Short Course ICT â€“ 1a write up guide
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Short Course ICT – 1a write up guide Key Skills Section Introduction 1. What was the purpose of the task? (i.e. what have you been told to do?) 2. What does the Headteacher require from you in this project? (i.e. what image does she want of the school, what style, etc?) 3. What design decisions you have taken to meet the needs of the Headteacher? (i.e. how did your font choice, colour choice, layout choice, etc?) Planning 1. Show your initial planning sketches of possible layout designs. Annotate these explaining which are best. Information Gathering You must show a variety of ICT and non-ICT sources. For the higher grades, you must show 2 ICT sources. Mention all of these sources. ICT sources could include the Internet, clip art, scanned images, digital photographs. There must also be non-ICT sources used (i.e. School prospectus, Newsletter, Magazine, etc). 1. Describe the sources of NON-ICT information you collected and where they came from. Explain why they were suitable for your purpose. 2. Describe the ICT information you have collected and how you found it. Show screen prints of your google searches highlighting what key words you used. Show how you refined these keyword searches to get to better information. For the higher marks you need to show you have used complex searches (look at Google Advanced Search) Presentation Evolution 1. You must show at least 3 screen prints which show the evolution of your Powerpoint presentation. You must provide reasons for the developments you have made. 2. You must show need to include more than one printout showing how the work has been developed, e.g. before and after alterations. 3. You should write down why they have developed the work in the way they have and why it matches their purpose. Types of Information You must show that you have incorporated text, graphics and number. 1. Show a printout of your text explaining why you chose that particular text and what it adds to your presentation. 2. Show a graphic that is appropriately located in your presentation. 3. Show your slide with your graph on it and a screen print of your spreadsheet. 4. Show a printout of your spreadsheet with just the formula showing. Editing and Consistency of design 1. Show where you have used the formatting and editing functions of Powerpoint (For example, cropping an image you have downloaded or reformatting an imported piece of text). To evidence this, screen the original text or image (perhaps from a website) and show the final formatted word or image in your Powerpoint presentation. Editing is considered to be a change to the content of the information, whilst formatting is considered to be a change made to the appearance of the information. Make sure you evidence an example of editing and an example of formatting. 2. Show that you have used a consistent font and layout across your slides. Show various screen prints and annotate highlighting the common factors. Accuracy 1. Explain how your work was checked, by being proof-read by someone else and/or using a spell-checker. 2. You must have evidence that the work was checked: a. the proof-reader (an adult) writes a note confirming they have read through and checked the accuracy of your final draft; b. You have screen-shots showing your use of the spell-checker and show error messages. 3. You must have evidence of changes you made as a result of the checks: a. a printout of your draft work before it was checked and another afterwards. b. both printouts annotated to show any changes you made. 4. Explain how you identified any errors and their causes. File Management 1. Show that you have managed your folder and file names appropriately. Screen print your folder with your short course material in. Document Evidence 1. You must include evidence of your Powerpoint presentation. Print of all of your slides in Notes form (3 slides per page). Annotate this with any details that are not clear from the print out. (i.e. animations, sound, etc) 2. You must include a printout of your spreadsheet data (normal and formula view) and your graph. Additional Skills Section Advantages 1. Describe the advantages of using ICT to create: a. your logo b. your business card c. your headed notepaper d. your leaflet 2. Describe any disadvantages to using ICT 3. Compare how you created the above products with how you might have tried to create them with NO use of ICT. Hint: The advantages of using ICT should be obvious, disadvantages are harder to find but you might want to consider lack of individuality (imagine how similar some leaflets might look if everyone had to create the products for the same company due to the use of similar clip-art or photographs). Comparing ICT use with non-ICT use is easier, imagine if you had to type in all the text, draw all the art-work, take all the photographs using film, alter the photographs, create the graphs etc, and then send it off the final versions to a printing company. Discuss: How easy would it be to alter or update text and images as the products were being created? How easy would it be to create several versions for a customer to compare? How easy would it be to find suitable information such as text, images and numbers without the Internet? For each of the above points, try and explain how it could be done (if at all) without the use of ICT. Health and Safety 1. Describe how you took care of any equipment you used such as scanners or digital cameras, as well as the computers themselves. 2. List two methods you used to ensure that you worked healthily and safely. Copyright 1. Explain what is meant by confidential or copyrighted information 2. Describe the steps you took to respect confidentiality 3. Describe the steps you took to observe copyright. Hint: it is unlikely any of your material was confidential unless it contained someone’s personal details. Hint: information (images, text and numbers) on websites is usually copyrighted unless it clearly states otherwise. You should email the owner of the website and ask permission to use the information (you will need to print out the email you sent and any replies you get). Virus protection 1. Describe ways of minimising the risks from viruses and then describe any steps you took personally. 2. Copy some of your files onto a floppy disk and then use the school anti-virus software to scan the disks. Take screen-shots of the scan in progress and/or the results of the scan and annotate them. Hint: If all your work was done on the school network then you can refer to the fact that: the school network has a virus checker which scans all floppy disks and files saved on the server the school virus database is updated weekly, automatically via the Internet If you did work at home then refer to any precautions you took transferring files to and from home and what virus protection is installed on the home computer.