Tag Archives: code

Coding for what? Lessons from computing in the curriculum

Ben Williamson [This is a talk prepared for the Pop Up Digital conference, Gothenburg, Sweden, 19 June 2017] There was a key moment in the popular American drama Homeland this year when a group of talented young computer programmers finally launched their … Continue reading

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Brain/code/space

Ben Williamson In a new article published in Information, Communication & Society I aim to make some sense of how machine learning algorithms and new forms of ‘brain-inspired’ computing are being imagined for use in education. In particular, the article … Continue reading

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Free schools and computing skills

Ben Williamson On 5 February Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education, announced plans to open two new free schools that will focus specifically on computer programming skills. The schools are being founded by Ian Livingstone, the videogames entrepreneur who … Continue reading

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Who is benefiting most from computer coding being part of the National Curriculum?

Ben Williamson I was asked recently to write a short opinion piece on the introduction of Computing into the National Curriculum in England for the Britain in 2016 magazine produced by the Economic and Social Research Council. In the short … Continue reading

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Educating smart cities

Ben Williamson Computer code and digital data have become powerful influences in the social organization and governance of education. At the same time, cities are being reconceived as composed of code, driven by data, and made ‘smart’, ‘programmable’ or even … Continue reading

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Code capitals–following #edtechuk

Ben Williamson Silicon Valley companies, venture capital investors and ‘edupreneurs’ have been behind the recent proliferation of ‘startup schools’ in America, and now the financial, technical and political capital of London is now being positioned as the global centre for … Continue reading

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Smarter, crowdsourced, super startup schools

Ben Williamson Disruptive innovation. Bleeding edge. Scalable solutions. The Uber for X. Silicon Valley is routinely ridiculed for the language of technology entrepreneurship and startup culture it has dispersed. Yet the Silicon Valley lexicon is fast becoming part of the … Continue reading

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