BTT1O Expectations

Digital Literacy

Overall Expectations

By the end of this course, students will:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the terminology associated with information and communication technology;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the computer workstation environment;
  3. manage electronic files and folders;
  4. analyse options for accessing the Internet;
  5. apply effective techniques when conducting electronic research.

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Issues in ICT Research Assignment

Possible Topics

  • legal issues related to Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
  • social issues related to ICT
  • ethical issues related to ICT
  • privacy issues related to ICT
  • security issues related to ICT
  • impact of ICT on personal health
  • impact of ICT on the environment


  1. Choose one of the topics above. If you have done this assignment previously, choose a different topic than the one(s) you used before.
  2. If you haven’t been supplied with a template in Google Classroom, create a Google Doc named “Full Name BTT1O — Name of Topic“, where Full Name is your full name and Name of Topic is the name of the topic you have chosen. An example would be “Joe Smith BTT1O — Legal Issues Related to ICT”. After you have properly named your document, share it with your instructor, with editing privileges.
  3. Using your favourite search engine, find a minimum of 3 websites related to your topic. List these in your document in a section entitled “Web Sources related to topic“, where topic is the name of your topic.
  4. As you read through your websites, take notes in a section entitled “Notes related to topic“, again substituting the name of your topic for topic. Use bullets for this list, and proper sentences for your notes. Spelling and grammar counts!
  5. When done, submit your notes to Google Classroom.
  6. You will be asked to do a 30-60 second informal presentation to your classmates or a small group, so be sure your notes make sense to you.

Let’s Go Phishing!

In the spirit of yesterday’s Safer Internet Day

I often get asked which is better — Gmail or Hotmail (or its derivative outlook). The answer for me is so easy: Gmail, and one of the reasons is because it handles phishing attempts so much better than Hotmail.

I only log into my Hotmail account once a month or so, just to keep it alive. This time, there were approximately 20 emails in my inbox. A few were legitimate security alerts created by my Google account, a few were from Microsoft trying to sell me something or other, but the rest (over half) were phishing attempts — bogus emails attempting to get me to click a link where they would prompt me to reveal private details such as account numbers or passwords. Continue reading “Let’s Go Phishing!”

BTT1O Big Ideas

  • What are the common ICT-related terms I should know?
  • How can I use word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and desktop publishing software for my projects?
  • What are my options for accessing the internet and how can I conduct research?
  • What is an effective website and how can I create my own?
  • What should my computer workstation environment look like?
  • What are some legal, social, and ethical issues relating to ICT?
  • How does ICT affect my health? Or the environment?
  • What are some ICT-related privacy and security concerns?
  • What do effective business documents look like and how will I create them?
  • What can I put in my ePortfolio to demonstrate my accomplishments this semester?

BTT1O Outline

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BTT1O ICT in Business Overview

This course introduces students to information and communication technology in a business environment and builds a foundation of digital literacy skills necessary for success in a technologically driven society. Students will develop word processing, spreadsheet, database, desktop publishing, presentation software, and website design skills. Throughout the course, there is an emphasis on digital literacy, effective electronic research and communication skills, and current issues related to the impact of information and communication technology. Continue reading “BTT1O ICT in Business Overview”

How to Save URLs in a Project Folder

This video will show you how to save URLs into your project folder. This is necessary when creating and submitting projects that use assets from the Internet.

Always give credit where it is due!

Digital Literacy Resource — Teens’ Top 5 Technology Mistakes

Teens’ Top 5 Technology Mistakes _ CHOICES _

(This is an old post that has been moved to here from my previous blog.)

This morning I shared an article entitled “Teens’ Top 5 Technology Mistakes” with my BTT1O class. The five “mistakes” mentioned are:

  1. Forgetting to Log Out
  2. Right Message — Wrong Person
  3. Oversharing
  4. Losing Track of Your Phone
  5. Making Friends With Strangers

Reviewing the article gave us a great opportunity to share many stories, including:

  • students not logging out and other students sending crude messages from their Facebook account
  • students creating fake Snapchat accounts to use to get other students to send them inappropriate pictures
  • stories of students not being able to get jobs because of what they shared on their social media accounts
  • and others…

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