Kids coding at school: ‘When you learn computing, you’re thinking about thinking’

By: Stuart Dredge

codess“Children across England have been back at school for a few weeks now, and with the launch of a revamped computing curriculum, they’ll be learning some new skills: including programming.

Pupils as young as five will be learning about algorithms and computational thinking, as well as creating and debugging simple programs of their own, using a variety of tools. It’s a big shakeup for children and teachers alike.The changes have been widely praised within the technology industry, but there are also critics questioning the value of teaching programming to young children, or wondering whether enough teachers have the skills and support that they’ll need to teach computing.

The new curriculum sparks debate, it’s fair to say. “We helped write it. It’s our fault!” chuckles Bill Mitchell, who as director of education at BCS, the Chartered Institute of IT, played a key role in the creation process for the new curriculum.”To read further please click here:

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