Entries with tag elementary school education in the uk.

UK Educators Express Concerns about Children’s Excessive Tablet Use

UK teachers say they are seeing children entering nursery school who can use tablet computing devices and are concerned this is hindering young students’ progress in school. They say some of these youngsters can’t perform basic manipulation tasks such as stacking blocks. At a meeting of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers conference in Manchester, UK, Colin Kinney, a teacher in Northern Ireland, said that in older students, the excessive use of technology damages their attention spans and causes behavioral problems such as irritability and a lack of impulse control. In younger students, socialization is a problem. Also, teachers said, when information is always available to older students via Internet-connected devices, they struggle with tasks such as memorization and retaining information. The association is calling for more research into the issue and seeking advice on how to address it with students. (SlashDot)(The Guardian)

Companies Push Computer Education in UK Elementary Schools

The UK is overhauling computer science education in secondary schools. However, the current shortage of computer professionals in the UK has caused at least two major technology companies to recommend computer-science education in elementary schools. Microsoft executives say this is important because in the UK, there are now about 100,000 unfilled jobs requiring computer-science degrees but only 30,500 people graduated college with a degree in the field last year. Google is supporting the concept of primary-level computer-science education by providing a grant enabling the Raspberry Pi Foundation to give 15,000 low-cost Raspberry Pi Model B computers to UK elementary schools. The Raspberry Pi Foundation will work with six UK-based educational partners—CoderDojo, Code Club, Computing at School, Generating Genius, Teach First, and OCR—to identify and work with students who would most benefit from receiving one of the computers. (SlashDot – 1)(SlashDot – 2)(Computerworld UK)(Raspberry Pi Foundation)
 

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