ECDL Exams

February 17, 2011

The dates for your remaining ECDL exams have been added to your Calendar in your Google Apps account.

Log into your Calendar to see the dates for your ECDL exams.

The IF Function in Excel

February 2, 2011

As part of the syllabus for the Module 4 exam in ECDL, you need to know how to use the IF Function in Excel.

The formula for the IF function is:

=IF(condition, true, false)

The following Youtube video may explain it better.

The Power of Social Networking

October 28, 2010

Facebook, Twitter, Blogs,  MySpace, LinkedIn, Foursquare and many more. You can’t escape social media or social networking.

So what is Social Media?

Facebook is now the largest social media site with over 500 million users worldwide. These are the top countries on Facebook based on the number of users:

1) USA (142M)
2) Indonesia (29M)
3) UK (28M)
4) Turkey (23M)
5) France (19M)

MySpace this week revealed an all new look for their site. You can read about it here.

Twitter is now growing at a faster rate then Facebook and what do you think is the second biggest search engine in the world after Google?

Yahoo or Bing?

Answer: Youtube.

There will be more posts in the next few weeks on each of these social media sites and how you can make use of them.

Domain Names

October 8, 2010
Examples of domain namesThe TY Social Networking class continue to work on their blogs.  You can now view their blogs by going to the class blog. Each blog is listed under blogroll.

Now we need to look at purchasing a domain name for your site. At present, your blog is hosted on You can see this in the URL of your blog e.g., the URL of the class blog is:

What if you want your web address to be or

To do this, you need to purchase a domain name. A domain name is nothing more than the Internet equivalent of a postal address or a telephone number. Every country has its own domain name.

The domain name for Ireland is .ie and the domain name for Germany is .de. You can see a list of all country domain names here.

Can you see which country’s domain is .tv?

The most popular domain is .com which means ‘commercial’ and is the most commonly used domain in the world. While anyone can register a .com domain, there are restrictions on who can register a .ie domain.

There are lots of domain name sellers on the web. An example of an Irish domain name seller is Blacknight. Go to their website and find the cost of a .com domain for one year. Now compare the cost of a .com to a .ie

If your domain name is not available, you can find out who owns it by doing a WHOIS search. Can you find out the owner of

You can find out the owner of a .ie by going here.

Some people also make money from registering popular domain names and then selling them on.

As of 2004, according to Guinness World Records, the most expensive domain name sales on record were:

  • for $7.5 million in December 1999
  • for $5.1 million in January 2000
  • for $2.9 million in September 1999
  • for $2.75 million in July 2004
  • for $2.2 million in December 1999

But you cannot always  register any domain name you like. A famous case was

What browser do you use?

October 2, 2010

Keep your passwords safe

September 24, 2010

This year you have a lot of passwords to remember – Moodle, Google Apps, ECDL eLearning etc.

Where should you keep a record of all your usernames and passwords?

The student journal is not the best place as you could lose it. One good solution is to store them online in a secure location – use Passpack.

Sign up for a free account with Passpack and you can securely store up to 100 passwords.

Go to

File Types & File Conversion

September 17, 2010

Here is a short presentation on File Types and File Conversion by students in Mr. Askin’s Technology Class.

ECDL eLearning

September 17, 2010

All Transition Year ECDL students can now access their eLearning account using the following URL:

You should add this link to your Favourites.

ECDL – Transition Year

September 3, 2009

If you are considering doing ECDL in Transition Year, then you should take a look at the following websites to learn more about ECDL.

ICS Skills

Teach ICT

Download the syllabus from ICS Skills and do some questions on the Teach ICT website.

What is ECDL?

The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) is the world’s most successful IT skills certification programme. Almost three million people are participating in the programme today in over 60 countries worldwide. Over 125,000 secondary school students in Ireland have completed the ECDL.

In Ireland, the ECDL is administered by ICS SKILLS.

The ECDL establishes a standard for everyone who uses a computer in either a professional or personal capacity. It is a certificate that verifies competence in computer use, making the holder readily mobile within Ireland and internationally. Employers and job seekers all agree on the importance of this standard definition of practical competence in Information Technology.

The ECDL consists of 3 main components – a syllabus, a skills card and a question test base, all leading to the European Computer Driving Licence.

If you have any questions on ECDL, post them in the comments sections of this post or you can email mrhannon [at] geralds [dot] ie

Source: ICS Skills

ECDL Certificates

May 22, 2009

Well done to all who have passed all seven ECDL exams in TY this year.

You will receive your ECDL Certificate when you return to school in September.

If you have any questions on ECDL, just send an email to mrhannon [at] geralds [dot] ie

Enjoy the summer holidays!