Hello, I'm Vanessa Jones and I'm from deep in the heart of Texas-Austin; home of the Texas Longhorns. I currently work as an Instructional Technology Facilitator where I help teachers and students integrate technology as well as help them try out and implement new and exciting resources, such as Code Studio.
Before becoming an Instructional Technology Specialist, I taught 3rd-6th grades. I'm also a National Facilitator for PBS Teacherline as well as a National Senior Trainer for Intel Education. I also moderate a monthly webinar series entitled Intel Teach Live.
Before becoming an Affiliate, I had no computer science background other than my experience with Code.org. I worked a lot with the University of Texas in their Engineering dept and experienced computer science at a different level. When signing up to become an affiliate, I wanted to experience computer science with the same lens as my teachers who I would train would experience it. I think it helps with the training when I share my experience or no experience with computer science. They realize that we are a team of learners learning together. I also conduct the training with the same rigor and expectations that I have with other professional developments. Although, I may speed many hours prepping for a training, it is truly a great learning experience for all. If ONLY, I had the opportunity to learn computer science when I was in grade school... they sky would have been the limit. I was so excited about learning computer science, I was able to get my district to participate in an Hour of Code. This was the first year, we ever done this. It was so exciting to see our superintendent as well as other administrators, taking the time to do computer science lessons.
I want to be part of this community so I can continue my learning process and continue to share ideas, resources and learn from one another.
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