1. Set up your Google Drive with a Digital Workbook and/or Folder for Unit 3 IT. Share it with me.
2. Create a Glossary. This can be kept at the bottom of your workbook or as a separate file in your folder.


Real Time
Site licence
Data duplication
wireless LAN
Network standards

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2013 Examination
- read through the exam and highlight the questions you think you can already answer.
- work out a rough score as a percentage
- write on the top of your exam and hand in
NOTE: I.T. Exam gets scaled DOWN. You are all capable of getting 100% - this is your aim! To get this you will need to be thorough. You will need to summarise and revise each topic carefully.

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Summarise Chapter 1 - Networks. Use short sentences and/or dot points to extract the main information from the first paragraph. My suggestions would be headings such as:
What is a network?
Resource sharing
Remote services
Data sharing
Types of networks
Network Architecture
Websites & software
Switches, routers and modems
Transission media
Network security

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Network diagram - draw a network diagram for our school. Include as many peripherals and devices as you can locate. This is a PHYSICAL representation of the network. You can use clipart/photos/logos on a digital drawing (Word or Visio would work well) AFTER you have sketched it on paper by hand.

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Record your results and how many attempts and email to me when you are done.

Quiz 1


check markList 4 online communities that you can think of, off the top of your head.
Think about it 2-4
Think about it 2-5
Think about it 2-6
Think about it 2-7

check markChoose your own adventure...write your own test questions :)

Write and submit (on a separate Google Doc) 3 questions that would test your knowledge of online communities. We will compile them, plus a few extras in to short quiz. Make sure you know the answers!

Portfolio Task 1
Create a single page website with your timetable on it


LUNCH (Period 5)

Save to your Google Drive IT folder. Use proper naming conventions eg timetable_sem1_lb.html

check2.jpgPortfolio Task 2
Colour code each of your subjects on your timetable a different colour.
Adjust so that it is the perfect width for your screen. What width is this in pixels?
Add a hyperlink to the correct study design for each subject. You will find the index of study designs here http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/vce/studies/index.aspx




You will need some resources to back you up when you are beginning. These are a good reference and have great tutorials.

Just note the “Tryit Editor” is good but does not show the page title tags (no biggie)

Learning Intention - To understand that:
  • The HTML skeleton is the foundation on which most internet pages are based
  • HTML is written in Tags
  • Tags usually come in pairs (never rely on the fact that they can be optional!)
  • A Tag is a word surrounded by angle brackets, e.g.: <HTML> </HTML>, <HEAD> </HEAD>, <TITLE> </TITLE>
  • A pair of tags has as a starting Tag and an end Tag. The end Tag is preceded by a forward slash
  • Tags can have Attributes - these further define the tag functions
  • You should to add <!DOCTYPE HTML> to the top of all your HTML pages to signify HTML 5 is being used (has no end tag).
  • You can create a template so you don’t have to start from scratch every time!

First, use a text editor (eg. notepad) set up a basic html web page for yourself. Test it in your browser.

<!doctype html>
<title> Put the page title here </title>

<body> Put anything else you want to say here

Indentations are used for readability only. Whitespace will almost always be ignored unless you use the preformatted tag <pre></pre>.

Anything within angle brackets are instructions and will not print to the screen – but they are executed by the browser software <>

The <abbr title=”hover over text”> </abbr> is a really important feature for readability of websites. It lets you show the user what the acronym or abbreviation stands for. You can also use the alt= attribute to provide alternate text in case the image can’t be displayed (also read by screen readers)

Comments are an important tool for programmers <!-- This is how you comment in html -->
You can also use the comment tag to “comment out” parts of you code while you are debugging and trying to find a problem part of your code by using the tag around the part you want ignored.

Links to external CSS files must use <link> and be contained in <head>

memory hog.png
MEMORY HOGS: If an HTML file contains ten images - eleven files are required to display the page right. Loading images takes time, so the best advice is to use images carefully. When a web page is loaded, it is the browser that actually gets the image from a web server and inserts it into the page. YOU MUST make sure that the images actually stay in the same spot in relation to the web page, otherwise your visitors will get a broken link icon. The broken link icon is shown if the browser cannot find the image.

This is far form comprehensive. You need to work through the tutorials at W3 Schools to learn more but…

THE BEST HTML TIP EVER (in my humble opinion!)…

If you ever see a Web page and wonder "Hey! How did they do that?” you can find out by right-clicking in the page and select "View Source" (IE) or "View Page Source" (Firefox), or “Inspect Element” (Chrome) or something similar for other browsers. This will open a window containing the HTML code of the page! No secrets :)

(You can even edit the html right there sometimes…you can change the words etc. It won’t save or change the actual page on the web (only the one in your browser) but you can use it for great practical jokes :))

check markPoetic

Using what you know about paragraphs <p></p> and breaks <br>, fix this poem

Handy hack sheets and references for HTML



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Re-read Chapters 1 and 2
"Test your knowledge" questions for Chapter 1 & 2
Read Chapter 3
Add all bold terms to your glossary
Answer the THINK ABOUT IT questions 3-1 to 3-6



THE ULTIMATE GURU RESOURCE FOR VCE IThttp://vceit.com/p/00-ITA-summary2011.htm#u3o1

Further Resources Year 12


Mind maps

Cmap Tools Build interactive, collaborative mind maps with text, video, and weblinks. Used by many high school teachers and college professors for advanced project work and EAP writing.
Mayomi A free flash-based mind mapping tool that lets you map out ideas, projects, research topics, or anything else that can be dug into. Great for students when it comes to writing essays.
Mind 42 A free mind map maker with an emphasis on the collaboration. Google instant messenger is built-in and if you are a Wikipedia fan there is also an option to attach an article.
bubble.us This easy and free online tool allows you to brainstorm ideas, save your mind map as an image, share with students, and create colourful mind map organisers.

Slide show presentations

Sliderocket Create a stunning-looking PowerPoint-style multimedia presentation which can then be viewed and shared online. A great way to introduce topics in the classroom.
Shwup With cool effects, students can build video slide shows with their photos. They can then be embedded into a blog or downloaded as an MP4 video.
Slidestory This tool allows you to record a narration with your slide show. Post on the web for students or classmates to see.


Flickr A nice tool to get a stream of images on any topic. Make content available to your students only.
Phasr You can visually illustrate a sentence with this tool. Students type a sentence and then look for a Flickr image to go with each word.
80 Million Tiny Images Visual dictionary of Google images, where you can also label the images.


Google Video Allows users to search, upload, and share videos online for free. There is even an educational category providing hour long videos.
Vimeo This video-hosting site has a clean interface, includes HD video uploads, and videos can be kept private. A respectful atmosphere lets you and your students’ creativity thrive.
JayCut This is not just a video-hosting site. You can actually edit your uploaded video and store it online.


Voki Allows students to create wacky avatars, then record themselves speaking.
Mashface Upload a photo of yourself or a famous individual, then use a webcam to add your voice and lips to that person. This could be perfect for getting into the mind of a famous person being studied in history or other subjects.

Cartoon strips and animations

Go!Animate Takes storytelling using online cartoon strip makers a little bit further by allowing students to spark life into characters and create short animations. A super tool to foster creativity and engage students.
Xtra Normal For creating text to speech animated movies. A useful tool for social development.
MakeBeliefsComix Encourage writing, reading, and storytelling. With this tool, students can create online comics.
Hot Potato An easy tool that’s free to educators. Build your own crosswords, matching exercises, short answer, multiple-choice, and jumbled sentences. Makes homework prep a breeze.
ToonDoo A web application that allows students to create their own comic strips. Highly motivational, it allows students to express themselves in a more creative way.

Collaboration tools and file-sharing

Simple Solver Very easy to use tool for collaborative projects, brainstorming and problem solving. Students will enjoy using this for group discussions.
Box.net You can easily share files using this tool. It is very easy for students to use as well.
Glogster Students can create multimedia online posters or ‘glogs’, which can then be shared on the Internet.
Yugma A free web collaboration device that lets you instantly connect to students and colleagues all over the Internet. A way to communicate and share content and ideas using any type of application or software.
Writeboard A place to create shareable, web-based text documents. Write solo or collaborate with others.

Data visualisation

Wordle Turns any given text into a word cloud, then picks out the most common words and gives them prominence by increasing their size. Behind this simple concept lies many possibilities for use in the classroom.
Educause Learning Initiative Concise information on emerging learning technologies. ‘7 things you should know about Data Visualization 11’ focuses on a single technology and describes what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. Use it for a no-jargon, quick overview.
Flare Open source software for creating visualisations that run in the Adobe Flash Player. From basic charts and graphs to complex interactive graphics, the toolkit supports data management, visual encoding, animation, and interaction techniques.
Google Public Data Explorer Makes large datasets easy to explore, visualise and communicate.
Google Docs Create charts, presentations, diagrams, wireframes, schematics and more. They are all stored online making collaboration easy.
InfiView Really great for large, complex and live data, as it visualises the data in a clear, graphical way. Connect InfiView with real time data (of any size, even infinite), and present anything from social and geo-location, to diagrams and maps, in a web browser.
Information is beautiful A fantastic library of visualisations, infographics and diagrams.
JISC – data visualization tools Really comprehensive link to a huge range of further data visualisation technology.
Read, Write, Web Another great library of data visualistion tools.
Visual complexity Amazing library of social network visualisations and many other topics.

Social networking

Penzu Keep an online journal using this site. This can be useful for both students and teachers.
Ning.com This site allows you to create your own social network; consider using this as a private social network with your students.
Wikispaces Create a public, online wiki for free. This is great for group assignments and class collaborations.
Twitter We all are pretty familiar with Twitter. Teachers are trying this out more and more with their students to instantly post and receive short messages.
Class Blogmeister This blog site was set up specifically for educators and students. There are a number of privacy controls that are already built-in.
edublogs A free blog-hosting site for educators and students of all ages.

Flashcards and quizzes

Anki This is what is called a spaced repetition system (SRS). It can help students remember things by intelligently scheduling flashcards. This helps when trying to learn a lot of information at one time.
Quizlet More than just flashcards and very easy to use. Get students started with good study habits.
Ediscio Another collaborative flashcard tool. This one gives you learning statistics.


Ted.com A series of talks by a variety of striking people. The goal is to bring people from the worlds of technology, entertainment, and design together.
Tizmos An online space where you can place thumbnails of sites. Very useful if you want students to go to certain places only, and it can also cut down on random searches.
SimplyBox Research can help students learn more about the subjects they're studying. Teachers can help them to think ‘outside the box’ with this tool.
Issuu Lets you upload Office or PDF documents and turn them into a collage type album with pages that turn. Students will love this for their special assignments.

For a targeted, comprehensive range of resources specific to the VCE Information Technology Course, go to http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/vce/studies/infotech/infotechindex.html and click onResources.


Creationistas - Australian Copyright Is Broken




Original article found at http://www.wired.com/2012/10/ff-inside-google-data-center/all/ (see the relevant part of the article below)
Security and Data Protection in a Google Data Center: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLory3qLoY8