Didactics of Informatics

Professors Paraskevi Theodorou
Course category OPT/ICT
Course ID DS-734-ICT
Credits 5
Lecture hours 3 hours
Lab hours 2 hours
Digital resources View on Aristarchus (Open e-Class)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able:

  • to understand the specificities of ICT and digital technology teaching in school taking into consideration the issue of diversity in terms of characteristics, motivation, preferred way, place and learning time of learner audience.
  • to describe the historical development of its computer science teaching with or without the use of educational software.
  • to design learning scenarios for promoting computational thinking using learning strategies.
  • to implementing applications with the use specialized software such as Jeroo, KarelRobot, Alice
  • to design and develop digital games using platforms such as Scratch.
  • to assess systematically the quality of educational software.


Course Contents

  • Educational policies about the integration of information technology in Greece’s education system.
  • The teaching of Informatics as a course subject in Greece: primaty and secondary education curricula, lesson plans, educational textbooks, in0-service teacher training workshops.
  • Computer science didactic issues: traditional didactic approaches and approaches based on modern learning theories, learning difficulties in basic concepts of computer science, examples of lesson plans and activities.
  • Computer-aided programming environments such as Jeroo, KarelRobot, Alice.
  • Design and development of games with MIT Scratch tool.
  • Laboratory experimentation with the development of simulation interactive games.

Recommended Readings

  • UNESCO & IFIP (2002): Information and Communication Technology in Secondary Education – A Curriculum for Schools, Edited by Tom van Weert. Paris: UNESCO, 2002.
  • Informatics for All Initiative (2018). Informatics Europe and ACM Europe, http://www.informatics-europe.org/component/phocadownload/category/10-reports.html?download=75:informatics_for_all_2018
  • Stoffers AM., Diethelm I. (2014) Teacher Profiles for Planning Informatics Lessons. In: Gülbahar Y., Karataş E. (eds) Informatics in Schools. Teaching and Learning Perspectives. ISSEP 2014. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 8730. Springer, Cham
  • Michal Armoni. 2019. COMPUTING IN SCHOOLS: Why are we teaching this?: strings and beyond. ACM Inroads 10, 1 (February 2019), 30-32. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3306136