A few days ago the Guardian published an article stating that "the UK's attitude to computer education needs a reboot" lamenting the lack of computing education in schools and saying that if this is not urgently corrected then the UK will suffer economically in the future. The article was not unique as many other similar articles and blog posts have been written along the same lines but sometimes I feel that such articles just feed into fears about the standards in the education system and the UK's place in the world and offer little in the way of practical direction. Yet there is hope - if we confront the issues and acknowledge the vital role of lifelong learning as well as computing education in schools.
When I was nine or ten I was given my first computer. Ever since I have been spending lots of time trying to get computers to do stuff. I work as an Application Developer for Metabroadcast in London, UK using the latest technology to break new ground in building applications on top of TV, radio and music metadata.