Computer Science IS cool!!!

What most schools don’t teach from Mark Ward on Vimeo.

If you are in Year 7, 8 or 9, your ICT lessons are about to become a whole lot more interesting. Times are changing and we need to move with them or risk being left behind. Gone are the days of asking you to create PowerPoint presentations, write a letter, or build a spreadsheet – basically using Microsoft Office – for large chunks of your ICT lessons.

Office related ICT skills are vitally important in today’s society, but as you use these skills ever more increasingly in what you do at home and in other subjects at school, ICT lessons do not have to be as devoted to these skills for all of Key Stage 3 as they once were.

Within 10 years, 60% of all available jobs in the world are ones that don’t even exist today. All of those will involve some kind of ICT use and lots of that technology hasn’t even been invented yet!

So you don’t get left behind, things are changing. Already you should have noticed that there is a lot more focus on multimedia development in your ICT lessons. Creating podcasts, video advertising, animation and web sites are a few of the exciting things we already cover in ICT. Things are going to get a lot more interesting though as we move through this year and into the next academic year at school.

There will start to be a lot more focus on Computer Science, especially programming or ‘coding’ within lessons. Giving you these skills will not only make sure you are as ‘future-proof’ as possible in terms of ICT, but give you some amazing life skills such as problem solving and higher order thinking skills.

…And if Will.I.Am thinks it’s cool – who am I to argue with that!

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