|Machakos Girls School, Kenya, Africa:|
some ideas for what is possible -- note
the design of the workstations
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CIE 7010 SYLLABUS, MAIN TOPICS:
1: Applications of computers, with social and economic consequences
2: The Systems Life Cycle [for Info and Communication Technology (ICT) systems]
3:Problem solution including algorithm design, programming techniques and logic gates, emphasis on pseudocode with no particular language emphasised [I strongly favour Java as a powerful, largely open source language in the C family and with capacity to address web, multimedia, communications, data processing and traditional computer programming requisites. As Alice evolves, it may become a very useful introductory and bridging language. For multimedia production, I am looking very seriously at Blender and Audacity. Inkscape is a powerful drawing package. GimPhoto is a very good image processing package. (cf. here.) Dassault Systemes has developed DraftSight as a free for registration 2-D educational CAD package that is well worth a look.]
4: Generic software [-- notice the studious avoidance of lock-in to the Microsoft etc empires --] and the organisation of data [i.e. data structures and data bases] [I suggest that we should look at Open Office and/or the Libre Office fork (my current main Office Suite) as a good open source office productivity suite using ISO standard file formats, and also compatible with MS Office. For working with PDFs I currently strongly recommend PDF-XChange Viewer, especially for its markup features]
5: Hardware [foci: laptops, Desktop PCs, embedded micro-controller/-processor systems], systems and communications
6: For Alt to Coursework: system development project stages, incl: investigation of current system, action plans, hard/software selection, flowcharts and pseudocode, test data and algorithm testing, implementing alternatives with pros and cons, testing, documentation, evaluation, advantages and limitations of going to a new system
Paper 1: Theory, structured short answer
Paper 2: School Based Assessment through creation of a single major work involving use of the computer to solve a specific problem
Paper 3: Alternative to coursework
(Option 1: P1 + P2, Option 2: P1 + P3)
|A suggestion for a computer-based educational seminar room|
(The central, modular table should be suitable for modest lab work)
|A typical Document Camera: EV-408|
It should be noted that if a series of local or teleconferenced lessons are suitably captured by microphones and camcorders, with some augmentation, they can be turned into a course DVD or series of DVDs. Such a course DVD or DVD set, with ebooks etc, would possibly be marketable in itself.
a: seeing 1 - 3 forms as a foundational "Junior High" component that incorporates a bridge from primary [we should not hesitate to use a bridging "lower first" form for those who need it, as high school level education is now the real necessary foundational level for the global workforce; as once 7th standard or 9th grade or 8th grade were . . . ], and
b: with 4 & 5 forms (with room for an upper 5th for those who need it, as was done in the late 1970's by the well-known Foundation School in Christ Church, Barbados that my brother attended) as an intermediate level of qualification. On that baseline,
c: 6th form can then be reworked as an upper level secondary and tertiary level bridging programme, with possibilities for integration into an Associate Degree.
d: Opening up of a technical and paraprofessional track for sixth form or community college studies, would be a major breakthrough.
e: I suggest that at the 3rd form standard, a foundational Secondary certificate should be awarded.
f: at 5th form level, an intermediate High School Diploma should be issued,
g: both of these being built on a portfolio based profiling of student achievement, of which external exam certification should be simply one component.
h: At 6th form/community college level, certificates should build bridging and technical/academic units towards an Associate Degree. 6th form graduates should have an upper level High School Diploma, with again a portfolio based profile.
i: Throughout the system, external examination results should be just one component.
|The proposed, 64 credit regional Associate in Arts, Concentration in Caribbean Christian Service|
*F/N: Blender seems to have a problem, by which some video cards apparently have incompatibilities. This manifests as a white rectangle instead of a video preview for video strips with the Video Sequence Editor. As a workaround, if the render is set to a power of two, e.g. 512 x 512 or 1024 x 1024, the editor preview will work, though of course the image as seen there may be distorted somewhat.