Would that be a bad thing? It'd break with the familiarisation "I move to this point on screen and click" routine, and possibly invoke Mr. Throught Process for a while, which is what seems lacking in a lot of ways..
Not MS bashing - I have no issue with them. Just the fact that people are now of the mindset that "MS are everything".
Thats the problem, although there are "other solutions" you could indeed make things much worse and not just for your own system but for the kids. We rarely have staff who come here who have dealt with other type of systems, in fact top of my head there has been only one who had never touched a PC/Windows before. She was a MAC user and this is the problem, if staff are coming here with basic know how of PC/Windows whats the point in teaching kids some thing different so they go out in the world not even prepared correctly. In the end they are the ones the schools are for: Students. No point teaching them E-Safety about a website/facilities rarely used, instead you teach them E-Safety about Facebook/webcams/Messengers which are widely used every where.
I recently had to convert a word file from a program I had never seen before, perhaps we should use that just because "It's different".
How many here can pick up a new system and be using it within a few minutes, due to familiarity not with the specific technology but an understanding of how interfaces and systems are put together? I'd imagine anyone who actually works in a technical role can do this comfortably. There's a reason techies never read the manual.
Formal announcement of a known initiative isn't it? For instance County ICT folk did a course specifically about the implications with added VS VB a couple of months ago.
Suspect it will all end up as a political *nix [+whatever] vs. MS + VB thing, which is sad coz I don't think the real world is best represented by either.
It's aleady doomed: Computer games entrepreneur Ian Livingstone, an adviser to Mr Gove, envisages a new curriculum that could have 16-year-olds creating their own apps for smartphones and 18-year-olds able to write their own simple programming language.
My emphasis. Spent a log time full-time s/w engineering stuff that worked and never felt the need, or found anything remotely like a need to write a programming language. The kind of folk who did were the ones I resented coz they always wrote the most ambitious, bloated, unpragmatic and ultimately seriously broken code.
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This has been issued by DFE and is relevant to this thread:
Link: ICT curriculum to be replaced by rigorous Computer Science - The Department for Education
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Bar the occasional bright and excellent teacher, the best teachers should come from industry and pass their experiences on. Someone who has coded a phone app and forged their way in the business world will provide a far higher quality of teaching students to create such an app then someone who has jumped out of a degree, into teacher training and are just repeating the stuff they were taught a few years ago.
I jumped from a degree program into support staff myself and sometimes look at my skills and think "How much better would these skills be if I had a few years in industry first?" :/
I do worry where the skills to teach the advanced stuff now. The syllabus of the last 10 years has been
Personally I don't think that ICT should ever have been a subject anyway, these are core skills should have been taught as part of other subjects (plus most kids could pass the ICT GCSE in primary school).
The problem is that with the explosion of IT in the last 10 years many Teaching Staff are unprepared to teach even the basics.
I think Computer Science should be an optional subject at GCSE and above.
Will a Computer Science Technician get paid more than an ICT Technician?
BatchFile (13th January 2012)
It looks like it's actually a devolution of subject content to the teacher at hand and away from ministers, which is brilliant and just the kind of thing we need across the board. The only worry is that some teachers are going to think "I can do what I'm like... I have the materials ready for the current curriculum... I'll keep doing what I'm already doing", but all in all, it looks pretty promising to me. No more needing lunchtime clubs to prop up an anaemic curriculum.
We here will not be going Open Source for as long as my self and the current IS Manager is here, we had some one tell us we could save 100k a year through that (long story with this guy). End result was the Head now listens to far more what we say then ever before and everything goes through us.
If every business switches to the likes of Open Office we will install it on every PC for students to get used to it but till that happens we stick to the far better much improved office 2010 thank you very much
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