The last few tweaks

So here we are at last. Almost a year ago, a small group of us met in London to brainstorm ideas and consider rough ‘straw man’ drafts for a new programme of study for ICT in the National Curriculum –…

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…

Webmaking with trainee teachers

We’ve had some content on web-development on our primary teacher training programmes at Roehampton since before my time, but this is becoming a more significant part of our work, and increasingly a mode for assessed work these days. In the…

The new computing curriculum – some thoughts

I wrote recently about the new draft National Curriculum in general, which shows a quite distinct shift from skills to knowledge, but perhaps not quite so far as understanding. Looking now at the new computing curriculum, knowledge certainly takes us…

Switched on Computing…

A short summary of the change from ICT to computing at KS1-3, written for Rising Stars’ news blog, and posted originally at http://www.risingstars-uk.com/blog/?p=799. This is really quite radical change to the curriculum, with a much stronger focus on programming and…

My first reactions to the new national curriculum

Thursday saw Mr Gove publish the draft of a new National Curriculum for English schools. Not all English schools, of course, which means that the ideal of ‘entitlement’ which underpinned the whole project from Kenneth Baker’s time has been lost…

CPD through making

I don’t think many would doubt that learning through making things, ideally for an audience of other people, is a highly effective way of learning in ICT (including CS) in schools. Papert made this case some time ago now. I…