WebOSConnect , New Directions.
Since HP aquired Palm there was no doubt some speculation as to the ongoing support and progress for Palms Mobile Development Kit; WebOS. HP have been working hard to encourage developers and consumers that the Palm device and the WebOS toolkit are thriving.
Whilst many of the presentations at a recent ‘Launch event’ fell into the category of tired and ‘been done before’ there was at least one presentation made me sit up Â and tweet. [ note thanks to the wonders of Autocorrect poole should have read as people ]
Ben Tattersly ( aka @UbershinySheep ) is a Student , and a Teacher, who explained how he was using WebOS as a platform to teach Children programming. Thats right; kids do find learning to program not boring. Moreover certain kids want to Â develop in a language that is not some bastardised TOMY My First scribble language but a real tool used by professional developers. Further Â they were creating content and they could create that content with a real world value.
There appears to be an Â misguided belief that you cant teach children about programming. That you might as well teach them to code the Word Document Format because teaching programming would be ‘boring’. It is a pretty screwed up view of the world if you ask me. I was 12 years old and learning about machine code I was teaching myself and I was interested in programming. Why should a 12year old today be any less interested in learning about programming , coding or development of applications ?
Meanwhile I am sure more money will be poured into School funding for sports and football.
I dont have the answers but If I had one wish it would be to see HP do a 2 week course at hundreds of schools taking people like Ben into those classrooms and finding our future. Because I know this much; tomorrows future Footballing star are rarely Â responsible for creating jobs and innovating in business.
Thanks for reading.