Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Courses offered

These grand courses are offered by UCT School Development Unit in December - Internet Basics, Google Earth for Educators and Interactive Whiteboard for Maths Teaching. Have a look.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

2011 Final matric exam Question 7 Access

In a previous posting I indicated that one should go over old examination papers before the big exams. I will now add go over old examinations papers in the venue which will be used for the examinations. Exams have to have questions on a specific set of skills so exam papers ask those skills. So those skills should be practised in the venue where the exam will be written to check if the computers ‘can’ answer the questions (as well as checking learners’ skills). Most computers centres have some or other feature which is unique to them and although they may be re imaged before an examination, I always suggest ‘use’ the centre, test it. And after this question, I suggest practicing mail merge with different versions of Access and your version of Word.
Have a look at how to solve the question.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Laptops and mobility

Laptops are mobile and allow one to work where ever. Family men have to work but also want waves so this man has the laptop with him while waiting for the right waves. Such a good illustration.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Examination papers

I have noticed on a number of social networking services that people are busy setting their November exam papers.  The CAT teachers could use the papers available from Study Opportunities, link with extra information extra information at 

Comments on 2011 CAT Matric paper

One of the benefits of this blog is that you can comment Anonymously or by using your name.   
How did the examinations go? How did the September paper set by Study Opportunities help prepare learners for the final examination?
Looking forward to seeing responses.

Friday, October 14, 2011


Latest information for CAT learners 
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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Guide to using Email

We teach such a useful subject! This week the local librarian was telling everybody about her fear of an assessment which she will be doing this week on Email. Mmmm – about not using capital letters for the whole email, how to reply, etc. I listened and tried not to brag about what a valuable subject we were teaching at school. Have a look at the file which I used at an adult course about email.

Here is part of the file

When to use

  1. When it is necessary to send information to many people
  2. When copy of instructions is needed by the receiver and the sender
  3. When sent to a distance and it is cheaper to communicate via e-mail than voice
  4. When unable to get the person in voice contact for time or distance reasons
  5. When sending a file attachment for perusal

When not to use

  1. When emotionally responding to a message
  2. When sending confidential information

Was the file/information useful?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Computer Applications Olympiad

I had the pleasure of attending the awards evening of the Computer Applications Olympiad at Kelvin Grove Newlands tonight. The finalists were a lovely bunch of young people from across the country. Well done to the Computer Society of South Africa for arranging the Olympiad. Congratulations to the finalists!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Computer Applications Olympiad

Today are the finals of the Computer Applications Olympiad! Good luck to all contestants!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

AUP for Social media

Our learners will probably be going into a world where social media is available from their office computer.  Their office/employer may not have an AUP policy however the learners should be made aware of do's and don'ts.  Have a look at this site for an acceptable use policy for social media.  Some very good comprehensive ideas.