The Royal Society recently produced its report into Computing, After the Reboot. Here are my notes and comments on that report.Read More
I’ve seen a lot of great practice with iPads and other tablets in schools. The students are engaged in what they’re doing, teachers are excited by the learning taking place, and there’s a good, collaborative atmosphere.
So why do I have the feeling that there is something – a quite fundamental “something” – missing?
The number of responses to consultations tends to be low. For example, the Royal Society in England has received 125 responses to its consultation on computing in schools. Admittedly this is a niche area, but it still seems pretty low to me, given the fact that there are over 17,000 primary schools in England and, especially, over 3,000 secondary schools which, one would assume, have a vested interest. I believe that the number of responses to Government consultations is higher, but still relatively small.
I think people are mistaken not to have their say in this type of situation, even though I can understand why they might not wish to do so.
This is the gist of the question posed by the Royal Society, which, as promised in a previous article, has just launched a call for evidence.