Unit 2 - Using Digital Tools
This is a practical unit. Students broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts. They learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice.
Students must work to a set task called a Controlled Assessment Brief (CAB).
This is an interactive digital publication, designed to be viewed onscreen. Students must submit digital evidence of their work for assessment and moderation.
In both units, the opening pages of the CAB set the context, give an overview of the requirements and encourage students to organise their work. On completion of the four activities, students are given a checklist to help ensure that they have all the required evidence in the correct folders. The final stage before submission is simply to create a single page with links to the evidence. For unit 2, students develop and produce a range of digital products.
The controlled assessment task consists of four activities:
- In Activity 1, students develop a user profile, gather information and work with a database.
- In Activity 2, students develop and use a spreadsheet model to make recommendations.
- In Activity 3, students design and create a more complex interactive digital product, drawing upon some of the work done in previous activities.
- In Activity 4, students evaluate their products and their own performance.