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Keeping IT in the Family
We reckon that children are probably more skilled at using IT than anyone else in their family. But we don't want them to keep these skills to themselves, we want all Birmingham families and communities to be as good as they can be at using IT - helping to combat the digital divide and promote digital inclusion.
Keeping IT in the Family is a comic style resource, designed to engage young people, particularly school-aged children, in order for them to help teach their families important IT skills. Originally developed as a pilot with Microsoft, the success of the pilot attracted subsequent funding from BECTA, which has enabled the development of a second series which builds upon the basic IT skills gained from the first series and moves the family on to use those new skills to get the most from digital technologies.
Helping to teach family members new skills will mean they are in a better position to not only further their own development but are able to support their children in their learning and long term goals.
Keeping IT in the Family 2 will be rolled out during the coming term to the 26 schools participating in the Computers for Pupils initiative, as well as being launched on Silver Surfers Day at Acocks Green Library as part of their Wired up to Wellbeing - help with IT for over 60's session on Friday 15th May 2009.
The comic book can be viewed from this link.
Choose from the five downloadable sections below which includes a quick overview on what's covered.
Show how to start-up and shut down the computer; Use the internet to help find something of interest using a search engine; Learn how to control the mouse.
Watch Aston Manor pupils performing this section of the resource
Use search engines to find what you want; The cursor changes when it goes over a link from an arrow to a hand; The 'back' button is great when you want to return to your previous page; To print information on the internet just click on the print icon; Get the person you are helping to make their own search!
Set up an email account; Practice sending emails to a friend, add their address to your contact book; Attach a picture for practice; Explain about SPAM and not opening emails from people you don't know; You don't have to have your own computer to have an email account.
Most high street shops also have an online shop - Argos, Woolworths, Asda, Tesco, etc; You can browse online without buying - use a search engine to find an unusual item or favourite shop.
You can renew your library books online, order food shopping or pay for your road tax; Don't forget before you pay to check for the padlock at the bottom of the screen.
Digital cameras give you the chance to see the photos without printing them all; You don't have to have a computer to print off your photos - many supermarkets have kiosks for you to view and edit your photos before printing or being saved to disc;Digital photos are easy to share via email, helping to share memories and special occasions.
Keeping IT in the Family has been developed in partnership with Birmingham City Council, Microsoft and Citizens Online. The project has received backing from Becta, the Government's lead body for ICT in Education, to support the development of the initiative on a national basis. Our thanks are expressed to all partners who have suppported and contributed to the development of this work so as to provide a valuable toolkit that can be shared with family members across all of the UK.
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