Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Monday, November 18, 2013

Gr 11 Theory November Memo

Gr 11 Theory November Memo
There is a mistake on the memo for 1.7. We cannot put the answer here, but please be careful.

Gr 10 Theory November 2013

Gr 10 Theory November 2013

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Gr 11 Theory November 2013 - Check

Grade 11 Theory Paper (English version):
Q 10.4.1: The word 'date' should be 'data'.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Gr 11 Theory November 2013

Gr 11 Theory November 2013 question paper

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Monday, November 11, 2013

Gr 11 Practical Paper November 2013 Solutions

Gr 11 Practical Paper November 2013 Solutions

Gr 10 November Practical exam

Gr 10 November Practical exam
Please change marks. Question 3.2.2 should be ONE mark and 3.4 should be 4.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Exams at end of 2013

Have a look to see what will be examined in the November Gr 10 and 11 Theory and Practical exam papers.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Survey – e-books

If you are using the Computers, part of your lives series and want to use it in e-format (e.g. on Tablets), then please complete the following and e-mail it to with “e-Book” as the subject line.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Value of CAT

I met a neighbour recently who told me with great pride that her daughter was doing, at great expense, a well-known computer course and writing and passing with 90+% their exams. She hopes to get a job with the qualification. She had passed Excel, Word and PowerPoint. The course was a textbook with a DVD with data files. She was studying on her own. I listened as a good neighbour does.
I gave the daughter some quizzes on Excel from the Gr 10 textbook which she could not do! It is costing her so much money. It appears to me that the test marks are not valid and she still knows so little. She will not get a job with that qualification. I wish learners valued the CAT work done at school and that more learners took the subject of CAT.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Qualification for CAT teachers

Friend has been teaching CAT for 10+ years.  Has repeatedly had best Matric results in the district. Now her principal requires her to get registered with SACE which means getting a degree and then a teaching diploma.
This requirement will not really improve her CAT results.
If she does her studying part time through Unisa what should she do her degree in – she teaches CAT?  Unisa does not offer a degree in CAT and she already has her advanced Computer Drivers Licence in the Office suite.
Should she spent all that time and effort on getting those qualifications or just give up a successful teaching career?  
She has about 15 years to go before she would have to retire.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Students did their photography exam blindfolded

Students did their photography exam blindfolded. They were told the conditions, e.g. dark, sun from the left, shadow, etc. and then told to take the photograph. They had to know their camera and how to use it while blindfolded - fluidly.
That is how one would expect CAT learners to know and use the Office suite of applications. They should know when to use and how to use the available applications to solve a problem. This requires many activities and exploration of the packages, and use and use and more use in open ended situations until they become fluid. We must help our learners reach that level of competence.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Thank goodness

Thank goodness for CAPS and the PAT. Thank goodness for a document, i.e. CAPS, which spells out exactly which must be taught in each grade and for the PAT which revises so many aspects of the practical work.

I was called in in the middle of the 1st term to teach a grade 12 class at an unnamed school. Every practical lesson, e.g. mail merge (Word), working with dates and times (Excel) and calculations in queries and reports (Access) has brought to my attention that basics are missing.  (These topics were taught in the first term as they are suggested in the grade 12 textbook I am using.)

I am now working on phase 1 of the PAT. I am aware that it should already have been done but …
Today I am so excited. The learners were expected to but could not, but they learned

  • how to insert a section page break 
  • the difference between portrait and landscape orientation 
  • how to convert text to a table 
  • how to insert a column to an existing table 
  • how to insert a row to an existing table 
  • change case 
  • the difference between a heading and a sub heading 
In the past this class did not have a textbook. The teacher used and did what she wished, I think. In future, with CAPS, it will be clearly defined what should be taught, per grade and per term so a teacher can be held responsible for work not taught in a particular grade.

Thank goodness for CAPS. Thank goodness for the PAT as it gives one an opportunity for doing revision. Thank goodness for a Department of Education for supplying approved CAPS textbooks to schools.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

June 2013 exam papers

Please have a look at the description of the scope and length of the June exam papers.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Computers, part of your life – Grade 12

Computers, part of your life – Grade 12
A textbook for Computer Applications Technology
The Grade 12 English and Afrikaans versions of the popular Computers, part of your life series, have been approved by the Department of Education!
These textbook are in a larger (A4), more user-friendly format compared to our previous books and each textbook includes a free DVD. 
You can rest assured that this textbook will provide your learners with everything they need to prepare thoroughly for the first Grade 12 CAPS exams in the coming year.
More information and some samples will be uploaded soon.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Stupid people I have met recently

Some Gr 12 learners handed in work. The files have their names in the file name. Two of them have exactly the same mistakes which mean that one learner must have given the files to the other learner. 
A teacher studying part-time for a post graduate degree submitted a file for examination. Three pages were in a style different to the rest of the document. A quick check on Google showed that the work had been copied exactly as it appeared online, without a reference. 
An editor of a xxxx journal had text copied exactly from a web page, without any credit to the original author or web page. 
What is wrong with these people? They can be regarded as stupid as their theft can so easily be checked in the digital world by looking at file properties and using Google. And copying is theft. And where is their morality? Is theft now normal?

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Calculated queries and reports in Access

It is so interesting watching grade 12 learners trying to work out how to do calculated queries and reports in Access using fields (NCS Grade 12, not CAPS Grade 12). I had hoped that those who had done Maths Literacy would sail through the section about profit, percentage increase, etc. but that has not happened in the class I have. It is in their Maths Lit curriculum but they seem to have difficulty transferring those concepts to the computer class. This seems to indicate that the Maths Lit concepts have not been successfully learned or internalised. Maybe the learners who have gone through the CAPS curriculum will find it easier, one can only hope.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Exam papers in 2013

Information re exam papers by Study Opportunities
Entry form to obtain exam papers by Study Opportunities

Sunday, February 17, 2013

What is right?

Seen in my trips around the country - The computer laboratory is used as a CAT classroom for two periods a day. For the rest of the day it is used as a classroom for another subject for 3 periods where computers are not used at all.
What a waste of capital! The computers in a computer laboratory should be fully utilised! South African learners should all leave school computer literate; computers are found in curriculum statements for every subject, so how can a computer laboratory stand empty or be used a paper, and chalk and talk classroom?

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Grade 11

CAT Grade 11 Missing data file for Module 3.2 Page 162

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Computer Olympiad

Computer Olympiad Talent Search closing date 12 March 2013. Go to  for more information.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Posters, i.e. words and concepts all around

The school year has begun. Learners must know key words and key concepts. To help process that information they need to see the words, hear the words and use the words. To help see the words they need posters in the classroom. The following link is the best guide I have seen for making posters, Creating effective poster presentations.
Print shops such as Postnet which have sprung up in many towns print such posters if taken to them in digital format.
Most principals have asked what teachers intend doing to improve their marks. Having key words and key concepts in the language of the subject on the walls in the classroom is one way of enhancing the learning.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Database worksheet

This worksheet was created for one of the Study Opportunities’ author's matric class. You may use it for your class if you wish. Please note that no solutions will be made available. Here it is.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Managing the first two weeks

It is beginning of the year again. At the back of the Gr 10 CAPS Teacher Guide, page 139, there is such a nice section on managing the first two weeks of the new school year. Highly recommended!

Meaningful illustrations

I must share with you some problems where people have not done CAT or been taught to think, such stupid things. 
There was a leak in the flat below. A leak detection plumber was brought in at huge expense to find the problem. He produced a report showing photographs of moisture next to the shower, next to the bath and in the ceiling in the bedroom. The report said the bath had moved away from the wall, and recommended that it be stabilised and filling put in between the bath and wall. 
The photographs had nothing to do with the recommendations and solution! Shower and bath ..?? Next to bath, and the wall and the bath…?? Ceiling and bath ...?? 
There were no photographs which had anything to do with the leak from that flat to the one below. I believe that in CAT we do at least try to teach having suitable illustrations to prove what you have to say.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Matric results

To all those who passed matric this year, congratulations. To those who took CAT I believe you will leave school with many skills for the job market or further study.