Torsten is the CEO of AppShed. AppShed is the most versatile free tool available for students to create mobile apps. Students can easily create a wide range of apps and deploy them as web-apps in a matter of minutes. AppShed is used by thousands of students, teachers as well as hundreds of schools and colleges both in the UK and internationally. Torsten built his first computer game at age 12 and has gone on to start 3 companies and build a large variety of software products. He is a popular speaker in the Edtech sector with a strong focus on creativity and entrepreneurship.
As the Government abandons its plans to replace GCSE’s with English Baccalaureate Certificates, it has unveiled proposals to strengthen the national curriculum in England. The consultation exercise includes plans for a new computing curriculum designed to equip students with the basic skills and drive higher expectations and standards. Under the new approach, schools will be encouraged to shape the curriculum to meet the aspirations and priorities of pupils. But it overlooks one thing: how do you cater for and engender creativity and flair?
It was Albert Einstein who famously said that “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” For many students, seeing the germ of an idea flourish and grow empowers them with a renewed confidence and teaches them so much more about themselves. As such, it is incumbent upon teachers to try and develop lesson plans that capture the passion and drive that resides in everyone and help draw it out. Nowhere is this more apparent than in app development work. There is something unique about app development that sparks the imagination and fires a student’s creativity and ingenuity. For teachers and education professionals alike, tailored lessons based on app development may provide the seed that engenders a spirit of discovery and engagement that ultimately can be built upon across the entire computing curriculum.