Thursday, May 24, 2012

Google funds computer teachers in UK

Recently Google's chairman, Eric Schmidt, criticized the lack of computer science teaching in schools and now they have decided to put their money where there mouth is and help fund computing teaching. The BBC reports that Eric Schmidt has said money will be provided to buy "teaching aids, such as Raspberry Pi's or Arduino starter kits". He added that without investment in the subject, the UK risked "losing a generation" of scientists and  would be "throwing away [its] great computing heritage.Google will team up with education charity Teach First to put "exceptional" graduates on a six-week training programme before deploying them to schools where they'll teach computing classes.
    Wouldn't it be great if the other giants of Silicon Valley, such as Apple and Facebook, also decided to invest in computer science education - ultimately it could be to their benefit.