Didactics of information technology / computer science  

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The subject "information technology / computer science" has got a special position in school. In the economy and the society etc. computers and their use are disposable in an ubiquitous way, but this stage is not reached in education. This has many effects on training future teachers.

Learning targets
Literature Studying education in information technology / computer science:
An introductory course for future computer science teachers is somewhat different from other academic courses.
It's not so much about reproduction of knowledge, but about a role-taking for life.
And a teacher is very much concerned with the process of self-discovery of adolescents.
For such reasons a personal teaching experience in a typical school is an important part of this course.

Monday 5.12.11 in KOL-N-1/2 (preparation of classes)
Friday 9.12.11 in KOL-G-210 (book Hartmann)
Monday 12.12.11 in KOL-G-210 (observation of classes/lectures)
13. - 23.12.2011 individual teaching experience (Luzern)
Thursday 5.1.12 in KOL-G-210 (evaluation / reflection) (only video material)
Friday 6.1.12 in KOL-G-210 (assessment)
Friday 13.1.2012 exam (2h)  (...)

active collaboration and paper/presentation (incl. discussion)
instructional sequence in a class
exam (passed / not passed)
80% presence

Topics / schedule 
- Deutsche Themen (ev. Englisch)
-- Buch "Hartmann": Zusammenfassung eines Teils des Buches (Compendium) (5)
-- Buch "Gallenbacher": do. (3)
- Englisch (ev. Deutsch)
-- Glossary / English translation (2)
-- csunplugged.org (3)
-- Richard Mayer: Multimedia learning (1)
- language irrelevant
-- presentation of a educational tool : f.e. (java-online.ch, aplu.ch, jdroids.ch) (3)

Interdependance of theory and practictal experience
This course is not really comparable to a full-blown study in higher-education (f.e. at the Institut of Gymnasial- und Berufspädagogik),
with its 3 pillars:
- theory (didactics, paedagogy, ...) 
- didactics of information technology
- work experience in a real school.
Typical novice cs / it teacher errors:
- error of biography: imitation / repetition of own experiences in school as a child / adolescent
- error of academy: reproduction of encyclopedical knowledge 
- confusion between "informatics" and applications ("ict")
- disciplinary problems

It is difficult to achieve any sort of attitude change, so it is advisable to use every occasion of teaching for developing one's own capabilities and to make progress step by step this way.

What is the sense of ... information technology / computer science? 
This question is not only a permanent issue of discussion for academics, but the background of many discussions with adolescents.

- engineering science
- entertainment 
- game
- economic factor
- means for survival of mankind 
- the future general education 
- new means of communication 
- means to an end (organ, instrument, medium: convenient typewriter or scientific calculator etc.)
- ...

IT / CS classes have to be aadapted to the framework Teacher stages of professional competences


- Vorlagen für die Unterrichtsdisposition 
- Vorlagen für die Unterrichtsbeobachtung
- Vorlagen zur Evaluation
Leistungsbeurteilung im Unterricht

- Informatik-Unterrichtsmaterialien swisseduc.ch
- ICT am Gymnasium ictgymnet.ch
- online Analyse des Klassenklimas Vincent Tscherters I-PAK
- / International
- Literatur zum Thema Klassenführung (allgemein): Eichhorn, C.: Classroom-Management, Stuttgart, 2008