I spoke on Colourful Radio yesterday about computing and young people. I thought that some of the questions asked were really useful and I had to think on my feet. John Popham very kindly recorded it on SoundCloud, I hope it is helpful
You all know my feelings on the Year of Code. That’s done. But it is a thing, it does exist and I know that they are now talking to great groups like CAS and people like Conrad Wolfram and I am sure they will find something useful to do.
If they are not going to turn it off and on again and reboot the whole thing then it would be great if the following things could happen:
Be able to answer the following questions: Who are you and what are you going to be doing exactly?
If signposting everything that is going on, then signpost. If representing a government initiative, do that (and defend it somehow). If just a massive PR exercise on behalf of coding – get cracking and get some massive advertising and brand agencies on board.
From my experience the subject is too broad for this scatter-gun effect of confused messaging to generally everyone.
Be clear who you need to be talking to. To my mind the group you need to be focusing on is parents. Reassure, explain, find a way to marry the mixed messaging of *the internet is bad and full of paedophiles and danger* and *go forth and code*.
That would help.
Oh and decide whether the Year of Code is a Government thing. If not, take Osborne off the Home page.
*Late edit* Can I please just clarify, I have no issue with Lottie Dexter not being able to code, that is not an issue. I can’t code. Well, not the way people code nowadays – BBC Basic was what I was brought up on, by a Father who was obsessed with computers and educational software in the 80s!! I did not choose to take this as a career path, but I do understand it! The issue is that she has not done enough research, has not been properly briefed, does not have the stories, passion or experience (yet) to be the right person for this. The Sarah Palin of Code. But it is not the coding thing, that is not the issue. Nor am I suggesting that I am right for it! I have a full time job, this is not that. It is the actual harm this confusion is causing, and it really has to end.
That’s it, I am done.
Here is a photo of my kitten And some lovely Young Rewired State videos.