Building the next generation of #UK makers

The Nesta bid for Digital Makers is an odd one and shines a 10000Gailla-watt lamp on a huge white elephant in the UK education system.

That’s teaching kids how to be an office bum, not a creative creator of cool shit.

A good reason why Thought Den is around today is the “shorter / better-looking / more blind” half, myself, once went into a PGCE (Teacher training) introduction day for IT teachers in 2005. At the school in Cirencester where they showed you “what it’d be like”, it became apparent that the teachers had to be concerned with teaching kids how to use Excel… Excel… You know, Excel. That’s teaching kids how to be an office bum, not a creative creator of cool shit.

Don’t get me wrong, Excel has its place, but not for kids or young people who have creativity bursting from their pores. Kids that want to make things, kids that if they know the shit they could make with code, systems and the web, they would be bursting with excitement. They should be learning the side of “IT” that is more craft council makey makey than accountancy 101. They need to be solving problems with the Arduino and making bannan controllers with the Makey Makey.

They need to be solving problems with the Arduino and making bannan controllers with the Makey Makey.

After that miserable day at the school in 2005 and seeing the best the UK National Curriculum had to offer was a bland and antiquated view of technology, I didn’t sign up for the PGCE course. Hence, carried on coding, freelanced, made my first million… lines of code and Thought Den was born with mister Ben 10.

However, the dreary 486 micro powering Excel spreadsheets approach hasn’t changed in schools. Instead of having some sort of tweak or mass change in the National Cirruclum which would see kids learning to become as O’rielly says, “King Makers” or PMStudio Digital Artists. Even ripping off Estonia’s example, it’s falling at the grass roots community to scream for change and start the action themselves.

it’s falling at the grass roots community to scream for change and start the action themselves

Hurrah for things like Code Club, CodeJo and now, Nesta’s Digital makers brief for lighting a way that Curriculum writes should be following; Shame on you National Curriculum for moving at a huge white elephant’s pace.

# Update1

Videos are appearing Vimeo, search “Digital Makers Nesta” see EPIK

 

 

Who to follow in 2013

@gdsteam

The Government Digital Strategy team, you must follow, they’re bring our Governement up to date and less expensive. Even if their twitter handles does sound like a popular games portal…

John Redwood

His blog is concise and responds to national problems with concise well written answers. Follow his blog if you’d like to not have your head blasted with over-bearing facts and figures. Could easily be placed as a columist in the Guardian, Times, Finacial Times or the Mirror

Delib

Bristol based company who specialise in digital government projects. Their blog posts are always from experience and it’s good to see a Ltd. company sharing it’s ideas and thoughts.