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Training vs Learning: Computer Science in Schools

The Difference Between Learning and Training

Learning is usually an open format for exploration, without absolutely specific goals, knowledge for the sake of knowledge. It's what we learn in schools and universities, we learn the curriculum as foundation for further expansion of knowledge.  Learning is about levels of knowledge, which in academics merit different grades.

Training is usually about specific skills and "doing". At the end of a training course participants should be able to complete distinct tasks or functions, have developed skills they didn't have before.

There is a growing belief from some in Britain, such as the £2bn a year computer games industry and UK Education Minister Michael Gove, that computer science should be offered in the curriculum of second level education. It's interesting to see if it will be a traditional learning course or greater integration with aspects of training.

Raspberry Pi Gives a Taste for Coding


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Creating a Custom Post Type for Elearning Videos

In my last blog post I mentioned that I wanted to create a custom post type for videos in WordPress here on SelfAssemblySites.

What's a custom post type?

The concept is a lot simpler than it sounds. First some background: WordPress comes with two primary post types* already created for you - blog posts** - aka "Posts" with a capital 'P' - and site pages - aka "Pages" with a capital 'P'.

Custom Post Types are simply other types of content rather than Pages or Posts, that can be displayed on your WordPress website. The type that I want to add is called Video - I want to add this special post type because I want to  include additional meta data like video runtime, a summary of what's in the video, a difficulty level, etc. (more…)

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Update for January 2011

Hi folks, we're nearly finished development and looking forward to going live soon!

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