One of the most difficult challenges that teachers face today is that we are trying to prepare our pupils for a world
where science and technology, lifestyles and careers are all changing at an incredible fast rate. When I went to
school, mobile phones were the size of bricks, I didn’t know what the internet was, and the term ‘social media’ had
not yet been invented. Things have changed so much in such a short space of time and the pace of change is only likely
to increase as our children make their way through school and into their future careers.
The one thing that we can predict is that computers and various forms of communication technology will almost certainly assume a central role in our children’s lives and their chosen professions. Whether your child becomes a doctor, an architect, a scientist or a computer programmer, they will use computers in some form or other. At Huili, we are equipping pupils to thrive in this unpredictable world and I believe our ICT course is one of the most exciting and challenging available in schooling today.
So what can you do at home?
Devices: Windows and Mac computers
Description: Scratch is a free, downloadable application that lets users combine graphics, photos,
music, and sound to create simple interactive animations, games, and slide shows. Users create scripts by dragging and
dropping graphical blocks that snap together like puzzle pieces.
Cost: free (or paid subscription)
Devices: iPad and android
Description: Kids create games and animations with Hopscotch by dragging and dropping
commands and instructions into a script. Kids choose characters, colourful monsters, animals or their own images. A
subscription is required for some of the personalisation.
Devices: Windows store (PC only)
Description: This powerful drag-and-drop user interface allows pupils to design their own game
environment and then programme their characters to move and interact with each other. Games can be made increasingly
sophisticated by adding variables and different levels.
Devices: iPad and android and website
Description: Designed to introduce new users to the world of written programming, Code academy provides