For a while in the 1980s when "computing" was taught at school it was all about microprocessors, binary, bits and bytes and BASIC. Sure it wasn't for everyone, but many kids went on to have careers in IT. Sometime during the 1990s something changed and educators said that this approach was all wrong and was alienating kids - they didn't need to know any of that technical stuff, but just needed to know how to use software: word processors, PowerPoint, graphics packages. Since the educators decide what gets taught the curriculum changed to ICT and a generation learned to passively use software and not to think they could make their own software.
|Raspberry Pi (beta)|
In the UK a group of scientists and developers have created the charitable Raspberry Pi Foundation to wind the clock back. They have created the Raspberry Pi, a £22 credit card sized computer that has a smartphone chip, a memory chip, an Ethernet port to connect to the Internet a couple of USB ports and video ports. Plug in a keyboard, mouse and screen, and children can use the Raspberry Pi's open-source software to write their own code.
Last week the Raspberry Pi was launched and the demand was so great their servers couldn't handle the traffic!