BBC Introduces “Make It Digital” Scheme

Sep 08, 2014

The BBC has revealed its Make It Digital project, a plan to create more knowledge and awareness of the digital world and skills such as computing and coding.

The announcement comes shortly after the Broadcaster revealed its new programmes intended to help schoolchildren with recent changes to the ICT curriculum.

According to a post on the BBC blog, the year-long scheme will begin in 2015 as its major education project for the year, following on from this year’s World War One focus.

Make It Digital will include relevant computing content on BBC education websites, designed to support students, teachers and their parents, as well as television programmes designed to provide a digital education.

“Why are we doing this? This generation of coders and computing creative are standing on the shoulders of giants,” claimed Jessica Cecil, BBC Make It Digital controller.

“The UK is the birth place of computer science and pioneers such as Charles Babbage, Ada Lovelace and Alan Turing.

“We have just celebrated 25 years of the World Wide Web, created by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, and we are home to game-changing games makers and entrepreneurs like Michael Acton Smith from Mind Candy and Ian Livingstone,” she added.

“Digital Knowledge For Everyone”

The project, which will also feature new partnerships and commissions such as dramas and documentaries as well online resources, has also been welcomed by the Broadcaster’s director general Tony Hall.

“I want the BBC to bring its creativity and energy to projects like this and make the digital world come alive for all audiences,” claimed Hall.

“We want to inspire a new generation to get creative with coding, programming and digital technology. It’s exactly what the BBC should be doing,” he added.


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