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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 focus will be on practicing and working with data and information This lesson will be more informational and the ideas will need to be re-visited to reinforce in other lessons

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

Key words algorithm, abstraction, programming language, instruction, open source, digital, file types, accuracy These words need to be reinforced throughout the series of lessons  
Assessment know how instructions and data are stored Evidence here will be student's reflecting on what they understand and assessor observations Make sure to read the assessment guidance linked to the left as there are lots of concepts here
Key Questions Some questions to get learners thinking about the topics Looking at the way computers handle instructions and data.  How they are stored, retrieved and managed. What are file types and why are they important?  What is executable code?  What is bad data?  How do you prevent bad data from being stored?  How do you make good instructions?
Learning Objectives
  • To understand how instructions and data are stored
  • To describe and explain instructions in a program (i.e. HTML)
  • To understand how instructions become data
  • To understand the process of working with data and file types

Students need to show a basic awareness of different file types which tell computers what data is being stored or retrieved.  They need to know the basic file extensions types, i.e .doc/.docx, .odt, .png, .svg, .jpg etc.

They should be reminded of the GiGo effect (Garbage In Garbage Out, though RIRO – Rubbish could be used?)

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
  • Recap some examples of instructions
  • A teacher led demonstration of HTML instructions, or other code
  • Students can break into groups and work on their own tags or instructions
  • Class discussion and evaluation of instructions and data
  • Summarize the key points and reinforce the importance of data

Basic lesson on showing a way that instructions and data interact.  Introduce some general ideas and examples about computing such as size, i.e byte, kilobyte, etc.

Work on different file extensions and the associated programs to work with them.

Good examples and details on the guidance page linked in the assessment block.  Also information about conditional statement and general information on memory.

Use the TLM Learning Site to illustrate the way HTML works.

Lesson Structure Possible structure
  1. introduce instructions and data using HTML
  2. show students some more detailed examples of managing data and instructions, possibly with an online database
  3. group work to work on some of their own
  4. discuss what they have learned and what they can apply
  5. volunteers to share their work and explain how they came to their final versions
  6. highlight next week's focus and issue homework

Thew3schools logosite can be used to demonstrate the ideas and to see how it works.  Otherwise, work directly in the TLM Learning Site.

You can practice on some of the on-line demo systems here

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Most of the sites have the demo login details and are reset so can't be damaged. 

This is a popular online database manipulation software.   The demo site has real data that students can try or you can demonstrate.  Click on Latest released stable version.  You can also walk through the screenshots.

Homework Get students to create a table of 5-10 pieces of software that handle different file and therefore data types.  In the table, say some of the features, i.e. file size, file extension name, limitations etc Students can vary their homework depending on their level of understanding Get students to document their software table on their portfolio system for assessment


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