Educational Technology

March 21, 2012

School Report 2012: Do kids want to code in class?

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

By Jane Wakefield, BBC

Technology is central to most young people’s lives, but there is a disconnect between how they use it at home and how they are taught it. It is a point not lost on Education Secretary Michael Gove, who wants to radically overhaul the ICT curriculum by next September. He wants to do two quite opposite things: modernise and go back to basics.The retro approach would see pupils return to the “beneath the bonnet” lessons of the 1980s when schoolchildren had little choice but to learn to code because computers were altogether less intuitive. In a survey of 100 pupils, the school reporters found mixed feelings about the changes. Thirty-five percent disagreed with Mr Gove’s view of ICT as “dull”, while 28% thought it was a good idea to make changes. The rest were undecided. While there appears to be plenty of evidence of dull ICT education across the country, I sense something of a backlash from teachers, aggrieved that their efforts are not being recognised” As a result they have been teaching programming in the classroom for a while.

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