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o : osdcmy-list@googlegroups.com 11 January 2012 • 3:17PM -0500

[osdcmy] Re: UK Schools to Get Open Source Curriculum ?
by Raja Iskandar Shah

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More stuff happening in the UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/series/digital-literacy-campaign

I wonder if Google could support the articles in the upcoming Koperasi
magazine ?



On Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 2:51 PM, Raja Iskandar Shah <rajaiskandars@gmai...
> wrote:

>
>
> http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/jan/11/michael-gove-boring-it-lessons
>
> Michael Gove to scrap 'boring' IT lessons
>
> Schools to be given freedom to run cutting-edge computer classes under
> plans for open source curriculum
>
>  The teaching of computer science in school is to be dramatically
> overhauled, with the existing programme of study scrapped to make way for
> new lessons designed by industry and universities, Michael Gove<http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/michaelgove> will
> announce on Wednesday.
>
> In a speech, the education secretary will say the existing curriculum in
> Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has left children "bored out
> of their minds being taught how to use Word and Excel by bored teachers".
>
> Instead he will, in effect, create an "open source" curriculum in computer
> science by giving schools <http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/schools> the
> freedom to use teaching resources designed with input from leading
> employers and academics, in changes that will come into effect this
> September.
>
> The announcement follows pressure from businesses critical of a shortage
> of computer-literate recruits<http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/jan/09/computer-science-courses-digital-skills>
> a deficit highlighted by a Guardian campaign<http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/series/digital-literacy-campaign> launched
> this week.
>
> ICT will remain compulsory and will still be taught at every stage of the
> curriculum. In a speech to BETT<http://bettshow.com/bett/website/Default.aspx?refer=1>,
> a trade fair which showcases educational technology, Gove will say Britain
> should revive the legacy of the mathematician and wartime codebreaker Alan
> Turing <http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/alan-turing> by creating a
> generation of young people able to work at the forefront of technological
> change.
>
> He will say: "Imagine the dramatic change which could be possible in just
> a few years, once we remove the roadblock of the existing ICT curriculum.
> Instead of children bored out of their minds being taught how to use Word
> and Excel by bored teachers, we could have 11-year-olds able to write
> simple 2D computer animations using an MIT tool called Scratch.
>
> "By 16, they could have an understanding of formal logic previously
> covered only in university courses and be writing their own apps for
> smartphones."
>
> A consultation on the plans will be launched next week. Ministers are keen
> to see universities and businesses creating a new computer science GCSE and
> developing a curriculum that encourages schools to make use of computer
> science content on the web. IBM and Microsoft are already working on a
> pilot GCSE curriculum.
>
> The British Computer Society <http://www.bcs.org/> (BCS) has developed a
> curriculum for key stages three and four – the years leading up to GCSE –
> which has had input from Microsoft, Google and Cambridge University.
>
> In the speech, Gove will set out the government's thinking on computer
> science and cite its transformational impact on other disciplines.
>
> He will say: "Twenty years ago, medicine was not an information
> technology. Now, genomes have been decoded and the technologies of
> biological engineering and synthetic biology are transforming medicine. The
> boundary between biology and IT is already blurring into whole new fields,
> like bioinformatics.
>
> "Twenty years ago, only a tiny number of specialists knew what the
> internet was and what it might shortly become. Now billions of people and
> trillions of cheap sensors are connecting to each other, all over the world
> – and more come online every minute of every day."
>
> He will pay tribute to Turing as a hero who "laid the foundation stones on
> which all modern computing rests".
>
> The speech will be critical of the failure of existing ICT provision. He
> will say: "Our school system has not prepared children for this new world.
> Millions have left school over the past decade without even the basics they
> need for a decent job. And the current curriculum cannot prepare British
> students to work at the very forefront of technological change."
>
> Outlining the changes, he will say: "The traditional approach would have
> been to keep the programme of study in place for the next four years while
> we assembled a panel of experts, wrote a new ICT curriculum, spent a
> fortune on new teacher training, and engaged with exam boards for new ICT
> GCSEs <http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/gcses> that would become
> obsolete almost immediately. We will not be doing that. Technology in
> schools will no longer be micromanaged by Whitehall. By withdrawing the
> programme of study, we're giving schools and teachers freedom over what and
> how to teach; revolutionising ICT as we know it."
>
> The reform of ICT in schools was welcomed by industry. Peter Barron,
> Google's director of external relations for the UK, said: "We are delighted
> that the government has recognised the importance of computer science
> teaching in schools. Too few UK students have had the opportunity to study
> true computer science, resulting in a workforce that lacks the key skills
> needed to help drive the UK's economic growth. We look forward to seeing
> how these new educational resources develop, based on teaching how computer
> software works rather than simply how to use it."
>
> Richard Allan, Facebook's director of policy in Europe, said: "Facebook
> welcomes the government's plans to make ICT teaching in schools more
> interesting and relevant for young people. We need to improve our young
> people's skills in this area for the UK to be truly competitive in the
> digital age.
>
> "Businesses also need to play their part in helping to equip young people
> with the digital skills they need."
>
> Bill Mitchell, director of BCS Academy of Computing, which was set up to
> promote computer science as an academic discipline, said: "BCS is extremely
> pleased that Michael Gove has publicly endorsed the importance of teaching
> computer science in schools."
>
> Genevieve Smith Nunes, an IT and business studies teacher at Dorothy
> Stringer high school in Brighton, also welcomed the announcement. She said:
> "In my own school we have developed our own programme of study anyway,
> because of the constraints that ICT has – but still incorporating all of
> the elements that are there [in the existing curriculum].
>
> "If they scrapped ICT, then a lot of teachers might feel that their jobs
> are at risk – depending on how Gove presents that. That wouldn't be a worry
> at my school because we're quite forward- thinking about what students need.
>
> "By taking away what is prescriptive, it would allow the teacher and
> student to develop the [computer science] curriculum together and make it
> effective, creative and thoughtful … If universities are going to help us
> develop the curriculum content that can only be a benefit from the
> classroom teacher's perspective."
>
>
>
>

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