There appear to be at least two themes running through the development of educational technology at the moment: the move towards a more programming-focused, 'computer science' type curriculum and the increasing use of mobile, handheld technology in the classroom and beyond, e.g. smartphones. I have now heard about several local schools who have invested in iPads as a means of harnessing technology across the curriculum. Are these two themes pulling ICT in different directions or are they linked? Maybe this app provides a clue? Or this one?
Tony Pickford is a tutor and writer on primary education.