Key Skills Trainer, Statistics for Education, CD

By Uttley, Simon | Teaching Business & Economics, Spring 2002 | Go to article overview

Key Skills Trainer, Statistics for Education, CD


Uttley, Simon, Teaching Business & Economics


Key Skills Trainer, Statistics for Education, CD, L (English pound)12/10, Tel. 01279 652183.

This cd-rom, an effective students' companion though not a giveaway at L (English pound)12 (10 for group purchases), capitalises on the Key Skills initiative, specifically at Level 3, by providing five interactive sections: Advice, Registration, Self Assessment, Portfolio Building and Record Keeping.

Benefiting from clear, attractive graphics and navigation (including the now common save and print functions), not to mention chatty, unthreatening language, the student 'registers' with the software, clicking the subjects through which they will be accessing the Key Skills, such as their AS or VCE qualifications.

A useful 'Advice' segment introduces the student to the rationale of this latest battlescarred educational initiative, usefully, though not indispensably, linking to the full specifications from each board.

A comment on what 'Uni' (sic) thinks of Key Skills is accurate, but on recent experience, is likely to be out of date pretty quickly as some institutions come on board and others find new and imaginative ways to avoid recognising the Skills.

The 'Self-Assessment' segment is an audit of the students Key Skill level where we click what we can and cannot do. A link gives the student a fairly clear amplification of the meaning of potentially challenging indigestible phrases such as 'Understand 'compound' Measures'. A brief question at the end gives the student a chance to test their understanding, though teacher assistance will be necessary. …

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