I probably sound like a bit of a broken record but I still believe we are facing a bit of a computing education / coding crisis in Scotland (and if you believe the research the rest of the UK as well?).
What continues to confuse me is the conflict at a policy level between a Government who are keen to capitalise on a digitally connected Scotland and embrace a digital economy combined with a National Education Agency who (despite their lack of ambition) are making the right sort of noises about the importance of digital and then the restrictions due to the funding concordat (and possible lack of understanding?) from Local Authorities who seem to be unable to get schools immobilize on the ground to really tackle the problem.
I don’t have a computing teacher at my school in Kingussie and it’s not without trying. We were unsuccessful in recruiting a computing member of staff over a year ago and cutbacks have meant that we don’t have the capacity to hire at the moment. The fab Maths Department at KHS have stepped into the breach with an S1 ICT Course and computing electives for S2 and S3 where we really want to concentrate on building things (eg: robotics and coding).
The truth is, computing and coding are two of those rare things in schools that could actually probably be delivered quite successfully via distance / online learning. Our plan for our new S2 (year 8) and S3 (year 9) courses are to capitalize on some of the great free content out there to build a highly personalized course for a group of learners.
I’ve been spending some time research what is available and I’ll feature some of the tools / resources that I have discovered over a series of posts. I’m going to stick to tools that are platform agnostic so Microsoft Kodu and the Apple Development Library aren’t going to get a mention here.
Here is a nice little video to get us started!