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Five reasons to teach kids to code: Infographic

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I just received this infographic from NowSourcing on five reasons to teach kids to code. It's an interesting graphic, that I thought the IT Works community might appreciate.



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5 Reasons to Teach Kids to Code

Microsoft, Lloyds Banking Group and Deloitte attract more young people to IT with careers video

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IT works blog video image.jpgMicrosoft, Lloyds Banking Group and Deloitte have funded a 30-minute documentary aiming to encourage more young people into the IT sector.

Produced by online advice hub www.CareerPlayer.com the video aims to showcase IT as a compelling and rewarding career. Technology professionals outline the opportunities available in the sector and share their career journeys.

The video will become part of the GCSE curriculum for IT and Computing.

Rob Wescott, from CareerPlayer.com said: "The point of the video is to dispel the myths that IT is only for techie guys with no social skills. The reality is very different.

Technology shapes the world we live in and young people are highly valued in one of the most vibrant and fast growing careers open to them."

Cheryl Newton, CIO group operations, group IT, at Lloyds Banking Group, said: ''IT is the backbone of everything that we do. There are so many different roles you can perform within IT. If you are naturally inquisitive, intrigued about innovation, curious about cutting edge technology, and you want a job that provides excitement and some fun, then IT is the place for you."

According to eSkills Technology Insights Report 2012 47% of IT and telecoms professionals are aged 40+, whereas the amount of 16-29 year olds declined from 32% to 19% between 2001 and 2011.

The number of A-Level Computing students has dropped by 61% since 2003 and the number of GCSE Computing students has fallen by 70% since 2005.

You can watch the video here.

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MOOC launched for computing teachers

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Designed to support the teaching of computing in schools the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is now live.


A partnership between exam board OCR, Cambridge University Press (CUP) and the Raspberry Pi Foundation enable the first 80 videos to be released, which focus on hardware, data representation and programming. The learning aids are based upon the OCR computing GCSE curriculum and are primarily aimed at ICT teachers and 14-to-16-year-old students.


MOOC is free and accessible via smart phones and tablets, or pcs in the classroom and at home. 


ICT and Computing teacher, Julie Hodgson, presents videos on the MOOC. She believes these resources will really benefit teachers "as they deliver a range of topics in detail and can be incorporated as part of a lesson or put as a link on a VLE for homework.


"The MOOC will enable students to be more independent in their learning and make links between the wide variety of topics."


Mark Dawe, chief executive of OCR, said: "Everyone interested in learning the basics of computing should take advantage of this resource, whether it's for self-teaching, revision or alongside teaching of our GCSE course in the classroom. This school level MOOC is new to everyone and a potential model for rolling out in many other subjects.


"We are determined to learn from the release of each phase of the videos and welcome feedback along the way."


Jack Lang, chair of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, said: "We look forward to seeing more kids being able to discover just how rewarding and interesting computing can be, and to seeing what's next for the MOOC."

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