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Heard: UK Strategy in the Gaming Game, Admit Problem & Develop Talent

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Two leaders in the creative-tech industry are calling for computer science education reform in the UK. In IT education there’s learning how to use ICT and then there’s programming. Both are important. Especially when you want to produce the next generation of top video game and visual effects talent in the world. Ian Livingstone of Eidos (game publishing company) and Alex Hope of Double Negative (video effects company), published the report “Next Gen” on how the UK can cultivate its competitive edge in the industry.

The government seems willing to address the need for more hands on education in programming but has turned down many of the report’s recommendations.  It is looking to a tiny, inexpensive computer called Raspberry Pi that is packed with programming languages and the hopes of getting school kids in IT using them.

Check out Mark Brown’s story at Wired.CO.UK.  The article contains useful links on this issue including access to the report and more on Raspberry Pi.  Here’s the bottom line:

The main takeaway point was clear. “If the UK is to retain its global strengths in the high-tech creative and digital industries, it must urgently address the need for more rigorous teaching of computing in schools,” Livingstone and Hope wrote.

 Via Government Acknowledges Failings in Computer Education by Mark Brown for Wired.CO.UK


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