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Author: labuscagnec Created: 9/25/2009 3:44 AM
CAT Matters

On 27 March 2010 Tshwane University of Technology hosted a very successful CAT symposium. Learners and teachers had the opportunity to listen to excellent presentations on problem solving using spreadsheets and databases.

Learners also had the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the labs.

The presentation used, with the compliments of TUT.

A big thank you to TUT and the lecturers involved for an excellent symposium. Also, thank you for your passion and involvement in CAT.

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NSC Supplelmentary Papers 2010

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Timetable for the 2010 National Senior Certificate examinations: October/November 2010.

Please note the dates for the practical papers. Also note that CAT and IT Paper 2 are written on the same day due to the fact that learners can no longer offer both the subjects.

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Tshwane University of Technology will host a CAT one-day symposium aimed at Grade 11 and 12 CAT learners and teachers.

Date:27 March 2010

Venue: Tshwane University of Technology (Soshanguve South Campus) - Gencor Hall and Laboratories

Time: 07:30 - 16:00

Click Read More to download Registration Form and Fax Sheet

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Edu SpeedTrapis a software program which calculates typing speed at school level. It detects typing errors, line spacing, excess words, etc. Margin of error is extremely small.
Mark speed tests in no time!

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Past exam papers always serve as excellent revision material to prepare learners for the final exams as well as to guide grade 10 and 11 teachers to what is expected by the end of grade 12.

Download the NSC Novmeber 2009 CAT exam papers (click on read more...)

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The PAT is a project in which learners demonstrate their information management skills using computer applications technology.

A self-study guide for doing the PAT was developed to help learners to do the PAT.

For Grades 10 and 11, the PAT and the self-study guide have been combined.

For Grade 12, learners need to use it separately.

Teachers could use these if they wish.


Click on Read More... to download the Self-study guide and the PAT documents

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Hoërskool Uitsig in The Reeds, Pretoria hosted a very successful ICT Expo on 20 October 2009 where IT and CAT learners were afforded the opportunity to showcase their Practical Assessment Tasks (PATs). The learners competed for prizes sponsored by local businesses. Ms Ena Brits, Subject Advisor for CAT and IT from Tshwane South (D4) supported this wonderful event.

A few schools from the Centurion region participated and it was wonderful to see the effort that went into the PATs and how proud the learners were of their projects.

I spoke to the learners and there was general consensus on the following:

  • It was hard work, but they enjoyed it.
  • They have learned a lot
    • About the topic (mostly electricity) and this created an awareness among them to conserve and also made them aware of alternative sources of energy that are also renewable. (One learner even told me that he learned that Eskom was not to blame – maybe Eskom should hire him to do some advocacy )
    • About their own CAT skills regarding the applications. Some admitted to have learned new functions in completing their project.
    • About the uses of the different packages and how the integration between these packages helped them to produce a quality end product.
  • They admitted that the process followed (task definition, questions, etc.) helped them to stay focused and that all the planning done ensured a quality final product.
  • They also mentioned that it prepared them well for their practical examinations
  • That if you worked hard and studied the assessment tool, it was actually “easy marks”
  • They all commended their teachers for providing good guidance and motivation, especially in the beginning to get them going.

One Grade 10 CAT learner said that he enjoyed the topic (indigenous games) and got very useful information from his grandparents (on Direko) who used to play the game when they were young. He did not know any of these games before he started to do his investigation and said that his grandparents were very surprised and also very excited when he interviewed them to gather some information for his PAT.

Overall, the projects were very good and the judges had a hard time in selecting the winners.


Congratulations to all the participants and their teachers and especially to the winners in the different categories!

I will upload some photos as soon as they are made available and will also try to source copies of the winning projects to upload.


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Learners should practise as much as they can to prepare for the November 2009 exams. It is always good to work through exam papers before an exam.

Find September 2009 Papers from different provinces.

Please note

The contents of papers should be checked against the Content Framework for Computer Applications Technology

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