Saturday, 28 May 2011


I attended the AGM of the Scottish Institute of Computing Educationalists at the University of Dundee today. I was invited to speak about vocational qualifications in Computing. The audience was largely made up of Computing teachers from the school sector, who traditionally delivered "academic" qualifications such as Higher Level in Computing.

My colleague, Derek Middleton, gave an update on the Curriculum for Excellence, specifically the new awards being proposed at Levels 4, 5 and 6.

My own presentation followed one from Professor Alan Bundy, of the University of Edinburgh, who spoke about the declining interest in Computing and ways of stimulating interest. I talked about the current range of vocational qualifications that could be delivered in schools -- qualifications that are up-to-date and engaging.
My presentation highlighted awards such as Internet Safety, Digital Culture, Social Software and Computer Games Development. It seemed to be well received by the audience.

Contact Hilary if you want to know more about vocational qualifications suitable for delivery in schools



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