I have just been reading an article on the website of .net magazine about the nominees in the Young Developer of the Year category of the .net 2011 awards. There are 10 nominees in the list who are all aged under 21 and they have all been nominated for “making serious waves in the world of web development”. “The next Mark Zuckerberg might be among them.”
I thought this could be interesting to share with children in ICT lessons as a way of showing them that ICT can lead to a career and that many of the most successful people started learning at a very young age. On the site the 10 nominees are asked when they started developing websites. The majority of them all started between 8 and 12 years of age. One of the most interesting things is that they all claim to be self-taught – one even states that he didn’t do ICT at school.
I might also try and get back into it myself and learn alongside them.