New curriculum for CS in UK Schools

January 11, 2012 at 8:21 am 2 comments

I have heard a rumor that the UK “Computing in Schools” report is coming out tomorrow. The commentary is starting today.  The below quote on what’s going to be in the new curriculum is quite striking — that’s a dramatic CS curriculum!  The BBC report calls the new curriculum “open source” (what is an “open source curriculum”? A curriculum that uses open source tools?), and does raise the issue (my paraphrase), “Great, now you have a significant curriculum — who’s going to teach it?!?”

“Instead of children bored out of their minds being taught how to use Word or Excel by bored teachers, we could have 11-year-olds able to write simple 2D computer animations,” he said.

Computer games entrepreneur Ian Livingstone, an adviser to Mr Gove, envisages a new curriculum that could have 16-year-olds creating their own apps for smartphones and 18-year-olds able to write their own simple programming language.

via BBC News – School ICT to be replaced by computer science programme.

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  • 1. gasstationwithoutpumps  |  January 11, 2012 at 10:41 am

    A curriculum is not just a set of topics with dependencies between them (which is how professors usually think of it), but textbooks, problem sets, lecture notes, work sheets, and all the other teaching aids that teachers generate and either use or ignore. I believe that it is this set of teaching tools that is intended to be open source.

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  • 2. Alfred Thompson  |  January 11, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    That article left me with as many questions as answers. On the other hand it is nice to see CS education getting some high level attention for a change.

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