Unicode education in UK Schools

Asmus Freytag via Unicode unicode at unicode.org
Fri Jul 7 13:45:36 CDT 2017

I performed a quick search "Informatik und Unicode" to see whether I 
could find documents from German academic institutions discussing 
Unicode in the context of computer science (Informatik).

Among the first page of search results I found a number of summaries and 
presentations that may have been (or possibly are) usable as 
introductory lectures.

One item looked like it could have been intended as source material for 
secondary schools rather than for use in the University.

I also checked whether there are accessible homework assignments that 
mention Unicode ("Hausaufgabe Unicode"). I didn't go very deep, but it 
seems that it's not untypical to relegate Unicode to a sidebar, 
explaining the "\u" notation and mentioning that you get ASCII if you 
set the upper byte to 0 (in a UTF-16 string, as supported by Java etc.).

I've not (yet) located any assignments that try to address any of the 
"tricky" issues in the use of Unicode.


On 7/7/2017 2:02 AM, Andre Schappo via Unicode wrote:
> There is some evidence that Unicode is now being introduced to 
> Computer Science pupils in UK Schools. Hove Park School give a summary 
> of their Computer Science curriculum for Years 8 and 9 
> http://www.hovepark.brighton-hove.sch.uk/department/computer-science
> From Year 9 curriculum summary:  "• Students code text into binary 
> using ASCII and understand the limitations of this and the need for 
> Unicode"
> I think it unlikely they give much coverage of Unicode at Hove Park 
> School but it is a promising start. Personally I am much encouraged, 
> as Computer Science education in the UK, at all levels, continues to 
> be dominated by ASCII.
> …and…
> as part of my continuing endeavours to get Computer Science/IT/ICT 
> Internationalization on the School/College/University curricula I 
> recently setup a google discussion forum 
> https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/computer-science-curriculum-internationalization 
> <https://groups.google.com/forum/#%21forum/computer-science-curriculum-internationalization> If 
> you know of any academics who might be interested please do let them 
> know of this new forum. Unicode is, of course, a fundamental building 
> block for internationalization and so should feature prominently in 
> Computer Science teaching, at all levels.
> André Schappo

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