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Thanks for informative article Simon

Guardian style guide doesn't have internet as a proper noun.

Always worth following on Twitter @guardianstyle

Just saying :)

Dughall McCormick

Simon, well done for responding so quickly!
You say, for KS1:
"...lots of lessons on presenting information in different forms of media using different programs/apps - painting images, capturing photographs/videos, basic word procsesing, making a simple e-book etc."
I'm wondering where, in the proposed NC, there is reference to such creative use of technology? As I see it, the only *requirement* in this respect is for pupils to '...communicate safely and respectfully online...'

Mr Haughton

Hi Neil,

The Oxford English Dictionary has it as a proper noun though - http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/Internet?q=internet I wonder if it's a word like e-mail which has naturally evolved and become acceptable to write without a hyphen?


Mr Haughton

Hi Dughall,

Perhaps I didn't use the most appropriate terminology in my blog post. In the KS1 requirements, children are expected to 'store'...'data' (which I took to meaning 'information' since it is used as a plural noun here and in my opinion, pieces of data combined = information) 'in a range of digital formats'. For children to be able to store something in a lesson, they would have to create it first (especially since the word 'store' comes before 'retrieve' in the list implying the thing doesn't come from another source like the Internet first) - hence my assumption that the requirements could be met by asking the children to create and store/save files in a range of digital formats - image files shot with a digital camera, word processed document files, multimedia epub e-book files etc. I hope this makes my thought process clearer!


Dughall McCormick

Thanks for the clarification, Simon. I understand where you're coming from and your thinking is sound. My worry is that you, with your expertise and creativity, have *interpreted* the PoS in a way that will ensure learners have a truly broad and creative experience and engagement with technology. Others may not follow your generous interpretation and their pupils might suffer as a consequence... The PoS, in itself, *requires* such a minimal amount that busy, less innovative teachers may not move further than a minimum (if indeed they go that far - with respect of CS requirements, which, in my view, present some interesting professional development challenges).

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