My quick conclusions were based on the memory of my information technology lessons in secondary school. I remember when we were learning Word. First a few lessons about tabulations, styles, fonts, paragraphs, etc., in order to finally get a card printed from Word, which we were supposed to reproduce as faithfully as possible in Word.
Then there was Excel and, of course, summing up, counting the average, and in the test we had to make a pseudo-journal of grades of several students, calculate their weighted averages and make the coloring of the average depending on the result. However, I do not remember the lessons in which anything was mentioned about searching for information, how to use the computer to solve a problem, finding a place where I can find some help. And I think that the use of google, browsing thematic forums, the rules of creating queries and the standards of “behavior” on the Internet should dominate the curriculum.
What is missing?
In my opinion, information technology is one of the most important subjects in educating young people to live in today’s world. It should prepare young people to live in digital reality, the ability to use a computer in order to find information, communicate with other people, save their own time, increase their efficiency. In my opinion, during the lessons students should learn the principles on which the Internet works, learn how to evaluate the value of the content it finds, be aware of how the information it provides on Facebook can be used. Young people have no idea how to formulate queries entered in the search engine.
Instead of writing “recipe for scrambled eggs” they write “how to make scrambled eggs?”, and although in this simple case they will find what they are looking for, in more difficult issues formulating a question (which de facto should not be a question) is a useful skill. The same is true of navigating the Internet forums, where they assume a topic solved 10 times in older posts, it is enough to find, read and test that solution. I think that a useful skill in the field of widely understood images is to teach what a pixel is and what happens in the moments of trimming, stretching, printing images with resolution and at the same time their quality. What is also some kind of information processing skills. After all, a person who is able to reach the information he needs and use it properly, has much better prospects for development in every single field of science.
In order not to stretch, I will go to the conclusions. Children and adolescents studying at the School of Information Technology take from these lessons nothing more than the ability to use office packages and the simple use of the Internet at the level of webmail and pages with immortal HTML in schools. Unfortunately, in many cases TI lessons are an opportunity for students to sit for 45 minutes on facebook or play online games with friends.
Not infrequently also teachers teaching these subjects have less knowledge than most students in the classroom. And in these students there is the greatest potential, because they know how to use the computer, and you have to teach them to use the computer to search for information which is always the key to solve any problem. Maybe information technology lessons should be led by a priest, and what to repeat: