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Learning in the 21st Century

14 Oct Learning in the 21st Century

This particular graphic comes from an excellent site – Teach Thought where the Director of Curriculum, Terry Heick, lists 9 key elements of 21st Century Learning. At KEHS our curriculum enables all girls to make tangible progress from one stage of their education to the next, allowing them to develop their individual strengths, talents and passions. We regularly review and update our curriculum both to meet the evolving needs of our girls and to incorporate the best of national educational developments. We provide opportunities to stimulate and challenge the most able both within the classroom environment as well as through the extensive range of enrichment opportunities including extended projects and national competitions. Encouraging girls to enjoy taking ownership of their own learning  is one of the major curriculum aims of the school as a whole and as such there are a number of whole school initiatives to foster this including the Widening Horizons Initiative for year 9 girls as well as the AQA Level 2 and Level 3 extended projects for year 10 and sixth form students.

We are very interested at the moment in looking at the role of computing in the girls’ education and with this in mind we are keen to look at the role that coding could play in the curriculum. I have read with interest the latest articles about the need to offer more than just coding in education. Tom Crick comments, “One of the reasons that programming is increasingly perceived to be a 21st-century literacy is because it is ultimately empowering, developing the ability to manipulate and control your digital world.” Nevertheless, he goes on to make a very important point: “But if there’s one lesson we should take away from the problems of the past 15 years is that we must not focus on transient and superficial technology skills. Computer science is not programming (and vice versa)  we should be wary of teaching programming just for the sake of teaching programming, without thinking about why we want to get students to program.”

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