- March 7, 2021
- Posted by: Piers
- Category: Uncategorized
Cambridge ICT Starters
Benefits and rewards
Cambridge ICT Starters is a series of modules that assess candidates on their ability to use a range of computer software to communicate, handle information, model, and program solutions. It is typically used for learners aged 5 to 14 years.
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is now part of the educational experience of children almost everywhere. ICT is increasingly regarded as a new ‘literacy’, alongside reading, writing, and numeracy. Cambridge ICT Starters is designed to introduce learners to the key ICT applications they need to use in order to acquire that literacy and to understand the impact of technology on our daily lives. The syllabus provides a structured scheme of assessment. Where appropriate, guidance on the E-Safety and ethical implications of the technologies used within each module are outlined. At each stage of assessment, learners will use ICT to
- handle information
- program a solution.
This syllabus operates at three levels of the Cambridge Assessment International Education Framework for Qualifications as detailed below:
Cambridge ICT Starters: Initial Steps provides full coverage of all the modules. The book builds on keyboard skills and basic routines, such as emailing, handling data, spreadsheet management, creating and editing written work, and handling images. The activities in the book use Microsoft Office 2007 software and Windows 7.
Next Steps 1
Cambridge ICT Starters: Next Steps, Stage 1 provides full coverage of all the modules. The book builds on creating, amending, and refining documents; designing cards and posters; producing, amending, and interpreting spreadsheets and graphs; and exploring, modifying, and interpreting databases. Based on the same software as before.
Next Steps 2
Cambridge ICT Starters: Next Steps, Stage 2 builds on writing and modifying commands to produce pictures and designs; searching, retrieving, and storing internet information; setting up and managing an email account, and creating and organizing multimedia presentations. Based on the same software as before.
Cambridge Syllabus units and codes
Each stage of Cambridge ICT Starters has been designed to facilitate progression through the scheme. There are two stages to each level. Stage 1 and Stage 2 of Initial Steps are made up of three units. Stage 1 and Stage 2 of both the Next Steps books are made up of four units as detailed below
Next Steps 1
Next Steps 2
Starting with Text (4269)
Exploring Documents (4278)
Documents for a Purpose (4289)
Starting Images (4270)
Exploring Images (4279)
Multimedia for a Purpose (4290)
Starting Graphs (4271)
Exploring Spreadsheets (4280)
Spreadsheets for a Purpose (4291)
Exploring Databases (4281)
Databases for a Purpose (4292)
Starting Programming (4272)
Exploring Programming (4282)
Programming for a Purpose (4293)
Starting Searches (4273)
Exploring the Internet (4283)
Website Design for a Purpose (4294)
Starting Email (4274)
Exploring Email (4284)
Networks for a Purpose (4295)
Exploring Multimedia (4285)
Video or Animation for a Purpose (4296)
At the end of each module, centres must assess learners in an assessment test to show that they can demonstrate each of the learning objectives with no additional help from their teacher or their peers.
- Cambridge International provides question papers and resource files for Cambridge ICT Starters, downloadable by centres from CIE Direct.
- If centres wish to amend question papers and resource files, these must be approved by Cambridge International.
- Centres must submit their proposed papers to Cambridge International for approval at least eight weeks before the learners take the assessment.
- Any amendments to the Cambridge International question papers and resource files must be kept to a minimum.
- These amendments must be restricted to only minor changes tailoring them towards curriculum topics or the local learning environment, or to align with the software used by the centre.
- These amendments must not alter the demand of any question or rewrite any question.
- Question papers that a centre has already submitted to Cambridge International and that have been approved within a previous entry do not need to be resubmitted.
Certification Learners must complete all modules at both stages in order to achieve a Full Certificate at a particular level. Successful completion of the Stage 1 modules will lead to the Cambridge ICT Starters Stage 1 Certificate at the appropriate level, stating the grade achieved overall. Successful completion of all Stage 1 and Stage 2 modules will lead to the Cambridge ICT Starters Full Certificate at the appropriate level, stating the grade achieved overall. For the Full Certificate, centres can submit work all at once (i.e. all modules together), as an alternative to two separate stages.
Details of the Cambridge ICT Starters (8984) syllabus
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