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…

Making things in ICT at Roehampton

So many of the conversations I’ve had with really interesting people at and around BETT have focussed on learning through making, ie Papert’s constructionism: constructivism’s connotation of learning as “building knowledge structures” … happens especially felicitously in a context where…

Computer Science makes it to the EBacc

I think there are many of us delighted by the announcement, timed to coincide with the start of BETT 2013, that computer science joins the other sciences as part of the list for the English Baccalaureate. I’ve no doubt that…

Adaptive Learning and Interactive Fiction

A post prompted by a discussion on the Mirandanet discussion list asking for software suggestions for developing adaptive learning materials. I’m still not quite sure how I feel about adaptive learning, and I think this is down to some concerns…

Some thoughts on CS CPD

I’ve been in a couple of interesting meetings this week, both with teachers’ CPD high up the agenda. This certainly seems a priority for many as we move to a position with far more computer science in schools’ ICT. The…

Apps

My article for the October edition of Teach Secondary Magazine. For as long as computers have been used in schools, their advocates have promoted the power of digital technology to transform education, yet the reality has all too often fallen…

Social networking in schools

My article from Issue 1.3 of Teach Secondary Magazine. Teaching for learning is about meeting our students where they are and taking them to a place they wouldn’t have reached otherwise. But how good we are at both taking our…