Feeds

Royal Society opens inquiry into why kids hate tech

Lessons that is, not games, mobiles, Facebook

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

The Royal Society has opened its investigation into why kids are so bored with technology and computing classes in British schools - even if they're obsessed with their mobiles and iPods and applications like Facebook.

Earlier this month the Society announced an 18-month probe into Computing in Schools with the support of 24 other organisations and companies.

Recent exam results have shown computing subjects are failing to grab kids' attention.

The call for evidence is open to anyone on any subject, but some guidelines have been suggested.

These include asking whether computing is a real discipline in the same way that maths, physics or chemistry are.

Other questions include:

Is programming still a fundamental literacy for the modern age?

What is the purpose of ICT or computing classes in school?

Are existing qualifications fit for purpose?

Should computing even be taught in the school environment - do kids learn more outside the classroom?

Why do students study computing?

How much variety is there between different schools?

Do computing qualifications carry as much weight with universities as, say, maths qualifications?

Is it a problem of perception?

Is this problem unique to the UK or could we learn from other countries?

You have until 5 November to get your submissions in.

Get over to the this page of the Royal Society website, or email martin.smith at royalsociety.org once you have seen to see how the project is structured. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Bladerunner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it
Go ahead, you're all clear, kid... Sorry, wrong film
Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix
Everyone else in Europe compensates us - why can't you?
I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations
Quick, call the Time Cops to sort out this paradox!
Euro Parliament VOTES to BREAK UP GOOGLE. Er, OK then
It CANNA do it, captain.They DON'T have the POWER!
Megaupload overlord Kim Dotcom: The US HAS RADICALISED ME!
Now my lawyers have bailed 'cos I'm 'OFFICIALLY' BROKE
Forget Hillary, HP's ex CARLY FIORINA 'wants to be next US Prez'
Former CEO has political ambitions again, according to Washington DC sources
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing and building an open ITOA architecture
Learn about a new IT data taxonomy defined by the four data sources of IT visibility: wire, machine, agent, and synthetic data sets.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
10 ways wire data helps conquer IT complexity
IT teams can automatically detect problems across the IT environment, spot data theft, select unique pieces of transaction payloads to send to a data source, and more.