Throughout mid-April, Project Next Generation (PNG) students were given the floor to demonstrate their advanced tech skills and interests developed in Spring 2014. Our first set invited PNG students to show-and-tell the mentors how they have learned or mastered select projects introduced during the semester. Among tech projects demonstrated were:
Yahoo! Finance – Stock Portfolio management
Soundation.com – Sound mixing and editing
Bitstrip – Cartoon character creation
Code.org (Hour of Code) – Intro Programming Game
Fodey.com – Newspaper Clipping Image Generator (Write a newspaper article)
The following week’s workshop and demonstrations were for PNG students to discuss mobile technology, how they use it, and show us some things that they learned through playing with smartphones, tablets, and other (touchscreen) devices. This was an opportunity for the PNG students to show us some tech things they learned that were not introduced at PNG. Demonstrations and discussions included devices for iOS (Apple), Android OS (Google), Windows OS (Microsoft), and generic OS gadgets. Particular devices present for demonstration were Android phone, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and MacBook.
Despite much emphasis on Apple products, we were treated to insight about wifi booster apps and fun games available on the Google Play store on Android phones. It was intriguing to see how the kids made easy exploration of these mobile technologies as compared to other formal means of advancement and production. Microsoft products seemed to be as functional, but their app marketplace lacked in comparison to Apple and Google for satisfying their mobile incentives.
– William Langston