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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
My first undergraduate vacation was truncated by three days. All 1st year undergraduates in the Science and Engineering faculties were required to attend a 'computing course'; I recall Algol 60 and punched cards. I loathed programming; writing 50 lines to perform a simple task that I could do mentally in less than a second frustrated me and so I empathise with our KS3 pupils who will say, "Someone else will do it for me!"
Two years ago my nephew graduated as a computer scientist. My mother would offend him regularly; was he studying ICT, computer studies or computer science? At over 90, she is excused. She would ask, "What sort of job can he possibly get?" To all those computer science geeks in our classrooms, I will say "think big!"
In the intervening 40 years, I became a teacher (predominantly of physics and maths) and then a teacher educator. In one school I taught electronic systems (after changing my degree specifically to avoid electronics modules); in another I was 50% of the ICT department.
So, when I heard that the university had bid successfully to train computer science teachers (secondary), it seemed an interesting challenge. Draft schemes of work for 2013 are appearing and I see the same principles I taught when the file server sat in a small black box on the floor. Windows 3.1 crashed regularly on the 20 machines it could handle. Perhaps I’m so out of date, I’m back in fashion. Vintage?
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