Presenting to Educators at Apple RTC
“Where are the future programmers coming from given that students generally hate programming?”
This was the question posed by Steven Whyte, a teacher in Gracemount High School in Edinburgh, when he presented to fellow educators at the Apple Regional Training Centre. Steven had travelled down to London last week with Kevin Miller because he thinks that with LiveCode he’s found the answer to this question.
The Apple Regional Training Centres are a network of facilities in Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Africa where educators can attend a range of courses relevant to their curriculum. Sessions at the Apple RTC are designed to be as practical as possible and Apple encourages the “added value of a practising teacher with real-world experience of integrating Apple technology into the curriculum”. So, when Apple recognised that LiveCode is a great tool for educators and invited RunRev speak at Apple RTC we asked Steven to come along to share his classroom experiences with the other teachers there.
And boy are we glad that we did?! Steven’s presentation went down a storm and everyone there was really impressed with what Kevin and Steven showed them. Teachers tweeted their enthusiasm:
Transitioning to LiveCode
Things are much different now with LiveCode. For the first time ever, he is about to start teaching two Higher Level classes in computing - because these students started their programming experience last year on LiveCode. Steven was first attracted to LiveCode because it was inspired by the HyperCard language. HyperCard was always extremely popular in education so he was keen to give it a try and find out if LiveCode could take the place of this as an easy to use solution for teaching programming. He started to create some programs in LiveCode and “before he knew it” he had developed a standard grade course which he’s been teaching to his fourth year class. This class was so successful that it greatly increased the number of students progressing to higher level computer studies. Steven has now gone on to write a full set of course notes for the Higher Level curriculum too, and advanced higher will follow shortly. He’s always happy to share his work and you can download the notes here.
The benefits to Gracemount High School of using LiveCode
Here’s an example that Steven gave of how LiveCode makes things easy for students and teachers alike. The LiveCode Text Editor uses different colors to indicate different types of operations being carried out, so students and teachers can easily find and correct mistakes:
Help is at Hand
Like Steven, we believe that LiveCode is the future of education. We believe that future programmers will be LiveCode programmers. But we also know that we can only get there with the great support of teachers like Steven.
A very big thank you to Mr. Steven Whyte of Gracemount High School, Edinburgh for his excellent presentation in the Apple Regional Training Centre and for sharing his course notes.If you use LiveCode in Education why not take a look at the LiveCode in Education Facebook page. If you have any stories you would like to share please email email@example.com