INNOVATION: THEME 7
Information Technology 3: Improving IT teaching in
Tomorrow's innovation driven economy will only thrive
if entrants to the work force are Information Technology (IT) literate.
The snag is that IT differs from other subjects on the school curriculum
in two ways: It's advancing faster than other subjects and in a
non-academic way, pupils know more about it than the majority of their
teachers. We are also failing to take full advantage of the appeal of
computer games to young people, to assist in the all important, but
traditionally tedious process of reinforcing learning.
Here are three suggestions for overcoming these
- All teachers should be allowed tax relief when they purchase
selected electronic goods and services for
home use, which will make them more confident when incorporating IT into
their teaching. For examples, tax relief could be granted on the
purchase of PCs, laptop computers, certain software packages and
broadband internet access.
- University students who are IT proficient should, after a short
training course, be encouraged to work as paid part-time classroom IT
assistants. This will help them to pay their way through university and
also improve their communication skills. Universities should be
encouraged to offer teaching timetables which fit in with the part time
working requirements of such students.
- Subject panels of teaching experts could be set up who would offer
quality ratings for computer games and related leisure software.
Software which met a satisfactory educational standard could be classed
as learning materials and given a zero VAT rating. This would provide
software houses with a strong financial motive to write and market
software with a high learning content.
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The Management of Innovation Award
A Virtual National Innovation Centre
A National Jobs & Skills Database
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Solving the home delivery problem
Theme 7 Improving IT
teaching in schools
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science & technology
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National Innovation competition
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