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Tablets in schools: coding, creativity and the importance of teachers

From September, coding will be part of the primary and secondary education curriculum in the UK, as part of wider changes designed to boost computer literacy alongside reading, writing and maths skills for British children, The Guardian reports. Some independent schools are already providing a glimpse at the potential. Which is why I recently found myself in Cambridge, watching a classroom of Year 5 girls – 9-10 year-olds – practising their programming skills on iPad apps like Hopscotch, Move the Turtle and Kodable. The school is the Stephen Perse Foundation, where I later see a Year 7 class sat at computers getting hands on with MIT’s Scratch programming language, then meet members of the school’s App Club, who have been making their own apps using Objective-C…

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