All the latest UK technology news, reviews and analysis


Make IT Better: IT teaching problems run deeper than Word and Excel, claims Microsoft

22 Nov 2012

Microsoft Education Director Steve BeswickMicrosoft director of education, Steve Beswick, believes computer science needs to be made a more stimulating course for school pupils from a very young age.

According to Beswick, Microsoft and its 34,000 partners in the UK are finding that there are few people in the IT industry who really understand technology.

"We employ around 2,000 people so it's a smallish community but we have thousands of partners employing 400,000 people. We talk to them about the problems they face and one of the main things is that there is a shortage of people who understand IT really, really well," Beswick told V3.

"The number of computer science graduates is less than half of what it was in 2000. The key thing is for schools to make kids start learning early. Computer science needs to be regarded as a fourth science. So in primary school, when teaching generic science, teachers need to think about building in an understanding of computers at that age."

MAKE IT BETTER logoV3 was speaking to Beswick as part of its Make IT Better campaign, which is calling on the Department for Education (DfE) to give the ICT curriculum reform process transparency and to include the views of more teachers, education advisers and IT professionals from the start.

V3 has become increasingly concerned that current measures being taken to overhaul the IT curriculum and GCSE syllabus will not lead to young people being taught the technology skills needed by the IT industry.

Beswick said it's a matter of using the right tools and techniques to get primary school children interested in a computer science education.

One Microsoft technology Beswick mentioned was that of Kodu, a programming language, designed to be accessible for children, specifically for creating games.

"It's a tool that can be taught to eight-year-olds to get them interested in computer science. They can create an avatar and do things like pick up gold from trees," said Beswick.

  • Comment  
  • Tweet  
  • Google plus  
  • Facebook  
  • LinkedIn  
  • Stumble Upon  
More on Skills
What do you think?
blog comments powered by Disqus
Poll

Windows 10 poll

What are your first impressions of Windows 10?
13%
5%
10%
4%
21%
4%
43%

Popular Threads

Powered by Disqus
V3 Sungard roundtable event - Cloud computing security reliability and scalability discussion

CIOs debate how to overhaul businesses for the digital era

V3 hosts roundtable with Sungard Availability Services

Updating your subscription status Loading
Newsletters

Get the latest news (daily or weekly) direct to your inbox with V3 newsletters.

newsletter sign-up button
hpv3may

Getting started with virtualisation

Virtualisation can help you reduce costs, improve application availability, and simplify IT
management. However, getting started can be challenging

ibmv3may

Converting big data and analytics insights into results

Successful leaders are infusing analytics throughout their organisations to drive smarter decisions, enable faster actions and optimise outcomes

Application Support Analyst – Investment Bank – London

Application Support Analyst – Investment Bank – London...

IT Development Manager

This is a unique and senior opportunity to establish...

IT Infrastructure Manager

Closing Date: 13/10/2014 Working within a diverse and...

Senior Developer

Senior Developer FDM Group is Britain’s largest listed...
To send to more than one email address, simply separate each address with a comma.