Articles by: Roma Hodgson

Going loopy over Loops in Information Technology

Going loopy over Loops in Information Technology

We ended last term with an introduction to ‘For Loops’. It made some sense and then it became a muddle. Finally, we “got it.” And then the term ended. After three weeks holiday the ‘For Loops’ presented themselves again. It takes a while to understand the reasoning behind ‘For Loops’. When we apply ‘For Loops’ to real life situations like the[Read More…]

by July 20, 2019 High School, Information Technology
Preparing for a Practical Test in IT

Preparing for a Practical Test in IT

How does one prepare for a practical test in IT? Practice, practice and more practice, until you know your code in your sleep. Code is another language which requires you to understand your code, why the code is structured the way it is, and know what piece of code fits where. Staring at the textbook or copying other people’s code[Read More…]

And now we are in Grade 10 – doing what we love!

And now we are in Grade 10 – doing what we love!

The Grade 10 Information Technology students came into class, chose their seats and then waited for the next instruction. It’s a small cozy classroom with “no place to hide.” They started with the basics of input, processing, output and storage and before they realized, they were coding odd little programs that were most rewarding. The satisfaction of creating an object and[Read More…]

by February 14, 2019 High School, Information Technology
Yes we can do it!

Yes we can do it!

As the year no longer feels new and Grade 10 not so scary, we can finally say that we are able to “read” our code and that the programs are actually starting to make logical sense. We are able to create a variety of programs that are reusable and we are seeing ways that these programs can be applied to[Read More…]

by August 16, 2018 High School, Information Technology
Self Knowledge – a coping skill for the adult world

Self Knowledge – a coping skill for the adult world

In order to create a life worth living, we need to know ourselves: our strengths and our weaknesses, what excites us and scares us to death, what are we passionate about and what would make us get out of bed in the morning. And, even though we have literally spent a lifetime with ourselves and we are today a sum total[Read More…]

by April 27, 2018 High School, Life Orientation
SBA? What is SBA?

SBA? What is SBA?

SBA – School Based Assessment.  Grade 12 students have the opportunity to write tests on sections of their work which then counts towards their final marks. SBAs cover smaller sections of the syllabus and at the same time expose the students to the type of questions they can expect in their end of year exams. Usually the students work through previous question papers and have[Read More…]

by March 15, 2018 High School, Information Technology
An IT test on Valentine’s Day…

An IT test on Valentine’s Day…

The Grade 10 Information Technology class of 2018 is the biggest to date: 5 students. And another record breaker: at last a young lady has decided to take the subject. There is a strong sense of camaraderie in the class as they learn the new concepts of programming but, the competition is equally tangible. The lesson starts with a 10[Read More…]

by February 23, 2018 High School, Information Technology
Hold on tight! This year will be over in a flash.

Hold on tight! This year will be over in a flash.

We wasted no time and started with chapter 1. All the Information Technology terminology from Grade 11 was upon us: Did we actually have a holiday? It all seemed so long ago, those lazy summer days of sleeping late and relaxing. No place to hide in a class of two: the questions needed answers (these were not rhetorical questions). It[Read More…]

by January 29, 2018 High School, Information Technology
The last time in the IT room for the 2017 Matrics.

The last time in the IT room for the 2017 Matrics.

The day of reckoning: Three hours in front of a computer screen to produce code (that runs). This is it: No turning back, no stalling for time, just the exam paper and the blank screen and the racing heart and brain. It all looks so peaceful. May these years of logic and procedural thinking stand you in very good stead[Read More…]

by November 2, 2017 High School, Information Technology
And here we are at last in IT….not quite the end…..nearly there!

And here we are at last in IT….not quite the end…..nearly there!

After three years of bonding, memes, corny jokes, problem solving, pulling out our (own) hair, many sleepless nights and cold sweats we have finally arrived at the point where we are writing our prelim practical exams! ….oh yes, and the conspiracy theories….bitcoin….AI, and everything in between… Looking back – the chairs have shrunk and so has the classroom. We lost one[Read More…]

by September 15, 2017 High School, Information Technology