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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 In the previous block of lessons, students will have been introduced to the idea of evaluation.  They now need to apply that to their current project. This lesson will look at some of the methods to assess a project's strong points.

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, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39

Key words abstraction, programming language, instruction, open source, analog, digital, file types, variable, loop, accurate, remix These words need to be reinforced throughout the series of lessons  
Assessment evaluate project in terms of its strengths and weaknesses

Though not explicitly part of assessment here, students need to think about licensing.

Evidence here will be student's own work and assessor observations.


Key Questions Some questions to get learners thinking about the topics

Students will now start to complete their project and start thinking about what was good or not so good about it.  In this lesson they will look at the strong points.

Some guidance on evaluation will be useful here.

What did you most like about your solution?  Did it meet the objectives you set out?  If so, how well did it meet these objectives.  How easy is it to use for your audience?  How much do they like using it?
Learning Objectives
  • To understand evaluation
  • To describe and explain their work in terms of its strengths
  • To understand how to rate strengths and build on this knowledge

As stated previously: students need to have an overview of project management: planning, timing, executing, testing, documenting.  They need to chose something they are comfortable with and it can be in any subject area.  Good chance to do some cross-curricular work here.

Need to do some basic work with students on evaluation and looking for the good aspects of their work

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
  • Introduction and examples of evaluation techniques, concentrating on strengths
  • Students can break into groups or on their own and work on their evaluations
  • Summarize the key points and reinforce the importance of reviewing work for strong points

Evaluation is always a tricky one for students.  They need to be shown how to look in an objective rather than subjective way about their work, and also look at it in terms of what they set out to do in the first place.

If you have some examples from previous years, that would be helpful as a guide.

Question students about their ratings of their work.  Is it too high, too low, just right etc.

Online surver icon The main focus of this particular assessment criterion is the student's ability to assess their work.  It might help if they create a questionnaire for their audience or other members of the class to get some detailed results to work with.  The questionnaire can be paper based or web based (most of the web-based ones require an email sign up, so might have to use a web page internally).

TLM have an open source site you can use here.  Please contact us if you would like an account.  You can also download it and install it on your own server or network.

Lesson Structure Possible structure
  1. introduce examples of strong points
  2. discuss with student how to work out documenting strong points
  3. individual work on projects
  4. highlight next lesson's focus and issue homework

As with the suggestions on the overall SOW and Guidance pages:

Go over the key parts of a good, clear plan:


1. Explain to audience what you will do

2. Decide what is to be done

3. Carry out the plan

4. Do some testing to make sure it works as it should (get audience feedback if possible

5. Document (in case someone else wants to do the same)


Homework Students should begin to write up their project documentation and reflect, maybe on their blog, about the process and what they have learned so far 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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