ICT debate after teaching is a ‘mess’

Education Secretary Michael Gove’s frank admission that ICT teaching in schools is a “mess” with children “bored out of their minds” during lessons, has resulted in a special Coventry Conversation set to take place next Wednesday 1st February, to debate if ICT in schools really is ‘crap’.

The group discussion, will take place in The Hub at 1pm. Instead of one speaker like it is most weeks, there will be a teacher, an academic and an adviser. They will all be representing different viewpoints and angles on the statement ‘ICT teaching in school is crap!’

It is set to be a fiery debate following Gove’s recent comments. Student participation is encouraged and you will be able to put across your questions to the debaters towards the end.

Gove’s admittance on the failings of the current curriculum was delivered at the recent BETT Conference, an annual show which aims to showcase the use of information technology in education.

Written by Amy Haycock.

Gove announced that from September there will be a change in the “demotivating and dull” ICT subject with a new flexible curriculum for ‘Computer Science’ to be introduced, which will be designed by University and industry experts.

It will leave the routine Word and Excel teaching behind, with children embracing new technologies such as programming from an early age. It has also been speculated that in a few years with teaching from a young age children will be able to create advanced programmes such as smartphone apps.

Gove said “Imagine the dramatic change which could be possible in just a few years, once we remove the roadblock of the existing ICT curriculum.
“Instead of children bored out of their minds being taught how to use Word or Excel by bored teachers, we could have 11-year-olds able to write simple 2D computer animations,”
Gove also accused the ICT system in schools for sending children away without truly giving them the IT skills needed today to keep up with the ever advancing speed of technology.
“Our school system has not prepared children for this new world. Millions have left school over the past decade without even the basics they need for a decent job.
“And the current curriculum cannot prepare British students to work at the very forefront of technological change.”
These points will all be discussed in what promises to be an exciting edition of the award winning Coventry Conversations.

The debate is free and open to everyone. If you are unable to attend then you can listen again to the debate via the Coventry Conversations podcast site.
http://podcasting.services.coventry.ac.uk/podcasting/

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