Laying the foundations for computing in the early years

Computing co-ordinators often wonder what to encourage in the nursery or reception class. The easy answer is, ‘not computing!’ However, there is a lot of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) that provides a foundation for computational thinking….

Making the links between computing and mathematics

There are some great ways to link computing and all the other subjects on the school curriculum, but there’s a particularly strong argument for making connections with mathematics. As a discipline, computing owes its origins to mathematics. Babbage’s analytical engine…

#mytechstory

Originally published as part of a series by The Tech Partnership I’m principal lecturer in computing education in the University of Roehampton’s school of education. Most of my work involves lecturing on our initial teacher training programmes, supporting a new…

‘This House believes 21st Century skills aren’t being taught – and they should be’

I found myself invited to Online Educa Berlin to speak with Allan Päll against the above motion. Which we defeated! Here’s what I said. What is education for? I’d like to begin by moving back from the motion, to think…

Coding and digital skills

Remarks for eSkills at Schools event, European Parliament, Brussels Just over a year ago, England replaced its old ‘ICT’ curriculum with a curriculum for a new subject, ‘computing’ which placed far greater emphasis on computer science including ‘coding’ than we ever had…

That OECD computers in schools report

There was much media fuss on Tuesday this week around the publication of the OECD’s report, Students, Computers and Learning: Making the Connection. As with many such stories, the headlines don’t entirely reflect the nuance of the report or the broader…

Computing: one year on

Responses to questions for a round table, reviewing the first year of the English computing curriculum for Education Technology It’s been almost one year since the computing curriculum was introduced in primary and secondary schools. Have the past 12 months…

Integrating technology and creating the best computing curriculum

Opening remarks on the above for a BETT Futures panel. Hmm… ‘integrating technology and creating the best computing curriculum’. It’s lovely to be part of the panel, but the title did strike me as odd. I think this is because…

Computing: Supporting effective teaching

Now that the new computing curriculum is in place and we’ve a fairly clear idea about what we should be teaching, it’s perhaps worth considering how to teach this new subject most effectively. The way ICT was taught in the…

The new computing curriculum – a global perspective

Nick Gibb, the minister for school reform, describes the new curriculum as one that will make England’s education system the ‘envy of the world’. For computer science education, there’s a good chance that he’s right.  Whilst many countries teach programming…