Yesterday the BBC announced their new line up of children’s programmes meant to support the new school computing curriculum. They’re involving some of their top stars including Nina and the Neurons and Dick and Dom. The new programmes will include Appsolute Genius with Dick and Dom, Technobabble which will highlight various exciting digital innovations. In addition the next series of Nina shows, subtitled “Go Digital”, will include coding, how the internet works and 3D printing. My 6 year old daughter Catherine will be over the moon. She’s a huge Nina fan!
There’s plenty more information in the BBC’s own announcement which you can find at http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2014/computing-coding. In particular, though, I’m really pleased to see the obvious and deliberate overlap of subjects on the BBCs list of topics they want to cover. At key stage 3 (secondary school) they include Computational Thinking Algorithms, Programming, Data Representation, Hardware and Software, Internet Communication and Safety and Responsibility. These are all the same topics that Code Club Pro are trying to cover and that’s because they’re the topics in the national curriculum. And most importantly of all, these are the RIGHT topics. Despite the rather meagre description of the computing topics in the government’s new curriculum document, what’s there seems to have been well considered by people that actually understand what computing is about and how it can be of value to everyone, not just those who will grow up to become programmers.
Teachers and interested parents can find more BBC computing resources at http://www.bbc.co.uk/schoolscomputing.
I’m delighted to see the BBC, as always, taking the education of our children so seriously and doing such a great job of producing quality content that informs as well as entertains.
Here’s an audio version of this blog post for those that prefer to listen: