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Goodbye world⤴

from @ SQA Computing blog

This blog has been going since 2004 and, over time, I think, it has proven to be a success, with around 100 unique readers per day. It's become an important source of regular information to centres about vocational Computing qualifications.

SQA wants to make greater use of social media, and we think subject-based blogs, like this one, are a good way of doing that. So, we are extending the blogs to 10 subject areas (including Computing). We're going to use WordPress for this so I will be migrating from Blogger to this new platform (Wordpress). Starting Monday (20 April) all new posts will be done on this new service. You might want to update your bookmarks and news feeds accordingly.

The new blog will cover all sectors (not just vocational Computing). The contributors will include my team, the school team and the CfE team. So there will be posts about all Computing qualifications.

Thanks for taking the time to read this blog over the years, and I hope you join me on the new service, which can be found here:

http://blogs.sqa.org.uk/computing/

Goodbye world⤴

from @ SQA Computing blog

This blog has been going since 2004 and, over time, I think, it has proven to be a success, with around 100 unique readers per day. It's become an important source of regular information to centres about vocational Computing qualifications.

SQA wants to make greater use of social media, and we think subject-based blogs, like this one, are a good way of doing that. So, we are extending the blogs to 10 subject areas (including Computing). We're going to use WordPress for this so I will be migrating from Blogger to this new platform (Wordpress). Starting Monday (20 April) all new posts will be done on this new service. You might want to update your bookmarks and news feeds accordingly.

The new blog will cover all sectors (not just vocational Computing). The contributors will include my team, the school team and the CfE team. So there will be posts about all Computing qualifications.

Thanks for taking the time to read this blog over the years, and I hope you join me on the new service, which can be found here:

http://blogs.sqa.org.uk/computing/

Goodbye world⤴

from @ SQA Computing blog

This blog has been going since 2004 and, over time, I think, it has proven to be a success, with around 100 unique readers per day. It's become an important source of regular information to centres about vocational Computing qualifications.

SQA wants to make greater use of social media, and we think subject-based blogs, like this one, are a good way of doing that. So, we are extending the blogs to 10 subject areas (including Computing). We're going to use WordPress for this so I will be migrating from Blogger to this new platform (Wordpress). Starting Monday (20 April) all new posts will be done on this new service. You might want to update your bookmarks and news feeds accordingly.

The new blog will cover all sectors (not just vocational Computing). The contributors will include my team, the school team and the CfE team. So there will be posts about all Computing qualifications.

Thanks for taking the time to read this blog over the years, and I hope you join me on the new service, which can be found here:

http://blogs.sqa.org.uk/computing/

Computational thinking guidance⤴

from @ SQA Computing blog

I recently mentioned that I planned to put together some advice about how computational thinking could be included within vocational Computing awards. I've now done that.


The advice has been given to Qualification Development Teams so that it can be considered when they are devising awards.

Good practical skills require good under-pinning knowledge, and computational thinking ensures that skills can be transferred from one technology to another, which is vitally important in the computing sector.

Computational thinking guidance⤴

from @ SQA Computing blog

I recently mentioned that I planned to put together some advice about how computational thinking could be included within vocational Computing awards. I've now done that.


The advice has been given to Qualification Development Teams so that it can be considered when they are devising awards.

Good practical skills require good under-pinning knowledge, and computational thinking ensures that skills can be transferred from one technology to another, which is vitally important in the computing sector.

Computational thinking guidance⤴

from @ SQA Computing blog

I recently mentioned that I planned to put together some advice about how computational thinking could be included within vocational Computing awards. I've now done that.


The advice has been given to Qualification Development Teams so that it can be considered when they are devising awards.

Good practical skills require good under-pinning knowledge, and computational thinking ensures that skills can be transferred from one technology to another, which is vitally important in the computing sector.

Social network for Computing⤴

from @ SQA Computing blog

Some time ago, I tried to set up a page on Facebook for SQA Computing. It didn't work. The main problem was that it tried to link my social (real) profile with this (work) page. And, as you know, Facebook doesn't like people to have more than one account (on the basis that there is only one "real" you).

I attended a Microsoft event last week, part of which focussed on "corporate social networks". Microsoft's offering is Yammer. Facebook is piloting Facebook at Work. I suspect we are witnessing the start of something significant.

I have created an SQA Computing network on Yammer. This network will cover all (vocational) Computing qualifications offered by SQA. At present, it is invitation only. I'll be sending invitations to some people (including the Lead Person Network) in the near future. If you receive one, I would appreciate if you would accept it and check the service out. If you would like an invitation, please contact Helen.

This blog has passed the test of time but never achieved much interaction (very few comments were ever posted). Maybe a social network would address that problem. The blog will continue, of course, but the social network might improve interaction.

Social network for Computing⤴

from @ SQA Computing blog

Some time ago, I tried to set up a page on Facebook for SQA Computing. It didn't work. The main problem was that it tried to link my social (real) profile with this (work) page. And, as you know, Facebook doesn't like people to have more than one account (on the basis that there is only one "real" you).

I attended a Microsoft event last week, part of which focussed on "corporate social networks". Microsoft's offering is Yammer. Facebook is piloting Facebook at Work. I suspect we are witnessing the start of something significant.

I have created an SQA Computing network on Yammer. This network will cover all (vocational) Computing qualifications offered by SQA. At present, it is invitation only. I'll be sending invitations to some people (including the Lead Person Network) in the near future. If you receive one, I would appreciate if you would accept it and check the service out. If you would like an invitation, please contact Helen.

This blog has passed the test of time but never achieved much interaction (very few comments were ever posted). Maybe a social network would address that problem. The blog will continue, of course, but the social network might improve interaction.

PC Passport and Office 365⤴

from @ SQA Computing blog

The QDT for PC Passport visited the Microsoft offices in Edinburgh yesterday. Microsoft had kindly invited the team to look at the latest version of Microsoft Office (Office 365) and I was pleased to accept the invitation.


PC Passport aims to cover the same territory as Office 365 -- word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and databases. I was keen that the revised award is fully compatible with the latest version of the suite. It was an interesting afternoon. Office 365 has lots of new features compared to previous versions, particularly relating to collaboration and social.

The event was timeous. The QDT is currently writing the component units. We will ensure that these new features can be delivered within the revised version of PC Passport. SQA awards are product and vendor neutral but we try to ensure that they are as relevant and vocational as possible by ensuring that the encompass industry standards. So, no one will have to use Office 365 to deliver PC Passport but, if you choose to use it, you will find the revised award is fully compatible.

You can download the revised qualification FAQ here. Or contact Helen for more information about the current or revised awards. The revised award will be available to centres from January.

Office 365 is free to every school pupil, school teacher, college student and college lecturer in Scotland. Contact Alan Wood for more information.

PC Passport and Office 365⤴

from @ SQA Computing blog

The QDT for PC Passport visited the Microsoft offices in Edinburgh yesterday. Microsoft had kindly invited the team to look at the latest version of Microsoft Office (Office 365) and I was pleased to accept the invitation.


PC Passport aims to cover the same territory as Office 365 -- word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and databases. I was keen that the revised award is fully compatible with the latest version of the suite. It was an interesting afternoon. Office 365 has lots of new features compared to previous versions, particularly relating to collaboration and social.

The event was timeous. The QDT is currently writing the component units. We will ensure that these new features can be delivered within the revised version of PC Passport. SQA awards are product and vendor neutral but we try to ensure that they are as relevant and vocational as possible by ensuring that the encompass industry standards. So, no one will have to use Office 365 to deliver PC Passport but, if you choose to use it, you will find the revised award is fully compatible.

You can download the revised qualification FAQ here. Or contact Helen for more information about the current or revised awards. The revised award will be available to centres from January.

Office 365 is free to every school pupil, school teacher, college student and college lecturer in Scotland. Contact Alan Wood for more information.