Informatics Europe and the ACM Europe Council have joined forces to develop, “Informatics for All: The Strategy“, a comprehensive and ambitious plan to establish Informatics as an essential discipline for students in Europe at all levels throughout the educational system. Learning Informatics will enable all students to understand, participate in, influence and contribute to the development of the digital world in general, and will provide a significantly improved opportunity for recruiting and educating the large number of IT specialists Europe needs to maintain and improve its position in the digital world economy.
This plan is guided by two key precepts:
- Informatics must be introduced as a specialized and independent subject in school from the early years onwards.
- Informatics must also be integrated into the teaching of all school subjects.
The paper asserts that teaching Informatics to all will require a fresh approach and outlines the vital need to develop fine-grained curricula that progressively build appropriate knowledge and skills; well-educated teachers at all levels; and additional research to understand exactly what to teach, how to teach it, and when to teach it.
Michael E. Caspersen
It-vest – networking universities
The Open University of Israel
University of Strathclyde
University of Roma “Tor Vergata”