January 31, 2017 AT 2:00 am
Raspberry Pi CEO: ‘Barriers to computer science education are falling’ #MakerEducation
Prior to joining the Raspberry Pi Foundation, Colligan was previously deputy CEO of Nesta, and he was also one of the founders of the Behavioural Insights Team.
Colligan pointed out that what was remarkable about the kids who were using the Raspberry Pi technology to such good effect, was that they all taught themselves.
“They’ve learned how to program their Raspberry Pis and computers in CoderDojos and Raspberry Jams and Code Clubs in their own time.”
He said the fact that Irish schoolkids are excelling at technology in spite of, and not because of, the present education system, the curriculum needs to change.
“In the UK, we’ve made some great progress. We now have computing in the curriculum and every child has the opportunity to learn it and teachers are doing some awesome things.”
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