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The Uses of Information Technology in Theme Parks
by Keith Byrom Kettering in conjunction with Universal Studios, Florida
published in 1997 by Video Inn Production (01604 864868)
Video (PAL format) plus Teacher\'s Guide and Pupil Activity Sheets
49 + vat

The Uses of Information Technology in Theme Parks

This pack describes how Universal Studios, Florida, uses IT to support its data processing and control activities and hence includes a whole range of computer applications related to business activities within a theme park. The pack is divided into the following sections: Ticket Sales, Attractions, Food Services - Retailing, Food Services - Inventories and Distribution, Retailing of merchandise, Security, Wardrobe department, Employee scheduling, Marketing - Creative Services and Market Research. This video is informative and would I feel be interesting to the majority of teenagers. This is not an introductory resource as some sections deliver a considerable amount of information about many IT concepts rather quickly. Some sections of the video such as wardrobe, ticket sales, market research, stock control illustrate the application area with the use of specific examples whilst other sections such as scheduling lack the inclusion of more actual simple non-complex examples. However this would be excellent for Advanced GNVQ IT, Advanced GNVQ Business, A level Computing or A level IT students and possibly the more 'able' GCSE students towards the end of their course of study. As the pack itself suggests maximum benefit from the use of this resource would require carefully planning which focuses on particular applications individually.

The group of trainee teachers who also reviewed this pack were particularly impressed with the excellent hardcopy teacher support information sheets for each of these sections which directly relate to the information supplied in the video and activity sheets. The activity sheets include a variety of tasks which range in terms of complexity and effort required and would serve as a suitable tool for the consolidation of IT knowledge referred to within the video.

I would rate this highly as a useful resource for an IT department and well worth the price. Personally I would award this 10 out of 10.

Teresa Farran Liverpool John Moores University