BBC plans to help get the nation coding

The BBC’s director general, Tony Hall, has announced plans to “bring coding into every home, business and school in the UK”.

It comes 30 years on from a BBC push to make computing mainstream by putting BBC Micro computers in the majority of schools.

“We want to inspire a new generation to get creative with coding, programming and digital technology,”

But there’s a problem – many teachers feel they lack the skills and the materials needed to teach coding.

Competition

However, the comparison of the project to the BBC Micro raises potential controversy.

The broadcaster’s decision to partner with Acorn Computers three decades ago angered Sir Clive Sinclair as he prepared to launch a rival machine, the ZX Spectrum.

“They were able to get away with making computers because none of us had sufficient power or pull with the government to put over just what a damaging action that was. They had the unmitigated gall to think that they could set a standard – the BBC language. It is just sheer arrogance on their part.”

However, Apps for Good – an organisation which has helped students research, design and make software for three years – was not concerned by the new scheme.

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