This unit will focus on teaching with and about computers, investigating emerging technologies such as sophisticated interactive and participative multimedia software and how they can be used in the classroom to enhance learning. The new information, communication technologies (ICT) is changing the nature of classrooms and the role of the teacher.
The unit is designed to expose students to the philosophies and methods of computers and teaching computing at the elementary and middle elementary school levels. It includes topics related with the syllabi of years 8, 9 and 10 (Matriculation and Cambridge levels). Lectures and tutorials will provide various opportunities for students to apply their learning through in-class and practicum experiences. This unit will investigate and demonstrate the pedagogical skills needed to teach the use and application of computer and information technology (ICT). Practical applications of software and hardware and flowchart explanations of LAN administration will be covered. The modes of teaching and learning will also comprise group discussion and presentations using multimedia and different software. This unit will develop a critical and reflective approach towards the teaching and use of ICT in secondary schools.