The new English ICT/computer science curriculum promises to be a huge step forward and, in my experience, a chance to teach children something for which their enthusiasm promises to be close to unlimited. One thing puzzles me, though. Speaking about it today the education secretary, Michael Gove – who deserves some praise for listening to the arguments… Read More Three steps forward, but one step back?
Regular readers will know I have something of a small obsession with Conway’s Game of Life – the classic “game for no players” based on cellular automata, and so, naturally enough, when I decided that I really had to write my own Scratch program from, err, scratch to sharpen up my skills for teaching children… Read More The Art of Scratch, Code Club and the ICT curriculum
This morning’s Times carries an full page report – on page 3 no less (subscription required) – of the British Computer Society’s (BCS) proposals, on behalf of the Education Department, for a new ICT curriculum. In fact the newspaper report seems have been injected with more than a little bit of spin – The Times says that… Read More Proposals for a new English ICT curriculum
In recent months a new consensus has emerged about teaching ICT (information and communications technology) in England’s schools: namely that it has been sent up a blind alley where kids are taught little more than how to manipulate Microsoft’s “Office” products. That recognition is a good thing, though the way in which the government were… Read More Computer science in English schools: the debate rages on
Michael Gove is to make a speech today in which he is going to lambast the existing ICT curriculum in English schools and promise a revolutionary new start. Sounds like a good thing, and certainly he appears to have identified the cretinous nature of the current curriculum and its chaining to Microsoft’s proprietary software. So… Read More Two cheers for Gove?
I try to keep openly political things off here, but this response to the OFSTED report on computing in schools is so good it deserves more publicity: Stephen Twigg MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, responding to the report from Ofsted on ICT in schools today said: “Today’s Ofsted report on ICT in schools shows that… Read More Stephen Twigg hits the nail on the head
I didn’t get my enthusiasm for computing from school – it was almost something latent: I remember being very excited to see a “microcomputer” for the first time in Brent Cross shopping centre in 1979. But the first one I used – hopelessly – was in school, a Commodore Pet, in 1980. It turned up… Read More The dismal state of computing education in English schools