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One of the most depressing things for me is the degree of conformity I come across.
There’s a really good chance that in some schools, or in some classes, the computing curriculum will be just as boring as the old ICT curriculum was accused of being. I think the basic starting point for any scheme of work should be a simple proposition: using technology is mostly enjoyable. It can also be exciting. Therefore, learning about technology should be equally enjoyable and exciting. If it isn’t, something is wrong.
I’m reading a short story by Ian Creasey called “The Edge of the Map”. In the world depicted by Creasey, automated cameras called “nanocams” take photos and newspapers (and other media, presumably) source their illustrations from the pool created by them. In other words, there is no need for specialist photographers.
This raises a number of interesting questions.
With that in mind, have you ever researched your own area
But a new idea, called Points, goes way beyond that.
Before we can go any further, is this an educational issue? I believe it is, or could be, for the following reasons
Here’s a photo I took recently on the London Underground. There are periodic announcements, static noticeboards, and electronic delays constantly assuring us that we are experiencing a good service. I presume it is intended to introduce a feel-good element into an otherwise mundane existence.
- Kids entering school now will be leaving to join the world of work in around 2030.
- We can’t predict what the world is going to be like even in five years’ time, let alone 20.
- Therefore we need to teach kids 21st century skills (working as part of a team etc).
This all sounds profound and straightforward, but it really isn’t.