Joe Summers - Armijo High School


Are you computer savvy enough to understand all the terminology you are bombarded with in stores and in the media?  Students will become familiar with the major hardware components of a PC and their functions.  Students will demonstrate their mastery of the unit by opening a PC console and removing/reinstalling parts, explaining their function. 
Topic:Computer Hardware & Its Functions
Grade Level:9-11
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Standards Addressed
California Challenge Standards
  •  STANDARD 4:

  • Students will understand computerized information systems.  They will evaluate and use hardware and software solutions to improve productivity.
  • Students evaluate, select, install, and configure computer components, peripherals, and operating systems.

    High School, 9th-11th grade
    Computer Literacy: Hardware
    Instructional Objectives

    Students will:

    • identify the major hardware components of a PC, describe their location, and explain their functions.
    • understand safety procedures when handling a PC and components.
    • understand related terminology such as megabyte, megahertz, kilobits, etc.
    • identify the advances made in the last few years in technology.
    • identify the differences between generations of components.display their knowledge of computer hardware and safe handling by disaassembling and reassembling a computer, identifying and describing the functions of each part.
  • After viewing a teacher made Quicktime video on computer hardware, students will identify 10 major components of a computer system with 85% accuracy.
  • Students will label computer hardware by completing a matching worksheet utilizing pictures of the components.
  • After viewing a PowerPoint presentation on computer hardware and its functions, students will complete a True/False quiz.
  • Students will observe the teacher dissassemble and reassemble a PC, explaining the major components as he/she moves along.
  • In groups, students will open a PC console, remove and explain the function of the video card, sound card, & RAM.
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    Student Activities
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    Introductory Activity
    Students will view a web-presentation on computing hardware to become exposed to hardware terminology. 

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    Culminating Activity
    In groups of 4, students will open a PC console and remove 10 hardware components.  In the process, they will identify and explain the function of each component.  At the conclusion, students will reassemble the PC.

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    Armijo High School
    824 Washington St, Fairfield, CA  94533
    Joe Summers:
    (707) 438-3355
    Last Revised: 06/20/2000