Getting Started (5 min)
A quick activity that requires an effective Internet search
- Example: Count your clicks! In as few “clicks” as possible, locate a web site for a physical store within 50 miles of your school where you can purchase a blue laptop bag.
Activity (25 min)
Explore Performance Task - Introduction
- Each student receives a copy (paper or electronic) of the Explore performance task (Explore Performance Task.pdf) and the CS Matters scoring rubric (Unit 1 Practice Performance Task Rubric CSM.docx). Note: This is the official College Board version, which has not been updated fully for the new version of the rubrics. In particular, the rubric now restricts the permitted file types, and the resource dates in the performance task description are outdated. Those rubric requirements are more current and should be followed by the students. Note that the rubric is still likely to change in the future; we have developed a more fine-grained scoring rubric that we recommend using, to give the students more feedback and guidance. (The College Board rubric uses a 3-point scale; the CS Matters rubric is on a 5-point scale.)
- Use the provided presentation (artifact.pptx) to give an overview of the requirements for the visual component of the Explore task, and to show the students several example artifacts. Lead the students in a discussion of how the artifacts do (or do not) meet the requirements in the rubric and task description.
- Use a variety of pre-reading activities to assist students' understanding of the requirements of the task:
- Read the section headers.
- Make predictions of what the students will be doing for the performance task.
- Notice the structure of the text: introduction and short description, followed by details of the requirements.
- Make connections between what was learned in Unit 1 with the requirements of the task.
- Students should read the performance task carefully. Encourage highlighting key terms. If necessary, work with students to transfer the requirements from paragraph form to a bulleted list.
Activity (5 min)
- Students should refer to the topic they chose at the end of Lesson 3. They may either choose this topic to research, or pick another topic from the following choices:
- Social media
- Online retail and banking and online businesses
- Cloud data storage
- Government surveillance
- If they did not do so at the end of Lesson 3, each student should pick an innovation that connects to the topic chosen. They will research this innovation to create their practice artifact.
(Limiting the choices will allow students to compare and contrast their final artifacts, facilitate self-assessment, and make it possible to identify exemplars of each option.)
Activity (10 min)
Practice Performance Task
Students should begin the practice performance task. (This work will continue in the next class session.) During the class, the teacher should provide guidance to students to stay focused on the outcomes of the task, assist students in breaking down the task into workable steps, and check for students' understanding of the task.
Wrap-up (5 min)
Give students a few minutes warning before the end of class. With 4 or 5 minutes remaining, have students reflect and write in their journal a verbal snapshot of the artifact they are creating.
Getting Started (5 min)
- Have students write a goal for the class period in their journal. "During this class, I will complete: ..."
- Spend 2 or 3 minutes discussing difficulties encountered the previous day and possible solutions.
- As students work, have them consider these questions that they will write hour answers to at the end.
- What novel combinations of artifacts, tools and techniques can you use to create your artifact?
- How does this artifact express your own creativity and interests?
- Consider a web page, poster, sound byte, video or picture as a way to communicate your information. If you were to expand on this project, which would you choose and why?
- What tools would you use if you had a week to create a larger project? Do you know how to use all of these tools: text editor, spreadsheet to create charts and graphs, web page design, app or computer program creation tool?
Activity (40 min)
Practice performance task
- Students continue work on the practice task. Continue providing guidance.
- Note: This practice task may need more than two class periods to complete. It may be necessary to break the task into chunks and assign some portions for homework. It would also be beneficial to spend class time after completion to have students present their artifacts to the class, identify exemplars, and discuss lessons learned.
Wrap-Up (5 min)
Some students will benefit from having a teacher-selected topic and a step-by-step plan for completing the task.