ICT at Home

As your child gets older, they will spend an increasing amount of time using a computer, whether doing research for homework tasks, chatting with friends or playing games. For a lot of parents, computers, and especially the Internet, can seem a little daunting. However, whilst your child may understand computers, and especially the Internet, better than you, they will still benefit from your help and guidance.

Using ICT at home

Obviously access to a computer at home is highly desirable. If the student has access to a computer then they can continue their studies at a time that is convenient to them. Access to the Internet is also extremely helpful since many of the tutorials and materials for ICT are stored electronically and can be downloaded from the school network via the Internet.

Nonetheless, for those without access to the Internet, a portable USB memory stick can prove to be a value substitute, allowing the students to easily copy materials in school and take them home. Students are also provided with many opportunities to use the ICT facilities in school.

There have been many studies in the UK and across the world on ICT’s effect on learning and teaching, and on the importance of having access to computers and/or the internet at home, both for children and parents. Here are some key findings:

  • Using ICT at home and at school develops a key life skill
  • Used effectively, ICT can improve attainment
  • Pupils enjoy using ICT and find it both motivational and fun
  • Parents like to use ICT to communicate with and learn more about school, and want to use it more
  • Using ICT provides access to a wider and more flexible range of learning materials

Home use of ICT by pupils:

  • makes learning more fun
  • improves students ICT skills
  • provides an alternative and interactive way of learning (using multimedia)
  • supports homework and revision
  • increases motivation, and facilitates more efficient and improved presentation
  • connects learning at school with learning at home

Software used by the ICT department

On the whole the School uses fairly standard software, in addition to this other departments use subject specific, specialist software with the students. The software used by the ICT department includes:-

  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Macromedia Dreamweaver (web authoring software)
  • Macromedia Fireworks
  • Macromedia Flash
  • Windows Movie Maker
  • Windows Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Paint
  • Paint Shop Pro
  • Scratch (animation software – this is free to download)

Some useful Internet resources

www.teach-ict.com a superb point of reference covering all Key Stages of ICT

Fonts

Free downloadable fonts

Keyboard skills

These sites are useful for those wanting to get faster and better at using a keyboard

Tutorials

Free tutorials for the common Microsoft applications:

Modelling software and resources

Resources to help with data modelling

ICT Search Detective

Try and identify the criminal with:

Miscellaneous sites showing you how to…

Setup, update, troubleshoot and customise your computer at home

http://www.pctechguide.com

Setup your Office applications (if some nice kind person has hidden your toolbars for example!):

How to move around Windows

http://www.ictadvice.org.uk/n2c_tutorials/using_windows.pdf

How to create somewhere to save to… and find it again!
http://www.ictadvice.org.uk/n2c_tutorials/file_management.pdf

How to number paragraphs in Microsoft Word
http://www.ictadvice.org.uk/n2c_tutorials/using_a_word_processor.pdf

How to sort data in Microsoft Excel
http://www.ictadvice.org.uk/n2c_tutorials/using_spreadsheets.pdf

How to efficiently search the Internet
http://www.ictadvice.org.uk/n2c_tutorials/using_the_internet.pdf