What are Cambridge ICT Starters? Cambridge ICT Starters meets international standards Cambridge ICT Starters is a specialized assessment programme created by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), a department of the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES). They offer an excellent Assessment area introduction to the world of Information and Communications Technology and leveling system (ICT). They provide a framework in which ICT skills and knowledge can be completely matched with the UK National Internationally Prestigious acquired and developed, in an environment tailored to children aged 4 to 14 years, in primary and secondary education. They are available at three levels - Curriculum for ICT at Key Stages 1, 2 and 3. Technology Assessments for Initial Steps, Next Steps and On Track. The learning objec- Children Aged 6-16 Characteristics of Cambridge ICT Starters Cambridge ICT Starters are not traditional information technology assessments. tives meet the Texas technol- Assessments are directly referable to the daily use of ICT or skills which ogy standards at Elementary students will inevitably encounter and rely upon and Middle School level (Texas' Project-based assessment format technology standards are fol- Assess students’ logical thinking and problem-solving skills lowed by the whole of the US) Objective oriented Students having finished the On Track level of the Cambridge Certification Starters can be promoted to Cambridge ICT Starters Cambridge Certification is available at TWO stages, provided that other Cambridge awards, which have the same techno- students complete the number of modules stated below within three logical level with IGCSE (O- Preparatory Courses years. level) or GCE (A-level). A Stage 1 certificate can be awarded on completion of all the Stage 1 modules with Pass or Merit Grade. A Full certificate can be awarded on completion of all the Stage 1 and Stage 2 modules with Pass or Merit Grade. Completion of the CSA Procedure Grading System Enrollment Fail, Pass or Merit Certificate Initial Steps Next Steps or Attend Preparatory Course grading On Track Stage 1 3 Stage 1 modules with at 4 Stage 1 modules with at Certificate least Pass grade least Pass grade Take the ICT Assessment Stage 1 (Merit) At least 2 out of 3 At least 3 out of 4 modules modules with Merit grade with Merit grade Upon completion of each module, students will be notified the results after Full Certificate 6 modules with at least 8 modules with at least around ten weeks of the assessment. Pass grade Pass grade Full Certificate At least 4 out of 6 At least 5 out of 8 modules (Merit) modules with Merit grade with Merit grade Upon successful completion of all the Stage 1 or Core modules at the corre- sponding level within 3 years, students’ work will be submitted to Cam- bridge for moderation. Students will be awarded the “Cambridge Stage 1 Certificate” after around ten weeks of the submission date.* Upon successful completion of all the modules at the corresponding level within 3 years, students’ work will be submitted to Cambridge for modera- Futurekids Preparatory Courses --- approved by UCLES Enquiry The preparatory courses are specially designed to prepare students ade- tion. Students will be awarded a full Cambridge certificate after around ten weeks of the submission date.* quately for the Cambridge ICT Starters assessments. The curricula are written Futurecyber Technology Solution Limited by the education professionals with doctorate degree from Futurekids Interna- Cambridge International Centre (Center No: HK071) tional Headquarter in the United States, which are approved by the University * Remarks: According to the regulation of Cambridge International Ex- Futurekids Computer Learning Center (School Registation: 29075, 29076) of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES). Futurekids has been the aminations (CIE), two schedules will be set for submitting students’ work first center in the world that launched the awards in April 2002 and 60 stu- to CIE for moderation annually. The submission dates will be set with ref- Address: Flat A, 7/F, China Harbour Bldg., dents of Futurekids became the first group students in the world achieved the erence to the number of qualified students annually. 370 King’s Road, North Point, Hong Kong certificate. Up to now, 2,300 students have achieved the certificate through Tel: 2503 1813 Fax: 2503 1861 Futurekids or in the progress of achieving it. Students can choose either attend the courses every week or during the E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org school holidays. Web site: http://www.futurekids.com.hk Regular Class students are recommended to attend the Enhancement Course to be eligible for sitting the assessments. Cambridge ICT Starters Preparatory Course Contents - Initial Cambridge ICT Starters Preparatory Course Contents - Next Cambridge ICT Starters Preparatory Course Contents - On Steps (Ages 6 - 8) Six Modules in Total Steps (Ages 9 - 12) Eight Modules in Total Track (Ages 13 - 16) Eight Modules in Total Modules Contents Modules Contents Modules Contents Documents Students are expanding their word processing skills, so Starting Text This module aims to support students in creating and Exploring This module aims to introduce word processing skills to stu- for a Purpose that they can create documents for many purposes. They (Stage 1 Module) editing simple stories and other short pieces of text. Documents dents to improve their ability to communicate with others, so (Stage 1 are able to create and format text, add tables, adjust prop- Students use appropriate techniques to ensure text is (Stage 1 that they are able to add images to documents, format text, Module) clear and error free, and use the graphics library. Module) arrange items on page properly, refine and organize the layout erties to allow graphics or other subjects to fit well within of a document for a specific audience. the document, use advanced formatting features to edit a document to make it more suitable for its purpose. Starting Images This module aims to support students in selecting the (Stage 1 Module) appropriate drawing tools, choosing colours and patterns Exploring This module aims to support students in using a variety of Multimedia Advanced production skills will also be introduced in this to create pictures with visual effects that communicate for a Purpose module such as creating an automated presentation for a Images graphical tools, such as the pick tool, the ellipse tool, the ideas. (Stage 1 target audience. Students learn to create storyboards for a (Stage 1 shape tool and different fill tools and line adjustment, to create Starting Graphs This module aims to support students to classify infor- Module) presentation, select appropriate and relevant materials, Module) and develop digital pictures and visual effects. (Stage 1 Module) mation, identify cells, columns and rows, enter and mod- insert appropriate graphics, videos, buttons, sound and ify data, perform mathematical operations, make use of hotspots, incorporate transition and animation with ap- charts such as pie or column charts, use graphs to an- Exploring This module aims to support students in using spreadsheets to propriate timings. swer simple questions and make comparisons. Spread- model mathematical data, to predict the effects of changes, sheets test out their predictions and work out what happens when Spreadsheets for This module enables students to work methodically (Stage 1 something is changed. They learn to enter data, text and accu- a Purpose through a design and development process, through which Starting Control This module aims to support students to program a (Stage 1 Module) rate formulae into cells, use SUM functions, apply appropriate they learn to construct a suitable spreadsheet to enable (Stage 2 Module) screen turtle’s movement through simple LOGO com- Module) number categories and create charts. the main information to be displayed and interrogated, mands. Students develop and record sequences of in- enter and modify formulas, carry out calculations, use If structions, accurately predict and check the results of Exploring In this module, students will learn about the basic structure of formulas, create appropriate charts and present findings in different instructions, through which logical thinking and Databases databases, identify fields and records, enter and edit data in most appropriate manner for content and audience. reasoning minds are trained. (Stage 1 databases, set data type, use different search techniques to Databases for a Students design and implement a database for specific Starting Searches This module aims to support students in using and Module) select required data and interpret data. They will also be intro- Purpose purpose. They learn to design the structure of the data- (Stage 2 Module) choosing appropriate techniques to find information in an duced different search engines in the Internet and learn the (Stage 1 base according to the needs of a client, test its functional- encyclopedia CD-ROM for the purpose, such as entering searching techniques in the internet databases. Module) ity, transfer data between applications, filter appropriate appropriate keywords, using menus and the alphabetical records, extract information on complex criteria, under- A-Z index. Exploring This module aims to support students in controlling the move- stand the concept of relational database and demonstrate Control ments of screen turtles, through writing simple instructions their awareness of data security. Starting Email The aim of this module is to let students to understand (Stage 2 and sets of procedures, to create shapes or simple pictures on Module) screen. They will be introduced to the programming language Control for a This module develops students’ use of sequences of in- (Stage 2 Module) how to use email software to send, reply and forward e- LOGO and will develop both ICT and mathematical concepts. Purpose structions to control devices and build sequences of mail messages. They learn the functions of different fold- (Stage 2 events to solve a problem. They need consider examples ers, address book and copy e-mail to other recipients. Module) Exploring This module enables students to become familiar with the of real life control systems, and evaluate systems including the Internet Internet and its uses, learn the standard features of browser their own control solutions --- identifying limitations. In (Stage 2 software in order to help collect, store and retrieve informa- working this module, the sequence Plan --- Test --- Modify Module) tion, use a search engine, bookmark sites, use complex search is very important. The fundamental logic and commands of methods and evaluate web sites. The aim is to give students the LEGO Mindstorms ---Intelligent House robotics sys- sufficient skills to be able to use the internet safely and effi- tem will be introduced in this module. ciently for information gathering. Website Design Through designing and constructing a website for a par- for a Purpose ticular audience, students understand the basics of HTML Exploring This module enables students to understand that e-mail is a (Stage 2 coding and learn basic web designing skills, such as layout E-mail component part of the Internet. They learn to send e-mails Module) design, text formatting, inserting hyperlinks, anchors and Bring-A-Friend Promotion (Stage 2 with carbon copies and blind carbon copies, read and forward hotspots. Module) e-mails, add and extract file attachments, use address book, recognize the difference between web-based and ISP-hosted e- Networks for a This module enables students to become familiar with mail. Purpose networks and their operation. Students need to under- ◢ When you introduce a new friend to enroll in (Stage 2 stand the fundamentals of IT networks (LAN, WAN etc.) Exploring This module aims to support students in using multimedia Module) and network operating systems. They need to identify the Futurekids computer course, you will be Multimedia software in order to create and edit presentations, recognizing purpose and components of a network, design and man- rewarded a HK$50 Coffee Gift Voucher. agement of a network. (Stage 2 the need for good design and clarity as well as the needs of an ◢ Your friend will be rewarded a Futurekids mouse Module) audience. Students learn to create and organize multimedia Video or Anima- Students learn to plan a video or an animation for specific pad. presentations using text, images, sounds, animations and link- tion for a Pur- audience, write simple storyboards, create source material ing pages. pose for video or animation, produce video or animation ac- ◢ Valid until: 31 December 2008 (Stage 2 Module) cording to the needs of the audience, add music to video or animation.
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