Coders and CompScis

The relationship between coding and computer science The two are not, of course, unrelated. Our new found focus on the place of computing in schools encompasses, I think, both. We do want our learners to develop an understanding of computer…

On the purpose of education

My contribution to this year’s Purpos/Ed #500 words project. This is something that has mattered to me for all my teaching career. When training, I took Terry McLoughlin’s optional philosophy of education module; this was the best bit of the…

Creating a new ICT curriculum

Originally published in the June 2012 edition of Teach Primary. Back in 1999 computers were very different beasts. Many of us were using Windows 98 or ME; software would have been installed from CD-ROM, but we’d have still been using…

The case for agile pedagogy

My post on this from the Guardian Teacher Network Blog: Policy makers, industry and many teachers are eager that pupils should learn more about computing. This includes learning how to write computer programs, but also “computational thinking”, a transferable way…