History of Computing

Expert Insight into the machines that helped shape our digital futures

The aim of The History of Computing resource is to promote the idea that by understanding our digital heritage we can better understand our digital future.

This resource features unique resources to help understand how British Computing developments have influenced the world we all live in. It also provides an extensive range of material to show how British Innovation in Computing continues impact on our world today and shape all our tomorrows.

The resource features:
  • Unique video and photographic resources from the National Museum of Computing - offering an expert insight into iconic British computing systems from the past 70 – years
  • Wide ranging curriculum material created by practising Computing and ICT teachers – all mapped to the revised National Curriculum
  • Extensive new material written by Doron Swade (MBE) – an eminent Computer Historian and formerly Curator of Computing, and Assistant Director & Head of Collections, Science Museum.
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Advice for Teachers

The History of Computing resource represents a strategic response from LGfL and E2BN to the changes to the Computing element of the National Curriculum and the shift away from the ICT curriculum. The resource aims to provide a unique, high quality and relevant resource for teachers.

Please note: The resource does not try and support all aspects of the Computing Curriculum.

There are a number of resources that will help potential users of the resource gain a quick insight into what the resource includes.

History of Computing imageTeachers are encouraged to:
  • Watch the video walkthrough guide introduction
  • View the curriculum mapping
View the resource bank section and understand how the filters for the different elements of the resource.

The video material is used to support a broad range of complete lesson activities to cover Key Stages 2 to 5, however teachers are encouraged to use modify the suggested activities and tailor to support the needs of their particular teaching context. Teachers will find resources throughout the resource that they will be able to use with their target Key Stage.

History of Computing imageVideo ‘embed’ codes allow teachers to disaggregate the video material into a learning platform and build their own learning pathways through the curriculum linked activities.

The resource has also been built to support independent research activities for students into the topics covered.