Introduction to Computer Hardware
Lesson Plan for Computer Studies
(Secondary 4-5, topic 8.1: The functions and the interrelationship of computer system components)


This module should take 3 lessons. The first two lesson should be used for lecturing, online learning, and clarifying questions. The following lesson should will be lab activities (described below), video-on-demand and mini in-class quiz. And a summary of all will end this module.

22 PCs are used for simple computer reconnection labs.

For a class of 44, we suggest you break the students into 22 pairs, each consists of 2 students. Two students work on 1 PC. By this way, all the students have the chance to access to the physical hardware as the same time, since we only have 22 computers.

 

In Advance

Preview:

Introduction to computer hardware (I)

Introduction to computer hardware (II)

Dictionary lookup activities: CPU, RAM, ROM, harddisk, floppy disk, zip disk, CR-ROM, CR-RW, bar code reader, digitizer, graphics tablet, keyboard, keypad, touch screen, scanner, magnetic strip card reader, point-of-sale terminal, voice input device, graph plotter, printer, sound/speech output devices, visual display unit, modem.

 

Class Materials:

Item Quantity Comments
Computer with keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers and Chinese character input tablet 22 Disconnect all peripherals with the main unit
Curriculum viewing PC 1 Same as the experimental PC but with VGA signal projected

 

Preparation for Learning


Objectives:

 

Vocabulary:

CPU, RAM, ROM, harddisk, floppy disk, zip disk, CR-ROM, CR-RW, bar code reader, digitizer, graphics tablet, keyboard, keypad, touch screen, scanner, magnetic strip card reader, point-of-sale terminal, voice input device, graph plotter, printer, sound/speech output devices, visual display unit, modem.

 

Focus Questions:

Do you know the components of a comnputer?
What is their main functions?
What is their relationships?
How to reconnect the PC by yourself?

 

Delivery of Instruction

Lecture:

 

Key Graphics:


Online:

Students study online in the given web resources to get the idea of updated information.

 

Lab/Activity


For the Lab activity the students are divided into 22  teams, which is equal to the number of computers. Each team consists of 2 students. Each team uses one computer. A team study the back-panel of the computer and re-connect all I/O peripherals back t the main unit. After finish the lab, restart the computer and have video-on-demand and in-class online quiz in their own working pace.. 

In the last 10 minutes of the lesson, help the students who cannot fix the machine by themselves..

 

Assessment

 

Homework

 

Resources

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