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Author: labuscagnec Created: 9/24/2009 11:16 PM
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Click Read More.. to view or download various examination papers

If you get error messages when downloading or opening, just click OK for the first one, then YES for the second one. The file will open.


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Scratch lends itself to excellent problem solving activities - 'mathematical/scientific' problem solving.

These are typical problems that are used in programming competitions and olympiads.

If you have completed the Scratch curriculum, test learners' problem solving ability by giving them these problems or show learners these type of problems and encourage them to use it in their PATs.

We need to focus a lot on problem solving.

This should prepare them properly for Grade 11 and the high level programming language.

Remember that one needs to 'teach' problem solving by exposing learners to these type of problems. By doing this, they learn strategies and techniques to see patterns, devise algorithms and solve problems.

I found such problems on the website:


Click read more to view one of these problems and its Scratch solution

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The Grade 11 CAPS orientation has been sucessfully completed! The DBE training team received very positive feedback. Some of the topics dealt with:

Exemplar Grade 11 Paper

Over the next few weeks presentations and video clips will be uploaded that deal with some of the matters listed.

Click Read More... to download examples and video clips refered to in the presentations

Watch this space!

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Pleas click read more below for links to PATs

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Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) – December 4-10, 2011 – is a call to action to share information and offer activities that will advocate for computing and elevate computer science education for students at all levels. Everyone can participate!

Would be nice to have something similar in SA!

CSEdWeek: #Coding is the new latin. Support #computing!

Read more by clicking Read More below

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Generation Jobless: Students Pick Easier Majors Despite Less Pay – The Wall Street Journal

In discussion forums for IT teachers it is often raised that IT learners often opt out in favour of ‘easier’ subjects, subjects which take up less time and effort and where ‘straight A’s ‘ are almost guaranteed.

(and very often we allow them, sometimes even encourage them)

Why? What can we do?

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Read about the 30 fastest growing careers to 2018 - three IT-relatated careers are listed here - one (Network systems and data communications analyst)  listed as the second fastest growing.

New IT fields likely to become availabe: Bioinformatics (is the field of science in which biology, computer science, and information technology merge to form a single discipline.)

Click Read More... for links to these interesting articles

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 Prepare your Grade 12 learners for the 2011 NSC examinations.

Provincial preparatory examination papers.

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 As we all know, in 2012, the Grade 10 learners will be doing Scratch.

During training in May, Scratch was met with great enthusiasm and embraced by all provinces. Sometimes people were sceptical but once they saw what could be done with Scratch, their scepticism changed to excitement!

Scratch was developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten research group at MIT Media Lab (  to achieve the following goals:

           appeal to learners.

           easy to program

Read more from the presentation: Scratch Introduction (developed by the DBE training team)

Scratch can be downloaded for free from:

Excellent Scratch resources are available all over the Net.

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 A lot has been asked about the programming language issue in IT.

The choice of a programming language for introductory courses is a matter that has been debated for more than 30 years. There is a lot of literature available for those interested in reading about it.

If one considers that there are between 2000 and 3000 programming languages available (according to Kaplan, Randy (2010). Choosing a First Programming Language. SIGITE’10, October 7–9, 2010, Midland, Michigan, USA.), then, choosing one, is not easy.

Here is a summary and some information for teachers to read, to think about and to form their own opinion as well as some links that lead to interesting reading in this regard.

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