Technology has revolutionized every aspect of our lives, from interpersonal communication to the economy, from the entertainment industry to the education sector. Today's students are faced with many innovations that have fundamentally changed not only the way they learn but also their daily lives. It is impossible to ignore the enormous impact that modern technologies have had on students growing up with laptops, tablets and various digital systems. With all this in mind, the importance of technology in education becomes even more apparent. As learning styles change over the years and new technologies are gradually added to the curriculum, the presence of a teacher to guide students in the field of IT becomes more and more important. At this point, the Information Technologies Counselor Teacher enters the lives of students.
The digital age brings new technologies and therefore new challenges, not only in education but in every aspect of our lives. Therefore, it has become extremely important for students to learn how to utilize the full potential of modern society while still at school. Before we learn about the tasks carried out by the IT Counselor Teacher, we need to understand the role of the IT department in schools. Some of the most traditional functions of the IT department in schools can be summarized as follows:
One of the most important requirements of today's information society is integrating technology into the teaching-learning process. The Information Technology Counselor Teacher is responsible for teaching students the principles of technology and how to use basic information technology tools. The main responsibility of the IT Counselor Teacher is to teach students the principles of IT. The school levels where the IT Counselor Teacher is assigned are middle school and high school. The expectations of school administrators from the IT Counselor Teacher are grouped under three themes: extracurricular, information technologies and software course, and integration of information technologies into courses; while the expectations of students from the IT Counselor Teacher are grouped under two main headings: in-class and extracurricular activities.
In order to become an Information Technologies Counselor Teacher, you must first be an IT Teacher (Information Technologies Teacher). In order to become an IT Teacher, it is necessary to have a bachelor's degree in Computer Education and Instructional Technologies Teaching Department of universities that provide four-year education. The IT Teacher plays a role at three educational levels: middle school, high school and vocational high school. The IT Teacher teaches basic computer usage and coding basics in middle school, basic computer concepts, algorithms, Python programming language, robotic coding and web programming in high school, and database programming, network operator, web programming and computer technical service in vocational high schools.
Although it is voluntary to serve as an IT Counselor Teacher, in some schools it is seen as an obligation for the IT Teacher to take over this role. Interns cannot become IT Counselor Teachers. In order to become an IT Counselor Teacher, the candidacy must be removed. The main responsibilities of the IT Counselor Teacher are determined within the scope of the FATİH Project, which stands for "movement to increase opportunities and improve technology" and aims to create equal opportunities by using technology in education. Some of the main duties of the Information Technologies Counselor Teacher are as follows:
Technology is a bridge that connects students and the school. The smooth fulfillment of the tasks carried out by the Information Technologies Counselor Teacher ensures the adaptation of modern teaching methods to education and the design of learning processes that are more equal, accessible and applicable in the real world with educational technology. Educational technologies help the student to actively participate in the learning process, rather than just passively listening to lectures. Some of the benefits to schools of all the activities planned and carried out by the IT Counselor Teacher are as follows:
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