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?


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Hungry For Pi

As I blogged earlier in the week, I saw a lot of technology which was related to the new computing curriculum and this got me thinking. I wasn’t 100% sold on a couple of things so I decided to look into them a little further.

One of the things I wasn’t sure on was the Raspberry Pi. In all honesty, I couldn’t see what this little computer could do that the laptops in school couldn’t. Don’t get me wrong, I think it looks very cool (you can see all the circuit board) and I love that it’s tiny… but why is it better?

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Raspberries, Apples, Scratching and Pythons.

The new computing curriculum is on its way, whether we like it or not… and, coincidentally, I do. I think part of my relative happiness that the IT curriculum is being updated stems from the fact that I like technology.

I’ve always loved a good gadget and taught myself to use a couple of different ‘coding languages’, albeit to a fairly simple level. And the new curriculum, as we all know, includes a section on computer science. The nerd in me loves this!

I was lucky enough today to attend the Hull IT conference 2014 and got to see some pretty cool stuff. I’m not going to blab on too much about it all – a lot of it was marketing – but I’ll mention a couple of things I’ve taken away from the day.

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