Although I'm keying-in this new post and so creating this Beeb thread, the site discovery was made by Shaun "Diablo" and it was he that sent me the email tonight, so all I'm doing is "re-transmitting" his great spot, really.
As Shaun puts it:
Gents, stare in wonder at this website... Don't worry, it's perfectly safe but a word of caution: You will feel extreme nostalgia.
Shaun's emailed me tonight with an addendum to the above, fellas:
Glad you liked that BBC Archive - how incredible is that emulator too; even down to the disk-drive noises, beeps and key-clicks. Just skimming through those old TV shows brings a massive wave of nostalgia from my old VHS tapes, sadly lost/wiped. Even the Kraftwerk theme music on the show evoked memories of walking into your classroom at school, seeing that 26" TV on a trolley with the wooden doors on it and Phillips VCR underneath and thinking "YES! no schoolwork, just a darkened classroom and Chris Serle tapping in a BASIC program with one finger while Ian Macnaught-Davies watched with quiet impatience. Amazing.
Further thoughts on those Auntie Beeb school days, from Diablo1967:
Those BBC clips are just gold. How wonderful it was to pick up the odd BASIC programming hint on there (even if we had to alter them from the posh BBC Micro to our lowly VIC20 and C64s)! Just the way they were promoted as a tool for home and learning. Very little reference to gaming and such. Happy times for us bedroom coders, where we could come home from school, knock up a 30 or 40 line program then save to tape in a few seconds all before your mum had cooked tea. We had a regular little tape-swap club going on at Dorchester Junior School (Hull). Putting 20-odd games on a C60 tape for your mates and getting a copy of theirs, all before copy-protection was really brought in. Or heading to WHSmiths to see what £1.99 Firebird or Mastertronic games were around - buy one, copy it, then take it back complaining that "it didn't work, mister!" or "Mam bought me this, but I already got it!" Those days were glorious.
Everyone of a certain age loved the TV being wheeled in by the smug little School Monitor or member of the AV club and you knew the teacher was just heading back to the staff-room for a fag-break!
I am enjoying two or three episodes of those programmes every night. I am very interested in how BBC tried to prepare a programme for a generation of people who were mostly unfamiliar with computers and related concepts.
Though I don't have much of a base for comparison, I think this really is gold. Business use of the computers is emphasized, but there is nothing wrong about it. I like the focus on "how the computer can help me/us", not just what it does.
Yes, Baz, very interesting. The CLP was something that many other countries ahould have done, in order to open a new perspective to all the young generations of the '80s.
Recently, in issue #7 of RetroMagazine, I managed to publish an article by Robin Jubber, a UK games programmer who moved his first steps on a BBC Micro back in 1983. He wrote a great piece significantly with the title "The best version of BASIC", referring to BBC Micro's and Archimedes' language implementation. This is available both in English and Italian (I took care of the translation and the layout for the magazine).
p.s. the article also contains a link to JSBeeb, an amazing online emulator, with many games ready to be played - the author of JSBeeb, Matt Godbolt, is a good friend of Robin, so maybe I'll manage to get an interview with him about his wonderful work with the emulator.
The UK's "bedroom programmers" were at the very forefront of the home micro revolution back in the 1980s... it's just a shame there doesn't appear to be so many emerging talents now and that primary and secondary computer literacy programmes of study have left a LOT to be desired over the past couple of decades.
I will look up that link you have there for the interview with Robin Jubber and I wish you well in your efforts to get in touch with - and talk to - Matt Godbolt who is clearly a very talented programmer.
Well, I was told that in the UK the Raspberry PI series is somehow replicating what the CLP did in the 80s. Of course, this time there's a completely different world of OSes, software development and general IT technology. The RPI should have made its way into primary or secondary schools, so the young students can get in touch with Linux and software programming, electonics, robotics and so on. Maybe this project is not getting place in all the schools of the kingdom but I rememember an article where more than 60 thousand RPI were ordered by the Education Dept. and they were intended to reach as many students as possible, together with courses, classes and teachers prepared to give the new generation tools and knowledge at a good level.
You guys living in UK and possibly having children or boys/girls in school age can maybe confirm or deny this new national program?
ABOVE: It aint all smiles in all UK schools when it comes to the teaching of computers and coding, chaps
Nope, it aint happening at Primary level, mate and I understand that the staff at high school level aren't confident or well-trained enough either and are basically nervous about the kids knowing more than they do so they do not teach anything like the recommended number of hours of this lesson as is recommended by the DfE.
That's what I hear/have seen, anyway and this Beeb article seems to back-up these thoughts:
Back in 2013 it was Google that launched a new programme in uk schools. Numbers are a bit different from what I used to recall but I was wondering if something good happened since then. Or was it all just an advertising news with no consequences in the real life of the average uk student?
Meanwhile over 10 millions of RPIs have been sold, making it by far the most selling uk computer ever. :-)