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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 previous lesson introduced the range of alternative software applications available.  Students now need to be guided in choosing the right ones for their project. Students will need a range of applications.  One to collect the data, one to analyse and collate, and one to present the findings.  Some of these might be the same application.

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, file format, portability, open source, proprietary, standard 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 write up their basic findings.  What applications have they found and which ones will they use for their project. What have they found out about the applications they investigated?  What makes for a good application?  What aspects of an application or the file format it uses make it appropriate?  What could be improved?
Learning Objectives
  • To decide on what applications to use for their project 
  • To describe and explain, with examples how they arrived at their choices
  • To comment on the suitability of the chosen applications

Students have investigated applications and file formats and should no have some idea about their suitability for their data project.  They can write up these ideas and thoughts and make a final decision before progressing with their chosen data project.

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 writing up a basic evaluation or project plan
  • Students can break into groups and work on planning their data project
  • Class discussion and examples of their findings
  • Group or individual work on developing their own project

Students now have the idea and understanding of their applications they will use to carry out their data project in the next block.  They should have some application for collecting the data, in a format that is suitable for collaborating and sharing, and they should have an idea of the applications to use to analyse what they collect as well as present any findings.

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.


Lesson Structure Possible structure an existing one.
  1. introduce how to plan out a project and some of the key elements such as milestones and targets
  2. take a detailed look at planning, as appropriate
  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

Students can begin to make some basic plans for their up-coming data collection project in the next block.  They can be shown some tools that can assist here if need be.  It will depend on their capability.  

If you would like to use an online project management tool, you can contact us to use one we have set up based on eGroupWare logo which is relatively easy to use and can help them see how software can track their progress.  Students can also use our Learning site linked above in the Learning Objectives section.  They can also use a word processor with bullet points or a spreadsheet if that is more effective.

There are lots of online systems for presentation, which make it easy to be portable. Strut logo  allows export to different formats as well.

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

Homework Get students to complete their basic plan for their data collection projects. 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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