Tech Giant Will Sponsor Computing Training for TeachersAdded: Friday, February 13th, 2015
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A number of the largest tech companies, including Google, O2, Microsoft and IBM, will help the UK government to train primary school teachers who are supposed to deliver the UK’s new computing curriculum. According to the UK education secretary, 5 new training projects are planned, with funding required of the £3.1m for training schemes.
A number of the tech giants decided to take a part in the action: for example, Google is co-funding publishing of 16,000 booklets on “computing-related thinking” for teachers and developing the tool to teach programming, contributing £25,000 to the project and funding computing teacher-training scholarships for another £25,000. Microsoft, IBM and Facebook did the same.
As for O2, the company is providing £50,000 of funding for a new system of badges to reward teachers who improve their skills in teaching programming. This system may reflect the technology industry’s enthusiasm for “gamification” of the education system. It turned out that the teachers would have to complete badge missions tasks and challenges and provide evidence of their skill development to claim badges.
Other tech firms also took part in the action, with Raspberry Pi providing £42,000 funding for the program of events for computing teachers and Titan Partnership running a computer science training program.
The UK education secretary acknowledged that a significant number of jobs in the future is expected to be in the tech industry, which is why the tech giants are invited to participate and prepare young people to succeed in the global race. It was also stated that more training is undoubtedly required. Of course, the tech industry welcomed the new computing curriculum of the United Kingdom when it was introduced back in 2014, including programming lessons for 5-year-olds.
On the other hand, many critics have argued that majority of the teachers were unprepared for the changes, because many of them had never learned programming themselves. Now the critics are questioning the role large tech firms should play in the UK education system. In respond, their training partners argue that tapping tech industry and government funding is very important for the United Kingdom, particularly as the new curriculum has already been introduced.
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|All very good 'un all but just what will they be teaching? Programming for the two major platforms? Will they be teaching kids to think out of the 'corporation box'? Will they be teaching Linux ( Raspberry Pi, a possibility then ). Why should the British Tax payer fund training for possible future employees of tax avoiding Microsoft or Apple? These pitiful donations are nothing more than getting brand awareness ingrained in British kids brains, the supermarkets have been doing that for years by offering cheap sport's equipment... good investment for such a small outlay. This is 'uncomfortable' news.|
|Yeah you hit it on the head Beolab1700. What better way to push company line, have it taught to em young. It s a sad day. Cause they will pad the right pockets to make sure its implemented.|
Everybody's for sale. But at what price?
|posted by (2015-02-18 03:31:53)|
|They could just ask the students to train the teachers!|
|@1 we assume the teachers will be indoctrinated so as to pass the same level of competence as they should have at teaching levels for the ages of children they teach and that advanced levels are taught to those that graduate up from the basics to levels of higher learning with children being taught basic coding before age 10 in some places and a lot of children s teachers in that age range are either not computer literate or are click and point users themselves it is important for our children to take an interest and if the government will not cough op training monies to promote the education of kids it is important that funding for it is welcomed and levied elsewhere.The companies taking part will of course not pass on all they know but enough to make some teachers competent enough to educate kids,Thereby reducing kids like vicky pollard in skools innit,whatever to kids with a future . (:^D)|
|My son was on Linux,Debian and windows age 5 so no reason schools cannot allow live cd`s from Linux or Debian to be used and learnt in schools as well as Mac and Windoze,it is just as easy to dual boot windows and Linux if teachers are real keen or the class is and it is essential to give kids the opportunity to explore, experience and advance across all platforms as each has merits.||
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