This is a great piece written by Caroline Miller, Managing Editor at Pearson. It provides perspective on the value of working on projects, like the student coding contest, where students can learn new skills and gain valuable real-world experience working collaboratively with peers.
by Caroline Miller, Managing Editor, Pearson
Earlier this year I had the opportunity to interview three of the winners of the 2014 Pearson Student Coding Contest. Representing three different universities, these exceptional college students had a vision for their apps and brought them to life. They all built different apps meant to help learners learn. One of the highlights from our conversation was the advice they all gave to students who might consider entering the competition this year. Here is what they said.
Alex Ngure, 2014 Coding Contest Winner, gives this advice: “Work as a team. There were many instances where I felt like giving up on the project. You stay motivated when you have other people to work with. You learn more about coding that way and it’s a lot more fun.”
Christopher Siegler, one of four team members who won third place in the 2014 Coding Contest, has this advice: “Don’t limit yourself. A lot of times during the competition I doubted my capabilities in development, but it helps you realize you have a lot more potential than you thought you did.”
Garrett Smith, second place winner of the 2014 competition, agreed with realizing your potential when participating in these types of competitions. He also said, “The experience proved to me the value of self teaching... using resources like the internet to teach yourself something you really want to do.” I
f you are a professor, now is the chance to get your students involved in a great learning experience. Or if you are a student, do you have an idea for a next-generation innovative learning app? The 2015 Pearson Student Coding Content is a great opportunity to win cash prizes or a possible shot at a Pearson internship. This year’s competition kicked off September 7th, 2015, and we just extended the deadline to submit project proposals to October 23, 2015.
This competition is open to both male and female coders who can dream, design, and build apps that integrate Pearson Application Programming Interfaces, and demonstrate learning efficacy. Entrants should use technology to identify, collect, and utilize data to demonstrate learning outcomes. Potential learning tools could include: embedded assessments, feedback loops, peer and social interactions, self-assessment tools, or adaptive learning that individualizes each learning experience. Coders may also include features like language localization, mobile push notifications, or other efficiency tools.
Some past contest winners developed apps that included badging, social media and interactive engagement. From the University of Minnesota, Alex Ngure's student collaboration app, CrowdLearn, helps students find cohorts in courses and study buddies using a simple mobile app. Local Minneapolis/St. Paul NBC news channel, KARE11, featured Ngure for his work.
Contestants first pitch their ideas by creating a narrative proposal using visual tools that might include wireframes or workflows. Winning proposals, judged by a team of respected industry peers, move on to become final contest contenders.
This year’s contest will offer contestants interactions with Pearson API experts, with opportunities for Q&A, one-on-one sessions, coding resources, webinars, and regular podcasts to keep coders engaged! Get your students involved or if you are a student, bring your learning perspectives as well as innovative ideas, and register now for the 3rd Annual Pearson Student Coding Contest.