of the Course
This IT course is designed for foundation
level pupils to work through with minimum assistance.
There are 36 lessons including notes for teachers
or parents showing the aims of the lessons and suggesting how
the pupil can be helped.
No specific platform or software product is assumed and only
generic software is referred to ("a spreadsheet" rather
than, say, "Excel on a PC running Windows 2000"). The
Draw and Paint
exercises are based on simple software which can even be found
as shareware. The exercises apply equally to Microsoft Office,
PageMaker, Express and Photoshop (for photo-retouching).
It is assumed that the pupil has basic knowledge
of switching on the computer and launching an application, manipulating
a mouse etc. However because different programs (and versions
of the same program) vary in the detailed way in which they function
it is also assumed that help guides and manuals are available
for instructions on specific applications.
1. To develop
skills in communicating and handling information.
This will include use of a word processor, a graphics program,
a desk top publishing program and an Internet browser.
2. To develop skills in controlling, measuring and modelling
This will include use of a spreadsheet and a data base.
The lessons are offered in a traditional linear pattern with,
at intervals, a project unit which enables practice of the recently
learned skills to be put into a practical context. More skilled
pupils may proceed quickly through lessons with which they are
familiar and spend longer on putting their skills into practice
in the project unit or extension work.
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