The home is a useful context to study information systems for personal purposes. Use the school library borrowing system as a way to further explore information systems; other examples include online access to anything that requires a large amount of information and resources organised in an easily accessible format. Explore the possible use of information systems within the community. Explore virtual resources that are available globally and have a relevant class context. Students could create their own pseudo virtual tour of the school for a particular purpose.
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The home is a useful context to study information systems for personal purposes.
Entertainment is an area where most families engage with information systems, such as paid subscriptions to music, television and movie content.
Communication with interstate or overseas friends and family may be in the form of video and voice calls using telecommunications application software and is an example of a type of information system.
Also becoming more and more prevalent are the home monitoring of security, home appliance and energy management, as well as monitoring the health of the individuals in the home. Information systems make this type of monitoring possible. Digital systems such as computers, tablets and smartphones are integral to the solutions, with particular software applications required.
A database is a computerised system that makes it easy to search, select and store information. Databases are used in many different places.
A computerised school library borrowing system is an example of an information system that uses a database to:
Organisations such as libraries, large health care professionals and retail stores all use a database to search, select and store information.
When information about an object or person is well structured or organised, it is easier to search for specific details or select particular records.
A virtual tour is a simulation of an existing location, often made up of a sequence of still images or, in some occasions, video. Sound effects, music, narration and text may also be incorporated. Some virtual tours offer a virtual reality experience when a VR headset such as Google Ccardboard.is worn by the viewer.