Category Archives: Computing

Dr Reena Pau: Helping to narrow the gender gap in Computing

I had a very constructive informal meeting with Dr Reena Pau at the University of Southampton today. We discussed my project to encourage more girls to study GCSE Computer Science, particularly in the next academic year. Survey Data The most … Continue reading

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Narrowing the Gender Gap: Encouraging girls to take GCSE Computing

As part of a Middle Leader Development Programme I am currently enrolled in, I have been asked to identify some work I can do at school under the title “Narrowing the Gap”. Since we have implemented so many changes to … Continue reading

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Girls and Computer Science

I am really pleased that so many students at Perins are choosing to follow the OCR GCSE Computing course. Here are the numbers in each GCSE year (the school runs GCSE courses over 3 years): Year 11: 20 boys / … Continue reading

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GCSE Computer Science: OCR or AQA?

GCSE Computer Science: OCR or AQA? I thought I should share my limited experience of the two GCSE Computer Science courses that many UK schools are considering for first delivery in September 2012. At the start of this academic year … Continue reading

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Computer Science vs Information Technology vs Digital Literacy

I was inspired to put my thoughts down on virtual paper by a recent blog post from Joe Roy. He included the image (below) from the 2012 Royal Society report “Shut down or restart?” that suggests dividing ICT into “Computer … Continue reading

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Computing At Schools – Guildford Hub Meeting

A late but inspiring evening spent at the University of Surrey for the Guildford Hub Meeting of Computing At School (CAS). Some of the highlights were… 1) A demonstration of the educational java development environment “Greenfoot” from project project developer … Continue reading

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Guardian Tech Weekly podcast: Tech City Talk – Skills and Education

I often listen to this interesting podcast, but this week’s show (the first “Tech City Talk” episode) could not be more relevant to ICT teachers! http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/audio/2011/oct/12/tech-weekly-tech-city-skills-education-audio In this 40 minute podcast from Imperial College London, a panel discusses the role … Continue reading

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BBC News – Can the UK raise it’s game?

Last week BBC newsnight covered the issue of “teaching kids to code” in a short film that made reference to Eric Schmidt’s speech and the lack of Computer Science teaching in schools. The news article and a short clip are … Continue reading

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The National Museum of Computing

Last week I attended a training course arrange by OCR for schools taking part in the pilot of their GCSE Computing course. Apparently this course is now just a couple of weeks from becoming a “real” course, and I think … Continue reading

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Mobile Phone rooting, custom ROMS & overlocking… by 12 year olds!

It was Open Evening at school tonight, where prospective year 6 students and their parents tour the school. In ICT we used our “ICT Leaders” to showcase work and tools that are used within the curriculum. Overall a lively and … Continue reading

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