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    Always got it working, how long it took and how many spare parts tho

    I done Business Studies which had IT tacked on. Would never have IT on it's own, unless you want to:
    > do it earily
    > after school as an extra
    > Have a good snooze mid-year
    > Google for 50mins out of an hr lesson

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    I took A level ICT because computing wasn't available at my school and I needed some sort of IT qualification. We spent the first year learning Excel and the second doing VBA macros in Access. Possibly the most boring subject imaginable, it's no surprise to me that nobody wants to take it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webman View Post
    Or Powerpoint.
    Quote Originally Posted by tech_guy View Post
    Ouch...!
    has a teacher nagging me for a while to set up an area for ASDAN student to put there site on when complete, did all this yday, went show them what to do, turns out they had just done power point presentations ..... i felt like crying!!!






    ps they were 10mb files too!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bizzel View Post
    I took A level ICT because computing wasn't available at my school and I needed some sort of IT qualification. We spent the first year learning Excel and the second doing VBA macros in Access. Possibly the most boring subject imaginable, it's no surprise to me that nobody wants to take it.
    same tho i selected do computing tho wen i arrived and was handed my timetable it read ICT, apparently computing had being dropped, the next year was spent doing excel and access.

    if i had know i would have gone straight to a different college....like i did the next year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gibbo_ap View Post
    has a teacher nagging me for a while to set up an area for ASDAN student to put there site on when complete, did all this yday, went show them what to do, turns out they had just done power point presentations ..... i felt like crying!!!

    ps they were 10mb files too!!!
    Did I burn your servers hdd as it was saving?

    One reason to upgrade to vista... mspaint compresses by default!!

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    It's clear that the internet needs a new .ppt top-level domain

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    I remember doing my Computer Studies course in the early 80's. Programming in BASIC, and really learning about how computers worked and functioned, partly because there were no office suites back then, and partly because even though there were word processors and spreadsheets the course didn't expect us to learn them because they were just software like all other programs. Computers can be fun and interesting in an educational environment. Just not in the way the UK curriculum goes about things!

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    New SLDs

    .ppt.uk? Would annoy the scots tho

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    Well I did an double A level year and half ago

    we did a few extra courses on the side too - was way too much had a double EE at the end which I dont think that looks good but what I know lol.

    but these are the units in the latest propectus, I think there has been changes or they have selected diffrent units (because i do know that computer artwork wasnt there). But the software we used was MSWord,MSAcess,MSFrontpage,MSPowerpoint,MS Publisher. For Programming we used VB6, Flash MX 2004 and Dreamweaver)

    Yr 1
    Unit 1
    ICT & Society

    Set assignment - externally marked
    Unit 2
    ICT & Organisations

    Internally Assessed
    Unit 3
    Data Handling

    Internally Assessed
    Unit 4
    ICT Solutions

    Internally Assessed
    Unit 6
    Computer Artwork

    Internally Assessed
    Unit 7
    Creating a Website

    Internally Assessed
    Yr 2
    Unit 8
    Project Management

    Internally Assessed
    Unit 9
    Software Development

    Set assignment - externally marked
    Unit 10
    Advanced Spreadsheet Design

    Set Assignment – externally marked
    Unit 11
    Communications & Networks

    Internally Assessed
    Unit 13
    Systems Analysis

    Internally Assessed
    Unit 14
    Interactive Multimedia

    Internally Assessed

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    Still don't get why they are teaching VB6... no one uses it, it's all .net (2005\2008\2010). Ok, similar.

    Before anyone says about the cost of software, express is free!

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt40k View Post
    Still don't get why they are teaching VB6... no one uses it, it's all .net (2005\2008\2010). Ok, similar.

    Before anyone says about the cost of software, express is free!
    Well hearing now of people who go there it now VB 2008, not 100% certain but I guess what you pay mircosoft is the support and the MSDN update files on CD, I could be wrong thou no idea, I thought express was only to hobby or students or anyone, but not companies/establishents etc

    Well prefer VB6 not a lot of additonal coding, since i have had ago on VB 2008, and hated it same with vista,office 2007, well vista slight ok but it not my appoval, look feel etc

    and for newbies tell them to go to start and they dont have a clue bcos it a windows logo LOL

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    Not sure about the whole Express full rubbish... [waits for Microsoft Sales Team too appear]

    Whilst we're waiting, love VB .net over 6... managed to make a whole program using the wizard, thrown in a few lines of my own code. Still that was some rubbish for college.

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    Our noble Head of ICT has previously been known to refer to A level ICT as "A level Microsoft Office".

    I took Computing - which our school offered, until this year. The A2 group who finish this summer will sadly be the last, it seems.

    I'm a staunch command line user - although far prefer the *nix shell to anything MS-DOS. I think I might stick cygwin on my work desktop, a few times I've come across something which is a bitch to do in Windows but which I'd know how to do almost instantly under linux.

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    We (me and NM) were also reminiscing about BBCs, CP/M, mainframes, reel-to-reel tapes, 386s and the coming of the almighty DX, early pentiums, amiga workbench, monkey island etc yesterday..he looked lost.
    386s and DX, Not sure about the 386 but the 486DX CPUs that the maths co-pro failed on were demoted to 486sx and 33mhz that weren't up to scratch were labelled as 25mhz I think?


    Wes

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    Quote Originally Posted by wesleyw View Post
    386s and DX, Not sure about the 386 but the 486DX CPUs that the maths co-pro failed on were demoted to 486sx and 33mhz that weren't up to scratch were labelled as 25mhz I think?
    You mean the Pentiums that couldn't do long division, or is this a bit of Intel history that I missed?



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