During the tutorial, we watched a TED Talks video where 12 year old, Thomas Suarez presented about his experience with creating and programming applications for the iPad/iPhone/iTouch.
Video accessible at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehDAP1OQ9Zw
It was interesting to see that the younger generation in this day and age are much more interested in programming, creating and playing games on the wide variety of mediums available. By searching for ways to learn how to create these tools, he taught himself the basics of programming and created his very first application. He convinced his parents to allow him to upload these applications into the Apple applications store and is now available worldwide.
Although, it was interesting to see that a 12 year old had programmed these devices, I was not surprised at the drive and motivation for him to create these applications. The younger generation have been given the access to information that was not necessarily available when I was his age. They are utilising this information to further their skills in what attracts their interest. I commend him because he has motivated other students by his “App club” that he founded at his own school and is currently supporting the idea of using iPads in the classroom by helping out with the iPad Pilot Program that he mentions in the video. I do believe that technology could enhance dynamics within the classroom.