KS3 Computing/Wordprocessors

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Word Processor - A word processor is a computer program with the purpose of creating and editing documents following keyboard commands from the user. Often allowing printing. Word processing is the most commonly used of all computer applications.


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Word Processing is the art of representing data in a visual way using a variety of software programs and apps.

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The national curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils;

  • Can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems.
  • Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.

Attainment targets:

  • Undertake creative projects that involve selecting, using and combining multiple applications, preferably across a range of devices, to achieve challenging goals including collecting and analysing data and meeting the needs of known users.
  • Create, re-use, revise and re-purpose digital artefacts for a given audience with attention to trustworthiness, design and useability.

Familiar and Unfamiliar software

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Most students will be familiar with word processing through using Microsoft Word or similar word processing suite. Word processing has grown and developed with the introduction of new ideas and technology and now there are hundereds, if not thousands of ways to present data digitally in formats that are more exciting, and more inclusive than ever before.

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Examples of word processing software

Office Suites:

  • Microsoft Office
  • Open Office
  • Libre Office

Challenges and tasks

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App Smash challenge (link to AppSmash)