Subject leader: Mr McConnachie

ICT is now an everyday part of any student’s developing world. Society today uses masses of information in many forms including text, graphics, animated visual images and sounds. The increasing use of technology to put this information across to different audiences has changed the face of communication and in recognition of this, ICT has become a core Subject at Kilgarth School. Information Communication Technology (ICT) is used throughout the curriculum by all subjects and in many different contexts.  In addition to this, all students receive discrete ICT lessons during Key Stage 3.

Year 7

File management
Presentation Skills
Desktop Publishing
Spreadsheet design
Data Handling
Scratch Programming
Representing Data, Images, Sound and Text

Year 8

Sequencing Instructions
Internet research
Information, reliability, validity and Bias
Email features and functions
Music design and production

Year 9

Computer Programming
Graphic Design Modelling
Technology in the Future
3D design and Google Sketchup
Impact of ICT on society
Python Programming

 Key Stage 4

Students take part in a variety of activities and opportunities to acquire competence and skills in Information Communication Technology.  This allows them to use ICT independently to demonstrate their ability to gather, store, process and present information using information systems.

Welcome to the course

ECDL will help you to improve your IT skills.  Not only will you gain a GCSE if you pass but you will also gain a qualification which many employers and colleges see as being very important.
Good luck!

Outline of the Course and Modules

ECDL qualifications comprise a combination of the modules listed:

  • IT user fundamentals
  • Word processing
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Presentation software
  • Improving productivity

Students are expected to be competent in the above areas and will carry out a 45 minute exam on each module area after a certain amount of teaching time.

Word Processing (What do I need to learn)?

  • Work with documents and save them in different file formats.
  • Choose built-in options such as the Help function to enhance productivity.
  • Create and edit small-sized word processing documents that will be ready to share and distribute.
  • Apply different formats to documents to enhance them before distribution and recognize good practice in choosing the appropriate formatting options.
  •  Insert tables, images and drawn objects into documents.
  • Prepare documents for mail merge operations.
  • Adjust document page settings and check and correct spelling before finally printing documents

Presentations (What do I need to learn)?

  •  Work with presentations and save them in different file formats.
  • Choose built-in options such as the Help function within the application to enhance productivity.
  • Understand different presentation views and when to use them, choose different slide layouts and designs.
  • Enter, edit and format text in presentations.
  • Recognize good practise in applying unique titles to slides.
  • Choose, create and format charts to communicate information meaningfully.
  • Insert and edit pictures, images and drawn objects.
  • Apply animation and transition effects to presentations and check and correct presentation content before finally printing and giving presentations.

Spreadsheets (What do I need to learn)?

  • Work with spreadsheets and save them in different file formats.
  • Choose built-in options such as the Help function within the application to enhance productivity.
  • Enter data into cells and use good practice in creating lists. Select, sort and copy, move and delete data.
  • Edit rows and columns in a worksheet. Copy, move, delete and appropriately rename worksheets.
  • Create mathematical and logical formulas using standard spreadsheet functions.
  • Use good practice in formula creation and recognize error values in formulas.
  • Format numbers and text content in a spreadsheet.
  • Choose, create and format charts to communicate information meaningfully.
  • Adjust spreadsheet page settings and check and correct spreadsheet content before finally printing spreadsheets.

Productivity (What do I need to learn)?

This unit is about the ability to plan, evaluate and improve procedures involving the use of IT tools and systems in order to improve the productivity and efficiency of work activities.

An intermediate user can plan and review their use of predefined or commonly used IT tools for work activities that are at times non-routine or unfamiliar. As a result of reviewing their work, they will be able to devise solutions in the use of IT tools in order to improve work productivity. Any aspect that is unfamiliar will require support and advice from other people.

A work activity will typically be ‘non-routine or unfamiliar’ because:

  • The task or context is likely to require some preparation, clarification or research (to separate the components and to identify what factors need to be considered, for example, time available, audience needs, accessibility of source, types of content, message and meaning) before an approach can be planned; and
  • The techniques required will involve a number of steps and at times be non-routine or unfamiliar.