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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 As a general overview, students need to explore some of the ways their programming skills can be used to control devices for actions or recording of data This lesson will explore how data can be recorded by computer connected devices

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 algorithm, search, sort, logic, efficiency, control, input These words need to be reinforced throughout the series of lessons The main idea here is for students to understand that they have the ability to control devices and get them to record data

identify situations where codes control events and record physical data

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 understand when they can use computer programs for recording data What events can be recorded using computer attached device?  What are the key advantages?  Are there any disadvantages?
Learning Objectives
  • To understand the basics of recording data
  • To describe and explain, with examples their understanding of recording
  • To identify opportunities for computer based recording

Students need to be shown some ways and means for computer based recording and input devices

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 input recording devices
  • Students can break into groups and work on their own examples of recording systems
  • Class discussion and examples of their own findings
  • Group or individual work

In this lesson students need to be shown examples of computer input devices and what sort of programs are required to record the inputs and store them

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. introduce some basic ideas about computer input devices and recording methods
  2. show students some more detailed examples of computer recording with examples of code
  3. group work to work on some of their own ideas
  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

There is also lots of good examples on the BBC logo bitesize pages.

Digital temperature image Most students should be aware of devices around them that record input data from the physical environment.  They will see thermostats around them at home and school.  Some schools might have weather recording stations or can access this data via websites.  Students might also discuss ways of measuring river or ocean flows, wind speeds, air pressure, humidity.  All of these are useful ways for computers to take input from the physical environment, and in most cases, carry out some action, such as cooling or warming up a classroom.

Homework Get students to find examples around them of control based systems which are more than likely computer based. 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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