IT & Computing
We live in a digitised, computerised, programmable world, and to make sense of it, we need computing.
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An engineer using a computer to design a bridge must understand the limitations of the numerical methods used, how the maximum capacity estimates were computed and how reliable they are.
An educated citizen using a government database or bidding in an eBay auction should have a basic understanding of the underlying algorithms of such systems, as well as the security and privacy issues that arise when information is transmitted and stored digitally.
These are computing and ICT issues, learning about logical reasoning, algorithmic thinking, design and structured problem-solving - all concepts and skills that are valuable well beyond the classroom.
Students should gain awareness of the resources required to implement and deploy a solution and how to deal with real-world and business constraints. These skills are applicable in many contexts, from science and engineering to the humanities and business, and have already led to deeper understanding in many areas.
Computer simulations are essential to the discovery and understanding of the fundamental rules that govern a wide variety of systems from how ants gather food to how stock markets behave.
The vast majority of careers in the 21st century will require an understanding of computing. Many jobs that today’s students will have in 10 to 20 years haven’t been invented yet. Professionals in every discipline - from art and entertainment, to communications and health care, to factory workers, small business owners, and retail store staff - need to understand computing to be globally competitive in their fields.
This fundamental understanding of computing will enable our students to be not just educated users of technology, but the innovators capable of designing new computers and programs to improve the quality of life for everyone.
The lives of all of us depend upon computer systems and the people who maintain them to keep us safe on the road and in air. Without an understanding of computing we are but users, dependent on others. Without an understanding of computing principles, computer and software projects go wrong. Without understanding of computing, we are likely to misuse or use inappropriate technology bringing in dangers to people’s safety and freedoms.