BBC would like to teach the world to code, in perfect harmony

BBC Key Pins (Photo credit: barnoid)

An ambitious nationwide technology initiative will encourage the public to take up computer programming, new BBC director general announced on Tuesday.

Reviving the spirit of its acclaimed 1980s home computer the BBC Micro, the corporation wants to address the UK’s technology skills shortage by inspiring both children and adults to explore computer science and creative technology.

Working with partners in industry, government and education, the BBC will provide resources to help the public build websites, apps, games, art and robots, and aims to have affected a shift in mainstream public perception of computer science by 2015.

As part of Hall’s announcement, particle physicist and TV presenter Brian Cox said coding is becoming as essential as reading and writing.

“An equally valuable skill is to be able to interact with computers … to be able to tell them precisely what to do,” he said.

“The BBC has a transformative role in this – to inspire.”

According to UK digital champion Martha Lane Fox, the UK needs more than a million technology professionals to join the industry in the next decade.

In keeping with the current vogue for all things 80s, Hall recalled the popular success of the BBC Micro computer, which made coding accessible to a new generation.

Read more . . .


Go deeper with Bing News on:
Teach the world to code
  • The Learning Network

    Inspired by Times articles and features from across sections, these exercises can help both students and teachers think about their growth. By Katherine Schulten In this forum, we invite both ...

  • Teaching in the Age of the Smartphone

    “Educators tout it as the perfect tool for teaching the TV generation — a technology that weds television, compact discs and personal computers into something called interactive video.” That was The ...

  • The Benefits of Teaching Kids to Code

    But to new Boston College Professor Marina Umaschi Bers, who is one of the world’s leading authorities on the design of new technologies in education, teaching kids to code is about much more than ...

  • The Best Ways to Teach Yourself to Code

    After all, these products are designed to teach coding logic and syntax without ... your mini-computer and delve further into the world of code. (You can even enroll in UC Irvine’s The Raspberry ...

  • Is code the language that really runs the world?

    As with any foreign language, code is pretty much incomprehensible to those of us who don't know it. But with a few basic concepts, we can understand more about how it runs so much of the world ...

Go deeper with Google Headlines on:
Teach the world to code

[google_news title=”” keyword=”Teach the world to code” num_posts=”5″ blurb_length=”0″ show_thumb=”left”]

Go deeper with Bing News on:
Coding is the new literacy
Go deeper with Google Headlines on:
Coding is the new literacy

[google_news title=”” keyword=”Coding is the new literacy” num_posts=”5″ blurb_length=”0″ show_thumb=”left”]

What's Your Reaction?
Don't Like it!
I Like it!
Scroll To Top