Lightning Talk at Scotland on Rails '09

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  • 1. WHAT WE TEACH YOUR KIDS Fraser Speirs
  • 2. MY LIFE IN 4 BULLETS Computer Science education Worked on the Large Hadron Collider grid computing project Teach computing Run Connected Flow (FlickrExport, Darkslide)
  • 3. COMPUTING COURSES AI Multimedia Networks Software Development Computer Systems
  • 4. CURRICULUM FOR EXCELLENCE Successful Responsible Learners Citizens Effective Confident Contributors Individuals
  • 5. COMPUTING IN C4E
  • 6. COMPUTING IN C4E Science
  • 7. COMPUTING IN C4E Science Biology
  • 8. COMPUTING IN C4E Science Biology Chemistry
  • 9. COMPUTING IN C4E Science Biology Chemistry Physics
  • 10. COMPUTING IN C4E Science Biology Chemistry Physics
  • 11. COMPUTING IN C4E Science Technologies Biology Chemistry Physics
  • 12. COMPUTING IN C4E Science Technologies Biology Computing! Chemistry Physics
  • 13. COMPUTING IN C4E Science Technologies Biology Computing! Chemistry Technical Studies Physics
  • 14. COMPUTING IN C4E Science Technologies Biology Computing! Chemistry Technical Studies Physics Home Economics
  • 15. COMPUTING HAS THE SAME STATUS AS MATHEMATICS AND LITERACY
  • 16. IN THE WORLD OF SCHOOL IT TEACHING MATERIALS
  • 17. MAINFRAMES HAVE “UP TO 100GB OF STORAGE”
  • 18. FLOPPY DISCS RULE!
  • 19. APPLEWORKS IS AMAZING!
  • 20. LCD SCREENS ARE WHAT LAPTOPS HAVE
  • 21. MOBILE PHONES USE WAP
  • 22. WHAT ARE THESE “COMPUTER GAMES” YOU SPEAK OF?
  • 23. THE LAST REVIEW OF THE HIGHER (AGE 16-17) CURRICULUM WAS 2004
  • 24. THE NEXT REVIEW WILL BE 2014
  • 25. 2004
  • 26. 2014? ++
  • 27. PROGRAMMING
  • 28. PROGRAMMING
  • 29. PROGRAMMING Variables
  • 30. PROGRAMMING Variables Arrays
  • 31. PROGRAMMING Variables Arrays Fixed and Conditional Loops
  • 32. PROGRAMMING Variables Arrays Conditional statements Fixed and Conditional Loops
  • 33. PROGRAMMING Variables Arrays Operators Conditional statements Fixed and Conditional Loops
  • 34. CAN WE USE RUBY? The curriculum doesn’t specify a language, but the nation has defaulted to VB because there are VB materials.
  • 35. IF YOU DO TRAINING Nobody has made new materials for years because of C4E. Now is (almost) the time - there is about to be great demand for new materials. Think about education as a market for materials Think about (young) beginner programmers
  • 36. IF YOU’RE A PARENT Talk to teachers. Write to or call your representatives. Individual teachers need parent input to argue for change. What can you do to help your school?
  • 37. RELEVANT URLS http://www.sqa.org.uk http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/curriculumforexcellence/