|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 issues of performance in relation to cost. Is spending more money on hardware always the best solution.
Students should investigate and discuss issues about computer power in terms of cost. What is the best way to get value for money.
|Key words||USB, Hard drive, SSD, ports, CPU, RAM, mouse, keyboard, stylus, monitor, microphone, PSU, VGA, PCI, power consumption||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 continue to investigate the power and performance of computing hardware in order to compile a dossier of components and corresponding data for their own reference. The focus here will be on the associated costs involved.||At what point is the hardware no longer "good value for money"? Do you get more, the more you spend? Are you paying for more than just the hardware?|
Students should show that they can evaluate the benefits and cost implications of their hardware choices and be informed consumers of digital technology.
|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||
We are constantly told to upgrade and get more power and features. Most hardware manufactures work on you upgrading regularly. Is there any real benefit to this. What is the best way to determine value for money before parting with your cash.
What will you gain in your day to day activities from an expensive upgrade. Will it make you work better, fastr, harder?
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 complete their 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|