General Chat Thread, Fewer Students Taking 'A' Level ICT as a Subject in General; Always got it working, how long it took and how many spare parts tho
I done Business Studies which had ...
3rd March 2009, 02:02 PM #16
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
3rd March 2009, 02:06 PM #17
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.
3rd March 2009, 02:32 PM #18
Originally Posted by webman
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!!!
Originally Posted by tech_guy
ps they were 10mb files too!!!
3rd March 2009, 02:34 PM #19
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.
Originally Posted by bizzel
if i had know i would have gone straight to a different college....like i did the next year!
3rd March 2009, 02:44 PM #20
Did I burn your servers hdd as it was saving?
Originally Posted by gibbo_ap
One reason to upgrade to vista... mspaint compresses by default!!
3rd March 2009, 03:54 PM #21
It's clear that the internet needs a new .ppt top-level domain
3rd March 2009, 04:02 PM #22
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!
3rd March 2009, 04:03 PM #23
.ppt.uk? Would annoy the scots tho
3rd March 2009, 04:15 PM #24
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)
Set assignment - externally marked
Creating a Website
Set assignment - externally marked
Advanced Spreadsheet Design
Set Assignment – externally marked
Communications & Networks
3rd March 2009, 04:22 PM #25
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!
3rd March 2009, 04:25 PM #26
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
Originally Posted by matt40k
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
3rd March 2009, 04:39 PM #27
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.
3rd March 2009, 09:42 PM #28
- Rep Power
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.
3rd March 2009, 09:57 PM #29
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?
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.
3rd March 2009, 09:58 PM #30
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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