Unit 0. IntroductionRevision Date: Jul 24, 2015 (Version 1.2)
Summary: This optional lesson can be used as a brief preview to the course on the first day of class when teachers typically have many classroom administrative tasks to accomplish, but teachers also want to set the stage for the class. Students begin thinking about the influences of technology as they engage in a Think-Pair-Share strategy about the computing innovations that have impacted their lives. In addition, this is an opportunity to set beginning expectations about interacting with classmates in collaborative activities and to model writing in the content area.
Source: This lesson is adapted from Code.org (Unit 1 Lesson 00)
Innovation is an important theme of this course. Students will become more aware of how innovation in technology has affected their lives.
This short activity can be used after any required first-day administrative duties.
Each lesson in the course will start out with a brief prompt for students to respond to in their journals. They will pair off to discuss their answers, then share their findings with the class.
If you have the journals ready, have students write the answer to this prompt in the journal: Identify technological innovations that you and/or your families use. (At LEAST four, how many can you name?)
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Note: Written communication is an important skill. This curriculum provides a variety of opportunities for students to develop the skills that they will need to perform well in the Performance Tasks.
Summarize the various ways that computing innovation has affected our lives. Assign the following homework.
Ask students to interview an adult and ask, "What computing innovation has had the most impact on your life? In what ways has your life been affected?"
Students will record the adult’s answer and compare and contrast the answer with their own original answer in a brief paragraph.
Suggest that students create timelines showing the years when the various innovations were invented or became available to consumers. (They could make their best guesses as a class and reorder the ideas on the board.)
Paragraph about the positive and negative impacts of the innovation that has had the most impact on the student's life in journal at the end of class.
Paragraph for homework that compares and contrasts an adult's answer to their own journal entry answer after conducting a discussion with an adult at home.