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Do you use mobile phones or games devices? If you use them like Dave, Jacqui, Josh, Leia or Alix, then why not get a Certificate for the skills you have?

ITQ in Mobile Technology is a unique IT qualification that looks at the use of mobile IT as well as computer use. It is aimed at anyone who uses mobile technology confidently.

You can achieve Certificate at 3, which can be yours by tackling only 15 tasks! You might learn new skills as you go along – picking up ideas that you can transfer to things you have to do at College or University.

ITQ is a pass/fail qualification and so a level 3 means equivalent to a GCSE A Level. Don’t forget that if you’re working towards Functional Skills then ITQ in Mobile Technology is a fun way to achieve the ICT element.

This pack contains information about the Units and details of the suggested tasks. To help fill the gaps in skills and knowledge see the DawsonLoane Online Training Area.

Let’s work though this pack and see what you’d have to do for a Level 3 Certificate.

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6 Units and 15 tasks The 6 Units are: Using Mobile IT – this looks at the setup, configuration, personalisation and general use of a mobile phone. You need a Smartphone ideally for these tasks. Using Video – this looks at the various ways to capture video (and audio), how to edit and how to publish or distribute to others. Using Collaborative Technologies - looks at the ways you can share and network with others – such as images, videos, your thoughts and files and ways to protect yourself in social networking situations. Digital Images - looks at capturing photographic images, creating vector graphics and how graphics can be created to achieve impact. Using the Internet – looks at searching the web, using web-based communication tools The final Unit, called Improving Productivity Using IT, asks you to reflect on why, when and how you use mobile technologies and IT and a blog is a great way to capture this. To get started To get started you need the following: 

a Smartphone

a computer with:

sound and video editing software (such as Audacity and Windows Movie Maker) image editing and manipulation software (such as GIMP, Photoshop) synchronisation software relevant to your phone 

Video file conversion software such as SUPER or access to webbased software such as ZamZar

a video camera and a still camera and/or a webcam

access to the Internet and an email account to set up various accounts.

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15 Tasks

Work through each Task and capture evidence as you go. Each Task shows what you have to do, what evidence you’re gathering, and how it links to the criteria. By working through the tasks you create evidence that will cross reference to all the Units. But if you want to see all the criteria have a look at the back of the Pack. Of course you’ll need to collect evidence to prove you can do and know about things so you’ll need a portfolio. If you’re studying this qualification at a College they might provide you with a portfolio. If not, then one of the activities is to create a web-based file sharing area, which is great evidence in itself and acts as a portfolio. Don’t forget that any aspect you don’t know is covered in the DawsonLoane Online Training Area. The following pages will take you through the Tasks.


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Task 1 – Set up a Blog The purpose of setting up a blog is to capture your daily thoughts about using technology – computer and mobile based. You’ll be asked to describe what you’re doing, why, what software you’re using, what you’re aiming to achieve etc. This blog will form evidence for the Improving Productivity Using It Unit and you’ll be prompted to add specific things as you work through the tasks.

1. Create an account with Posterous ( Take a screen capture of the original setup and then customise the settings to create a new theme. 2. Post the first entry describing the following: a) how you use mobile technologies b) what your phone is, the name, type, the features and functions on the phone. c) how you have personalised the phone 3. Take a photo of the phone’s wallpaper or background and email the image to the Posterous blog. 4. Enable private sharing and set a password for your tutor to access to your blog and to make comments. For your portfolio: Image showing screen capture, image showing mobile phone wallpaper/background posted onto your blog. Criteria: [UMD 1.1, 1.4, 4.2] [DIS 1.4, 1.7] [UCT 3.2, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2] [INT: 2.1, 4.2, 4.3]

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Task 2 - ‘Unboxing’ video with a twist 1. Browse YouTube to find examples of ‘unboxing’ videos where the new phone or gadget owner gets the device out of the box and sets it up. 2. Produce an ‘unboxing’ style video for your phone showing the a) stages of set up b) adding the battery c) SIM card d) explain phone manufacturer’s guides to health and safety, e) charging the battery f) issues about mobile use when driving, problems with microwaves and handsets near to ears and general care. (Use your device or a friend’s to make sure you cover all the above) 3. Edit the video using Windows Movie Maker or similar to include a title slide, credits and some text overlay throughout. 4. Convert the video to a file format suitable for your phone. 5. After conversion, transfer the video to your phone and take a photo of the video playing on the phone. For your portfolio: The video in original format, video in the converted format and image of phone. Criteria: [UMD 1.3, 1.5, 1.6, 2.3, 3.3] [AV 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.6, 2.1, 2.3, 3.2] [DIS 1.4, 1.7] [INT: 2.1, 3.1]

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Task 3 – UMD Grid and TalkBack 1. Open the UMD Grid (see back of pack) and complete the second column using the prompts in the first column. 2. Create an ipadio account. Set the Social Media settings to send recordings direct to your Posterous Blog. 3. Use your mobile phone to make a recording. In the recording describe: a) what affects the performance of the phone b) how can you optimise the performance of the phone? (e.g. battery life, deterioration of keys/case, lengthy time to start up operating system compared with other devices etc. 4. Email the RSS RSS feed URL of your ipadio account to your tutor.

For your portfolio: Completed UMD Grid and ipadio recording embedded in your Blog. Criteria: [UMD 1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5] [AV 1.3, 1.4, 1.6, 3.2] [UCT 2.5, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5] [INT: 2.1, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3]

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Task 4 –Avatar 1. Open an image-editing and drawing programme and create an avatar for your Posterous Blog. The diagram must be no more than 400 pixels in width. 2. Produce 3 versions of the avatar drawing - one in black and white, one in colour, and one with effects added to it. 3. Create a Flickr account at Upload images from Task 1, Task 2 and this Task 4. 4. Take the chosen avatar drawing add to your Posterous Blog profile. 5. Take the image from Task 1 and create a different effect by using a photo editing website such as BeFunky ( or phone app such as PSMobile or Instagram. 6. Email the altered image to your Posterous Blog and write about the following: Impact – what impression the images should give. Design – how the images are organised, designed and created. Copyright – whether the images are fully your own and what you understand about copyright and the use of images within your own work. Context – How could you use the images? Who will see them and why. Technical factors - what technical factors affect designs or images? Format – what file type did you create (e.g. jpg, gif, png), what compression of images means. Ways to improve – suggestions on how to improve the images. For your portfolio: Image and Blog entry. Criteria: [DIS 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6] [INT 2.1]

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Task 5 – QR Codes 1. Research and find an example of a QR code used for entertainment, music or leisure industry. 2. Create a QR Code at Add the QR Code to your Blog. 3. Use the Kaywa Reader or search Google for a suitable QR Code reader for your phone. Download it to your phone. 4. In your Posterous Blog describe the following: a) what example did you find? b) what steps you took to find the Reader software c) how did you add the Reader to your phone d) describe how you created a code and how the phone captured it.

For your portfolio: An image of QR code and description in the Blog. Criteria: [UMD 2.1, 2.5] [INT: 2.1, 3.4]

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Workbook for ITQ in Mobile Technology Inside View