Schedule Day 1: (Start 8:00)

Topic: A profession in the IT industry

Material and preparation

  • Internet-enabled device (Office applications should work) is required for all days!
  • IT Occupational Interest Test Instructions (PDF Appendix, p. 45-60)
  • Headphones (for the e-learning courses)
  • Worksheets on Project Management, Frontend Design, Frontend Development, Backend Development (PDF Appendix, pp. 61-72)
  • Possibly material for posters for presentation (glue, pens, colours, paper)
  • E-learning access points (PDF Appendix, pp. 73-80)

Instruction and implementation

The welcome should be as interactive as possible. The purpose of the project week should be made clear, and an inventory of the students' experiences and opinions should be taken.

The following points could be addressed:

  • "What do you know about the IT sector?",
  • "Have you dealt with this area before and if so, could you please elaborate?"
  • "Do you know anyone who works in IT?"
  • "Are you interested in this area?"
  • "To what extent do you have contact with the IT sector in everyday life (perhaps even unconsciously until now)?"
  • The introduction can be exclusively verbal or can also be supported by the students briefly researching and presenting the most important key data on IT.

During the introduction, the pupils' expectations and wishes for the project week can also be asked.

Afterwards, it is useful to explain the daily routine: (see time table in chapter "Introduction and Overview")

  • Presentation of the project week
  • IT Occupational Stress Test
  • Method presentation Stand-up
  • Research on the topic of IT - 4 occupational fields - Worksheets
  • Presentation phase/final round
Students can ask questions at any time if they arise.

Since it can happen during the project week that the same teacher is not present every day and not for every block, it makes sense to have a pupil explain before each new block what has been discussed and worked on so far. This gives the teacher an overview of the topics that have already been worked on and which are still missing.

At the beginning of each day, the exchange can take the form of a "Daily Standup Meeting" (see p. 9). 

  • The aim is to coordinate the work and have a plan for the day.
  • The students can answer the following three questions:
    • What have I achieved since the last Daily Standup?
    • What will I achieve today?
    • Do I expect obstacles and can the team help me?
  • It is important not to exceed 10 minutes.

Presentation of the task / project week "My Website" incl. the requirements (see below).

At the end of the first block, the career interest test is conducted. (See PDF Appendix, pp. 45-60)

After the first break, the self-determined learning unit on the topic of professions in IT begins.

Self-directed learning unit: Have 4 e-learning courses completed

  • 3 professions (Project Manager, Frontend Designer, Backend Developer) + Introduction to the different professions in the IT sector
  • Group size: 3 persons (one topic can be worked on by more than one group)
  • The worksheets for the four groups can be used to help with group work and presentation. However, they do not have to be handed out directly if the class has enough ideas of its own for structuring the work.
  • Have students prepare presentations on the respective topics of the e-learning courses (with PowerPoint, posters, etc.).
  • At the end of the presentations, the students can create quizzes (e.g. via Kahoot). 

The presentation of the results takes place in the third block. Solving the quizzes together at the end of the presentations. After the presentations, the students can be asked questions and given feedback.

Reflection of the day.

Additional information Day 1

Explanation "My Website" project

The aim of the project week is to develop an idea for your own website with your own theme. The website is to be created using Canva,, studio.polotno, Wordpress or similar tools. NOT with PowerPoint. The tools mentioned are free and can also be used without registration.

Website is a compound word made up of the terms World Wide Web and site. Website is the term for a complete Internet presence on the Internet. A website consists of several web pages.

The pupils are allowed to think about the theme for the website themselves. 

The content of this website is to be thought up and visually designed. At the end of the project week, the whole idea will be pitched to a jury/the whole group. 

Along the way, many relevant topics related to the field of information technology (IT) are discussed. We get to know some professional fields in more detail and discuss the process of a project. This includes the project plan, dealing with difficult situations and also team-building measures.

What is a Stand-Up Meeting?

  • Exchange between several persons - standing and not sitting
  • Improving communication
  • Identification of difficulties/obstacles in only 10 minutes
  • Increase decision making
  • Knowledge of all is expanded
  • Progress is made transparent
  • Negligence can be difficult to conceal

Explanation of the occupational fields

Project Management

Project-oriented work has become an integral part of most modern companies. Therefore, project managers are essential for the successful implementation of projects. Project managers manage projects, coordinate the projects assigned to them in a company and have to fulfil these projects with a designated budget. They lead the teams responsible for implementation. Thus, project managers take on a great deal of responsibility. Project managers monitor and regulate three essential phases in company projects.

These are:

  • Idea and concept
  • Planning
  • Organisational implementation
  • Project managers control and monitor the necessary resources such as financial resources, staff and time during implementation.
  • Good project managers have clear leadership skills. They are self-confident and present their proposals with conviction. They are confident and can assert themselves even in the face of resistance. In addition to these soft skills, successful candidates need the following skills:
    • Initiative,
    • Problem-solving skills,
    • Creativity,
    • Entrepreneurial thinking,
    • Ability to work in a team,
    • Communication skills,
    • Critical faculties, Flexibility
  • Project managers' communication should be clear and precise. They are well organised and coordinate the necessary tasks in a timely manner. An awareness of potential problems and the ability to make contingency plans and respond to incidents are also characteristics of good project managers. They need empathy to assess the performance and capabilities of the team.

Frontend Designer

  • Web designers create, design and optimise websites. In doing so, they implement the desired "corporate design" of the client in terms of design and technology so that customers and companies are presented in an appealing way on the Internet.
    • Corporate design: visual appearance of a company. E.g. logo, typography, corporate colour in e.g. letterheads, interior design, product and packaging design and advertisements.
  • The creation of animations, graphics and layouts as well as the menu structure, chat function and voice control are among the tasks that web design must fulfil. Other activities of web designers include:
    • Talking to customers and planning the website together
    • Develop corporate design and implement it graphically
    • Create logos, lettering, graphics and animations
    • Design layout, structure and user-friendliness of the website
    • Keeping technical know-how up to date
    • Long-term customer care and continuous optimisation of the websites
    • Implementation of any technical wishes of the customers
  • Successful web designers are communicative and responsive to new clients. In the fast-changing technical world, they are constantly educating themselves. Technical expertise on topics such as coding, content management systems or special technologies such as source code editing or barrier-free websites are very important. Some web designers focus their work especially on the graphic-aesthetic area and pass on the technical functionalities to specialists. In addition to a sound technical knowledge of website design and a creative streak, some soft skills in close contact with clients are also an advantage. Web designers should be able to work both in a team and alone, organise their work well and meet deadlines.

Backend Developer

  • Backend developers design systems, add enhancements and maintain existing systems and applications. In development and maintenance, they deal with the part of an application that runs in the background, i.e. invisible to the user. The backend is often about processing data that is sent to the frontend.
  • The tasks of backend developers include:
    • The implementation and programming of systems and applications
      The analysis of requirements as well as the development, conception, implementation and maintenance of a system or application
    • Test and document the systems and programmes
    • To support internal developers in their work
    • Work with the frontend developers on one system
    • Conduct customer meetings
    • Implement elements and functions
  • Hard skills required
  • Good HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript skills
  • At least one programming language, e.g. PHP, Ruby on Rails, Node.js, Python, Java, C/C++
  • Good handling of relational databases and SQL
  • Basic knowledge of the frontend area
  • English skills
  • Soft skills needed
    • Ability to work in a team
    • An eye for innovation
    • Openness for new things
    • Creativity
    • Organisational skills
    • Analytical thinking skills