He writes: 'Mr Gove mentioned, as is de rigeur these days, that the current ICT curriculum is boring, and that by dropping the ICT Programme of Study children will no longer need to bored by having to learn Word and Excel. Well, given that these are not mentioned in the Programme of Study, how will dropping it have any effect? Also, given that programming IS in the Programme of Study, but is not usually adequately covered, how will dropping the POS change anything there either?''
Couldn't have put it better myself! From a primary perspective, Ofsted have been going on for years about the same old weaknesses of primary ICT: namely superficial data handling, weak control technology and poor assessment of children's abilities. Without the clear requirements of the programme of study and the assessment support in the National Curriculum (NC Action, anyone?) will these get any better? You could argue that these are not done well because of the outdated PoS, though I would assert that these areas are well covered in the PoS and the only really outdated bit is the Exchanging and Sharing Information strand.
Without the PoS to prompt them, some primary teachers (and schools?) will start to avoid the bits of ICT that are difficult and challenging for them and the children, i.e the stuff that proponents of a more 'Computer Science' approach think are important! This may be no bad thing thing - there is nothing worse than a badly taught lesson on LOGO or yet another tedious attempt to light up the clown's nose and swivel his bow tie using an aging control box! Freedom to use 'to use the amazing resources that already exist on the web' could mean lots of exciting and engaging work with Scratch* or similar. Or it could mean a drift towards pointless web-based drill and practice and tedious online painting packages?
On a lighter note, I have run Mr. Gove's speech through Tagxedo - an interesting alternative to Wordle - and also come across AnswerGarden for the first time: please give me your views (very briefly below!)
* Not a web-based tool, I know, but a free web download.