Information Technology

Exams 2020

Exams 2020

Writing exams under the new normal is still the same! Social distancing has become second nature, but in the IT classroom the students have to maintain their distances during exams. During class time it’s easy to look at the computer next to you and see what your fellow students have created. From time to time you need the reassurance that[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 Information Technology
Casual dress, serious work in Information Technology!

Casual dress, serious work in Information Technology!

Even though we’re allowed to wear our civvies and have our cell phones in the classroom, we are still serious and focused on our school work. It is Term 3 of 2020 already! Despite the social distancing and safety precautions, the Grade 11s have managed to complete their tasks and have started planning for the Grade 12 Practical Assessment Task[Read More…]

by August 31, 2020 High School, Information Technology
Our New Normal in Information Technology

Our New Normal in Information Technology

We are experiencing a pandemic that will change our lives forever. We are resilient. We adapt. We cover our faces. We follow the rules. We sit apart and are separated by perspex – at least we can see each other! The Grade 12 IT students are counting the days till their final exams. Studying SQL for a School Based Assessment[Read More…]

Hen pecking on the keyboard

Hen pecking on the keyboard

We take our craft seriously. So we learn to type. The QWERTY keyboard was designed with the user in mind. We have to train our fingers to intuitively find their way from key to key while our eyes are on the page. We know that time constraints and the frustration of typos can kill our passion for programming. There are so[Read More…]

by January 30, 2020 High School, Information Technology
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
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