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What started as a Twitter joke – and became a 2012 reality on a Yorkshire farm – now looks like turning into a professional development movement that’s outsourced, outdoor, affordable and includes families. Yes, CampEd returned in May 2014, and the concept is going from strength to strength.
My review of #CampEd14, with links to blogs, photo collections and the next events....
Nesta are supporting this international learning festival in Helsinki (RT @oliverquinlan: What’s Oppi festival about and why I’m there.
Oliver Quinlan on the wonderful @suklaa team's Oppi Festival in Helsinki. Really wish I had managed to get there.
Claire Lotriet: " My main message in my five minutes at the microphone was that although computing certainly has a heavier focus on programming than ICT ever did, it is not interchangeable with coding. There is more to the computing programme of study (PoS) than programming."
Claire blogs on her experience at the Westminster Education Forum on 'Preparing for the new Computing curriculum'
Children from Bengeo Primary School in Herfordshire have had an idea for an app for a while. And now the school has turned to the online Kickstarter fund-raising service to help make it a reality for the pupils – before they leave for secondary school.MJO - Merlin John Online. Using technology for learning and teaching
My piece on primary school working with Excite-ed CIC to develop an app, and turning to Kickstarter to help fund it.
My piece on primary working with Excite-ed CIC to develop an app, and turning to Kickstarter to help fund it.
We certainly need to get behind a single campaign to educate teachers about computer code. But we should get more technical expertise on board, writes John Naughton
The Observer highlights the close clique behind the Year of Code campaign, and suggests the whole thing is rebooted with technical (and educational?) expertise
After a bumpy start Year of Code needs to connect with the digital making community to reach its full potential.
Sensible advice from Tom Kenyon at Nesta in how to turn round the #YoC14 campaign to a successful campaign
This has been a hard blog to write, because there are many who could say that I would naturally support this idea because I'm self-promotional little networker who formerly worked with Rohan.
One from the #YoC14 camp, and ex-colleague of the team, argues strongly that the idea is sound, replies to criticisms, and asks for fairer treatment for a worthwhile campaign.
In one initiative, the Year of Code, the government has positioned technology as an outcome of learning rather than enabler. Although to be fair, it’s not entirely clear what they have demonstrated beyond a woeful misunderstanding of the subject.
Graham Brown-Martin is wary of the government thinking under-pinning its #YoC14 shift in approach to technology and education. Is it really driven by the socio-economic needs of students in UKplc, or a deeper misguided approach which seeks the computerisation of education and the programmable teaching machines of the 1960s'?
While there may not be a shortage of programmers, there's most definitely a chronic shortage of good software developers. That's something that didn't seem to cross anyone's mind - that there's much more to it than just programming for a start, and that it takes years to develop the skills and knowledge needed to build good, valuable, reliable, maintainable, secure, scalable software.
Jason Gorman and a software developer's take on the false premises under-pinning the #YoC14 approach
Forget the year of the horse, the government have announced that 2014 is the Year of Code, but this latest initiative has come under much criticism. Unsurprisingly, this has been well-documented and blogged about so I’ll summarise the key issues here before moving on to what I believe is the more important point for teachers. So here goes, what’s wrong with the the Year of Code...
Claire Lotriet, @ohlottie, blogs a piece which absolutely nails what many educators are thinking about the omnishambles that is the Year of Code launch to date... #YoC14
Right, this Lottie Dexter, Rohan Silva, Year of Code thing is being a massive pain in the arse. I swear to god I *knew* this would happen... Here's where we are...
Emma Mulqueeny of Young Rewired State fame (originally renamed McQueeney on the Year of Code website) writes a telling blogpost on why she is pulling out from her non-existent role at #YoC14
‘Year of Code’ is as sure a sign as any that something has been hyped into hubris. Last night, on Newsnight, the Director of ‘Year of Code’, Lottie Dexter, car crashed in a Paxman interview. He knows a fool when he hears one and couldn’t believe the rubbish she was spouting.
Donald Clark blogs his own inimitable assessment of the #YoC14 hype bandwagon...
An initiative for 2014 is to get UK children to learn how to write computer code. On Newsnight, Jeremy Paxman interviews Lottie Dexter, Director of Year of Code initiative
The car crash interview when it started to become clear that maybe the failed website on launch wasn't a one-off, and that all was not right with the Year of Code
Are your lectures droning on? Change it up every 10 minutes with more active teaching techniques and more students will succeed, researchers say. A new study finds that undergraduate students in classes with traditional stand-and-deliver lectures are 1.5 times more likely to fail than students in classes that use more stimulating, so-called active learning methods.
It would be interesting to know if this has changed over time?
I agree. If we stick with one mode it gets boring. Mixing approaches helps the teaching and learning.
Who has the most "air-time" in a classroom? The teacher or the students? We learn by doing.
Tony Parkin wants clarity for the curriculum – but he's alarmed by what he finds
School and curriculum leaders desperately need some clear and simple messages on Computing to help them plan their curriculum provision for September 2014. But where will they find it?
My piece on the Westminster Education Forum session on the Computing curriculum on Feb 26, 2014. The KS4 message on Computing remains confused by assessment provision.
Broadclyst Community Primary School in Devon took first place and $25,000 of the investors’ pot at The Pitch, a new competition launched by Microsoft at its prestigious Global Forum in Barcelona to find and support the most innovative ideas from school leaders worldwide.Devon primary head and pupils excel for 'dragons' at Global Forum in Barcelona
One of several pieces by Merlin from Microsoft's Global Forum in Barcelona
Who is Maisie Tubbs, and what is a 'spod'? Tony Parkin delves into 'knowledge mobilisation'
Knowledge mobilisation event on Feb 28, 2014, organised by Teacher Development Trust and London Leadership Strategy
You all know my feelings on the Year of Code. That's done. But it is a thing, it does exist and I know that they are now talking to great groups like CAS and people like Conrad Wolfram and I am sure they will find something useful to do
@hubmum adds her own sound advice to the #YoC14 team - now she hasn't a non-existant 'advisory role' and the fuss has died down a little!
It seems like something that everybody would support - a campaign to help transform computing education in our schools. But since its launch last week, the Year Of Code has turned into something of a PR disaster.
A timely reflective look at the whole issue by the BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones. Seems to nail it exactly....
In response to the response to the Year of Code
The Year of Code launched last week. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s a UK campaign about responding to the change in the national curriculum that will see, from September, “coding” being taught in schools across the country.
The launch really didn’t go so well. You may have read some harsh criticism, so I thought I’d share my reaction. Some criticism of my own, but you know me, perhaps a little positivity…
Stef Lewandowski (@stef) comes up with a long but carefully reasoned analysis about why writing off a project that could be of great benefit is not a suitable response to a duff launch.
"I’ve come up with a ‘route one’ approach for the #yearofcode. This takes advantage of the free resources that are out there (many created by teachers). It is not comprehensive and is meant as a starting point, so do let me know what you think."
Ben Barton, CEO of Zondle, suggest simple ways busy primary teachers could approach #YoC14
The Year of Code is supposed to teach all the UK's school children to code, but even if you support this fashionable American idea, this doesn't seem to be a useful way to do it
The trade's well-respected Jack Schofield was not impressed either by #YoC14. Is it just a PR campaign running alongside serious initiatives?
"I make no secret of despising Dexter’s business-tax-cutting, deregulating, state-shrinking politics and I’ve got my suspicions about the Year of Code’s wider motivations. But even on its own terms, Dexter’s leadership is a colossal omnishambles. Even if all that were required for the job were political nous and PR savvy, Dexter would be toast. Don’t let’s start getting into the detail of education policy."
Adrian Short blogs to extend the criticism of the unbalanced nature of the Year of Code organisation...
Will every job involve programming? No. But it is crucial we equip new generations with the ability to think about the world in a new way.
By Dan Crow
Dan Crow, @crowquine, of Songkick and #YoC14 fame, writes a Guardian piece on Year of Code rationale...
"So, I was looking at the Year of Code website and made a rather startling discovery. For an organisation that’s dedicated to bringing programming to schools, they seem to have something of a shortfall of programmers."
Tom Morris was one of first to spot the absence of actual programmers among those organising or advising on the Year of Code. Though he didn't mention the equal lack of educators being involved...