Log in

The world needs programmers

Started by Tessa Gray 22 May 2013 10:54am () Replies (28)

Yesterday it was announced David Karp (26) as the creator of Tumblr, was selling the blogging platform to Yahoo for $1.1 billion. His mum says,

When he was a little boy, Karp showed an early fascination with electronics and liked to pull toys apart and reassemble them.

Not saying it’s all about the money, there's loads of potential in coding. As Trevor Bond says,

When I did coding as a young adult, it changed my thinking into a clear, concise, sequential and logical way. I was able to see options from each step and then make the appropriate choices. It’s the potential for rewiring the brain and for problem solving that makes computer programming so valuable. 

So what does Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, will.i.am and other famous ‘brains’ say about the value of computer programming or coding? WATCH THIS YOUTUBE CLIP:

I'd love to know more...

What is your school (primary/intermediate/secondary) doing to promote computer science/coding/programming?

Any e-tools or software applications you'd recommend for others to use?


  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 02 Aug 2018 2:42pm ()

    Max pixel

    How many times do we tell our kids to 'get off those games'? 

    While our young people need to have some real balance in life and get off the screens and get their knees dirty, we also see an announcement from the Beehive today showing the results of an independent survey that the Game development industry in NZ is on a record-breaking rise. And there's more to come...

    “The survey results will contribute to new research on interactive media – including game development."

    ICT capabilities, Digital Technologies and trends in innovation beyond school. What are your thoughts about these trends and connections?

    Image source: Max pixel

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 09 Mar 2015 12:43pm ()

    Here's an interesting thought...as well as kids learning to code...what about us?

    10 reasons to make 2015 the year you learn to code

    What do you reckon?


  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 03 Dec 2014 10:43am ()

    Here's a submission to the MLE listserve from Patrick Dunford, with a reference to one of our community members, Gerard MacManus

    Tablets 'holding students back'


    Increased smart device use at schools is hampering pupils' computer skills development, industry experts say.

    Schools and public libraries are being crowded by young people wanting to learn "code" - the computer commands that create the world's best-paid careers.

    Canterbury IT professionals and teachers say the education system is not ready for the onslaught because of prevalence of iPads and other tablets in the classroom.

    Nina Lamb, of the non-profit Canterbury Software Cluster, said the IT industry did not want to criticise teachers or schools for purchasing decisions "but rather educate them that our children have the potential to do so much more with technology than is currently utilised".

    St Bede's College head of digital technologies Gerard MacManus said the school had "dedicated classrooms" for computer skills training and parents could decide what devices to buy.

    Interesting argument >>> Tablets, laptops, coding? Where's the balance do you think?

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 28 May 2014 10:01am ()

    Thank you  for this website, Teach yourself to code with top tutorials recommended by programmers.

    Might be useful do you think? Cool

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 19 Dec 2013 11:50am ()

    There are loads of great software and 'learn to code' startups, such as Code School that students can use to instruct themselves while learning to code. But what happens when they hit a problem they can't solve and a teacher doesn't understand the code?

    If we really want to bring coding to schools, then maybe we should also offer PD opportunities in coding for teachers too. Would you be keen? http://coolcatteacher.sharedby.co/share/S1eLGY

  • Tara O'Neill (View all users posts) 15 Nov 2013 3:50pm ()

    The programming Challenge 4 Girls 2013 was held in Gisborne today.  I didn't get to go but wanted to put this in the discussion because I think it is such a cool idea.   The Programming Challenge 4 Girls seeks to provide an opportunity for Year 10 girls to experience programming so that they might understand the rewarding challenges that are provided by the combination of logic, problem-solving and creativity involved in programming - and thus ultimately consider Computing as a tertaiary study option and then career choice.  It utilizes their logical thinking skills, their problem solving skillls, their ability to think creatively and also seeks to encourage the develpment of team work.  It was developed in 2008 so well done Gisborne. They are now taking it around NZ and overseas.

    More info at Remo.Williams@twoa.ac.nz  or remo@codeshack.co.nz

  • Karen Spencer (View all users posts) 15 Nov 2013 1:28pm ()

    Kia ora koutou,


    Just on sharing an opportunity for any nascent programmers in school. Do pass this on to them:

    Google Code-in

    This is an global, online contest introducing 13-17 year old pre-university students to open source software development. The contest will start on Monday, November 18th. Prizes include certificates, t-shirts, and 20 grand prize winners will win a trip to Google headquarters in California, USA next spring for themselves and a parent or legal guardian. Check out the video from the blog:


    The Google Code-in contest is similar to the Google Summer of Code program for university students in that it pairs students with mentors from open source projects. 

    You can learn more about the details of the contest on this blog post http://google-opensource.blogspot.ca/2013/10/google-code-in-2013-and-google-summer.html and the program site google-melange.com

    Over the last 3 years over 1200 students from 71 countries have participated. We hope to expand the program this year and have a record number of students participate."

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 30 Oct 2013 3:35pm ()

    There's seems to be a burgeoning problem evolving in New Zealand. Today's Herald article, Booming NZ game industry faces skills shortage (30 Oct, 2013) highlights how creating computer games is a huge money-making spin for New Zealand. It reads,

    New Zealand's thriving video game industry boosted its earnings by more than 85 per cent last year but future growth could be hampered by a shortage of graduates....

    Most of the industry's revenue - about $31 million - came from from exports of smartphone and online games.

    The problem lies in the fact that there's a market for games creation, but a shortgage of graduates in this field.

    We often talk about promoting/nurturing creativity and innovationin e-learning. I wonder if we also say to our students, "Ohh you'd be great in the gaming industry or media industries, why don't you pursue a career in..."

    Sometimes those 'non-traditional' career pathways could equate to real economic return. What do you think?

  • Patrick Pink (View all users posts) 31 May 2013 8:31am ()

     Samantha Bail is a computer scientist and serial project organiser. Originally from Germany, she has been living in Manchester for the past five years. She has a masters degree in Advanced Computer Science and is currently busy finishing her PhD thesis which deals with debugging support for logic-based knowledge bases. Outside of academia, Samantha runs Manchester Girl Geeks, a not-for-profit group which organises monthly workshops for girls and women of all ages who are interested in science and technology.

    Passionate about the idea of spreading knowledge of what goes on inside a computer, Samantha talksabout some of the exciting initiatives and workshops which do this, especially those seeking to engage with young people. With the take up of computer science and technology higher education courses in the UK plummeting year on year, Samantha discusses the importance in nurturing engineering interest and some of the barriers which have and continue to exist.


  • Karen Spencer (View all users posts) 31 May 2013 7:57am ()

    HI all,

    Just saw this infographic come through today. A neat summary of the history of programmed languages...Takes me back;)


Join this group to contribute to discussions.