Question regarding the new Computing curriculum.
I've been tasked since I'm the schools IT Technician at looking at what we are going to need in regards to software and hardware to meet the new computing curriculum. So far as this is a KS1/KS2 school, I've been looking at Scratch, and Kodu, along with Bee-Bots, and Pro-bots for some of the basic programming, which seems fine, but am curious as to what everyone else is going to be using....Also in Year 6 the new curriculum seems to have the pupils creating programs, or Apps. This is where I'm really stuck trying to find what to use for the pupils to create programs with. Most PC programming programs like Microsoft Visual Basic I look at are not really child friendly for the child to be able to create there own program. We basically only have workstations running XP/7, and not Macs. We have about 7 iPads, but from my understanding, you need Macs in order to create apps for them, and a developer licence from Apple to be able to install the app on the iPad(forgive my ignorance if I'm wrong). I was wondering if Android might be more the way to go as you can build the App on the PC, and then just install it to the Android tablet? It seems this new curriculum see's tablets as the future, and our ICT Coordinator is unsure of Android (I have my own android tablet) as it may not last or be a passing fad unlike Apple.....I suppose I remember the good old days of 'BASIC' for programming, and the early days of DOS.
So I'm just really wondering what everyone else is going to be using for the Year 6 pupils creating there own programs?