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Old 17-11-2012, 13:52
RobinOfLoxley
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'Bout time I say. Maybe the Raspeberry Pi has accelerated this new thinking instead of useless ICT.

Sorry for the Times Link (Paywall).
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/educat...cle3603151.ece

Good article in the printed copy. Maybe other papers will follow up for more links.

Edit: they talk of a 'Lost Generation' over last years.
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Old 17-11-2012, 15:41
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Sorry, but this is nonsense. The current primary curriculum does not accommodate computing in anywhere near this kind of degree. Yes there are some schools dabbling in stuff like Scratch and 2DIY but as far as the schools are concerned "IT" pretty much consists of the computer itself (ie. what the bits are), MS Office, and surfing the internet. In the kids eyes these tools are just another game to play with, albeit a psuedo-educational one..

Even when it comes to new technologies (eg. tablets), many schools are just blindly going in buying any old tat as a PR exercise. Very little is actually changing in the way the lessons are being delivered. The pi is a great concept but next to useless in a school without a ton of child-friendly documentation, pre-prepared resources and examples, and qualified teachers to deliver a lesson on how to use them.

The only way this is going to change is if the curriculum is completely overhauled and the teaching staff are re-trained up in specific areas like programming, web design etc. There is enough bad morale in the teaching sector as it is, so resistance to this is highly likely. The only remaining alternative for a school would be to get in 3rd parties to deliver the lesson, some are already doing this but obviously it would cost a fortune if rolled out on a large scale.

To reiterate, a better idea would be to have a compulsory IT subject that covers all the basics. Then when the child reaches KS3 work the subject towards a number of optional sub-subject like web development, programming, graphic design etc. This way anyone who is genuinely interested in IT will have a better head-start when they leave the school, while those that don't will still have the basic competency to do any other job that happens to involve a computer.
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Old 17-11-2012, 15:54
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What programming languages will they be teaching the kids in? as with a 9 year gap from starting to learn it to leaving schools the fashionable languages will have changed plenty of times and then theres the teaching the teachers to know and understand the languages to be taught, i remember when i was in school the computing teachers were the crappier maths teachers who'd been on a short course to learn programming and boy did i love to show them up as they'd spout off some drivel about how the only way to do something was one way and then i'd show them 2 other ways which was not well recieved
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Old 17-11-2012, 20:14
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What programming languages will they be teaching the kids in?
The current thing doing the rounds seems to be Scratch. Its a free application geared towards secondary and older primary kids that allows you to create your own games and animations. The resulting package is compiled as a Java applet and can be put onto their website to share with others.

At primary level there is a product called 2DIY that also allows you to make your own minigames etc but is geared towards younger kids and has a much simpler interface. IIRC the resulting package is bespoke but can be exported as an SWF file.

To reiterate, neither of these are programming in the sense of editing lines of code or learning a language. Unless things have changed recently the only exception to this is some of the secondaries use BlueJ to teach basic Java but I believe this is for A-Level. It certainly wasn't on the curriculum when I was in school.
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