Wednesday, April 11, 2012

New High School Computer Science Curriculum in New Zealand

In 2011 New Zealand introduced computer programming 'NCEA Level 1 Achievement Standards' into its secondary school curriculum for year 11 students. In 2012 standards became available in year 11 and year 12, and next year will be available for all 3 senior years of high school. It is hoped that the introduction of the new curriculum will increase the number of well prepared students that come into our University computer science classes.

The new Computer Science curriculum is a great improvement on the old curriculum and is definitely a step up. However, one of the worries is that many of the teachers are not familiar enough with the more advanced material to teach it. Furthermore, there are a lack of resources available to teachers. Creation of resources to supplement the achievement standards is left up to the private sector, and it may take a year or two for companies to develop workbooks for the new standards.

Code Avengers has been created with the new NZ curriculum in mind. The Code Avengers Level 1 Javascript Course covers the concepts in the NCEA Level 1 Computer Science achievement standards. Future Javascript courses will cover the computer programming concepts in NCEA Level 2 and NCEA Level 3.

Code Avengers also has a teachers only page that gives real time feedback of student performance. This allows teachers to easily identify the students that need extra help with the material. Code Avengers simplifies the administrative work for the teacher, allowing the teacher to focus on teaching.

2 comments:

  1. The new Computer Science curriculum is a great improvement on the old curriculum and is definitely a step up. However, one of the worries is that many of the teachers are not familiar enough with the more advanced material to teach it. Furthermore, there are a lack of resources available to teachers. programming

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  2. I left New Zealand to teach elsewhere precisely because Computer Science was deemed by Wellington as not worth teaching at schools. Hopefully this is worth it, but...

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