Information and Communications Technology

Computers, software and networks are spreading ever faster in our everyday lives. We use them in the office, at home, in the supermarket or at the airport. Terms such as "new technologies" or "computer science" are becoming increasingly common in modern language. To ensure that young people can live and work in today's information society, we need to teach them the basics for understanding the proper use of modern information and communication technology as well as to convey a critical assessment of their limits. In this respect, the ICT subject contributes to the development of each student and promotes diligence and precision at work and in the pupils' mindsets.

In the first two years of the Secondary School, all students are taught ICT one hour per week. They are able to improve their knowledge and skills by using the computer, by working with word processing programmes, spreadsheets and presentation software, as well by learning about the possibilities and dangers of the Internet. They also explore the theme of multimedia for the first time. Videos are cut and sounds and pictures are edited. This will also provide a basis for the use of new technologies in other subjects and thus the subject supports interdisciplinary learning.

In the third years, ICT is no longer a compulsory, but a complementary subject. The students are taught the basics of web design and programming. There are first created their own websites and simple programs.

In the fourth and fifth years, ICT is an optional choice subject. Pupils can enhance the knowledge acquired in years 1 and 2 in this course, which is held two hours per week. The ICT programme has a modular structure and uses popular ICT-applications, placing special emphasis on the fact that one application is never isolated, but integrated into an entire powerful system. Pupils work mostly independently on smaller projects.

In the sixth and seventh years, the subject of ICT is again a two-hour option-choice course. It is primarily aimed for students who want to expand their knowledge and experience in the ICT field in view of a university degree or future career. The students are provided with an in-depth understanding of programming, web design, 3D visualisation as well as computers in general. This unit also has a module-based structure, in which the students mostly do project-oriented work.

The ICT classes are always taught in a way that is as close to reality as possible, which means that all teachers ensure that they keep abreast with the latest developments.