Advice for parents…

With the launch of the new national curriculum, one of the big changes is the replacement of ICT (information and communication technology) with a new subject, computing. As well as being something of a rebranding exercise, there’s a shift here…

Computational thinking and creativity

The first sentence of the new computing programme of study sets out our ambition: “A high quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world”. It’s worth noting that we’re framing this…

Switched on Computing

At the Education Show today I finally got my hands on printed copies of Switched on Computing, the scheme of work I’ve been writing for Rising Stars for the new computing curriculum. I’m absolutely thrilled to see this in print…

Text based programming in primary schools?

Logo, Small Basic and Python are all accessible languages for the top end of primary. Good folk like Phil Bagge and Dr Chips have been very successful in teaching Python with primary pupils, and Logo has a long, noble heritage in primary. Personally, I’d be reluctant to do text-based…

More to computing than coding…

My contribution to the Friday afternoon Mirandamod at BETT 2014 Learning Coding is now deemed a very important life skill, but what else do children and students need to know about digital technologies and computers? I’d like to start by…

Computing in the national curriculum: A guide for primary teachers

Bearing in mind that much of the new computing programme of study expects non-specialists (and I suspect a few specialists…) to teach at least some things many are unlikely to have been taught, either at school or when training to…

Froebel and the pedagogy of computing

Now that we’ve got the programme of study for computing sorted, and thus have at least a framework for thinking about what we teach, I think it’s time to turn our attention to the question of how we teach computing….

Changes to the computing programme of study – some thoughts

Originally blogged for Switched on ICT (Rising Stars) As expected, the new Computing programme of study firmly moves the focus from skills in using software to an understanding of computer science and practical experience in coding. Understanding computation and managing information will…

The Computing PoS

Originally published in Teach Primary Although we’ve only seen a draft of the computing programme of study at the moment, there’s every indication that we’re in for some big changes in what primary school children are taught about computers. The…

Naace Conference Introduction

The text of my welcome from the programme for the 2013 Naace Conference. It has been an interesting year for those concerned with advancing education through technology. The relentless pressure of Moore’s Law makes for a fresh wave of devices…