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
Mission for the future leaves a trail of Reputation

Mission for the future leaves a trail of Reputation

What is life if you have no purpose? We looked at the analogy of the little boat: the bow cuts into the water opening the way forward and the stern leaves a wake behind it. A Mission Statement for a company or individual gives the entity a purpose to forge on ahead leaving a trail of “Reputation.” The Grade 12[Read More…]

by August 24, 2017 High School, Information Technology
Knowledge: layer upon layer in Grade 12 Information Technology

Knowledge: layer upon layer in Grade 12 Information Technology

When the Grade 12 students look back at their first programming attempts the reactions are usually the same: squeals of laughter at themselves. In Grade 10 the first lines of basic code take concentration and practice to master. By the time the students are in Grade 12 all the basics are second nature. That is what knowledge is: layer upon[Read More…]

by May 15, 2017 Information Technology
Time for Retrospection in Information Technology!

Time for Retrospection in Information Technology!

The Grade 12 IT students wrote their first School Based Assessment and we took some time to reflect on the outcome. The idea was to take a good hard look early in the year and make adjustments where needed. Sooner rather than later! The questions posed were: How many hours did you study? Were your results proportionate to the hours[Read More…]

by March 16, 2017 High School, Information Technology
Normalization and Databases in Grade 12 IT

Normalization and Databases in Grade 12 IT

  IT at SMA 2017: We start with databases and SQL in Grade 11, and Grade 12 IT students have to create a task that showcases their knowledge of Java and databases. The normalization is covered in theory and the students have to know how and why they normalize databases to the 3rd Normal Form. This is not an easy[Read More…]

by January 29, 2017 High School, Information Technology
Oh, How we love our Computers!

Oh, How we love our Computers!

While the Grade 12 IT students wrote their final practical exam in the computer centre, the rest of us were forced to work with pen and paper. What an ordeal! The Grade 10 students are brainstorming and researching ideas for a basic hangman spelling game. They played a few online games, looked at various options and then literally put pen[Read More…]

by October 30, 2016 Information Technology
IT Novices No Longer

IT Novices No Longer

We are no longer novices, we know our way around the keyboard and we are able to type out our code without picking away at the keyboard like a chicken in a farmyard. We have played typing games and bested our scores – in both time and accuracy! We have managed to free our minds from the keyboard clutter and[Read More…]

by September 6, 2016 Information Technology
And Here We Go Again… The ‘For Loop’

And Here We Go Again… The ‘For Loop’

We think we know the work until we write the test and the results come back! Time to practise what we know: editing unnecessarily long code from previous exercises. The ‘for loop’ changes everything! “In computer science a for loop is a control flow statement for specifying iteration, which allows code to be executed repeatedly.” Listening to good music while working[Read More…]

by August 2, 2016 Information Technology
Seeing the Results of our Hard Work: Typing Skills

Seeing the Results of our Hard Work: Typing Skills

At last we’re seeing the results of 10 minutes a day typing practice on the Free Typing Tutor from Typing.com. Jade: “I think it’s good because it has all the stats about what I’m doing wrong and what I’m doing correctly, so now I know where to improve. The program also shows the positioning for your hands and fingers and[Read More…]

by May 26, 2016 Information Technology
Why We Need To Up Our Keyboard Skills!

Why We Need To Up Our Keyboard Skills!

After a term of trying to code really slowly and painstakingly, the Grade 10 students realised the value of keyboard skills. So, we have decided to up our game: thank you, free online typing tutor programes! Jade, “I now know how important it is to know how to type, to save time time and to know the keyboard so that[Read More…]

by April 22, 2016 Information Technology