March 16, 2011

ICT

ICT  & Computing Information

Importance of ICT

The increasing use of technology in all aspects of society makes confident, creative and productive use of ICT an essential skill for life. ICT capability encompasses not only the mastery of technical skills and techniques, but also the understanding to apply these skills purposefully, safely and responsibly in learning, everyday life and employment. ICT capability is fundamental to participation and engagement in modern society.

ICT can be used to find, develop, analyse and present information, as well as to model situations and solve problems. ICT enables rapid access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures, and allows pupils to collaborate and exchange information on a wide scale. ICT acts as a powerful force for change in society and citizens should have an understanding of the social, ethical, legal and economic implications of its use, including how to use ICT safely and responsibly. Increased capability in the use of ICT supports initiative and independent learning, as pupils are able to make informed judgments about when and where to use ICT to enhance their learning and the quality of their work.

Key Stage 3 – Computing

All KS3 students will complete a series of computing work units to help develop skills and knowledge.  New computing work units cover the requirements of the new KS3 computing curriculum.  Topics/Units covered by KS3 students will include: E-Safety, Programming, How computers work, Databases, Spreadsheets, Presentation and Control.

Key Stage 4 – GCSE ICT / CiDA ICT

GCSE ICT

Edexcel GCSE ICT consists of two units of work:

Unit 1: Living in a Digital World

In this unit, students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. They learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts (learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and wellbeing and on the move). They develop an awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.

Unit 2: Using Digital Tools

This is a practical unit. Students broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts. They learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice.

CiDA ICT

CiDA consists of two units of work:

The Pearson Edexcel Level 2 Certificate in Digital Applications (CiDA) has been designed to teach digital design skills and to enable young people to use digital tools to express their creativity in an informed and responsible way. It aims to equip young people with the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to design and make effective digital products for others to use, and to support future learning and exploit opportunities in the creative digital industries.

Unit 1 – Developing Web Products

(Practical Exam – 25% of the total qualification)

This unit aims to give you the knowledge and skills you need to produce attention grabbing web products using web authoring software, multimedia assets and navigation features.  You will demonstrate your ability to design, build and test a web product in a practical computer-based examination set by Pearson.

Unit 2 – Creative Multimedia

(Project – 75% of the total qualification)

This unit aims to give you the skills to use the tools and techniques provided by multimedia authoring software to design and create effective multimedia products for specified purposes and audiences.  You will investigate a range of existing multimedia products to find out how different components are used to convey a particular message. You will discover that you like some of these products more than others and you will need to consider why this is the case.