Monday, 22 August 2011

Ask Nature

You've probably heard of the website "Ask Jeeves" that searches information available on the interenet to answer your questions. However a new site - "Ask Nature" looks at nature to solve questions and problems that are pressing global challenges.

The concept behind Ask Nature is Biomimicry, (from bio, meaning life and mimesis, meaning to imitate) a design discipline that seeks sustainable solutions by emulating nature's time tested patterns and strategies.

This is a great source of information for anyone studying science, technology and geography or anyone just interested in the world around them.

Friday, 19 August 2011

ESafety Qualification for KS3 and KS4 pupils

BCS, The Chartered Institute for ICT are offering a qualification in eSafety for students at KS3 and KS4. The course addresses the potential risks of being online, protecting yourself online, as well as behaving responsibily online.
Supporting the need for a coordinated approach to esafety, the esafety qualification provides teaching materials, mapped to the curriculum with the added advantage of e-Learning for self study. At the end of the course, learners can take a test and on achievement are presented with a qualification. The course consists of four main areas:

  • Unit A - The benefits and risks of using the internet

  • Unit B - How to report and respond to esafety issues

  • Unit C - How to protect yourself and your computer online

  • Unit D - The legal issues of downloading from the internet

ESafety Level 1 is fully accredited on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) with 20 guided learning hours. The full cost of the course is £15.00 in the first year rising to £20.00 from March 2012. This includes registration, learning materials, diagnostic test and final test. To access the test only the cost is £10.00 rising to £15.00 in March 2012.
Click on the link to find out more about the qualification. The Chartered Institute for ICT