Lessons 1 to 3 – Hardware and Software

Learning Objectives

  • To name, explain and understand various pieces of computing hardware
  • To name, explain and understand various pieces of computing software

Learning Outcomes

All must – print out a list of short definitions for the five keywords.  Complete both presentations.  The presentations will have short answers, sometimes lacking details and the presentations will be functional, but not have many changes compared to the original skeleton presentations. (Level 4)

Most should – print out a list of definitions for the five keywords.  Complete both presentations to a good standard.  The presentations will have good answers (some detailed).  The presentations will be functional and edited to make them look professional looking. (Level 5)

Some could – print out a list of definitions for the five keywords.  Complete both presentations to a high and detailed standard.  The presentations will have good answers (mostly detailed). The presentations will be professional looking.  They will have been extended to include the extension activities highlighted. (Level 6)

Keywords

Words to learn: hardware, software, peripheral, application, device

Starter (Lesson 1)

In Google type in:

define: computer hardware
define: computer software

What does it say?  If you were trying to explain to another person what software is and what hardware is, how would you explain the difference?

You might also often hear the following words being used when talking about computer hardware or computer software – peripheral, application and device.

In Microsoft Word, write down the following words and write a short explanation, in your own words, of what the word means.  Print it out and put it into your folder.  The words are:

  • computer hardware
  • computer software
  • peripheral
  • application
  • device

Main (Lessons 1 and 2)

Your teacher will pass around various computing devices.  Since these are all computing devices you can physically touch, are they hardware or software?

You will now research different computing devices and find out some key facts about those devices.  You will put together your findings in the form of a presentation.

To help you get started we have produced a “skeleton” presentation, which tells you what devices to find out about and some questions to answer for each.  You will notice there is a blank space to the left of each slide – find a relevant picture and place it in the blank space.

Click here to open the skeleton presentation.

Once you are finished, print out your slides four to a page and place the printout in your folder.

Extension work: Go through your presentation and in the top right corner of each slide place the word:

  • Input
  • Output
  • Processing
  • Storage

depending on what category you think each computing device falls into.  If you are not sure what a word means, have a look on the Internet.

Even more extension work: the presentation does not have all of the devices possible.  Find out 5 more computing devices and add them to your presentation.  (Tip: think of computing devices that are part of your smartphone…)

Main (Lessons 2 and 3)

Your teacher will demonstrate various software packages.  Since these are all applications that run on a computing device, that you cannot physically touch, are they hardware or software?

You will now research different computing packages and find out some key facts about these computing packages.  You will put together your findings in the form of a presentation.

To help you get started we have produced a “skeleton” presentation, which tells you what devices to find out about and some questions to answer for each.  You will notice there is a blank space to the left of each slide – find a relevant picture and place it in the blank space.

Click here to open the skeleton presentation

Once you are finished, print out your slides four to a page and place the printout in your folder.

Plenary (Lesson 3)

Your teacher will carry out a Kahoot! quiz with the class (teachers – click here to setup the quiz).  Use your proper name as your nickname, so your teacher can check what you have learned during these lessons.