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Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Pupils 'should study Twitter'

"Technological advances were driving a pace of change that would have been "unimaginable" when the national curriculum was created 20 years ago"-Sir Jim Rose, former chief of England's schools watchdog, Ofsted.

It has been claimed that the ICT skill that pupils at secondary schools are taught, are now suitable for primary school pupils. There is a view that pupils should learn how to blog and use internet sites like Twitter and Wikipedia.
Given the importance of online networking, and ICT in businesses, it is understandable that these skills should be taught alongside the basic computer skills.

The Guardian said the draft review requires primary school children to be familiar with blogging, podcasts, Wikipedia and Twitter as sources of information and forms of communication.
Certain skills are to be taught almost side by side- such as spelling and using a spellchecker, and typing as well as handwriting. I hope that the introduction of spellcheckers at a young age, and online resources, will not discourage a generation from reading and result in an apathetic attitude towards learning.
But I do certainly agree that learning to be highly computer literate from a young age can only enhance the potential of online networking, and the quality of research that these pupils can achieve.

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