Computing and digital literacy are two sides of the same coin that both need to be included in compulsory education according to a new position paper released today by ICDL Foundation. ‘Creating the Future – Computing in Education’ argues strongly that students should have the opportunity to develop computing skills, covering areas like computational thinking and coding. In tandem, all students must be able to build a strong foundation of digital literacy.
The report is the latest paper to be published by ICDL Foundation, which has been active in this area for a long time. It builds on our previous paper, ‘Computing and Digital Literacy: Call for a Holistic Approach’, which also argued strongly for a balanced approach that incorporates computing and digital literacy elements to support a well-rounded curriculum.ICDL Foundation also launched its latest module on Computing this month, providing a practical solution to the demand for a high-quality approach to teaching computing in schools. The module can be used to certify skills gained in the classroom, and also those gained in after-school activities like coding clubs.
The position paper can be downloaded from our website.
More information about the Computing module can be found here.