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The Use of ICT in the Wider World.

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AO4 The Use of ICT in the Wider World ICT (Information Computer Technology) is used throughout the world in many different and interesting ways. In fact without ICT the world would not be as it is now. I am going to research the many ways that ICT is used throughout the world. Computers in Shops Not all shops use ICT but the ones that do find every day things such as stock control very quick and easy. * Bar codes are the patterns of thin black lines you find on most products. These bar codes are then scanned by a computer to which will then give the price of the product and this can also be used for stock control. The computer then reduces the recorded stock of the product. And when the stocks fall below a pre-set amount called the 're-order level'. An order for more stock is automatically sent to the shops warehouse or supplier. This type of system will be mainly used in supermarkets. But smaller shops might have a smaller simplified version of this. * Debit payment is where you pay for the items that you have purchased with a debit of credit card instead of cash. The customer will hand over their credit or debit card, it is then swiped, the bank will be contacted, the customer has to sign a receipt to verify that it is their card and the money will be deducted from their bank account. ...read more.

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The cheque is then sent to the customer's bank and the amount is deducted from their account. * The mains benefits of this system are that it is a lot quicker than doing it manually. Also the magnetic ink is hard to forge and can be read even if the cheque is damaged. ATMs * ATM in short for 'Automatic Telling Machine' which is also more commonly known as a cash machine. By putting in a bank card a person can withdraw money from their bank account. * On the back of the card there is a magnetic stripe containing the customers account number, bank sort code and other information such as their daily maximum withdrawal level and their PIN. The PIN works like a password, the customer will enter it and this will verify that they are the account holder. This will help reduce fraud. * The details on the card are read by the magnetic reader inside the ATM and if the card and amount of money requested are valid the machine will count and issue the money returning the card also. * ATMs are a huge benefit because they can employ fewer cashiers and offer a 24 hour service. They are good fro the customer because they can get cash whenever they want it quickly. ...read more.

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Benefits of CMIS are that schools spend less time producing management information and this means that more time can be spent on teaching and learning. The problems of CMIS are the financial cost to the school and that teachers have to have access to the computers and the data. The Electronic Classroom The electronic classroom is like the paperless office but is only a theory and has not yet been perfected. * Computer Aided Learning (CAL) used software to generate on- screen learning materials and computer-aided assessment. The two go together; the idea is that pupils get an individualised learning programme that's decided by the expert system. * Computers are connected to the internet, which can be used as a source of information, or allow pupils to exchange data and ideas with pupils from other schools via e-mail. * All the computers in the class will be connected to an 'interactive display board' at the front of the classroom, so that everyone can watch a presentation by one pupil. The board can also convert the teachers board notes into a computer file which can be saved and used again. The main potential is an improvement in the quality of learning and the increase in the pupil's motivation. The basic problem is the huge cost of technology. GCSE ICT B Coursework Kieran Walsh 10E AO4 The Use of ICT in the Wider World ...read more.

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In summary, I would grade the report as a 'Merit'. This is the second highest level in ICT. The report shows a clear understanding of where technology is used and how this is being implemented to improve day-today living within ...

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In summary, I would grade the report as a 'Merit'. This is the second highest level in ICT. The report shows a clear understanding of where technology is used and how this is being implemented to improve day-today living within different parts of the world. However some areas need adding detail or some areas need to be correct where errors occur. The report clearly shows a good understanding of how technology is used within a number of locations and environments. This I believe, is explained well and meets the title objective.

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The report states a number of places where technology is used within Shops. The bullet points aren't a simple sentence, and the student has gone further by explaining the process and how the technology makes that certain task more effective and quicker. This is a similar case with other sections such as 'Computers In Banks' and 'ATM's'. However the section 'Home Baking' could have added detail to explain the extent of the security issues. This is mention, but it's quite vague.

Quality of writing

The term 'ICT' is incorrect, as the report states '(Information Computer Technology)'. However this should be corrected to '(Information Communication Technology). On the flip side, terms such as 're-order level' are explained correctly and in-depth. Alongside a number of other technical terms within the report.


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