From Sandy Roundhill, HOD Digital Technology, Sacred Heart College, Lower Hutt
This year I have created a new course for my Y12 Students. The course is aimed at students who are very keen to gain some valuable computing skills. My students are currently working towards becoming ‘job-ready’ by completing the ICDL Certificate (International Computer Driving Licence). This course has captured my students’ interest and they are engaged every lesson.
It is internet based, not overly technical and teaches relevant skills to prepare students for the workforce. The program is easy to use: pretests for students to test what they know, and courseware to learn what they don’t know. When students pass the test at the end of each module, they gain Level 2 Unit Standard Credits. A total of 19 are available as credit inclusions.
I can highly recommend the ICDL course, which is fully funded through the Kiwiskills programme run by the 2020 Trust. The support from the Kiwiskills team has been fantastic. Best of all, my students are fully engaged in learning how to use Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook, knowing that not only are they earning credits, but they are also earning a certificate that is internationally recognised.
HOD Digital Technology