Cybersecurity

Does teaching Computing make hacks like TalkTalk more or less likely? Tony Parkin visited Nesta
Hardly a day passes without another revelation of a digital security lapse, a website hacked, or personal data being exposed. The TalkTalk fiasco is dominating headlines not least because this is its third such incident, and so many could be affected – it has 4 million customers.

This was a cyber-security lapse on the part of a major digital provider, that really should know better. But what about the cybersecurity at all those essentially 'non-digital' enterprises hooking up to the web to take our details? Companies that have far less internet experience?

Sophie Deen


Startup plans to broaden kids’ horizons with ‘Detective Dot’ story app

Computer science and coding are being woven into imaginative children’s stories to help broaden their world views as well as ‘edutain’.

Bright Little Labs’ recent survey of 1,000-plus people demonstrated a clear need – it found that many Brits have very odd ideas about the world around them.

From Digital Dickens to Hull rebuilt in 'Minecraft', the Being Human festival has lots to offer schools  

Pete OrfordDickens expert Dr Pete Orford at the amazing Hunterian MuseumCharles Dickens made certain The Mystery of Edwin Drood would be eternally enigmatic by dying halfway through writing it. He couldn't have known it then but he had provided the opportunity for an internet classic – crowd-sourced endings (in fact the process started with the likes of George Bernard Shaw and The Trial of John Jasper – verdict manslaughter –  way before the internet came along).

Defining Digital Dickens, led by the University of Buckingham, is a flagship event, one of more than 300 at Being Human 2015, the UK-wide celebration of the humanities by some 60 higher education institutions and cultural organisations. It's led by the School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council, the British Academy and the Wellcome Trust.

Nick Gibb

Worries about qualification routes for computing students are intensified by Gibb's IT rejection
Schools minister Nick Gibb MP has removed any remaining non-computer science GCSE and A-level qualifications from the computing subject area for schools in England. The only alternatives now are vocational certificates.

Concern about the overemphasis on computer science in a much broader subject has been present since the subject was created under the auspices of the BCS (British Computer Society) which was also involved in Nick Gibb’s IT decision (UPDATE below)

A century apart? The chasm between 'Flipped Learning' research and Nick Gibb's textbook campaign  

The review of research, Literature Review on Textbook Use and Links to Educational Standards (AlphaPlus), commissioned by the Publishers Association (PA) and the British Educational Suppliers Association (Besa) was pretty unequivocal: following its search for evidence linking high-quality textbooks with improved outcomes for students -- weak at best. Most effective were the interventions that change practice.

But that didn't satisfy education minister and textbook crusader Nick Gibb MP, the keynote speaker at their joint annual event, "Raising the Quality Bar".