Adobe welcomes today’s announcement from Michael Gove, the education secretary that traditional ICT lessons will be replaced by lessons in computer science and programming. It is a positive move that will not only increase student engagement but also support the development of creative skills required by today’s employers.
Technological change continues at an exponential rate and every school pupil today has grown up with PCs and technology around them, unaware that a world before the internet ever existed. Traditional ICT classes, often run in isolation to the rest of the syllabus, no longer meet the needs of our young people, having stifled creativity and held back pupil progress.
We welcome the fresh approach to ICT. To have a real impact, schools must make technology integral to each and every part of the curriculum, incorporating it across the syllabus rather than treating it as a discrete subject. With the right framework and support from teachers, this approach has the potential to transform lessons by encouraging creativity and a deeper level of pupil engagement. Students will benefit from developing industry standard skills in preparation for University and the world of work.
And this is already happening. Through my role as education marketing manager at Adobe, I have seen many of the schools I work with succeed in increasing student engagement, attainment and employability, for example creating 2D animations in art, interactive web content in History classes, or using video editing and production software to create films in Media Studies.
To deliver this in the classroom, teachers need training and support. To help with this, we recently launched the Adobe Education Exchange, an online community which hosts a range of free, teacher-generated teaching and learning resources, developed by educators from around the world who are already integrating technology in the classroom with great success.
This proposed change to the curriculum is essential if we are to prepare our young people for the world of work by taking a more creative approach to learning and teaching, making full use of today’s wealth of available technologies.