As children are surrounded by technology more than ever, the way computers are taught will need to change. This was reflected in a recent government announcement by Michael Gove around reforming and updating the computer science curriculum.
So how will this be achieved? Well, businesses are getting involved to enhance learning techniques when it comes to computer science. For example Microsoft and and AQA have partnered to create a new GCSE in Computer Science, which includes the design of mobile and web apps.
In the video below, BBC Click explores how teaching computers is changing, so that children can be better equipped for today’s technology based economy. During the video Steve Beswick, Director or Education at Microsoft, talks about how we need to do more in computer science for schools. He explains how children need to understand how hardware and software works and develops, and learn the fundamentals of computer science at a young age. This can help them understand if they have a passion for technology early on, and give them the opportunity to become our computer scientists of the future.
Work has already begun to help inspire young future scientists. The video shows a school using Kodu, a Microsoft visual programming system which allows children to to build simple games using a child-friendly icon driven interface. It also features .NET Gadgeteer, a project developed by Microsoft Research that has been utilised in schools and involves using modules to make electronic devices such as digital cameras and computer games.
The video also covers more technology news.