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Goodbye ICT, hello Computing

ICT is changing...

Since September the IT department has been renamed to the Computing department to reflect the massive changes in this rapidly evolving curriculum area.

Computing affects virtually everything we do and is taking an ever-increasing role in our lives. From social media, digital images, email, the Internet with its instantly available data and information to the emerging tech of AI and machine learning, computing is everywhere. The computing department is aiming to equip our young people not just for today’s technology – but to prepare them for the technologies of the future.

The three strands of Computing that are intrinsically linked are:

• Computer science is the scientific and practical study of computation: what can be computed, how to compute it, and how computation may be applied to the solution of problems.

• Information Technology is concerned with how computers and telecommunications equipment work, and how they may be applied to the storage, retrieval, transmission and manipulation of data.

• Digital literacy is the ability to effectively, responsibly, safely and critically navigate, evaluate and create digital artefacts using a range of digital technologies.

The creation of digital artefacts will be integral to much of the learning of computing. Digital artefacts can take many forms, including digital images, computer programs, spreadsheets, 3D animations and documents.

The images show some of the examples from topics covered so far in the Computing curriculum.

Programming Bit:Bot robots; building and coding traffic lights by sequencing instructions in Kitronik Inventor kits; using BBC Micro:Bits to generate a digital dice; disassembling a video recorder to investigate the components and their functions; teaching binary in a multiplayer Minecraft environment; creating digital graphics to a client brief in Creative iMedia.