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Do you have any lesson plans to cover one day, teaching the following:-

Introduction to Word

Introduction to Excel

Introduction to Access

Introduction to the Internet ½ Day

Introduction to Computers ½ Day

Introduction to Front page

Introduction to Publisher

Introduction to PowerPoint ½ Day

Intermediate Word

Intermediate Excel

Intermediate Access

I have also been asked to produce workbooks.

For the Internet module I thought of using the Webwise Disc.

There are other options I am going to have to come up with, so any help


Many Thanks

Colin Neale

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I have always found a "can do" list helpful when teaching a group of people how to use a new ICT application or to acquire almost any kind of new skill. It serves three basic purposes: Firstly, it helps the teacher identify what the group already knows; secondly, it helps the individual members of the group identify what they can already do; thirdly it helps both the teacher and the individual members of the group monitor their progress.

In MFL we make a good deal of use of "can do" statements, e.g. such statements form the backbone of the six levels of proficiency of the Common European Framework for Languages and they are being incorporated into the Languages Ladder at the DfES site:


I was involved in NOF training - as an ICT in MFL specialist - and I became very frustrated by the different levels of knowledge and skills of my trainees. Some did not even have basic keyboard skills while others were pretty good at using Word and a browser. This made it very difficult to get on with the job of delivering MFL-specific ICT training. I therefore began to draw up several different "can do" lists relating both to generic packages and to MFL-specific packages in order to make my job easier. You can download them as a Word doc from the ICT4LT website at:


Some of the "can do" statements are MFL-specific, such as knowing how to enter characters with diacritics in Word, but you may find the lists generally useful. Feel free to make use of them. Feedback welcomed.

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A few years ago the then Head of ICT at my school asked me to deliver a unit of professional development for the staff on Word. I decided to show them how to create a subject word search in Word. Of course, the online Puzzlemaker facility is much quicker, but I was convinced that replication of the process in Word would impart valuable lessons about the versatility of tables in Word. When I myself learned how to use tables to give structure to my word processing, I felt I had made a genuine breakthrough and I wanted my colleagues to experience the same sense of progress.

The workbook to accompany this lesson on Word can be found on my website at:


The unit seemed to go down quite well not only because it enhanced staff word processing skills but also because it gave colleagues the freedom to incorporate their own subject keywords. I've also used the workbook with students, who enjoyed creating a puzzle with their own vocabulary in it to show to their parents and friends.

Good luck and feel free to use my workbook in your presentation. I only ask you to acknowledge my authorship.

While we're on the subject of Word, I often point out to colleagues how useful this word processor's readability statistics can be when creating worksheets and the like for students. Word supplies a Flesch-Kincaid grade level for a given text. Grade 6 is the equivalent of Year 7: just add 1 to the grade given. If you or your audience are interested in this feature, read my essay "Ways in which the language of school teaching materials can impede learning" at


Hope this helps.

David Wilson


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