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Lesson Length The expected lesson length will be approximately one hour

Some variation possible.

Assessment Level 1

Students The lesson is suitable for KS3 and KS4 students Since this is a new specification, the lesson is suitable for Year 7 to 9 students and differentiated by outcome  
Overall Focus The lesson will introduce a short series of lessons to explore the use and appreciation of the right applications to support project work Students will begin to explore and evaluate the tools available for their various tasks and understand their key attributes

Lesson Links: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39

Key words application, open source, proprietary,  These words need to be reinforced throughout the series of lessons  

select suitable applications to support my work

Evidence here will be student's own work and assessor observations  
Key Questions Some questions to get learners thinking about the topics Students need to be introduced to a variety of applications and be able to assess their use and potential for solving problems  
Learning Objectives
  • To investigate and understand different attributes of applications
  • To describe and explain, with examples how different applications are designed for specific purposes
  • To comment on the suitability of applications

Students need to investigate various applications and assess to themselves whether or not they are fit for purpose.  They will research towards using an application for a project in the next block

If you are using the Learning Machine learning system, students can add their comments and material to this site as evidence of their growing understanding.  The site, if used consistently, will show progression via charts of activity and outcomes.
Teaching and Learning Elements
  • Overview of the range of applications available in different fields
  • Students can break into groups and work on exploring the different applications
  • Class discussion and examples of their findings
  • Group or individual work on developing their own work

As indicated in the overall guidance for this criterion, there is a huge range of open source software which is in many ways more suited to solving problems than some of the systems students are familiar with.  They don't need to go into deep detail, but some understanding of file formats and standards would be useful.

Use some of the student's ideas and examples to flesh out a solid understanding before progressing

Question students about how and why they did what they did.  Check for understanding.

Students should be made aware of alternatives to the familiar software applications they use.  Most of these applications are of a high quality and free, which means students can use them at home without license issues and can then be introduced to more inclusive ways of working.

Lesson Structure Possible structure an existing one.
  1. introduce a range of open source software applications
  2. take a detailed look at applications and compare results
  3. group work to work on some of their own ideas
  4. discuss what they have learned and what they can apply
  5. volunteers to share their work and explain how they came to their opinions
  6. highlight next week's focus and issue homework

The UK government has recently investigated open source alternatives to expensive and closed software systems and determined that it is a better option based on cost and flexibility.  Most government departments now use open standards for document exchange and are switching away from closed and proprietary systems.  The list of open source alternatives to proprietary software is growing rapidly, and many are established alternatives.

altto has a wide range of alternatives in all sorts of areas.

Students will have been introduced to other software systems in an earlier criterion.  They can use this knowledge to further investigate software applications, with a focus on collecting data.  Data can be numbers, but can also be sound and images.

There is a lot of scope for cross curricular work hre as the project is for gathering data.  Students can work in any subject area which lends itself to this.

Homework Get students to download and install one open source application at home and write a short review for the class Students can vary their homework depending on their level of understanding Get students to document their experience on their portfolio system for assessment


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