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What's New - March 2009

31/03/09

Added a task for A Level basic tasks for standard/generic applications software (subscribers only)

Added a new task for AS types of software used for basic tasks (subscribers only)

Added an answer sheet for AS types of software used for basic tasks (subscribers only)

30/03/09

Added a new task for AS specialist hardware and software for the disabled (subscribers only)

Added a new starter taskfor A Level characteristics of applications - '30 seconds' (subscribers only)

29/03/09

Added a new starter task for A Level vectors and bitmaps - '30 seconds' (subscribers only)

Added a new starter task for A Level Data Protection Act - '30 seconds' (subscribers only)

Added a new starter task for A Level Health & Safety- '30 seconds' (subscribers only)

Added a new starter task for A Level Mail Merge - '30 seconds' (subscribers only)

Added a new starter task for A Level Networks - '30 seconds' (subscribers only)

Added a new starter task for A Level Protecting Systems- '30 seconds' (subscribers only)

 

28/03/09

Added the weekly interactive ICT news quiz for w/c 23/03/09. Also added a printable, editable Word version (subscribers only)

 

 

27/03/09

Added a new activity for AS OCR 316 - OHPs - weighing up pros and cons - task and answers (subscription only)

Added a new activity for AS OCR 316 - electronic presentations- weighing up pros and cons - task and answers (subscription only)

Added a news story task for Government intervention- 'China criticised over YouTube block' (subscription only)

 

26/03/09

Added a new activity for AS OCR 316 - clipart - weighing up pros and cons - task and answers (subscription only)

Added a new activity for AS OCR 316 - thumbnails - weighing up pros and cons - task and answers (subscription only)

Added a news story task for User Interfaces or the Internet- 'a 3D web moves closer' (subscription only)

 

25/03/09

Added a new activity for AS OCR 315 - data types - student version and teacher answers. Kindly contributed by H. Aston

Added a new activity for AS OCR 313 - wizards, templates and macros - weighing up pros and cons. Kindly contributed by H. Aston

Added a new activity for AS OCR 313 - data entry forms - data entry forms evaluation. Kindly contributed by H. Aston

Added a new activity for AS OCR 313 - characteristics of applications. Kindly contributed by H. Aston

Added a new activity for AS OCR 313 - online route finding systems. Kindly contributed by H. Aston

Added a new activity for AS OCR 313 - benefits and limitations of standard application software. Kindly contributed by H. Aston

Added a new activity for AS OCR 313 - benefits and limitations of web authoring software. Kindly contributed by H. Aston

 

24/03/09

Added a new sorting task to AS ICT Linear, Non Linear and Hierarchical Presentations. (subscription only)

Added a news story task for A Level ADSL/Broadband- 'Virgin eyes 150Mb speed' (subscription only)

Added a news story task for A Level Data Protection Act- 'call to scrap illegal databases' (subscription only)

 

23/03/09

Added a new task and answer sheet to AS ICT Marketing and ICT in the future - 'mind map'. (subscription only)

Added a new task and answer sheet to AS ICT Medicine and ICT in the future - 'mind map'. (subscription only)

Added a new advantages and disadvantages sorting task to AS ICT Medicine and ICT in the future - 'mind map'. (subscription only)

Added a news case study for A Level communication and ICT- 'turn off the email and talk' (subscription only)

Added a news case study for A Level Freedom of Information Act- 'Freedom of Information' (subscription only)

 

22/03/09

Added a new task and answer sheet and to AS capabilities and limitations of ICT- 'true/false'. (subscription only)

Added a news story task for A Level software/internet- 'Microsoft launches its new browser' (subscription only)

Added a news story task for A Level copyright and piracy- 'MPs urge action on cinema filming' (subscription only)

 

21/03/09

Added a new 1-2 lesson SoW for year 7 presentations - based on the Loch Ness Monster

Added the weekly interactive ICT news quiz for w/c 16/03/09. Also added a downloadable PDF version to the news quiz page and an editable Word version (subscribers only)

Added a differentiated crossword (3 versions) and answers for OCR AS unit 316, characteristics of documents (subscription only)

Added a new task and answer sheet to AS Mail Merge - correct the teacher. (subscription only)

Added a new task and answer sheet to AS Mail Merge - exam style questions. (subscription only)

Added a new task and to AS bitmaps and vector graphics - 'sorting task'. (subscription only)

Added a new task and answer sheet and to AS bitmaps and vector graphics - 'true/false'. (subscription only)

Added a new task and answer sheet to AS graphic libraries - exam style questions. (subscription only)

Added a news case study for AS simulations/medicine - 'risk-free virtual anaesthetics' (subscription only)

 

20/03/09

Added a marksheet for KS3, Year 8, Pivot Stickfigure Animation project (subscription only)

Added a news case study for AS fraud/crime - 'Mobile users at risk of ID theft' (subscription only)

Added a news case study for AS protecting systems - 'No firewall - risking it all' (subscription only)

Added a news case study for A Level education and ICT- 'elearning for China' (subscription only)

19/03/09

Added 13 video tutorials for Audacity showing the basic skills needed for the year 7 sound project. These tutorials can be uploaded to your VLE or shared area (subscription only)

Tutorials cover:

  • Adding a sound clip to Audacity
  • Adding a second sound clip
  • Getting a sound track to repeat
  • Deleting part of a sound track
  • Adding silence before a sound track
  • Fading sounds in or out
  • Muting a sound track
  • Changing voice pitches on a sound track
  • Changing the volume of a sound track
  • Adding a blank audio track
  • Deleting a sound track
  • Zooming in and zooming out of a sound track
  • Exporting the audacity project as a .wav

Added a news case study for AS data sources - 'keeping the banks online' (subscription only)

18/03/09

Added a news case study for AS data sources - 'researching to know you' (subscription only)

Added a news case study for AS types of software - 'time to upgrade your software' (subscription only)

Added a news case study for AS backup and archive- 'the ticking time bomb' (subscription only)

Added a video case study for AS user interfaces- 'the future beneath your fingertips' (subscription only)

 

17/03/09

Added a news case study for AS storage devices - 'data storage - the online way'

Added a news case study for AS specialist hardware and software devices - 'eye movements control a computer' (subscription only)

Added a news case study for AS quality of information- 'garbage in, devestation out' (subscription only)

Added a news case study for AS input devices - 'hi-tech keyboards to fight the bugs' (subscription only)

Added a news case study for AS output devices - 'outputs for the future' (subscription only)

16/03/09

Added a complete 5 lesson scheme of work for year 7 - movie project. This project follows on from the previous sound project. (subscription only)

15/03/09

Added the weekly interactive ICT news quiz for w/c 09/03/09. Also added a downloadable PDF version to the ICT news blog.

Added the following new resources to the OCR AS section:

Data Protection Act task 1 (subscription only)

Data Protection Act homework (subscription only)

Copyright Designs and Patents Act task 1 (subscription only)

Computer Misuse Act task 1 (subscription only)

Freedom of Information Act task 1 (subscription only)

ICT and the disabled in the future - task 1 (subscription only)

ICT and medicine in the future - task 1 (subscription only)

ICT and protecting computer systems 1 (subscription only)

14/03/09

Added a news story review to the ICT news blog with suggestions for use in class: 'Supermodel' satellite set to fly

13/03/09

Added a news story review to the ICT news blog with suggestions for use in class: Health advert sparks gaming row

12/3/09

Added the following definitions to the glossary:

  • binary search
  • directX
  • multicore chip
  • face recognition
  • parity error

 

11/03/09

Added a news story review to the ICT news blog with suggestions for use in class: YouTube stands by UK video block

10/3/09

Added the following definitions to the glossary:

  • Design View
  • Datasheet View
  • Jargon
  • Interpreter
  • IP Address
  • Architecture
  • Intellectual property
  • infinite loop
  • LED
  • Information Management System


09/3/09

Added the following definitions to the glossary:

  • spaghetti code
  • splash screen
  • quicksort
  • index
  • insert sort

 

08/03/09

Added a news story review to the ICT news blog with suggestions for use in class: Firms 'sold workers' secret data

Added a news story review to the ICT news blog with suggestions for use in class: New guidelines on behaviour ads

Added a news story review to the ICT news blog with suggestions for use in class: Bionic eye gives blind man sight

07/03/09

Added the weekly interactive ICT news quiz for w/c 23/02/09. Also added a downloadable PDF version to the ICT news blog.

05/03/09

Added two new assignments for BTEC Level 3, Unit 24 - kindly contributed by Steve Thistlewood

Added two new assignments for BTEC Level 3, Unit 21 - kindly contributed by Dominique Stainton

 

02/03/09

Added the following terms to the glossary

  • Blob
  • Client
  • DPI
  • Scenario
  • Buzzer

01/03/09

Added the weekly interactive ICT news quiz for w/c 23/02/09. Also added a downloadable PDF version to the ICT news blog.

Added a spreadsheet tool to enable AS/A2 computing students to practice converting decimal numbers into binary numbers. Kindly contributed by Andrew Brunning.

Added a news story review to the ICT news blog with suggestions for use in class: Experts sound scam threat warning

Added a news story review to the ICT news blog with suggestions for use in class: Google users hit by mail blackout

Added a news story review to the ICT news blog with suggestions for use in class: Games consoles 'cause skin sores'

Added a news story review to the ICT news blog with suggestions for use in class: UK government backs open source software

 

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