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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 focus for this entire block will be in developing a data collection project: from planning, to collecting, to analysing and presenting the findings. Students will create a data collection project and use various software systems in order to carry out the different tasks involved.  They need to use more than one application for this.  The type of data is up to the students, so there is wide scope here.

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, SMART These words need to be reinforced throughout the series of lessons  

collect and record data

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 revisit their work from the last block.  What is their planned activity?  What data are they going to collect?  Who is it for and what is the purpose? What makes a project successful?  How do you know what the problem is and how to solve it?  What kind of data will you need to collect, how will you collect it, and what will you do with it?  How will you know you will finish it on time?
Learning Objectives
  • Create a plan for their project
  • To map out some of the ways to break the project down into manageable pieces
  • be able to discuss their chosen data collection idea for suitability
  • be able to discuss their chosen applications

Students should have chosen a data collection project, but some might still need help in how to frame the project. What are some of the methods needed for them to work through the project and get something out of it.

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 basic planning
  • Introduction to collecting data
  • 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. 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.

Their key task is to put together a mini proposal about what they are going to do and why, with some idea of the required resources.

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
  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. if possible, some can begin to collect their data
  7. highlight next week's focus and issue homework

Students can begin to make some basic plans for their data collection project.  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 (demo data added to the site as student and teacher and working email).  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.

The types of data gathered will depend on what area they decided to investigate.  The data might be text based or numerical, but equally it can be images, audio or video based data. Students should have explored the tools they will use for the entire process and should now start to put together how they will carry out and complete each task and sub-task.

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.

Some possible areas might be: weather data collection and analysis; podcasts of local people to track history in the area; a web site showing the food preferences of their year group; making a new school song by mashing up license free music; using energy plugs to track energy consumption at the school.

Homework Get students to finish writing up their basic plan 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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