No, this isn’t a cheap jibe about Gove being a robot! On 3rd March Michael Gove gave a speech about the future of vocational education. Interestingly a part of the speech concerned the possible impact of robotics and AI on employment. The term the minister used was ‘robolution’. The blog I posted on February 12 now seems almost prescient. The drive behind posting the blog on Feb 12 was two fold. First the KS3 Programme of Study for D&T requires a consideration of new and emerging technologies and clearly robotics is becoming a new and emerging technology. Secondly both I and Torben are interested in young people at school understanding so called disruptive technologies – see our paper with Nick Givens on this site. We have a disruptive technologies curriculum development project which will soon be piloting activities in schools. So watch this space!
I’m running and involved in some courses and network meetings for D&T and Computing teachers later this term and next term. Full details are on the NW Digital D&T site:
- Practical Introduction to Electronics | 3-day course with grant
- Computing at School Manchester with Digital D&T NW April Hub Meeting
- D&T and Computing courses with STEM Education NW