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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    "ICT" as a subject isn't necessarily about the technical aspects of computing, that's what we are here for. This is especially true at GCSE / A-level - ICT at school is aimed at people who'll be working with ICT (i.e. most everyone) in their job, not in ICT as their main job. So, I can quite understand ICT teachers not necessarily knowing every aspect of IT practice.
    I can accept what you are saying with GCSE, but not A-Level. The course I took at A-Level went much further then just how to "use" a computer. It was designed for people who were probably going to be working IN ICT as their job role. It's not something someone who wanted to become a secretary would take. While the teachers here didn't always have the appropriate experience or knowledge (I have some horror stories about this), most had previously worked in IT in industry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by _Bat_ View Post
    I can accept what you are saying with GCSE, but not A-Level. The course I took at A-Level went much further then just how to "use" a computer. It was designed for people who were probably going to be working IN ICT as their job role. It's not something someone who wanted to become a secretary would take. While the teachers here didn't always have the appropriate experience or knowledge (I have some horror stories about this), most had previously worked in IT in industry.
    I think this is a "different situations" problem again - I work in a private prep/secondary school with its own Sixth form, so I'm used to thinking of A-levels as things you do before you go to university. I see no value in having someone who's going off to do an IT-related degree do ICT, hence there's no great need for ICT teachers to be able to do any hands-on technical stuff. That doesn't hold for Computing A-level, of course - if a school or college offers Computing then the teacher should know their technical stuff (but I still don't think Computing is worth the bother if you're off to do an IT degree).

    I didn't think any of the new (first exam 2009) A-level ICT syllabi looked like they included anything much in the way of that hands-on technical stuff (actually, as pointed out over in the TES forums, pretty much all the new syllabi do is re-organise the same somewhat dull, dreary material so the theory stuff is done in the first half, making it easier to do ICT as an AS level, and then a large part of the second year of the full A-level consists of a really dull project). Maybe the hands-on kind of stuff has been shifted to "Computing" A-level or some other qualification these days?

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    When inserting images into Word documents, powerpoints etc encourage students to:

    Save the picture to their home area.
    Then in the document: File > Insert Picture > and select the picture.

    Rather than copying and pasteing straight from the Internet into the document.

    By inserting it, it dramtically reduces the size of the picture they're working on.

    Delete the picture from home area after!
    Last edited by flashsnaps; 25th July 2008 at 04:08 PM.

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    When ironing wool or wool blend garments try to iron then inside out to prevent 'shine' developing. To get your creases in the trousers then lightly spray the trousers with a demister, place an irish linen tea-towel on top and iron using plenty of steam on a medium (**) to hot (***) heat.

    No? Wrong sort of tip?

    When taking personal data of students on and off site ensure that it is in an encrypted folder by using software such as TrueCrpyt.

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    If you're wearing a suit and you're feeling really lazy, you can get away with ironing just the front of your shirt.

    The house always wins.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maniac View Post
    If you're wearing a suit and you're feeling really lazy, you can get away with ironing just the front of your shirt.

    The house always wins.
    Just make sure to take it off first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kesomir View Post
    Just make sure to take it off first.
    Ahhhh, that's what I'm doing wrong!

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    Best Ironing tip, get someone else to do it for you Ive never ironed anything more than a hankey hehe Fixed the iron when broken and replaced its flex but nothing more than that

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    Best ironing tip (one fresh from the book of student)...just use lots and lots of softner and hang stuff up and there's no need to iron!

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    Not just the book of student..
    I rarely iron anything. Apart from the 'lots of softener' trick, if you are lucky enough to have a tumble drier but don't want to use it too much due to cost (and shrinkage of clothes), put dried but badly creased clean clothes in a tumble dryer for 5 mins and make sure you are there when it stops, so you can take them out and shake them..works like a charm

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    Take them out and wear them works better......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joedetic View Post
    Best ironing tip (one fresh from the book of student)...just use lots and lots of softner and hang stuff up and there's no need to iron!
    Need to iron but got no access to iron or dryer (hotel room for example) then hang them up in bathroom and take a shower the stream will get rid of the wrinkles..

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    A bit off topic of ironing tips, I'm in South Africa and will sadly not be attending BETT, is there any chance this book of tips can be turned into a PDF or something similar so I can have copies printed for staff here?

    Thanks!

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    BSF Cons..... the BSF goes on about the Pros

    a list of what negative impact it will have on the Support Community..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick_Parker View Post
    A bit off topic of ironing tips, I'm in South Africa and will sadly not be attending BETT, is there any chance this book of tips can be turned into a PDF or something similar so I can have copies printed for staff here?

    Thanks!
    TIPS..
    Do not walk alone at night...

    Do not walk through central JHB/DBN/Any other big city

    Do not feed the Baboons

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