AS ICT, Business Studies, Economics and French trip to Paris

This trip will run from Sunday 1st February until the 4th February 2009, inclusive. Please print off a copy of the letter and sign and return it to Mr Page by Friday 3rd October.

Instructions for the trip are to be found here.


Week 5: INFO2 3.2.8,9 Factors affecting, and consequences of the use of ICT.

This week we are going to start work on a wiki in order to cover the section, “Factors and Consequences of ICT”. We’re going to build pages covering different yet relevant topics.

A wiki is a tool for creating and editing documents by a group of people working online. Wiki users can add, edit and delete content on individual pages, and add new pages to the wiki. Wiki users act collaboratively to create and amend the content. Wikis are being used for a variety of purposes; the best known wiki is Wikipedia.  A wiki page can be edited by only one person at a time. This is something to bear in mind as you plan your collaborative work. However, you can divide up the work and address individual pages separately. You can edit each others pages, but bear in mind that it’s only polite to indicate, or ask if you intend to do so. Anything I’ve done so far can be amended or deleted by the group. I will be checking regularly to see if you are on track though, and covering some useful topics in this section.

The wiki is a tool to assist in the creation of your notes on this topic. Use your textbooks for guidance, but find resources online and from my delicious link “social_effects”. A template has been set up for you, but you should add to, edit and create further pages. Follow the links in the sections below to access an example wiki, the template, and instructions on how to get going.

Example wiki  other education example and template wikis

Our wiki

Wetpaint wiki instructions


Food for thought; this comes with a health warning.

Read these two extracts from PC Pro Magazine: one where a GCSE student has commented on the nature (hazards?) of sitting an ICT exam, and another where comments are made about getting that valuable second mark in an answer.

INFO2 3.2.6 Worksheet and Test preparation

Please would students complete this worksheet on Backup and Recovery. You can email the completed task to me.

There will a test on the work we have done so far (All of 3.2.5 Safety and Security of Data) on Thursday 2nd October. Review all notes and resources on this topic. A useful broadsheet on the topic is also available.

Visual outlines can be obtained from the ClickView video Player: Information Technology, “Inside Story: Social and Ethical Issues in IT”, Network Security, Securing the Web. There is also a video clip in the Business section, “So you want to work in an office?” Series 1 – Part 3, on Backups.

INFO2 3.2.6 Backup and recovery

We’re going to spend time on backup procedures for the rest of this week.

The Teach-ICT  website has some good content on this topic. Have a look at the resources on my delicious link as well. Once this is done, use your textbooks and the resources to make an efficient set of notes on this topic.

Week 4: INFO2 3.2.5 Safety and Security of Data

Over this weekend I posted a link to PC Pro magazine on the blog, and on todays delicious bookmark, an article on virus threats – are they real? Students should read the section on Limeware in particular. There are some very good features articles on all aspects of computing and ICT and you should search for other topics using their online search facility. The September issue has a piece on sensitive data being removed from company premises; an interesting news probe. We keep hard copies in the library, as well as .Net and PC Format magazine. At the end of the month, these magazines come into the department, so find them at the back of the classroom and READ.

After an overview of what we’ve covered recently we’re going to ensure that students know how to deal with internal threats to ICT. Students must login to my delicious and select the ‘Security’ tag. The links dated for today (21st Sept) will enable you to create a table where you should list how employees could be lax with IT clerical procedures in an office environment. Your table should show percentages, where possible, and you must consider how a company could deal with these threats. I suggest you start from the bottom of the links and work up to the top one. Students should include: 1. Basic office procedures in IT (including passwords) 2. System access rights 3. File & folder access rights 4. SSL and https 5. Encryption.    


A new blog for A2 Level students

After 3 weeks of using a blog to deliver guidance for lessons, I’ve decided that this particular blog appears a little cumbersome for both AS and A2 students to navigate, at the same time. Scrolling up and down to find the last entry for your year is tricky; entries for AS and A2 look the same. So, I’m moving the A2 blog across to here. This blog will continue to be run – for AS students only. Hopefully, this will make browsing for your work a lot easier. AS students should have a look at this final worksheet and markscheme on the topic of Safety & Security of Data.