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I thought it might be interesting and helpful to share some of my best and worst experiences of teaching ICT or Computing. The Visual Basics for Applications (VBA) story I am about to relate definitely ranks as one of the best and most enjoyable.
I was teaching Year 10 (15 year-olds) and I set them the following problem:
Imagine you have been commissioned to set up a system for a clothes shop. The way the system works is that if a person spends over £100, they get free delivery. From time to time the shop runs a special offer, like buy one item and get the second at half price. Sometimes the company has to re-order stock too, so it has stuff on the shelves!
Your job is to set up a system that can handle these requirements. You can use whatever application you like: a flat file database, relational database, spreadsheet, Visual Basic, or VBA. You have 2 hours to complete the work.
cross-posted at www.ictineducation.org
Terry Freedman is an independent educational ICT consultant with over 35 years of experience in education. He publishes the ICT in Education website and the newsletter “Digital Education."