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It’s been a while since the last post! But I have been micro-blogging 🙂

Recently I attended ascilite 2014 – a conference that brings together many people who are passionate about education technology. There were many fascinating key note speakers, really interesting presentations, posters, seminars, workshops… the list just goes on! And of course, great food, in a spectacular location in the deep south of NZ – Dunedin. It was definitely worth the trip! You can read more about the conference reflections on my main blog (if you wish) but here, I’d like to mention the possible collaboration for ascilite 2015, with a fellow Education Developer, who also happens to have an English language teaching background.

One of the best things about attending conferences is meeting new people! Where else would you meet like-minded people, who are just as fascinated about your field (if not more), and are willing to participate in future collaborative projects?

One of those people was Gordon Campbell @g0rd0n who made an insightful presentation on ‘Painless grammar for native speakers ‘ 🙂 It was a very entertaining, insightful and clever presentation indeed!  What he has created was an interactive web site to check and test your grammar knowledge, but without getting overwhelmed with the meta language of grammar. You see, most language learners will be able to tell you the difference between a prepositional phrase that has future past tense and a conjunctive that comes after an infinitive. But it takes quite sometime to internalise that knowledge and apply it appropriately, i.e. speak English fluently. So how would you go about showing grammar ‘rules’ to a native speaker who has internalised the language since birth? If you wish to know more about it, you’ll need to contact Gordon 🙂

During one of the presentations, we caught up. We talked about the possibility of seeing the albatross colony on the Dunedin peninsula. Then the conversation continued onto LiveCode somehow (surprise, surprise!). I jokingly said that he may actually like using it for his grammar practice tool, and we may even collaborate on a project to present at the next ascilite conference! I was only joking!!! He replied on twitter saying how much he was enjoying the new drag’n’drop coding language and that he’d be keen to work on a concise paper together for 2015! Argh, how do I get myself into these things?? Really?

I’m chuffed, actually! It is so hard to keep my motivation levels going when I’m learning LiveCode on my own. But if I have a study buddy, I think it’s achievable. You can push each other, ask silly questions, and show off all the silly apps you can create 😉

As for the concise paper, hmmm? My original plan was to teach LiveCode to speakers of other languages, who are learning English. The coding language uses simple English as lines of instruction so it’s actually possible. Don’t take my word for it, give it a try! It’s free and open source software (the community version). And if you’re keen to collaborate on a conference paper, contact Gordon 😉

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Mobile Development Beginners Guide Book

How cool is that?! My very own copy of the LiveCode eBook!

Yes! I’ve got it! I can’t believe it! I can’t believe that only few months ago I was thinking of ways to subscribe to LiveCode. Only to realise that I wasn’t able to, financially speaking. And just an hour ago, I downloaded the Open Source version and started playing around!

Now, I have no excuses, I must create my first app! I’ve certainly told enough number of people!

I must admit, the learning curve is somewhat steep, to say the least. So, in order to get inspired, I went back to RunRev’s blog and came across the Why Girls Don’t Code article. I can’t really answer the question, which is actually negative. But I can answer why I code. Well, it’s all thanks to my High School teachers! Yep, I can’t mention their names but I owe it to them. My maths teacher in Junior High told me that I was clever enough to go to the ‘top’ maths class, provided I did all the work. When I finally did, my new maths teacher told me that I could enter the national maths competition. On both occasions, it was my teachers who told me I could do it, not me. I was still trying to find myself…

One day, my senior school teacher, took us into a small classroom, full of Apple II’s, all 5 of them! We had to take turns to ‘play’ with them. Yes, I remember my BASIC, and I remember getting excited over a few lines of code. But I think it was what I could do with the code that tickled my fancy.

Few decades later, I can finally begin to really ‘play’ with this magic! I can make a spell! Harry Potter has nothing on this one 😉

How can I thank my school teachers who believed in me? How can I return the ‘magic’? Should I just pass it onto others?

 

Just need to be patient…only few more days to go until I get my hands dirty! No, I’m not suggesting anything dirty (or of adult nature) but simply referring to the Open Source Live Code. The official release date is 9th April but I’m happy to wait longer if necessary.

The ultimate goal, you might be wondering? Well, can you imagine a language tutor developing an app which helps people learn languages? Yes, it’s been done before and there are hundreds, if not, thousands of language learning apps, but this one will be different. I know it.

Then there’s the opportunity to tell others how to do it – other language tutors? Students? The possibilities are endless. I’m just ecstatic about the opportunity to be part of this phenomenon of ‘anyone can code’. Can you imagine? Well, if you can, then you can code!!

Don’t just take my word for it. Have a look at it here.