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This week Click is going back to school to find out just how much
industry should get involved with teaching technology. Works are so
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without Wise -- works. All the latest tech news and a safe way to
get your kids online. Welcome to Click. I am Spencer
Kelly. Look at this. This is four use of my life right here with
University notes, my final year dissertation, all in computer
science. Good stuff, programming, electronics, basic machine
architecture, genetic algorithms. This passion for programming
started when I was ten years old when I had my first BBC
Microcomputer. In the small number of years since then many schools up
moved away from teaching computers in this much depth.
Today, school children are surrounded by more technology than
ever before. There is going concern the current curriculum covered by a
player or T1 -- Information Technology & Communications, which
defines the way children are taught about technology, does not acquit
children with the tools to fuel the 21st century technology based
economy. It is important everybody gets the basic skills to get the
jobs in the future but we need to go further and do more in computer
science. In the 1980s, the first 8- bit computers caused a
technological revolution in the home. For the first run,
enthusiasts could cheaply learn how to programme a computer. In 1982,
the BBC Microcomputer began to appear in UK schools. It was the
start of another revolution, this time in the classroom. We had a
crisis in schools today in regards to Information Technology &
Communications. The BBC Microcomputer was a cornerstone of
competing in schools. ZX Spectrum was a affordable computer. Children
were inspired to create technology. Today they just use technology. We
teach children to read but not to write. Learning how to use
computers is of course important. But many leading industry figures
believe that being sought her to use bits of software or
applications simply is not enough. Break time. Two years ago, Ian
Livingstone, the President of Eidos, the home of Lara Croft, and Alex
Hope, were asked to write a report about the tools children have to
find jobs in the technology industry. We published a report
last year. It got nowhere particularly. We tried to engage
with the civil servants. They said they key but no thank you. It was
not until last August when a leading figure gave a lecture that
we started thinking. I was flabbergasted to learn that
technology is not taught as a standard in the UK. This puts York
rate computer heritage under risk. When Eric Schmidt says we should
have technology in the curriculum everybody sets up. As a result the
government has pledged to change the current programme of study,
replacing it with computer science at its heart. However, business and
industry has been tasked with achieving this. We have filmed a
Next Gen Coalition on the back of a cross industry coalition, backed by
British Computer Society and UKIE. We are endeavouring to create a
curriculum that will satisfy the government but is also inspiring
and exciting to get children on board to want to do it. But is it
appropriate for the technology industry to pursue such a hands-on
role in education? It must be good to have such
inspiration. Microsoft and Google are good examples. They employ a
huge amount of engineers and they generate huge amounts of profits.
Everybody uses those products. We cannot imagine a world without
search engines. Because of an Google our leading players. It is
very appropriate. -- Microsoft and Google.
Work has already begun to help inspire feature computer scientist.
These children are using a visual programming system called Kodu,
which allows its users to build simple games. A computer science,
you need to understand how the software works and the ballots.
That is why should be taught at a young age -- and how it develops.
Teaching as young as eight, 9 and 10, then people can understand
these people can be the next future scientists in the future.
Gadgeteer is a project developed by because of research that should
address these concerns. Project Gadgeteer was conceived as a tool
to help us build new types of devices. We had lots of ideas for
different devices that could be interesting to explore and we
wanted to be able to build one. system encompasses programming and
involves working together different models to created a wide variety of
games. We spoke to teachers and they got excited about what they
thought they could do in the class and in terms of the children
building and turning their ideas into reality. This is an example of
something we built in our laboratory with Gadgeteer. We have
made a nice Enclosure. You can make something that is very visually
appealing. We have a version of the play if 49, where I had to steer
the snake around. -- snake game. This is an example of another game.
This one is interesting because it was built by a group of
schoolchildren who were involved in a pilot of get a searing. Children
have been used in this programme and learning about it and building
their own projects in an after- school club. After just ten weeks,
one hour a week, these children put together this example, another
arcade game. What this device is is actually a stop animation system.
The idea is that there is a jitters will come on the front of the units.
The display has an SD card. I walk into use this guy into the shot.
The idea is that we will build up a movie and then maybe he will end by
staring at the camera. In a similar vein, a project that hect that hed
huge interest is Raspberry Pi, a fully programmable computer that
cost just �25. This is a Raspberry Pi computer. It is a very small
computer. But in the middle inside there is a processor that is
running at 700MHz. We also have a graphics processing units, GPU.
That is delivering the graphics to this green. There is also a HDMI
transmitter inside there as well, delivering video. The first thing I
am going to do is start of the Graphical User Environment. The
best of his in a short time and we can begin using it. I will open two
windows. The first is for a programme called Snake. Then I am
going to open another window and that will actually run the
programme within it. It opens up a third dimension in computing and
takes computing from plug 'n' play to plug, play and explore. That is
a very exciting thing. We give it to students around the world and it
will open up their minds to what is possible with computing. Microsoft
and AQA have already partners to create a new GCSE in computer
science that will include programming for wear and mobile
applications. This is competing in the old school cents. Almost like
the 1980s. Users slaving over a code and programming. Technology in
education is very much looking back to the future.
How much of the computing nuts and bolts do you think we need to know
a look at the technology news of this week.
The military has used drones for a while but now the infamous file
sharing side The Pirate Bay says it will use high altitude aircraft to
avoid being taken off line. The authorities do not like the way the
site uses places where they can download copyrighted the ones
without paying. The site plans to use GPS controlled manner 11, with
tiny computers, to redirect traffic to sewers at secret locations.
There has been a deal with LogMeIn to allow access to Android devices.
The software allows Dennis's to run diagnostics and fixed
configurations and trouble should issues were over the use it is, as
long as they are on the internet. Think of saving money? A new study
suggests you could be paying for what are apps in that real life.
Researchers have found some apps that serve up third party adverts,
used four times the back to power it would have otherwise. Angry
Birds needs just 20% of its energy consumption to let you play the
game itself. Tracking the music, exchanging information and sending
those adverts takes up the rest. Finally, the online world has got
itself into a flap over this video by a Jarno Smeets, supposedly
showing him flying using only home- made wings. His website looks real
and fooled many news applets. But alas Jarno Smeets admitted it was a
hoax, explaining it as an exercise in one mind storytelling. Only
after 3 million YouTube hits, of course.
If you own an electric toothbrush but have never paid attention to
how it charges, look at this. He put the plastic birch on the
plastic base and it charges. -- rush. No wides and no metal to
conduct the electricity -- wires. It is a technique called magnetic
induction and we are starting to see it being used to charge mobile
phones and even bigger star. We have been taking a look at just how
far we can take the concert of a live without wires. -- concept.
This is no ordinary magazine Muggles, it is magic. OK, it is not
but it feels like it. The front page as a wireless receiver and it
is being powered by a shelf it is sitting on. Take it away and it
stops working. Genius or hocus- pocus? Dinosaurs are scary but only
when they come to life. Staff do not have to keep on checking
batches will be replaced because they will be fully charged and
roaring to go from the moment you leave the shop. Over the past few
years, while this charging has become more commonplace. In the
subtle devices, a small coil it is placed inside the charging device
which is plugged into the mains. Then a small receiver goes into the
handset so you can pop your phone down to choose it up rather that
plugging it in -- charge. This has 95% efficiency. You may not need a
spare still charging scharging se future for it to work. We may have
a solution where we can take all the technology and puts it into
something very similar to what it is doing now in a memory card. This
is not a memory card, this is a wireless charging device. You put
in this memory card into the phone. You close the phone. Then he puts
it down and this mobile phone has become a wireless power enabled
bone. That is really what is going to happen 30 years from now -- bone.
A common standard was set for smaller devices using power in 2010
and this year an agreement is expected between manufacturers on a
standard for logic kitchen appliances, the city the ears of
Today, if we want to convert our existing services to wireless a
power players, we need to take a jilted them and bury a coil inside.
Later this year, it will be easier thanks black to new versions which
will work through it is -- thicker materials. They will be smart as
well, able detect what is put over them and deliver a stronger charge.
In teacher, we may not have to take our friends across our pockets to
charge them. -- been up feature. It is outside the car were wireless
charging could prove a real game changed. This electric car is
charged by parking it exactly over its charger. That will be embedded
in his garage or parking space. This system means you do not have
to be dapper size. What is unique about this system is its tolerance
stick the wheels on the white lines of the parking space and these two
pads was still transfer energy. That is because the virtual pipe
between them is allied magnetically. There are always trying to find
each other to ensure maximum efficiency. The size of the
receiver on the car is shrinking as well. The Dannatt link up believe
means at the efficiency is around 90%. -- decoupling. If you know how
to park, you know had a chat. You can park it in any normal parking
space as long as there is a charging point. As in Asia park,
it's that charging. -- as soon as you park. Nobody wants it to run
out a field. The system is animal friendly as well. It a cat happens
to take a liking to sit underneath powers are down. That spatial
freedom to no longer have to be over the charging point opens up
other possibilities. This is just a dream that the men made. But there
is no reason why hundreds of charging points cannot be embedded
on Rome's, each one sending a market charge to Abkhaz as we drive
along. -- on the roads. -- charging our cars. 2014 at the very earliest.
There is a lot of work that needs to be done to get it into the
streets. It will take a little longer. While it took ages to get
from charging an electric toothbrush a wireless to anything
else, it seems a wireless power has magic momentum.
He can teach you but he will have to charge.
Modern parents had a lot to worry about. At what age should you be
giving your kids more freedom? Letting them walk to school with
friends for example. What age she needed them a mobile phone? Now we
have e-mail addresses and social networking accounts to worry about
as well. In the UK, it is estimated around one-third of children aged
eight to 11 already have a Facebook profile despite the joining age
being 13. If your child is being a curious, the suggestion should be
right up your street. It might be hard being a parent but growing up
was not exactly a walk in the park as I remember it. It can be a walk
in the online park if you join this community. This is an online
virtual world for Keats, created by parents to be a safe and
challenging plays for young minds to start experiencing, exploring
and socialising online. The world is very fond explore. There many
games and quests around. But what makes these really special is the
way it encourages children to play away from their computers as well
with craft projects you can make in the real world. Many of the craft
items had been designed by a players usinayers usinump. There is
a weekly competition to add more. Some games and features require a
premium signed up but there is plenty of free consent as well with
an appropriately supervised chat. This looks like a great
of the world wide web. Last week I share Jets will which changed the
way Facebook looks at to you. If you are after a much more public
facing make over, check out his website. It shows you how to change
tabs which gives you extra online real-estate to share -- spread a
message. This could be a welcome page, contact details, more
in inabout your events, pretty much anything you want. It
has many Templates and you click photographs and text. The fare can
give you one tab. If you sign up front and a cow, there are more
options to adding a workable -- more to pull tabs. Google Plus
owners may feel frustrated there is no up -- option for a banner D
Webber dress which makes it easier for people to find due. -- vanity
web address. Music is a very personal thing. At
his website, you will find an application that puts your
collection in your hand, at any time, any place, anywhere. This
seeming severs did you two gigabytes of free space. It seems
the music to any advice as long as it has a connection to the internet.
In this multi- gadget connecting world, cloud of storage is ever
more important. We want access to a stop when and where we want it. It
is a competitive space for newcomers. Apple, and was on, even
Google all dance to their own genes with cloud music offerings. It is
available globally and has integration with Facebook and most
recently drop box. It is a pretty branded offerings. Finally, if you
ever wondered what the stars and the earth must look like from the
International space station, check out these new time-lapse video.
Click: Looks at the growing role of technology companies in the classroom and the future of powering things without wires. Includes Webscape and tech news.