DevFestMT so far has been very interesting. Met a couple of teachers starting a programming class in their school and met some businessmen very interested in CS education in schools. It is fun to talk to business people interested in education. They always have suggestions to solve the problems in the education system. None of them would work of course; a group of 16 year olds do not behave the same as a group of adults (usually). Sometimes adults behave like 16 year olds but rarely do 16 year olds behave as adults.
We had a presentation by Pamela Fox from Khan Academy. She is writing the programming lessons for them. Very interesting. “If we write it they will come” is an approach to education but I am not quite sure it is a useful one. One of the teachers I talked to is using CodeMontana with her high school students because she has no programming experience but wants programming in her school. She is having great luck with it. So much for my sense of how high school students would do with CodeMontana.