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ICT Skills For Teachers: Double Click on Searching
By Fred Martin, Emma Asprey and Andy Weymouth
Published in 2001 by Heinemann Publishing
60pp ISBN 0435047264 16.75

ICT Skills For Teachers: Double Click on Searching

The chief purpose of the book is to offer guidance on planning for the use of the World Wide Web in lessons. It does this by instructing on efficient methods of searching the Web, but also instructs on the most effective ways of importing this information into other Windows programs

This book has a Key Stage 3 focus but nevertheless provides a very comprehensive guide for teachers of all Key Stages on ways in which ICT may be used both within and outside the classroom to enhance learning and has a large number of positive features for teachers new to ICT. For example, it makes an effort to remain jargon free and whenever technical terms cannot be avoided a definition is provided in a list of Key Words on the relevant page. It also makes good use of screen grabs to support some of the more tricky / abstract concepts it is trying to teach, such as the Windows Clipboard.

It takes you from the basics and does not make the assumption of prior learning, save from a basic experience of the Windows operating system, but it also provides enough information for you to work independently on expanding your ICT skills beyond the confines of the textbook. For example, it begins by showing you how to copy a screen grab into Paint and then how to use the Screen Capture tool into the more sophisticated Paint Shop Pro. The book also contains resources for implementing ICT into some of other subjects, such as task sheets and outline lesson plans that state the curriculum links.

The main criticism I would make of this book is the very cramped layout of the pages. The book would have benefited from more generous spacing, as the pages are crammed so full of different pieces of useful information that it is not always digestible and scanning for relevant bits of information can be a daunting task. This may be off-putting for many teachers.

Notwithstanding this, the book provides an effective general guide for teachers in how to conduct more effective Web searches and how to make the most of their search results using ICT. It would however be of particular value to non-ICT specialists in the secondary sector due to the focus on Key Stage 3 and the additional resources that are provided for pupils in this age group.

Maxine Nelson
Trainee
Liverpool John Moores