A series of lesson plans for computer subjects. Each lesson plan contains the target grade, approximate time needed for the lesson, and an estimate of the number of students and computers this is based on.
Each lesson features a list of the key concepts covered, the learning outcomes, resources needed. A brief description of the key points to be covered by the instructor is provided. The activity is briefly described.
Topics include spreadsheet, pesentation, multimedia, website creation, computer networks, and IT security. Some lessons integrate more than one topic. There are 14 lessons. Six are for Year 7, seven for KS3 (grades 7-9), and one for KS4 (grades 10-11).
Each lesson is also mapped to the National Curriculum Level Descriptors for ICT. The appropriate descriptors and how they are met are provided.
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Type of Material:
Workshop and Training Material; Collection
This material is meant to be used in class. In many cases, it is recommended that students work in pairs.
Necessary resources varies with the lesson. Some require Excel, some PowerPoint, Acrobat reader; many require the internet.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Students will learn various ICT skills including use of a spreadsheet, presentation application, and the Internet.
Target Student Population:
The stated target is grades 7 - 11. However, material is flexible enough to be directed towards an older population.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Basic computer skills including famiiarity with file management would be helpful. Other skills are dependent on the level of the material.
The topics are significant and relevant to core concepts. Material is accurate and seems appropriate to the chosen grade level.
A good job is done providing key concepts and learning outcomes. However, they may be vague to instructors Also, links to relevant resources could be added and some guidance may be needed if this material is used as self paced model
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
These plans are organized and consistent. They provide a well-structured lesson plan for the intructor. Concepts are attainable, important, and build upon each other. The plans also have the strength of being adaptable to meaningful uses. Some provide differentiation for different levels of student ability.
The effectiveness of these lessons is heavily dependent on the exercises chosen by the instructor. The teaching effectiveness would be stronger if sample exercises were provided. A community of interest to support share suggestions could be a powerful addition.
Perhaps tweak the course to make it more self paced and flexible for adult learners.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Everything is well organized and in sequence (one example is the beginning web design portion of the course).
Presentation, headings, more interactive examples and navigation by topics should be improved.
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