Exciting news about the Wayback Machine!

If our early webpages for Judson College (home.judson.edu) in Marion, Alabama, look  “home-made,” it’s because they were!  We had such fun learning how to make them and such excitement every time we published a new page to the web.

Thanks, Internet Archive, for saving these memories and adding the keyword search!

For the last 15 years, users of the Wayback Machine have browsed past versions of websites by entering in URLs into the main search box and clicking on Browse History. With the generous support of The Laura and John Arnold Foundation, we’re adding an exciting new feature to this search box: keyword search!


Volunteering Is Good for Your Heart — UVa Health – Live Red


Healthy, Engaged & Learning – all in one package!

A report by the Corporation for National & Community Service reveals a link between volunteering and good health. Specifically, doing for others relieves stress, lowers blood pressure and heart rate, enhances the immune system and may even prolong your life.

Continue reading … http://www.clubreduva.com/community/volunteering-is-good-for-your-heart

I get as much exercise walking to school and volunteering as a FISH ESL tutor/mentor as I would if I went to a gym! Not only that, but I am constantly learning new things and having fun with my young friends.  I know it is good for my health!


Contact FISH (Friends In School Helping) at fish@jabacares.org for more information.

Classroom Blogging Prepares Kids for the 21st Century

Jordan: First let me say that I really enjoyed reading your book, especially the emphasis you put on writing. You argue: “The central virtue of a liberal education is that it teaches you how to write, and writing makes you think.” I appreciated that you didn’t just emphasize the importance of writing as a technical skill, a workplace proficiency. Instead, you are arguing for the importance of well-structured articulation.

via Here’s Why Nothing Prepares You For The 21st Century Like A Liberal Arts Education – Forbes.

Writing does make kids think and reinforces learning in all subjects, so I fully support efforts like classroom blogging that get kids writing (and thinking) just for the fun of it! Jackson-Via Computer Club

Interested in Healthy Eating?

Healthy Eating in a Beautiful Space on the Corner

We enjoyed a perfect lunch at Roots Natural Kitchen on Saturday, June 13 – Excellent food, friendly folks, a beautiful atmosphere; all combined with a mission to keep us healthy and support the UVa Children’s Hospital.


UVa Today: U.Va. Grads’ New Corner Restaurant Serves Healthy Food With a Mission (news.virginia.edu/content/uva-grads-new-corner-restaurant-serves-healthy-food-mission)

How True! – Lucky Is A Lie

I agree!  I was “lucky” when we bought a Commodore 64 computer for our middle-school son and we both started learning BASIC programming.  I was “lucky” that I was in Marion, Alabama, when the Internet arrived and Judson College needed a webmaster. He was “lucky” to get a job as a software engineer, but what made the difference for both of us was the opportunity to see the possibilities.

Now everyone has the opportunity!  My favorite volunteer activity is serving as a CS First Guru (and webmaster) for the Jackson-Via Computer Club and my latest MOOC is Think. Create. Code. from edX.

What I love the most about computer programming is that there are always new things to learn and to do.  Why not give CS First and Scratch a try?

Brain Training: Learn to code by volunteering in a #CSFirst / #Scratch after-school club.

CS First/Scratch – Volunteer & Keep Your Brain Sharp!

Google #CSFirst #Scratch Club – perfect for a diverse elementary school population!

JVCC_04-13-2015_4We were so pleased with our first run of the CS First – Game Design activities during our Spring 2015 after-school Computer Club for students in third and fourth grade at Jackson-Via ES.

We discovered Google’s CS First midway in our Scratch Club schedule this spring, and thus we ran out of meetings before we were able to finish all of the activities. Our students were happy to see that they could continue on with the lessons on their own after the club ended.  Next fall we are planning for a more-complete set of activities and will offer a Storytelling club in addition to the Game Design club.

We have been happy that the students who signed up for the club this year included a number of girls and ESL students, and we noticed that ALL of the students were very engaged in the CS First activities.  Thanks, Google and CS First – but thanks most of all to the friendly CS First folks who are helping us get started!

One of the resources Google has created in its effort to increase diversity is a program aimed at women and minorities between the ages of 9 and 14 that hopes to entice them to the computer science universe. Called CS First, the program provides “free, easy-to-use computer science enrichment materials that target and engage a diverse student population.”

via Google search: Inclusion of minorities, women becomes priority in tech industry | Fox News Latino.

Go to cs-first.com to learn more and to volunteer for this mind-expanding (for the helpers as well as the kids!) new program.

My favorite MOOC so far – Scratch Programming from edX

I feel like a real CS First “Guru” more than ever now!

The Jackson-Via Computer Club is exploring Scratch and Google CS First this year, so I was quick to sign up for the edX Scratch Programming course. I really enjoyed the workout this course gave my brain, but what impressed me the most were the parallels between this college coding course and the CS First activities for middle school students.   Coding is truly for ALL ages to enjoy!


The Scratch programming course will be repeated, so watch edX for an announcement if you want to join in the fun.


Discover Google CS First and Scratch – fun for all ages!

I am a Senior Corps RSVP volunteer keeping my brain sharp by serving as a Guru for the Jackson-Via Computer Club – Charlottesville’s first Google CS First after-school club.  Scratch is really a fun new language to learn — and the kids are always happy to help me.  Thanks, Google and Scratch!

Learn more from this EdSurge article:

Back in July, one of EdSurge’s coding-themed articles went viral. It told the story of the genesis of Google’s CS First initiative–a program designed by a team of educators and computer scientists to get students interested in coding through afterschool and summer programs, but at a very low cost. …

via How Google is Leading the Charge on Teaching Kids to Code | EdSurge News.