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AS ICT Unit 3

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Task A - Search Engines .................................................................... 3 Task B - Report on the Impact of the Availability Of Electronic Information on Individuals and Society ................................. 11 Task C - Information from Large Websites ............................................. 14 Task D - Use of Databases to Find Information ........................................ 16 Task E - Use of spreadsheets to analyse and report .......................................17 Task F - Power Point Presentation ........................................................ 22 Task G - Evaluation ......................................................................... 28 Task A -Search Engines Has Increased TV Coverage Affected the Attendance of Live Sports Games? I will be researching how the increased television coverage of sports has affected the attendance of live games. To help me find information and statistics relating to this topic I will be using the following search engines; Google at www.google.com, Ask Jeeves at www.ask.com, and Web Crawler at www.webcrawler.com. First I will do a simple search across my chosen search engines using the same key words. I will then compare these searches to find which engine gives me the most hits and which of those hits are the most relevant. Google: Ask Jeeves: Web Crawler: Search engine Number of results Google 178 000 000 Ask Jeeves 28 780 000 Web Crawler 83 This shows that Google produced the greatest number of results. ...read more.

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Access to electronic information via computers, mobile phones, and other technology means that we can sort out our day to day life wherever we are and whenever we want. For most of us this has improved our lifestyle and helped to keep us organised. Access to electronic information has also greatly helped the disabled community, enabling them to do their shopping independently and at their leisure. However this has a knock on effect, carers are needed less and less, and for shorter periods of time. As kids are now self teaching themselves by way of the internet, teachers too are needed less and less, there are no longer after school workshops to help kids with their homework as all the information they need can be found on the internet. Long distance learning is also making teachers redundant and there are many that believe in 50 years teachers will no longer have a place in society. Effects on those who do not have or want access to ICT Many people now rely on the internet and regard it as vital to their everyday life. They find it hard to believe that some may not have access to the internet and may not want it. ...read more.

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I found this quite difficult because although there was a lot of information on sports available, it wasn't all necessarily relevant. The hardest part of this task was finding numeric data to input into a spreadsheet. The national statistics website was very useful but the data wasn't raw data, it had already been formatted and the results presented, so it was therefore very hard to use it in any way apart from showing that I could search databases. For most of my data I found an obscure website that contained a lot of attendance statistics for most European football Leagues and Cups. Once I had found the numeric data I needed I found the rest quite easy. Doing the different formulae wasn't too hard but I found testing it was. I spent a lot of my time looking for numeric data which left me short of time for the rest of the tasks. If I was to do it again I would try to balance my time out more and probably spend a bit more time on my report. Overall I fell that this has been very useful and I think I have learnt a lot about the different source of information and how to manipulate raw data. ?? ?? ?? ?? Vicky White Candidate no: Centre No: 31135 1 ...read more.

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