Teaching computer science within a rounded computing curriculum that includes digital literacy is now regarded as of paramount importance by the Department for Education. Bill Mitchell, director of BCS Academy of Computing explains why this is short of miraculous
Schools are uniquely placed to engage with children and young people about how to stay safe online. However with issues such as cyberbullying and ‘sexting’, teachers and pupils alike can find it difficult to talk about. Children’s charity the NSPCC gives advice on how to approach the issue.
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, is looking for would-be computer science teachers to take up the new scholarship scheme announced recently by Michael Gove. The scheme, which has the backing of major industry names including Microsoft, IBM, BT, Facebook, Meta Switch Networks and Ocado, aims to help meet the urgent need for computer science teachers. Bill Mitchell, director of BCS Academy of Computing, explains the latest developments in the aim to change the ICT curriculum
Cyberbullying hurts people in new and deeper ways than traditional bullying, and the proliferation of mobile devices and 24/7 internet connectivity exacerbates the problem. Adrienne Katz, author of a new book entitled Cyberbullying and e-safety: what educators need to know, presents the findings of The Cybersurvey, an online questionnaire which gathered responses from 9000 young people.
The unprecedented growth rate of tablet computers in corporate and consumer markets is spreading steadily to schools, according to research from the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA). Caroline Wright, director, BESA provides us with an outline of the research findings and offers her advice to schools. Plus a look at the latest tablets available.
Caroline Wright, newly appointed director at The British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) provides a summary of the recent changes since the arrival of the coalition government and looks to the future of technology in education.
Back in November, Costello Technology College won an Education Business Award for its innovative approach to ICT. Dominic Tester, assistant head teacher, explains how technology can be used to engage students through digital lessons and online learning resources.
As well as identifying a low number of specialist ICT teachers in comparison to other key subjects, the new report ‘Shut Down or Restart’ from the Royal Society points out the case benefits to the UK of a more digitally literate population.
With the increasing pressure on schools to improve standards, what are the options for learning to continue when schools are shut? BESA director Ray Barker, who works closely between schools, the government and suppliers to support the achievement of excellence, provides his perspective on continuity solutions