The ideal book for parents and children to use together to get to know their computer. Starting with a basic introduction to the computer, it also includes lots of fun activities on word processing and creating pictures and a look at the Internet, plus lots of follow-up activities for children to try. Spark Island is an online learning channel for children aged from 3-12. It has been designed, built and tested in close cooperation with teachers and education experts to help practice and develop core skills in a highly interactive and enjoyable way using all the capabilities of digital media. The content of the website is divided into a teacher and parent domain so it is designed to be used in the classroom and at home. Based on Spark Island's learning environment and the appealing characters that live there, this two-book series will provide lots of opportunities for children to practise and have fun with ICT skills learnt at school.
The book is aimed at 5-7 year olds and is set in Sparklantis (the underwater world of Spark Island) where children will encounter the royal twins, Piska and Pod, the Hair Care Crew (a group of mullets, a plaice and a pike), as well as a friendly dolphin and a vegetarian shark! They are all on hand to give help along the way. Getting to Grips with Computers, Book 1, is a PC based book for parents and children to share. The book concentrates initially on getting started on the computer, introduces Microsoft Paint, word processing and the Internet, with further activites on writing stories, creating pictures and finding information. All the activities are designed around the ICT topics children meet at school during Years 1 and 2, so parents can get an understanding of new concepts being learnt and help reinforce new ideas.show more