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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 criterion is an understanding of some of the range of services offered by servers in a network.  Most students will use these services, such as file management and email, but perhaps without a better understanding of how they all function.

The focus here can be on file services and logins

Students should be allowed to see a network in operation and go to the school's server room if possible to see the hardware in situ for more meaning.

They can discuss with the network team some of the services on offer and some of the issues related to the services.

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 network, server, client, web servers, FTP servers, database servers, E-mail servers, file servers, print servers. These words need to be reinforced throughout the series of lessons  

identify a range of servers and services provided by servers to networks

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 look at some different services that are offered in the school network What does a file server do?  How does a server control how your files are managed?  How is it monitored?  
Learning Objectives
  • understand the services offered by servers in a network
  • be able to explain the main services
  • be able to discuss the difference between services

Students should show that they understand that a service controls logins and file management for them and some of the main ways this is accomplished

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 file management and account control
  • Detailed look at file server and account management
  • Students can break into groups and work one of these services
  • Class discussion and examples of their findings back to class
  • Group or individual work on their own understanding

Students can be shown and discuss in very broad terms about how servers control logins and account management, and how this links to services such as file management.

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. Introduction and basic overview of account management
  2. investigate in detail account management and file serving
  3. look at and discuss file and account management functions and actions
  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

Terinal server graphic Most students will be familiar with their access to a network through their login.  How dos this process work and what exactly are they allowed to do and why?  Students need to be shown some of the services offered by a control server and understand how and why this works.  In most schools, this is likely to be via Active Directory.  AD is like an index system on a network which stores information about objects.  The objects are resources (i.e. printers) or users.  The directory stores information about what users can do, where they can go and see, and what they can use (such as printers).

Other operating systems use an open standard called NFS, though they need to communicate with Windows machines so use an open system called Samba for this.

Homework Get students to design a set of access rules for their school network.  What can students do on the network, and why. 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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