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Groups of children can learn almost anything on their own...

From: user 1.
Sent on: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 11:26 AM

Sugata Mitra’s work with self organized learning by children shows that groups of children can learn to use computers and the Internet to answer almost any question. This happens everywhere and is independent of what language they speak, where they live and how rich or poor they are. All they need is free access and the liberty to work in unsupervised groups. The most effective group size seems to be 4-5 children. In this video, Mitra talks about his academic experiments that he conducted in India and England: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lxNlKGwuE0

 

I-CAMP will be an 8-week non-profit program (July 9, 2012 - August 31, 2012) that will teach young people (11 - 17 years old) how to develop mobile apps using a programming platform called Corona SDK. I-CAMP will be in two locations, say midtown Manhattan and the South Bronx. One location will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays and the other location will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Fridays will be "field trips" for the combined group where the I-CAMPers will visit tech companies and some of the experts quoted in the article "Will Your Child be the Next Gates, Jobs or Zuckerberg, or Working at Wal-Mart?" (http://www.stories4mm.com/stories/3-education/12-icamp). At I-CAMP, we will be adopting the method of self organized learning to programming.

 

There is a 14 year old (probably 15 now) in Utah who created a game using Corona SDK called Bubble Ball that so far has been downloaded over 9 million times. Here is a link to a Good Morning American segment done on him: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcFFF7fzwuw. Here is a link to his blog where he published the 9 million figure: http://www.naygames.com/blog/.

The top-grossing apps are making $3 million a month (http://www.insidemobileapps.com/2011/10/03/top-grossing-ios/).

What is your child doing this summer? Maybe she or he should learn how to program mobile apps at I-CAMP.



Terrance Jackson

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