|Section Title||Primary information||Description and Notes||Suggested resources|
|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|
The focus for this criterion is for the students to investigate and assess all the different types of hardware and some of their properties
|Students should be introduced to as many different hardware elements as possible and be allowed to test how they work and what their functions are|
|Key words||USB, Hard disk, SSD, serial port, parallel port, CPU, RAM, mouse, keyboard, monitor, PSU, VGA, PCI||These words need to be reinforced throughout the series of lessons|
|Assessment||Evidence here will be student's own work, eportfolios and assessor observations|
|Key Questions||Some questions to get learners thinking about the topics||Students will need to show that they know the basic aspects of the main hardware components and can work with them in order to know where they work and what some of the best features are||What is hardware? What are the main hardware components in a computer? What features do they need to have? How do you measure what they do or can do? How do they affect a computer?|
Students will need to be able to identify and use a range of hardware components and know some of the main characteristics which will enable them to know where nad how to use them
Their write-ups need to show they understand the main ideas and can be critical users of digital systems.
|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||
Students should be able to instigate as many hardware components as possible and preferably compare them side by side by different manufacturers.
You could divide students up into groups to investigate different hardware components and report back to the class, this will cover more components and allow students to improve their presentation skills.
It might be interesting to look at the development of components. Look at old motherboards and components to see how they have changed.
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||
|Homework||Get students to compile a table of information about key hardware components: price, capacity, OS compatibility, performance, connections etc.||Students can vary their homework depending on their level of understanding||Get students to document their experience on their portfolio system for assessment|