I’m off to Strathclyde University today for what I hope will be a very interesting couple of days. Interesting, as they have invited a cross section of those with an interest or stake in Computing education to meet and discuss the problems and possible solutions with the current curriculum in Scotland. Everyone from teachers, Higher Education, industry and business have been invited.
The conference has no official status or powers, hence the reason it has been a fairly quiet affair until now. Everyone attending fully acknowledges that change, if it is to happen, is a long process of which this is only a very tentative beginning.
Most interesting to me will simply be to find out if other teachers are finding the same problems in the subject, such as
- A difficulty identifying it as a seperate subject from ICT skills
- An apathy amongst pupils who feel they know it all when it comes to computers
- National Qualifications that don’t really give pupils real-life skills required by modern employers
- How do we keep teachers of the subject trained up to deliver courses in modern computing areas, especially when it is such a broad subject?
Anyway, that’s my $0.02 for now. Watch this space for an update from the conference. If anyone would like to leave comments I’ll happily air them over the next two days…