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Babblings of an aging geek in love with the Absurd, his family, and his own hubris.... oh, and Lisp.

When I was a Kid…

Why do We have School?

Once

We used to learn from our parents

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Did we need school then?

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Didn’t Always

You could choose an apprenticeship.

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For some Things, you need School

Can you understand this?

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Egyptian Scribes

  • Started learning at age 5
  • They trained for 12 years
  • Their education gave them a job

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Heard of Quipus?

The Inca Empire communicated with knots

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When I was a Kid…

In 1977…

This computer was available to buy:

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Invented by These Guys

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Founded Apple Computers

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They Started a Revolution

I was totally aware that a revolution was close to starting, that pretty soon we were going to have computers that were affordable…

You would type on the keyboard and see your words on the television …ask questions and give answers. That was a turning point in history. –Steve Wozniak

Apple ][

  Apple ][ Macbook Pro
CPUs: 1 4
Cores: 1 2,400
Memory: 48,000 16,000,000,000
Storage: 113,750 500,000,000,000

I think we need a demo…

More school after school?

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Why stay longer?

After School Class or Club?

Class:

  • I lecture
  • I give homework
  • You learn what I say

Club:

  • I mentor
  • You give yourself homework
  • You learn what you want

Introductions

Answer me these questions three:

  • What is your name?
  • Why did you sign up?
  • What do you want to learn?

I Have an Idea

Would you like to learn:

  • How to make/change web pages
  • How to program art
  • How to make a program run:
    • On a computer
    • On an iPhone
    • On an Android

It is called JavaScript