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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.  In this session, the focus is looking at the different applications required to solve this problem Students should have used more than one application to collect, store, manage, analyse and present their data findings.  They need to document this and discuss the various strengths and weaknesses of this approach

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

use more than one application to solve a particular problem

Evidence here will be student's own work and assessor observations  
Key Questions Some questions to get learners thinking about the topics Students will need to show that they are comfortable using different applications and that they understand the best applications to use for different tasks. Why are applications different in terms of their interface and options?  What makes you decide to choose one application over another one for the same job?  What other considerations should you make when choosing an application to solve a problem?
Learning Objectives
  • understanding different applications and their usage
  • be able to explain the main features of an application
  • be able to discuss what application to use in different circumstances

Students will need to use more than one application to solve this problem, and to be able to analyse their collected data and present it etc.  Much of the evidence for this will be in the output of their work.  However, it would be useful for them to comment and reflect n the way applications are chosen and how they worked for them.

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 application evaluation
  • Detailed examples of application user interfaces and features
  • Students can break into groups and work on a range of applications to investigate their features and functions
  • Class discussion and examples of their findings
  • Group or individual work on choosing their favourites

Students can put together their findings in a blog or portfolio in order to consolidate their ideas to be able to use on other projects.

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. overview of applications available
  2. take a detailed look at a range of applications
  3. detailed look at application features and functions
  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

Open office applicatins grahic

Students can investigate a range of applications in order to see how their features and functions work and their suitability for solving different aspects of this project.  They will have probably carried out much of this work already, but here they can go into some detail and discuss on their blogs and portfolios what they actually thought.  What worked well and why might that be.  What did not work well and why might that be.

They can compare the proprietary applications to the open source alternatives such as the Libre Office link above which is free to download and use.

It would be useful to add a range of applications to the school network for this purpose, but equally, students can be encouraged to install applications at home.

Homework Get students to begin evaluating various applications on their blogs or ePortfolios. 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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