An opinion piece of the future of Computing in Scottish schools and ideas about how to take it forward. “I’m a computing teacher. I love it! I came into teaching after a few years in the IT industry and I loved the challenge and the opportunity to teach new things to learners and really show how technology can be used to create exciting things. From memory computing departments started to crop up in schools around 1984 and most schools had established a department by 1988. I started teaching in 1992 and at that time things like word processing, spreadsheets, databases and programming were all the rage. New software applications and, for most learners, the first experience they had of using a computer. It was an exciting time and there was a huge interest in the subject. In the minds of many parents it was THE subject that their child HAD to take….”
I love Photoshop. It’s the single piece of creative software that I use the most. From web design, artwork to games design; it covers all the bases. I’ve been working on converting a complex on-line tutorial into something which S2 pupils can cope with. I wanted to produce resources for this lesson which would allow each learner to proceed at his/her own pace and which would begin to get them thinking about using the software creatively. Here I share some video tutorials and support materials which I’ve developed for S2 pupils.