Student App Developers: You Can Do This!

Students can be app developers. They can program apps. They can pitch their ideas. They can handle defending their dreams. Students can code. Students can create. Those who think students can't do these things either haven't tried or have a limited view of themselves as educators.

Tomorrow I'm taking three teams of kids up to the National Ed Tech Developer Tour Event up in Atlanta, Georgia. (A few more tickets might be available.) The trailers of the three teams are shown below.

They'll be presenting about their apps and ideas. Two teams already have their apps live on the iTunes and Google Play app stores: #iCare and #Drone Zone.

App programming with Crescerance has been awesome since I first learned about it from fifth grader Kennedy and from Susan Bearden at ISTE 2014.

So, now, we level up. I'm excited for them and our school and look forward to the event tomorrow night. Because it may be called a “Shark Tank” but I see nothing but encouragement and support for these kids.

[callout] Want to know more about our Shark Tank event this past spring? Here's our wiki page on the event. [/callout]

Student App Developers: Here are the Apps

One other exciting note — half of those traveling with me are girls! I see no difference in the success of boys or girls as we program! They may have different apps, but they thrive as they use technology.


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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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John Laskaris @ Talent LMS September 11, 2015 - 7:57 am

Wow, great to hear that students are both interested and successful in coding. Having an app on a iTunes and GP means a lot – it a kind of appreciation of their work. The bright future ahead of them ;)

Liz Smith September 19, 2015 - 3:15 pm

What a fun idea! I think the kids would love a shark tank style program!


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