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Computer Science Open Evening : 21st March 2012

Computer Science: What is it, and why should we teach it in school?

Computing is one of the most exciting subjects on earth. Yet the current arrangements for teaching computing concepts at school leave many of our students feeling that it is irrelevant and dull.  Now there is a growing movement to reinvigorate Computing in our schools.

In recent months this movement was boosted by Michael Gove at the BETT show in January when he explained how he was minded to disapply the programmes of study and attainment targets for ICT and at the same time encouraged schools to adopt “rigorous Computer Science courses”. 

Later in January the Royal Society published its report, “Shut down or restart?  The way forward for computing in UK schools”.   This report examines the importance of Computer Science as an underpinning subject across science and engineering but also suggest that arguments in favour of it are not just utilitarian.  Studying Computer Science develops a ‘way of thinking’ in the same way as maths.

Last week the Raspberry-Pi was launched.  This is a revolutionary new credit card sized computer costing £22 (ex VAT) which has been developed in the UK with the aim of making Computer Science in schools more affordable.

A driving force in this movement is the Computing At School working group:

Open Evening : 21st March 2012

The School of Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire has organised an open evening for teachers and school leaders interested in finding out more about teaching Computing in schools.

  • Wednesday 21st March 2012
    5.00 pm – 6.30 pm
  • Venue: School of Computer Science, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield.   Room E351
  • Speakers:
    Professor Bruce Christianson, University of Hertfordshire
    “What is Computer Science?”

    Simon Humphreys, Hills Road College Cambridge,
    National Coordinator for Computing At School
    “Why should we teach Computer Science in school?”

    Stephen Hunt, University of Hertfordshire
    “What we can do to help you bring Computer Science into your school”

Light refreshments will be provided after the talks.  There will be opportunities to obtain resources for use in planning the curriculum and in classroom teaching, and a chance to make contact with like-minded individuals from HE and from other schools.

Please register your interest:
Email: adam.woulds@hertscc.gov.uk
Tel: 01438  843086

Those travelling by car may park on the University’s College Lane campus (free).
Please report to Main Reception when you arrive.
For SatNav directions use the postcode AL10 9AB

Meanwhile …. for a discussion about developing computing at your school please contact:

James Dent
ICT Secondary Curriculum Adviser
Tel: 01438 843377
Email: james.dent@hertscc.gov.uk