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Computer science - High School CLIL activity


The CLIL activity conducted during the 5th year of the IT specialization involved 24 students during the 2nd period for a total of 5 lessons and 10 hours. Some of the topics covered:

Internet of Things: Explain the positive effects of the Internet of everything on our everyday lives

The value of the IoT: Identify the elements of the IoT

Things as an Element: Explain why data, people and processes are elements of the IoT

Introduction to the Cisco IoT System: Explain the features and functions of the Cisco IoT System

Introduction to Configuring Things: Configure devices to communicate in the IoT

Programming: Apply basic programming codes

Prototyping Your Ideas: Explain prototyping and its purpose

Implementing an IoT Solution: Explain an IoT solution to address real-world opportunities

IoT Security: Explain how the IoT increases the need for additional security measures

Digitally Transforming Everything: Explain the advantages of digitization

Want to Go Further?: Explain IoT educational and employment opportunities

The aim of the activity:

Learn how the current digital transformation is creating unprecedented economic opportunity

Understand how the IoT is bridging the gap between operational and information technology systems

Discover how standard business processes are being transformed

Security concerns that must be considered when implementing IoT solutions

Understanding technical videos, presentations, vocabulary and define IoT solutions

Explain IoT security issues

The transversal aims:

Technical communication

Information retrieval

Concepts and principles definition

The students had the opportunity to improve their learning of specific terminology in L2 English. The students have also developed good interdisciplinary knowledge and skills, have acquired an intercultural vision as well as have improved general competence in L2 English language by developing good oral communication skills. In the students who took the CLIL module "Introduction to Internet of Things" to the state exam these improvements were highlighted and very appreciated.

The strength of this experience was to increase the mastery of the subject in the students and to have brought their linguistic ability to a higher level. It would be necessary to update the CLIL teacher in the teaching competence of this methodology in order to have greater familiarity in the knowledge of the language to allow him to teach in the language on the topic of the day. The lack of a good knowledge of the CLIL language and methodology often leads the teacher to simplify and flatten the concepts, making the lessons less stimulating and complete. Furthermore the non-continuous updating of the language leads, sometimes, the teacher to use grammatically incorrect structures.