|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|
|Overall Focus||The focus for this lesson will be an introduction to the main hardware components that make up a computer.||This lesson will look at the main hardware components|
|Key words||CPU, RAM, USB, RJ45, SD, HDD, keyboard, mouse, monitor, peripheral, network||These words need to be reinforced throughout the series of lessons|
|Assessment||identify the main hardware components in computing devices||
Evidence here will be student's own work and assessor observations.
|Key Questions||Some questions to get learners thinking about the topics||
Students need to be able to see and touch some of these components to be able to understand them close up
|What does the term "hardware" mean? Why is it different from "software"? What is the relationship between hardware and software? Are some hardware elements more important than others?|
Ideally, it would be good to give students as much exposure to actual devices as possible. There are usually old computers about in dark cupboards. Some of the components may have changed in look (i.e. RAM), but should be generally recognizable. Seeing the difference is useful as a talking point to show how they are evolving due to needs.
There are lots of on-line videos to supplement this.
|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||
The main focus of this particular assessment criterion is the student's awareness of the main parts that make a computer work. They will go into more detail in the following sessions, but here they need to understand the whole picture and what parts are important.
Make sure you operate in a safe environment and watch out for sharp edges in computers and avoid electrical issues, as well as static.
|Lesson Structure||Possible structure||
The computing site is a good starting point and overview, though hands-on activities would be more beneficial. There is a useful as well. It shows images of the parts and explains something of what they do.
The simple wiki page is also a good overview of the key components.
A basic list of health and safety issues here.
|Homework||Students can write a proposal for a "client" computer. You can have a small number of clients with differing needs: artist (so expensive CPU and graphics), small company, so basic power, server. They can use the web to research the parts and cost. Give a range of budgets, say £600-4,000||Students can vary their homework depending on their level of understanding||Get students to document their experience on their portfolio system for assessment|