Futurekids Media International
In Futurekids Media International, the students apply their knowledge of computers in 10 technology areas: desktop publishing, databases, graphics, word processing, spreadsheets, multimedia, the Internet, operating environments, programming and applied technology. Skills in these areas will be required to complete projects relating to all types of multimedia communication.
Module 1 – Premiere Issue
In Premiere Issue, the first of five units, the students create a colourful and informative computer magazine for children. Projects include a contents page, a computer etiquette page, a chart on input and output devices, a feature article about the computer of the future, a technical advice column, an eye-catching magazine cover and an advertisement.
Module 2 – Stop The Presses
In Stop the Presses, the second of five units, the students investigate the exercise and nutrition programs of a children’s fitness camp. In order to complete this assignment, the students will employ database technology and analytical research skills. The pupils insert, delete, organise and format information in existing database tables. Additionally, they construct their own database of evidence, then employ the sort and filter features to locate specific data. The children will be introduced to both online and static databases through their exploration of the Internet.
Module 3 – Live From The Studio
In Live From the Studio, the third of five units, the students help revive the struggling Television Weather Network by using graphics and word processing skills to create maps, weather reports and charts. The children are introduced to the basic tools of object-oriented graphics as they add shapes and lines and manipulate graphics. They also design and modify bitmap graphics using a variety of tools to pick colours, fill and paint. Word processing skills such as formatting text, editing tables and using the Spell Check function are used to complete letters, reports and charts. In addition, the students explore websites to locate information on weather reporting.
Module 4 – On The Air
In On the Air, the fourth of five units, the students are employed as disc jockeys for radio station FMI. It is their responsibility to help increase the station’s ratings by using spreadsheet technology. The children are introduced to the basic tools of spreadsheets as they enter data and perform mathematical operations. The pupils also create and modify charts using a variety of tools as they learn to pick chart types and add legends. Students learn word processing skills such as changing the line spacing, indenting paragraphs and using the Spell Check function to complete e-mail messages and reports for the station manager. In addition, the students research radio station demographics.
Module 5 – Now Presenting
In Now Presenting, the fifth of five units, the students are hired to produce an informational presentation for the kiosk in the lobby of FMI’s headquarters. The children are introduced to the basic multimedia tools as they animate objects and add hot spots. The pupils also record and save sound files, attach video files, and add transitions. Desktop publishing and graphics skills also are used in the lessons to complete slides for the kiosk.