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Computing in UK Schools

Computing in UK Schools

In 2013/2014 the UK government made major changes to the ICT curriculum, most notably removing a lot of the traditional “how to use” content and replacing this with a Computing focused curriculum. As a former teacher at the time I went through this transition.

In this talk I outline what is now taught in UK schools at the moment along with some of the techniques and software programs used to get these skills and knowledge across to our youngsters. The talk touches on the role WordPress could and perhaps should play in the curriculum.

Mark Wilkinson

March 21, 2017
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  1. Computing in UK Schools
    What they teach and WordPress’ role
    @wpmark
    markwilkinson.me
    highrise.digital

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  2. Mark Wilkinson
    Developer & Co-founder of
    Highrise Digital
    Using WordPress since 2005
    Former teacher - 4 years
    teaching Geography and 8
    years teaching ICT/Computing
    at KS3 & KS4

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  3. Why is this important?

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  4. Curriculum Pre 2013

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  5. Key Concepts
    ● Capability
    ● Communication
    & Collaboration
    ● Exploring ideas
    ● Manipulating
    information
    ● Impact of Tech
    ● Evaluation
    Key Processes
    ● Finding info
    ● Developing ideas
    ● Communicating
    information

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  6. “Children are being forced to learn how to use
    applications, rather than to make them. They
    are becoming slaves to the user interface and
    are totally bored by it”
    Ian Livingstone, 2012
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-16493929

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  7. “In the 21st century there is a much greater
    need to develop learners for the future. The
    curriculum now focuses on thinking &
    problem solving skills, were pupils learn to
    create software and not just use it”
    Lee Small (2017) Head of Computing

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  8. From ICT to Computing

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  9. A Computing
    Curriculum

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  10. Key Stage 1 Key Stage 2 Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4
    ● Algorithms
    ● Debug simple
    programs
    ● Use technology
    ○ Create
    ○ Store
    ○ Manipulate
    ○ Safely
    ● Variables
    ● Input/Output
    ● Logical reasoning
    to explain
    algorithms
    ● Understand
    networks/internet
    ● Effective use of
    search
    technologies
    ● Safely use a range
    of software on a
    range of devices
    ● Design & use
    modelling
    systems
    ● Understand
    algorithms -
    sorting and
    selecting
    ● Use 2 programing
    languages (one
    text based)
    ● Procedures
    functions
    ● Boolean logic
    ● Hardware
    ● Binary
    ● Computer
    science
    ● Digital media
    ● Computational
    thinking
    ● Problem solving
    ● Online privacy
    ● How technology
    changes impact
    us

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  11. Teaching Computing

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  12. Tools / Software Used

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  13. WordPress’ Role

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  14. Thank you
    Any Questions?
    Twitter: @wpmark
    WordPress: @wpmarkuk
    markwilkinson.me
    highrise.digital

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