Appendices Appendix A ICT Literacy A7 Information and Communication
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UNIT A7 – COMPUTERS AND COMMUNICATION

Objective

Students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of how you can communicate with the computer on-line with sources of information as well as with other people using the network.

Sub-objectives

Students should be able to:

  1. show understanding for the way you can communicate, exchange and collaborate within a ICT-network;
  2. identify the various methods and types of activities of communicating via a network;
  3. send and receive messages and documents by using e-mail facilities;
  4. retrieve information by navigating, searching and selecting information from the Internet (the World Wide Web, WWW);
  5. be critical about the quality and acknowledge the ownership and privacy aspects of the information;
  6. subscribe to mailing lists and newsgroups and participate in videoconferencing;
  7. send, receive, read and print faxes using a fax-modem and an appropriate software tool.

Context

In an information society students can get information quickly from appropriate sources and can exchange information and collaborate speedily with others throughout the world. With the increasing use of the Internet it is necessary that students have a clear but critical understanding of the possibilities of the World Wide Web (WWW). Students should know the various means available and how to access those means.

Content

Students should understand the various means of electronic communication such as electronic mail, chatting and mailing list, use of Internet and the World Wide Web, faxing with the computer and modem; and should be able to make critical and conscientious choices for the information they want to gain.

Resources

Minimum necessary resources:
One computer per group; communications software;
Connection to the Internet;
E-mail and fax facilities.

Optional extra resources:
Liquid crystal display panel and overhead projector;
E-mail facilities in the Intranet;
Video-conferencing facilities.

Links

All other A-Units, especially Unit A8 Social and Ethical Issues.

Methodology

Hands-on experience; searching for information, e-mailing.