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Michael Gove – #bett14 Keynote

January 22, 2014  |  Uncategorized  |  No Comments

Gove began by congratulating the companies representing “the best of British” at BETT. He congratulated TSL publications, publishers of the TES and their professional social network NAND resource sharing site. He noted the by teachers for teachers ethos of this.

Next was frog, and particularly their project to connect Malaysian learner across their entire country. Little bridge were also mentioned for their solutions for young learners of English.

British businesses, it seems, are being celebrated for their roll out of educational products internationally.

Gove noted how young most of these companies are, and how disruptive technology is to business. New technologies develop so fast- that is why, he said, we need to structure out education systems flexibly and in an open way. He said that academies and free school programmes have helped make the school system more adaptive, with power spectra listed. The openness, adaptability and flexibility have been a big part of the curriculum reforms in England, he said.

He reminded the audience of his speech two years ago dismantling the ICT curriculum, and how his resulted in the new computing curriculum. He said that this has led to teachers using this freedom to begin using the wealth of resources online to develop their practice, and contribute to the new curriculum.

He said this new curriculum gives schools more freedom to innovate. The old curriculum, he said, was about as useful as teaching children to use a telex machine. Now children will be using computational abstractions and the types of skills the jobs of the future, and of now, demand.

New CS qualifications will be included in the English baccalaureate from this summer, showing how important he thinks this subject and these skills are.

Teachers need to be properly supported to make the most of the flexibility and dynamic nature of this area. He government have given more and bigger bursaries for computing graduates to become teachers. He said it was not enough to have just the best new recruits, but to support existing schools. They have done this by fussing the computing at school initiative. They are, he said, establishing a national network of excellence in computer science Tes high with the CAS networks and their master teachers.

He noted that primary school teachers have little or no experience of this subject and said gat initiatives are being put in place to address this.

3D printers, he said, have developed from an expensive toy to something that is making a real impact in engineering and manufacturing. This has fed into the new design technology curriculum. This is not about teaching children just about technology, but to support learning in other subjects.

He said inspirational projects like this are taking place across the education system.

Technology forces us to thing about the way we use technology to make education ‘immeasurably different’ to the education he had. This is happening in a disruptive and bottom up way. He said he wrong way to proceed is for government to dictate from the centre hoe this should happen- it cannot keep pace with the speed of this field.

He believes that the government should give schools the freedom to allow schools to react and innovate with new technological developments.

Gove spoke of the power of open resources such as those at MIT and other MOOCs. These open world leading courses at highly prestigious universities to everyone with a connection. This democratises knowledge. The problem of dropout from these courses was mentioned, and give said we need to innovate the courses to take advantage of what employers say they want to make them more motivating to complete.

Technology will, he said, change the way schools operate. He is exploring using MOOCs and online courses in sixth forms and how the new accountability measures might take account of this.

The government are funding a course to bridge the gap between a level and undergraduate physics to ease the transition between these two levels.

He finished by re iterating the uncertainty in this field and the importance of allowing those with the ideas and the drive to change education with technology to do so.

He thanks all the innovators and inventors who has brought us here today to this point.

Questions

Gove was asked by Terry freedman what he envisaged a young person leaving school in five years would look like. He said in essence the capacity to decide what their future would be is key. Thanks to the power of education and technology we have choices, he said. He would like to see students with the confidence, the knowledge base and the character to do this and take advantage of opportunities. They also need the cultural capital ness secret to construct their own life in the future rather than something imposed on them.

He was then asked about schools engaging with the private sector and how he saw this developing. Gove sung the praises of the private sector and the influence they have had on the current state of our system. He said we should not loose sight of education being a public service and teachers should be motivated by idealism and love of children.

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