Tag Archives: learning to 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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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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Education and the big data imaginary

Ben Williamson Big data and ‘smarter’ software systems are beginning to impact on education, particularly within the schools sector. In a paper prepared for the Big Data–Social Data conference at the University of Warwick, I have sought to trace the … 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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Coding/Learning – free e-book

The final Code Acts in Education seminar takes place on 1st October 2015 at the University of Bristol. Registration is open for the event; it is free, and funding is available to help support travel, but places are limited. To … Continue reading

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The laboratory life of innovation labs

Ben Williamson New ‘labs’ for public, social, government and policy innovation have proliferated widely in recent years. Many of them seek to apply new technological solutions to identified problems. To date, though, little research has traced the ‘laboratory life’ inside … Continue reading

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