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Skills for Secondary Teachers: Double Click on Word Processing
By Fred Martin, Emma Asprey, and Andy Weymouth
Published in 2001 by Heinemann Publishing
62pp ISBN 0435047272 £16.95

Skills for Secondary Teachers: Double Click on Word Processing

This title is written for non-ICT specialist teachers. The book acts as an aide to producing teaching resources by using ICT along with encouraging the reader to use ICT in administration and personal development.

Desktop publishing and word processing are the two pieces of software demonstrated in the book. By focusing on these two packages the book enables itís reader to compose, modify and design their own materials. The book concentrates on ICT produced resources such as worksheets and interactive resources. It is split into six sections: introduction into developing ideas, composing text, modifying composition, designing resources, resources on screen, and finally, teaching and learning with ICT.

The book begins with basics such as how to open a new document in word processing to changing the font, adding bullets and inserting pictures and clip art. Section three focuses on editing document, using cut, copy and paste as well as cropping pictures and correcting text. Section four introduces the reader to more advanced features such as wordart, autoshapes, using text boxes and print preview. By section five the focus of the book is on screen resources (interactive resources) for example the use of animation, sound, bookmarks and hyperlinks etc. Section six takes all this theory and gives the reader specific examples to use in certain subject areas (subjects include English, Science, Geography and History).

The instructions in this book are easy to follow step-by-step procedures, enabling the reader to see cause and effect. These instructions are reinforced by the use of screen grabs, allowing the audience to see visually what they are supposed to be doing. Alongside these instructions and screen grabs there are three features which appear in the margin these are labelled: Think about, K Key words and Teaching ideas. Think about contains questions for the reader to ask himself or herself. K Key words contains definitions of key words allowing the reader to describe the functions they are performing on the computer. Teaching ideas are examples of applications for possible use in certain subjects.

Although personally I believe that this book would be an excellent reference for non-ICT specialist teachers I think that the user would have to already be familiar with the basic functions of a computer. At first glance the layout of the book is a little over-facing as it lacks white space. However this book would be an excellent aide for teacher with basic skills and would provide them with an opportunity to extend their range of skills. The text allows the teacher to develop their practical use of ICT and also their vocabulary. Both of these skills will prove vital in the use of ICT in the classroom. I would recommend this book to teachers who were capable enough to turn a computer on and load their preferred software package to read and use as a guide to developing their ability in word processing and desktop publishing. It may also act as a good reference copy for the school library for teachers who are competent but are having particular trouble with something concerning word processing or desktop publishing. This book could also give teachers a list of ideas for resources to be used in the classroom (see section six).

Charleen Bird
Liverpool John Moores