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Head over to Picture This and your child can draw a dress or a t-shirt design that is then made into a dress or a t-shirt.

When I was a kid, we cleaned out empty soup cans and decorated them in art class and made them into pencil holders for our parents desks.

I remember visiting my dad's office and seeing the pencil holder at the corner of his desk filled with pens and pencils and thinking "I made that".

It was simple. It was ugly. It was there - right there - on my dad's desk.

Jaimee tells the story of coming up with the idea for Picture This and trying it out.

The best part of her story is when her daughter has finished drawing a design and it has been made into a dress.

Her daughter beams and announces, "I'm wearing my imagination."

We're coming up to Father's Day, instead of a pencil holder, a child can design a Father's Day t-shirt for his or her dad to wear.

It's an awesome step up from attaching a picture to the refrigerator with a magnet.

Displaying something you made on the refrigerator or in your classroom or anywhere is so important.

I remember in elementary school when classes would get their turn to hang their art projects on the hallway walls. All of the kids in school would walk past the pieces that you and your friends made.

That's what I want from Apple.

You want me to learn to code? Then let me create something in Swift playgrounds and push a button and share it to my friend's phone or ipad to run as an app.

I teach folks all over the world how to write apps for iOS and I've found that no matter how stupid an app is, there is nothing cooler than the first time a student puts something that they wrote on their device and it sits alongside Safari and Maps and all of the other apps they've installed.

Minecraft is viral because kids want to share mods.

No-one feels a great sense of accomplishment from working through "Learn to Code".

Look at Jean's fantastic program App Camp 4 Girls. The teams build table view apps and put them on devices. The apps they make are on devices they've used to run other real apps.

It makes the app they made real.

It makes them app developers.

Their imagination has become an app.

That's what I want from Apple.

I don't care if the first app is a button that you push and "I love you mom" appears in a label. The kid's mom will put it on her phone and show it to her friends. Look what my child made for me.

I don't care if the second app is a button you push and it says "Booger". The kid will giggle and share it with his or her friends and then the friends will want to make something.

At some point, some of the kids will start to make something more sophisticated.

Not all of them.

Maybe everyone "can" code, but not everyone wants to.

That's ok.

We teach everyone to write and yet not everyone becomes a writer.

But we don't teach everyone to write by having them write the same paragraph as everyone else in the same way.

We have them tap into what they know. We teach them to develop a voice. We teach them that they don't get it right the first time and need to revise and work on the grammar and the story. We expose them to other writers.

We send their papers home to their families. We read their work to their peers. We publish their work in school papers.

That's not how we teach people to code.

That's what I want from Apple.

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