Principles of Information Technology is a foundational course and provides an overview of information technology (IT) today. The course provides learners with an introduction to hardware, looking at both internal and external components. Then, they explore the most common operating systems, software applications, and programming languages with hands-on activities. Learners discover the different types of networks and network topology, and they set up an email client/server connection. During the course, they consider contemporary IT issues such as security and privacy, the effects of IT on society and the individual, and technological inequality. Finally, learners research the types of careers that exist in IT today.
PLANNING TOOLS provides essential information to guide course implementation, including scope and sequence, detailed lesson plans, semester planning outline, course updates, and project overview. Several courses offer free online resources with hyperlinked URLs to enhance blended, synchronous, and asynchronous learning. The scope and sequence guide the resource selections to ensure the content aligns with lesson topics. The online resource collection includes course outlines, modules, lesson plans, videos, projects, and articles.
FOR LEARNERS: Did you know that in 2030, 85% of the jobs are not in existence yet? So, how can what you are learning in school today possibly prepare you for an unknowable future?
The answer is simple! You do not stop learning just because you graduated from high school. You must embrace the concept of life-long learning to thrive in a highly tech-enabled and information-driven future. Your skillsets are less about what a teacher “poured” into your head and more about exploring issues and topics about which you are passionate. In the future, employers will not be as interested in your grade point average as compared to the initiative you took to extend your knowledge.
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