The Sixth-Grade App Maker Heard Around the World

| November 16, 2011 | 8 Comments
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Sixth-grader Thomas Suarez has taken the Web by storm the last couple of weeks. The YouTube video of his TEDx talk in Manhattan Beach, Calif., has more than 445,000 views. Check out how he amazed the crowd by talking about how he created two apps: Bustin Jieber, a Whac-a-Mole for Justin Bieber and Earth Fortune, which shows different colors of the Earth based on the region’s fortune.

Did he learn to make the app in school? Nope, he came up with it by playing with the iPhone software development kit.

“These days, students know a little bit more than teachers, with technology,” he said, adding “sorry” when the crowd laughed.”Educators should recognize this resource and make good use of it.”

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  • http://upsidedownacademy.org Jared Cosulich

    I think he’s right that we need to start using our students as a resource for improving our education systems. With the Internet students have the ability to learn just about anything they want to and can share that knowledge with their fellow students if the environment is set up to facilitate such interactions.

    It’s really too bad that it’s considered amazing that a 6th grader can create an app. There’s no reason that all 6th graders shouldn’t be creating and writing and producing in a public manner that actually has purpose beyond just getting a grade. Given the right opportunity to learn and be creative I think we’d be surprised by how much more people of all ages can accomplish, not just 6th graders.

  • http://upsidedownacademy.org Jared Cosulich

    I think he’s right that we need to start using our students as a resource for improving our education systems. With the Internet students have the ability to learn just about anything they want to and can share that knowledge with their fellow students if the environment is set up to facilitate such interactions.

    It’s really too bad that it’s considered amazing that a 6th grader can create an app. There’s no reason that all 6th graders shouldn’t be creating and writing and producing in a public manner that actually has purpose beyond just getting a grade. Given the right opportunity to learn and be creative I think we’d be surprised by how much more people of all ages can accomplish, not just 6th graders.

  • Dauhjacoleman

    im trying right now im in 6th grade i got a brain a tech one

  • Dauhjacoleman

    im trying right now im in 6th grade i got a brain a tech one

  • Kim Trujillo

    Outline type is impossible to read.

  • Kim Trujillo

    Outline type is impossible to read.

  • http://profiles.google.com/schaefer.karl Karl Schaefer

    I believe he is correct as I am a teacher of middle grades and have introduced many of my students to beginning programming with Scratch, Lego Mindstorms and Alice. I have to note that all of the languages he is talking about and the creation of apps for the device he is holding, is not possible on the device he is holding. How can schools that are adopting iPads and other tablets hope to teach the level of computing Thomas hopes for with technology that is consumer first and foremost? There is a disconnect between low cost of ownership and depth of learning. I applaud his message and hope we can be inspired to provide the learning opportunities and the proper tools for our students to create whatever reality they want for themselves.

  • http://profiles.google.com/schaefer.karl Karl Schaefer

    I believe he is correct as I am a teacher of middle grades and have introduced many of my students to beginning programming with Scratch, Lego Mindstorms and Alice. I have to note that all of the languages he is talking about and the creation of apps for the device he is holding, is not possible on the device he is holding. How can schools that are adopting iPads and other tablets hope to teach the level of computing Thomas hopes for with technology that is consumer first and foremost? There is a disconnect between low cost of ownership and depth of learning. I applaud his message and hope we can be inspired to provide the learning opportunities and the proper tools for our students to create whatever reality they want for themselves.