Course: Didactics of informatics for primary education

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Course title Didactics of informatics for primary education
Course code KIN/8DI
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Vaníček Jiří, doc. PaedDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Computational thinking and digital literacy 2. Educational goals of informatics, curricular documents and how to read them 3. Forms and methods of informatics education 4. Digital literacy: texts, graphics, communication and e-safety 5. Basics of alforithmization, block programming languages 6. Robotic toys and building sets 7. Work with information, data processing with comprehension 8. Informatic propaedeutics: data coding, modeling, information systems 9. Teacher's preparation of education 10. Forms of lesson organization (group, project, individualization of education) 11. Problem solving, inquiry based learning, experiment 12. Work with error and its exploitation in educational process. 13. Pupil assessment.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Skills training, Work activities (workshops)
  • Class attendance - 42 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 56 hours per semester
  • Preparation for classes - 14 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Main goal is to prepare future primary teachers to teach informatics. The subject touches key topics of computational thinking and digital literacy. Practical approach at seminars (introduction to educational materials and textbooks, work with robotic building set, in programming environments) are completed by lectures. These contain theoretical background of areas of educational goals, forms and methods of work in computer lab.
Course graduate is required to be able to understand educated concepts, to create a curricula, to lead education and reflect it, to assess pupil's work.
Student has to have basic programming skills and is experienced in work with robotic building sets.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral examination, Student performance assessment

Work out four tasks (didactical analysis of teaching aid or a part of textbook, creation of task or activity settings, passing of online course of basic of algorithmization, passing the online test of situational informatics tasks). Active participating in seminars (at least 80 %).
Recommended literature
  • VANÍČEK, J., ČERNOCHOVÁ, M. Didaktika informatiky na startu. In Stuchlíková, I., Janík, T. et al. Oborové didaktiky: vývoj - stav - perspektivy.. Brno: Munipress, 2015. ISBN 978-80-210-7769-0.
  • VANÍČEK, J. Informatika pro 1. stupeň základní školy.. Brno: Albatros Media, 2012. ISBN 928-80-251-3749-9.

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