Sixth Formers took part in a debate on the growth of the internet as part of their IT coursework. They looked at five different aspects; social, political, academic, technological and commercial and sourced statistics and facts relevant to each area.
Bianca Harker said: ‘We had to research each of the points and find examples and figures. I cannot remember a time before the internet and I mainly use it for social networking and shopping but, since being in the Sixth Form, I do use a lot more for work and research. I have also got Spanish pen pals and speak to them over the internet, it is much easier than phoning.’
Lee Stobbart said: ‘People’s needs and use of the internet change as they get older. Social networking is obviously more relevant to our age group at the moment, but things like paying your council tax online will come into play when we get a bit older. As well as discussing the different ways the internet is used, we also talked about how sometimes there are negative aspects, such as bullying and sexual predators because it is so easy to be anonymous online.’
Head of IT, Mr Dave Clarke videoed the session so he can mark the students' work: ‘We measure the debate on contribution, relevance and examples given; whether the students have actually got their point across, have understood it and have backed it up with relevant examples. They had to conduct research then come up with a debate and put their point across. Debating keeps you on your toes and makes you think rapidly.’