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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?

 

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RunRevLive.13 is taking place between 14th and 17th of May and we still have a handful of speaker slots available.

The link to Calling all speakers

As for me, I think I’ll wait until next year – just too far to travel at the moment 😉

I’d like to point out that I’m not affiliated with RunRev in any way. I just happen to like its product, LiveCode, because I can actually get on with teaching languages the way my students would like to learn.

In other words, I can actually practise student-centred education with minimum time to prepare my lesson plans. LiveCode gives me the freedom to be the teacher I want to be by enabling me (that’s right “me”) to learn how to code  in no time and develop apps for my learners.

The next step will be teaching my students how to code – watch this space 🙂

 

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.

…keeps the doctor away

When somebody claims something like “Everybody in the world can code”, well, I need to check it out! Using LiveCode is a bit like designing a website using Dreamweaver. I still haven’t learned how to write HTML but I could put a very basic, mostly static website together in a day or two. I don’t wish to brag, but I think anybody could code and should really have a go at it at least once. Why? Just for fun! Or in some cases, for necessity. Similar to knowing how to change a flat tyre. You never know when you’ll need it.

Why am I putting myself through this torturous process, you may ask – learning to develop an app, not changing tyres that is. Partly to quench my thirst for curiosity, partly to pay for all the apps I’ve purchased! But mostly because I can’t find the app I’m looking for. (No, I won’t tell you exactly what it is yet. You just have to wait and see it on the app store. I’ve probably already given away that it’ll be iOS-based, though it could easily be deployed onto Android (check out the RunRev site for more details) .

Wouldn’t it be great if you could create your own apps? When you come up with an idea, concept or a solution to a problem, you just put it together and voila! Wouldn’t it be great if  High School students could develop their own games? Wouldn’t it be great if, as a teacher, you could prepare your own app with your lesson plan? Wouldn’t it be great if…?

Don’t take just my word for it. Developing apps is not as daunting as it may sound. There’s even a video that says so – What most schools don’t teach. (Why most schools don’t teach it is the subject of another blog entry. Similar to not teaching languages in elementary schools, despite having a national language policy. And once you turn 5, you start acquiring languages, rather than learning them.  But that’s another blog entry…)

In summary, keep watching the training videos and reading the Beginner’s Guide, wait for the Open Source version of LiveCode and keep on dreaming 🙂

It’s been a while since the last post! Though I have been active in chasing my tail faster than anyone! I feel as though I’m learning how to drive a car without driving a car! Asking other drivers how to drive, what to watch out for and even how to change the tyres, oil and the filter. But can I do any of these things? Probable not! Not until I actually do them. Does that make sense? I’ve been watching lots of videos and reading up a bit too but I still haven’t downloaded the trial software to actually have a go at creating an app. Argh! I’m too afraid of discovering that I may not be able to do it! Can’t face my own demons!

But, given it’s the end of the year and that a new one is around the corner, I might as well just make a New Year’s Resolution. This time next year, I’d like to develop my very first app! Just develop though as I’ll need another year to put it on the App Store! OK, there, I’ve said it! Now, I’ll have to work towards how to get started. How do I download the software again?

Have a Great 2013!