Troppodillians may recall a post of mine where I explained an avent I attended that was showcasing kids who’d undertaken exciting IT projects. Here’s an extract:
I got talking to Ben and Cameron. Ben had taught himself to program and been instrumental in building the app and getting it past Apple’s gatekeeping and onto iTunes. The picture is Ben, Cameron, Ben’s brother Jack and Steven Heppell. In any event, I’m afraid (be very afraid) this got me excited. I spoke to Ben and asked if he’d like to teach other students how to program, as he’d helped teach this group. It was obvious that he’d love to. So I said “Just wait there, I’m going to get the Head of the Dept of Education” and hightailed it off to Peter Dawkins who was circulating somewhat more systematically than me. I dragged him over to meet Ben and Cameron and suggested that we all see if it would be possible to get some peer to peer instruction in building apps going. Peter liked the idea, as did Ben and there was general enthusiasm for seeing what can be done. Indeed he immediately got his Director of Innovation over and said to her words to the effect “can we make this happen, and can we start tomorrow”.
So we’ll see what happens. But I think fantastic things could happen. Let’s hope so.
Anyway, we now have an even better exemplar for precisely the same course of action. Thomas Suarez who appears below.
and I thought I’d filled you in on what became of my work that day, but if I have, I’ve not done it in a postscript to the post. I didn’t want to get in the way, so I exited the scene. But I made a note to send Ben an email to ask what, if anything had happened. Of the two pieces of information he gave me, I was not surprised at the first, but I was surprised at the second. He told me that nothing had happened. And that he wasn’t surprised. I didn’t think he’d be that worldly wise at 14.