Computing As A Core Subject

The addition to computing, or the alteration in the provision of ICT (depending on how you look at it), since the beginning of this year has been a very positive thing in my opinion. Looking at the previous programme of study from the 1999 curriculum really shows how far technology has come in the last 15 years. It was surely about time that the education of the next generation at least made use of, and catered for, the technology of today.

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Educating to use safely, not prevent.

This week we posted a picture from our school Twitter account asking users to spread our tweet across the globe. As you can see, the results are pretty good. We were tweeted 128 times at last count and made it to lots of different places around the world. I even put the locations of some of the retweets onto a Google map so that the children could really get a feeling for how far and how fast information travels online.

So why did we bother?

Spreading information around the globe, via the internet, isn’t something we should be encouraging our children to do, right? We should be preventing them to use sites like Twitter and Facebook, right?

Wrong.

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