, I'm always learning new and interesting facts, and I can play against my friends.


I'm hoping this app becomes very popular amongst our students. Whenever an app can make learning facts exciting and also has a social platform, I think it's a winner!!! 

Wouldn't it be great if teachers would have a friendly competition between classes using Trivia Crack?  Students could use the knowledge they have gained in their education to compete against their peers and enjoy the experience of the game.

I highly recommend giving Trivia Crack a try!!


2014 may be winding down, but December is an exciting month for Engage. December marks the fifth birthday of the community. As always, we'll celebrate with an epic Birthday Bash on December 9. We will take a look back at 2014, review each month's theme and highlights, and give away great prizes. Lots of great prizes. 11 great prizes! Click here to register so you don't miss it.


At the Bash, we will also take some time to explore December's theme, which is coding and computer science education (CSE). Engage will feature content related to CSE and coding for students of all levels. We'll also participate in Computer Science Education Week and the Hour of Code, and we encourage all of you to do the same.


So as we wind down, reflect on  the professional learning and collaboration that you participated in this year. Tell us - what were the highlights of the year in Engage for you? What do you want to see more of in 2014?

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