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“Introduction to Computer Science,” better known as CS50, is widely regarded as the most difficult course at Harvard College. That may explain why, just a decade ago, only 112 students took it. (Now, in addition to its popularity on campus, CS50 is taken by thousands of other people for free online through Harvard’s partnership with the education non-profit EdX.)
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High-flying graduates are to be given a £20,000 golden handshake to train as computer science teachers.
Ministers have asked Facebook, Microsoft and IBM to help design the training for the new teachers.
Education Secretary Michael Gove said current information and communications technology (ICT) teacher training courses would be axed from next year.
The move “could not be more welcome or more necessary”, said Prof Steve Furber of the Royal Society.
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The rapid spread of cellphones has fueled an appreciation among Africans for the practical uses of science and technology. And the children of the African elite are also seeing career possibilities in computing science and engineering, beyond the traditional disciplines of medicine, law and finance or the more typical scientific callings of crop and soil science.
“Computer science appeals to a generation of urban students raised on a diet of digital devices,” said Chanda Chisala of Zambia Online, a software development company and Internet provider in the Zambian capital, Lusaka.
The field also may appeal to chronically underfinanced African universities because the study of computer science is relatively inexpensive. No big atom smashers are needed, as in physics; no giant telescopes, as in astronomy.
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The teaching of computer science must become more relevant to modern needs, said the government.
The government said the current teaching of IT was “insufficiently rigorous and in need of reform”.
The call for change came in a response to an industry report which looked at technology teaching in the UK.
Without reform future UK workers would lack key skills and the nation would lose its standing as a video games and visual arts hub, said the report.
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