Self Taught Technologist

I recently found a fantastic YouTube video documenting a remarkable individual named Kelvin Doe from Sierra Leone. This 15 year old is making a tremendous impact on his community through technology. What is even more amazing is that all his knowledge is self taught. In fact Kelvin has managed to start a local radio station using electronic parts resurrected from the trash. What a[Read More…]

by November 20, 2012 CAT, Information Technology
IT versus CAT

IT versus CAT

One of the many questions I get asked as the ICT head at Sun Valley Group of Schools is which is better?, IT(Information Technology) or CAT(Computer Application Technology). In this blog post I hope to help define a few differences between the two subjects. It’s not that one is better necessarily it’s more a case of which is more beneficial[Read More…]

by November 18, 2012 CAT, Information Technology
The End of a Chapter

The End of a Chapter

In the last week both our Grade 12 CAT(Computer Application Technology) and IT(Information Technology) students have written their final practical exams. An exciting time for them as they write their final practical for these subjects. All that’s left is the long awaited theory paper which will be written later this month.  Congratulations to the CAT and IT students as an[Read More…]

by October 18, 2012 CAT, Information Technology

IT & CAT Prelim Exams Over!

The matric Information Technology and Computer Applications Technology students have completed their Preliminary Examinations and the marking has begun. The Practical Assessment Tasks have all been submitted and are looking great! We will be posting some images of the programs and tasks completed by the students in the week which follows.

by September 21, 2012 CAT, Information Technology

1 down, 1 to go!

On Wednesday, 05 September, the Grade 12 CAT and IT students wrote their Preliminary practical examinations. These were their second last practical papers that they will write in their high school career! Study hard for the Theory paper!

by September 7, 2012 CAT, Information Technology

Preliminary Examinations

The last few days of revision are upon us now! The Grade 12 students begin their Preliminary Examinations on Monday, 03 September 2012. Do not forget about the Practical Assessment Tasks which are due 12 September 2012. Good luck and study hard.

by August 29, 2012 CAT, Information Technology

Useful Excel Functions

This post forms an extension to a previous post on Excel Functions for Grade 8 & 9 Technology The following formulae are used to build advanced calculations: COUNT – This is used to count the number of cells in a series that has numerical data within. COUNTA – This is much like the above COUNT, the main difference is that[Read More…]

by August 1, 2012 CAT, Information Technology

How hardware and software works together

Read last weeks blog post on the main components of a computer. The process involved with doing anything on a computer involves the following main steps: Provision / capture of some form of input Processing of the above mentioned input Creating output A few important things to remember: Processes / programs need to be loaded from storage into memory in[Read More…]

by July 24, 2012 CAT, Information Technology

What is a computer?

The main components of the computer can generally be divided into two parts – hardware and software. The hardware refers to the tangible (parts of the computer which you are able to touch) and the software refers to sets of instructions which tell the devices and computer what to do. Hardware – Main Components The below is a list of[Read More…]

by July 18, 2012 CAT, Information Technology

Technology: Grade 8 & 9 Excel Notes

With assessment week starting in the next few days, the Grade 8 and 9 students have been revising their PowerPoint and Excel skills. The following are a few must knows for Excel in the assessments: SUM – This is used to calculate the sum of a range of data. The following operators may be used in a sum formula [+,-,/[Read More…]

by May 16, 2012 CAT, Information Technology