Power up computer know-how

11th February 2005 at 00:00
Tessa Bartley looks at books to help students get to grips with applications, and help teachers make the most of ICT

Computer Wizards series Windows Magic Excel Magic By Claire Pye and Paul Virr Franklin Watts pound;4.99 each

Standard Grade Computing Studies By Robert Gibson Hodder Gibson pound;13.99 or pound;15.99 with answers

Meeting the Standards in Using ICT for Secondary Teaching By Steve Kennewell RoutledgeFalmer pound;17.99

ICT and Primary Mathematics: A Teacher's Guide By Nick Easingwood and John Williams RoutledgeFalmer pound;16.99

Cre8ive ICT By Antony Smith and Simon Willcocks David Fulton pound;15

The Computer Wizards series provides comprehensive instructions for young children learning to use Microsoft applications. Windows Magic helps them set up their desktop and create folders for their work, while Excel Magic takes them into the world of spreadsheets, with instructions for creating tables and charts.

There are simple instructions and colourful screenshots illustrating each stage of the program, simple explanations of the terms used and guidance notes and useful terms at the back of each book. Word Magic and Internet Magic are also available.

An updated version of Standard Grade Computing Studies is now available, encompassing the newly revised syllabus. Covering topics from word-processing and databases to surfing the internet and creating web pages, this book covers the whole content of the programme, with coloured diagrams and case studies. A comprehensive appendix lists explanations of terms used in the book. Standard Grade Computing Studies is non-specific in terms of computer systems and programming languages and can be used with any software. A teacher's version is available with 30 pages of solutions at the back.

Meeting the Standards in Using ICT for Secondary Teaching explains how ICT has the potential to improve teaching and learning across the secondary curriculum.

There is a chapter dedicated to how different elements of ICT, including word-processing, multimedia presentations, spreadsheets and the internet, can be introduced into existing lesson plans. Other chapters show, with case-study examples, how to use ICT in specific subject areas, and there are suggestions on how to teach a class when you only have one computer, what factors to consider when managing a computer room, and the impact of ICT on assessment. This book is aimed at both trainee and experienced teachers, and is full of great advice.

ICT and Primary Mathematics provides ideas for including ICT in lesson plans for primary maths, to increase ICT knowledge and improve learning.

There is advice on planning and delivering lessons, how to use floor and screen "turtles" and how to get the best of out of your interactive whiteboard. There also chapters on the use of databases and spreadsheets to handle data and create diagrams, and suggestions for capitalising on software such as Logo.

Cre8ive ICT aims to encourage pupils to be creative when using ICT. Using standard applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel, pupils can make their work more interesting and artistic by inserting clip-art pictures, their own scanned pictures, or photos, charts, shapes and "word-art" lettering. Using the drawing tools in these applications andor Microsoft Paint, they can create colourful, multi-dimensional images to liven up essays, presentations or projects. The book gives examples of activities that can be used by individuals or groups, in the classroom or at home.

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