And I am passionate about helping kids become creators, not just consumers, of technology
When I talk to parents, I hear them expressing frustration, concern and confusion about screen time. We all recognize that technology contains important skills, and through Power Up Tech Academy, I want to tilt the balance from PASSIVE, entertainment-oriented consumption to positive, PRODUCTIVE screen time.
A few months after I started teaching kids to code, one of my students told me, "Sometimes when I'm playing a game now, I think about how I would make it in Scratch." This profound change in empowerment and understanding blew me away, and it's what I hope for all my students: to be able to envision themselves making the apps they need, want and love.
My teaching approach centers on fun, hands-on projects like video games and animations
My teaching philosophy is simple: I believe kids learn best by doing (creating!) and they learn most efficiently when there is guidance and coaching available during the creation process.
And in all classes at Power Up Tech Academy, we create things that are exciting and meaningful to kids: Video Games! Animations! Stories! Minecraft Mods! And more...
But for me, the point is not what we build, but the process of building it. Kids learn to plan and design, to think in steps, to test their program and see if it works, and much more. Over time, this becomes a formidable set of problem solving skills.