Re prioritisation of Computing

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  • chalove

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    Gordon Milne

    The minister’s statement is so vague that it is difficult to tell if this something we should welcome or something we should fear.


    If it is being done on the back of concerns expressed, mainly south of the border, about the lack of Computing in the school curriculum then we should welcome this as a move to increase the profile of our subject.  On the other hand if it is based on the falling presentation numbers in SQA exams we have a major reason for concern.


    We live in “interesting times”.






    Hopefully (and the Foreign Languages reference is encouraging) he means and increase in the profiloe of Computing.


    As a group we will need to be proactive to ensure we put across a coherent message. We will have to work quickly to re-establish Computing as an acceptable alternative to the typical academic pathway while offering the correct balance of more vocational courses.


    I think computing teachers still have an important role to play at a whole school level in raising the quality of computing across the curriculum. Google’s Computational Thinking and Conrad Wolfram’s TED talk are important here. Teaching kids to solve real world problems using computers applies to all subjects in the curriculum. Wolfram starts his talk by asking “who does maths?”. The answer is of course everyone. My question is “who does computing?” Guess what my answer is? Wolfram’s TED talk can be seen here


    I think the lack of choice at Nat 4/5 is very worrying. So here’s a controversial proposal. I have no idea how realistic it would be. If we see the SQA as a blockage to us doing what we think we should be doing should we not act like the internet and route around the blockage? Do we need to rely on the SQA? Is there an alternative way?



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