Computers are now a part of everyday life and, for most of us, technology is vital to our lives, at home and at work. ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill that all learners should learn if they are to be ready for the workplace and participate effectively in the digital world.
Computing brings new challenges and opportunities that should be light and empowered students and teachers. Some of these changes may require you to update existing skills and knowledge. However, there are also many materials that should be familiar.
The school provide dedicated lessons for Computing and not just integrating it to the other subjects. SMM allots 40 minutes every week for computing subject. This subject is divided into three strands: Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy.
Computer science is the scientific and practical study of computation: what can be computed, how to compute it, and how computation may be applied to the solution of problems.
Information technology is concerned with how computers and telecommunications equipment work, and how they may be applied to the storages, retrieval, transmission and manipulation of data.
Digital literacy is the ability to effectively, responsibly, safely and critically navigate, evaluate and create digital artefacts using a range of digital technologies. The core of computing is computer science, where students are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge through programming. Developing this knowledge and understanding, students are able to use information technology to create programs, systems and content sets. Computing also ensures that students become digital readers (able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology) at a level appropriate for future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.