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    IBM Industry Solutions Executive, Dr Simon Eassom, said ‘If we have access to every book available online, why does a school need a library?

    IT has the potential to revolutionise what we do with teaching and learning at all levels, from nursery to old age. If the classroom is the World Wide Web (WWW), where is the classroom?IT has the potential to revolutionise the way relearn and change the way we perceive typical conventions of education. The use of online books, such as on tablet devices, have many advantages in the classroom. It would also be largely beneficial to students, of all ages and abilities. Smart devices allow manipulation and changing of contents such as font size, background colour and font. All these variable will help ensure the online books are adapted for different abilities and disabilities such as dyslexia and eyesight problems.Furthermore, accessibility options on smart devices are endless. But the accessibility is limited. Many children cannot afford school uniform, never mind device. So therefore, even if a school was to provide, some ay never had used on and therefore feel at a disadvantage.With the use of tablets, due to the interchangeable options, they're open to change meaning individual curriculum can be tailored for a certain student.In addition, they take up a lot less space meaning they're portable. Some school children however, prefer a physical book to hold and touch.However, health risks must be taken into consideration. Through the constant use of a tablet, many health problems can arise such as RSI, whereby the constant tapping of a screen can cause wrist problems. Furthermore, other eyestrain can arise from the persistent use of the tablet deriving from dependency on technology, causing distortion and achey eyes.Smart boards are being used in classrooms whereby students are interactive and become involved in the lesson. However, this can be taken a step further, take the virtual nature of the smart boards and combine it with the classroom and what do you get: a virtual classroom.Arguably, a teacher is useless in the future due to the new generation heavily relying on the use of IT. Some claim it would be more beneficial for students to learn in a virtual classroom. There are many benefits to a virtual classroom.The use of algorithms mean that the devices will be able to detect constant patterns whether they be positive or negative and help improve students as well as detecting certain patterns in exam papers, for example, in order to help explain what they need to do to improve.So will the use of a school teacher become obsolete? Passing technology in augmented reality means that the technology understands what you're saying in the correct context and if it doesn't at first, it will learn to. Voice recognition also means you're speaking to a virtual person.There is also the possibility that bulling will decrease as the idea of physical bullying is completely out-ruled. However, cyberbullying is possible but could be less due to system checking up on the language people are using.However, the concept of an online classroom means that there are no set times, thus allowing a flexible timetable. Students can get more sleep, have time for work and extra curriculum without stressing out.
Furthermore, the virtual classroom and interactive software will enable students to take courses when they couldn’t have in the past because of job requirements or other responsibilities.Another advantage of virtual classrooms is accessibility. Not only will it be assessable 24/7, it will be assessable to those at a disadvantage, whether that be physically or for other reasons. For example, virtual Field trips: no fees and no travelling.Also with the inclusion of 3D printers, many things will be made easier as work and certain things can be sent through to students.Moreover, virtual classroom will also rely heavily on teamwork. Students will work collaboratively through studies, completing exercises, sharing ideas and practising new skills. Each student will capture their solutions on virtual whiteboards to share with the class.However, does this mean a lack of social and physical interaction which in the past has been linked to the development of many mental health issues?To conclude, on balance I believe that a virtual classroom will have ,any advantages as stated above, however it is also notable that the present problems need to have some form of solution to prevent problems.
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    (Original post by EmmaWoodley)
    What threw you off particularly?
    The wording of questions is shocking, sometimes you have to wing it because they're so cryptic. It looks fine when you're reading past papers, but when you're in the exam situation its worse.
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    Terrorism, criminality or crusading for justice; is ‘hacktivism’ a valid form of protest? Discuss this with reference to existing ‘hacktivist’ groups and their campaigns. (12 Marks)

    Hacktivism is the use of computers and computer networks to promote political ends, free speech, human rights, and information ethics. It is carried out under the premise that proper use of technology can produce results similar to those of conventional acts of protest, activism, and civil disobedience. Many hacktivists, such as those that took part in the taking down of the online commerce website PayPal after a reaction to their refusal to process donations for the file leaking website WikiLeak have been called ‘cybercriminal’.
A cybercriminal: a person who uses computer technology to commit a crime for which that person can be prosecuted. The crime usually involves illegally gaining access to one or more computer systems to steal information, take them offline or both. 
This certainly could be applicable to some hacktivists, despite some claiming their actions of criminal activity were for the good of the public. However some may say, if the criminal activity is not malicious it’s questionable as to whether or not their actions are deemed as truly ‘criminal’ and therefore posing the question: is the criminality of the matter irrelevant if it isn't malicious, therefore making it a valid form of protest?However, many claim hacktivists to be heroic, which in terms of speech is defined as ‘behaviour or talk that is bold or dramatic.’, which once again can certainly be applied to many activists, as they campaign for fierce statements against political oppression.
There is often a distinguished difference between groups of hacktivism that has be comprised into two categories. White Hat and Black Hat. It is generally accepted that White Hat hacktivists are those who are ‘the good guys’ fighting for a just cause and with no profit. Whereas the Black Hat hacktivists are deemed as ‘the bad guys’ who are cybercriminal whose intent is entirely malicious. An example of this is Lulzsec, notoriously known for taking down the CIA website. The group was branded as a Black Hat group due to their ‘reckless’ hacking which cause unnecessary destruction for no apparent reason. Their criminal activity has been deemed by many, included those in the hacktivism community as inappropriate. Terrorism is defined as the unofficial or unauthorised use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims. Arguably, many hacktivists differ away from the form of peaceful protest and many of those who have been on the receiving end of hacktivist protests have called out saying they've been incredibly intimidated. Certainly the link with the political aims could be applicable to many hacktivists due to that being the prime reason for beginning of hacktivism. A significant figure within the hacktivism community is Julian Assange, an individual who had a previous history of hacking in an ethically promoting group and programming that led him to help create the website WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks leaked many confidential files of which the US Government did not take kindly to. The US government called out on Assange as a ‘criminal terrorist’. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard described his activities as “illegal," U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called him a “terrorist." Some called for his assassination or execution.However many supported what they called to be a heroic act, with many protesting ‘Don’t Shoot the messenger’ and many other hacktivists supported his position within the WikiLeaks and his contribution to the public.To conclude, I believe determining whether or not Hacktivism is a ‘valid’ form of protest depends entirely on the hacker and they reasons for their actions. In my opinion, for example, groups such as Anonymous provide valid protests, whereas groups such as Lulzsec don’t even perform protests and therefore are invalid.
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    (Original post by ellieacraig)
    Hi guys I'm A2 and did these papers last year. One bit of advice: don't go in thinking its easy af, because they throw in some stuff that can really throw you off. I got an A and B in the papers, here to help.
    Thank you. Also, how they word the question are really stupid. The mark scheme doesn't even help. Is there a structure you can use to answer a 20 marker?
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    (Original post by ZULU-WARRIOR)
    Thank you. Also, how they word the question are really stupid. The mark scheme doesn't even help. Is there a structure you can use to answer a 20 marker?

    They word them so badly! Make sure you look for key words and read the question a few times.

    Structure: Generally try and spend 5 minutes plannign and write a checklist - then its structured itself. I'd try make the argument balanced e.g.:

    Intro- introduce your point of view


    give 4 points maybe 2 pro 2 con

    conclude
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    (Original post by ellieacraig)
    They word them so badly! Make sure you look for key words and read the question a few times.

    Structure: Generally try and spend 5 minutes plannign and write a checklist - then its structured itself. I'd try make the argument balanced e.g.:

    Intro- introduce your point of view


    give 4 points maybe 2 pro 2 con

    conclude
    Thank you
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    how do i find past papers? I've got 2013, 2014 and 2015 but is there anymore??
    thanks
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    (Original post by annamunro)
    how do i find past papers? I've got 2013, 2014 and 2015 but is there anymore??
    thanks
    Google.
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    Hi guys. Basically Ive been revising Bio chem and economics. And starting my info 1 revision right now. Like right now. yeah I now. real dumb. But for the short time I have left until Monday, what would you guys suggest I do?
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    (Original post by Sajjjid)
    Hi guys. Basically Ive been revising Bio chem and economics. And starting my info 1 revision right now. Like right now. yeah I now. real dumb. But for the short time I have left until Monday, what would you guys suggest I do?
    This guide is all you need. It's 25 pages long. Just make flashcards and you'll be good. Also, once you're done go over your flashcards and do some past papers.

    P.s this guide doesn't really go into detail about validation, use the BBC bitesize website to go over it http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebit...tionrev1.shtml
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    Question does anyone have example answers for the 20 or 25 mark questions at all? for iNFO 1? Thanks
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    (Original post by EmmaWoodley)
    Question does anyone have example answers for the 20 or 25 mark questions at all? for iNFO 1? Thanks
    LOL user ellieacraig Made an example/model answer for the 2014 20 marker, just scroll up a bit. And is there a 25 marker in info 1?
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    (Original post by ZULU-WARRIOR)
    LOL user ellieacraig Made an example/model answer for the 2014 20 marker, just scroll up a bit. And is there a 25 marker in info 1?
    Oh yeah sorry, thanks. No i meant 20 mark and 15 mark questions error sorry.
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    (Original post by annamunro)
    how do i find past papers? I've got 2013, 2014 and 2015 but is there anymore??
    thanks
    All the old ict past papers and some other useful resources. https://library.tbshs.herts.sch.uk/i...aqa-info1.html
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    hey if i upload a 20 marker question on here will someone try and give a mark scheme. i have answered it i just dont know where i can get the marks for. the mark schemes are rubbish! thank you
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    (Original post by heyit'sanya)
    hey if i upload a 20 marker question on here will someone try and give a mark scheme. i have answered it i just dont know where i can get the marks for. the mark schemes are rubbish! thank you
    Yes upload it, the mark scheme is a load of crap.
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    (Original post by ZULU-WARRIOR)
    Yes upload it, the mark scheme is a load of crap.
    The articles below relate to the health problems that may arise when using computersand other electronic input and output devices.
    ‘Many children are now using computers at home or school – or both. Few schools or homesprovide proper workstations for children; furthermore, people become injured at“ergonomically correct” workstations every day because of improper posture and techniqueand sheer overuse of the hands.’http://www.rsihelp.com/children.shtm
    ‘Children learning to use computers are being put at risk of permanent injury, some healthexperts are warning. They say thousands of children have already been damaged bymedical problems associated with the operation of computers.’http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/1041677.stm
    Discuss the advice you could give parents concerning their children’s use of ICTdevices, the health problems that may arise and how those problems could beprevented. In your answer use your knowledge of and experience with ICT devices andthe fact that current health and safety legislation does not apply to children. (20 marks)
    In this question you will be marked on your ability to use good English, to organiseinformation clearly and to use specialist vocabulary where appropriate.

    thank you!!!
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    can someone tell me what a QR code is?! never heard of one!
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    (Original post by heyit'sanya)
    can someone tell me what a QR code is?! never heard of one!
    a unique code which is made up of black and white squares (similar to a barcode but not used in the same context) they're often used for advertising and you can scan them with your mobile device with a specific app and it'll take you to the advertisers website.

    but in all honesty i dont think you would get a question like 'describe a qr code'
    heres a picture of one https://lh4.ggpht.com/bQb_EhhqNvG6zl...q2dEBwIRI=w300
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    (Original post by jake_97)
    a unique code which is made up of black and white squares (similar to a barcode but not used in the same context) they're often used for advertising and you can scan them with your mobile device with a specific app and it'll take you to the advertisers website.

    but in all honesty i dont think you would get a question like 'describe a qr code'
    heres a picture of one https://lh4.ggpht.com/bQb_EhhqNvG6zl...q2dEBwIRI=w300
    thanks! there is a question on june 2014 paper about it
 
 
 
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