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…

Software engineering in schools

There’s much more to software development than coding: the process of developing software has much in common with other engineering disciplines, and so there are some close parallels with design-make-evaluate projects in Design and Technology on the school curriculum. The first…

Open Badges and Primary Computing

Rising Stars have been working with Makewav.es to develop a set of digital badges to support assessment for the primary computing curriculum, with each of the programme of study bullet points mapped to its own badge. These are linked to the outcomes from units in Switched…

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…