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    Ofsted says vocational courses dont offer as much challenge?! Rubbish!

    Im teaching the GCSE OCR spec B and all they have to do is create a webpage and write about it (in fact that's all they do)

    A vocational course like the iMedia offers far more challenge and its all practical and relevant. I think scripting a computer game is for more challenging and interesting (and relevant - think of where virtual reality may be going in years to come) then a spreadsheet or webpage.

    Part of the problem is that A level (and GCSE courses) are out of date as soon as they are written - my single year 13 pupil and I came across some notes today for her theory which talked about WAP ... at least that course is now dead after this year.

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    Ahhh (eyes glaze over) the hours spent tinkering with config.sys and autoexec.bat files....

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    And that is just plain cruel! 4/5 floppies for DOS followed by around 12 floppies for Windows. Ouch!
    Remember when Word for Windows 6 came on 45 floppy disks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by powdarrmonkey View Post
    Going to see Dunham live in April
    OT: Didn't know he was doing a show in the UK other whys I'd have tried to get tickets Then again at over £100 per ticket Jeff Dunham Tickets at Hammersmith Apollo in London on 07-04-2009 I'd probably wait for the DVD

    Wouldn't spend that much on seeing my favorite band! Still very jealous! Enjoy the show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    OT: Didn't know he was doing a show in the UK other whys I'd have tried to get tickets Then again at over £100 per ticket
    Bought them on the day they went on sale, £50

    Jean-Michel Jarre in May

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    Quote Originally Posted by powdarrmonkey View Post
    Remember when Word for Windows 6 came on 45 floppy disks?

    And I still have a set here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by powdarrmonkey View Post
    Jean-Michel Jarre in May
    Blimey is he still alive!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by powdarrmonkey View Post
    Remember when Word for Windows 6 came on 45 floppy disks?
    Office 97 ditto. And always, sods law...disk 45 would generate a CRC fail, and that was the entire evening wasted.

    I do believe I have 097s disks somewhere.

    My "All Windows" DVDs are my favourite posession ever..very dubious, but it's every version of DOS, every version of Windows from 1 through to 2003 datacenter (latest at the time), every bolt-on (MS BOB, plus packs, etc etc), all in ISO or IMG format, all creatable from the GUI on the 2 DVD set.

    I occasionally fire up NT4 for the crack of it. Even installed ME just to remind me why I skipped it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tech_guy View Post
    Blimey is he still alive!?
    Yeh, he performed Oxygene on the original synthesisers last year, I kicked myself when I found out on the same evening and was already committed to something But May should be good, he's touring

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    I remember installing office on my old 486sx a lot of fun that was I remember my mate always had to beat me bought a CDROM (Single Speed) doubled the memory and even got a decent chip DX2 50 I think. Mine for some reason still played Comanche better than his lol.

    The Intel's i486SX was a modified Intel 486DX microprocessor with its floating-point unit (FPU) disconnected. All early 486SX chips were actually i486DX chips with a defective FPU. If testing showed that the central processing unit was working but the FPU was defective, the FPU's power and bus connections were destroyed with a laser and the chip was sold cheaper as an SX; if the FPU worked it was sold as a DX.
    So both jinnantonnix and myself were right

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    Quote Originally Posted by jinnantonnix View Post
    I also had a game called "Stunts" (at least I think it was called that). It was a 3D car game where you could loop-the-loop and jump over stuff. Anyone remember that?
    Oh jeez I wasted half my life playing that game it was so addictive:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stunts_(video_game)

    And then there was Stunt Car Racer:

    [ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stunt_Car_Racer]Stunt Car Racer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]


    Geoff Crammond produced some ace driving games.
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    I agree totally and I've taught Computing, ICT and am now teaching Applied ICT.

    When I did my GCSE exam we wrote a database in BBC Basic that did file handling. It was brilliant at the time and what got me interested in coding (even though I was writing for the C64 at the time).

    When we moved on to ALevel Computing we did Pascal - anyone remember Cambridge Pascal on the Acorn Archimedes? I used an A3000 - one of the first in our sixth form. I wrote some ARM Assembler and my parents bought me an A3010 (green keys). I still have it in the loft. I remember using the Acorn WIMP libraries for my Pascal project.

    Now - GCSE is all about Office and demonstrating their skills in communcation/modelling and data handling. There is pressure to get the kids through and so you tend to take the easiest route and put it all on a plate. Step 1.... Step 2.... Step 3.... - some of the kids cannot follow that!

    ALevel - It's just got easier and easier. When I did Computing we had a two year course and 2 x three hour exams at the end. Now it's all modular. Study 6 or so topics and then exam. Rubbish.

    Two years ago I was asked to run ICT instead of Computing - so I fought for a while against it but eventually moved. Year 12 - Excel. Year 13 - Access with VBA.

    Last year I was asked to change again to Applied ICT. Again teaching Excel and Access.

    I'm bored moaning about it. ICT is a fantastic subject with so much out there to see and learn. The curriculum should be fluid with room for change.

    I'm just not sure where to put the pressure to get it changed. Maybe this report will push that change.

    Anyone got a link to the Ofsted report?

    Gareth

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