The ideal book for parents and children to use together to reinforce concepts and computer applications learnt at school. Fun activities will help them get to know how their computer can be used in all sorts of situations from using the Internet, to preparing spreadsheets and multimedia presentations. 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 7-11 year olds and is set in Sparkopolis (Spark Island's capital city) where children will encounter its unusual but intriguing inhabitants that include the friendly Gang (Zeb, Nina, Strat, Dotty and Milo), the Spironauts with their noisy jetpacks and the hyperactive, shoe-mad Spydrax! All of them are on hand to give help and advise along the way. Getting to Grips with Computers, Book 2, is a PC based book for parents and children to share. All the activities are designed around ICT topics covered in Years 3 to 6, so parents can get an understanding of new concepts being learnt and help to reinforce new ideas. There is an introduction to MS Word, Powerpoint and Excel. Concepts and computer applications covered include: word processing, collecting and presenting information, simple programming, using patterns to create designs, graphical modelling and control applications. All topics introduced include useful and fun follow-up activities.show more