A forum in memory of Tom Conlon: Computing: how young is too young?

9 years ago

How does a child open a door in the modern world? Children’s worlds are increasingly driven by algorithms. At what age are they able to understand these, and use their own? We need
to consider how young children learn about computing:

  • Who has the responsibility and how do we support them?
  • What resources do we have and what else do we need?
  • When is too young, when is too late?

With contributions from:

  • Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea, Principal, The University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Alan Bundy, Informatics, The University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Paul Brna, Computing, University of Leeds
  • Dr Judith Good, Informatics, University of Sussex
  • Dr Andrew Manches, Education, The University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Sue Sentance, Computing at School and King’s College, London
  • Mr Jeremy Scott, George Heriot’s School, Edinburgh

Room G1, Paterson’s Land
Moray House School of Education The University of Edinburgh Holyrood Road
Edinburgh EH8 8AQ

5.30pm Welcome and Introduction Professor Alan Bundy

5.40pm Computing: how young is too young? Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea

5.55pm Panel discussion: Professor Brna (chair), Dr Good, Dr Manches, Mr Scott and Dr Sentance

7.00pm Reception, posters and demonstrations

8.15pm Close


Free public entry but booking is essential. Please register at: http://edin.ac/1lhONJ7

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