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Reminiscing about ICT and how is Computing doing in schools?

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by gigaswitch1, Oct 25, 2015.

  1. gigaswitch1

    gigaswitch1 Occasional commenter

    Whist having a relaxing but very boring Saturday night, I looked back over the old TES ICT posts. It was quite enlightening to see how things have changed and not changed since 2011. Back in the day it was so much more busy on TES, posts about IF statement lessons, making movies and people asking for ideas for conditional formatting interview lessons, how times have changed! It was amazing to see that teachers were already discussing how the news papers and unis thought ICT was a soft subject and should be only taken at AS level. There was even one post discussing how OCRs would be responsible for the last nail in the ICT coffin, how right they were. Just looking at the 2011 posts shows how long the education system takes to move, it be 2017 till be get a new GCSE ICT spec.

    What really interested me was the discussion on jobs and teaching time. There was some discussion on the reduction of teaching time to 1 hour a week, some people were have having ICT put on a carousel and even people worried about their jobs. So what is the point of this post; information on what is happening in ICT/Computing departments is sparse, I don't know if this is because there is none or CAS/DoE is keeping quite while it tries to figure out what to do. What is happening out there: have schools got rid of your department? Have your hours been reduced? And considering how many non-specialists were teaching ICT, how are they coping with teaching Computing?

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