4. Thomas Suarez: A 12-year-old app developer
This talk is a little different–the speaker, Suarez, is only 12. On top of that, he has already taught himself to build iPhone apps.
“I’ve always had a fascination for computers and technology,” he says. His favorite app that he’s designed? A Justin Bieber version of Whac-A-Mole entitled, “Bustin Jieber.”
But in his capacity as a software developer, Suarez says, he often finds that other kids come to him for advice on where to learn how to make their own apps. He encourages starting with the basics, like Python and Java, as well as Apple’s Software Development Kit. Now, he is leading an App Club at his school, where he helps his fellow students learn how to create apps of their own.
5. Salman Khan: Let’s use video to reinvent education
Khan is an educator and the founder of Khan Academy, a series of more than 2,000 educational videos that cover math and other subjects, allowing students to access educational resources anytime, anywhere.
He stresses the importance of interactive exercises and flipped learning in the classroom. Teachers, Khan says, tell him that they use his videos as lectures, which they assign as homework. And what they would assign as homework, they do in the classroom.
“By removing the one-size-fits-all lecture from the classroom, and letting the students have a self-paced lecture at home… when you go to the classroom, letting them do work, having the teacher walk around, having the peers actually be able to interact with each other, these teachers have used technology to humanize the classroom… now it’s a human experience, now they’re actually interacting with each other,” he says.
Carly Buchanan is an Editorial Intern at eSchool News.