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ICT being replaced with Computer Science

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by Training_2_Teach, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. Training_2_Teach

    Training_2_Teach New commenter

  2. Training_2_Teach

    Training_2_Teach New commenter

  3. SMT dude

    SMT dude New commenter

    Let us hope so. It is in our hands, after all.
     
  4. serverservant

    serverservant New commenter

    It will in mine. Ive been waiting for this for a long time. Scotland has always had computing instead of ICT with office type programs being taught (and well) in business (which is equipped with PCs like an ICT lab is)

    ICT has been for too long taught as Office Studies and i know in my first overseas posting when I went and included programming in the curriculum, there were those who said the kids will never get it..

    Well, I taught it from Year 8 up and some of those kids are now studying, yep, Computer Science, at University.

    The other good thing is that ICT can no longer be considered a subject anyone can go and teach. If taught properly and broadly, it never was. But CS does need a specialist, no question. A much more technical curriculum teaching real life skills like networking and programming, research based projects. Bring it on I say, bring it on.

    Finally, no prescribed programme of study = teachers setting curriculum content. Thats got to be a good thing in the UK as most specialists teaching ICT will be free to create a stimulating curriculum that kids are interested in.

    I cant believe Im going to say this, but well done the Tories.

    The question remaining though is, will CIE drop the ICT iGCSE course as well, or will that stay. Interesting times.
     
  5. CIE have long offered both Computer Studies and ICT as separate subjects. My school has offered both to students and the take-up has been around 80% overall with the lion's share opting for ICT.
    After IGCSE, we offer IB Computer Science for which CS is better preparation. And, I believe, from this year students can choose both subjects at IGCSE level.
    Would never wish to make any positive remarks on Thatcher's political spawn, however...
     
  6. Moreover, CIE are seeking suggestions...
    I am looking to update and refresh the
    IGCSE ICT syllabus. I would therefore be grateful of any ideas and
    suggestions you may have regarding syllabus content or assessment
    methods.



    Many thanks



    Julie Craddock

    Product Manager ICT
    - http://teachers.cie.org.uk/community/forum/posts/list/540609.page on their teacher forum.
     

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