Children’s book publisher Usborne has launched two new titles about computers and coding aimed at young children. At the same time it has made pdfs of its 1980’s computing titles freely available online.
Usborne deserted the computer scene at the end of the microcomputer era so it is really good news to see them re-entering it.
Good piece by Paul Sawers with a plethora of inline links surveying a full range of current educational themes, including coding, creativity, testing (of 4-yr-olds) and computer-based mathematics (as espoused by Conrad Wolfram).
Reading of the full piece recommended – follow the link:
This article doesn’t seem to say very much beyond what we know already – teachers do not feel sufficiently skilled to teach the new computing curriculum.
“The poll of secondary school teachers showed that 74 per cent of ICT teachers do not believe they have the right skills needed to deliver the new computing curriculum which is set to roll out in September next year. They also fear they do not have the time to learn the necessary skills.”
What is being done
Teachers lacking the confidence to teach pupils computer programming skills need to change the way they approach their subject, a pioneering educator has said.