Exploring the 16 Occupational Clusters/Information Technology Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to: 1.Define the following terms: a.Information technology b.Computer hardware

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Nov 8, 2013 (3 years and 9 months ago)

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Becky Henley

Week Long Lesson Plan

8
th

Grade Career Orientation

Sheridan Middle Schools


Unit Title/Custer:
Exploring the 16 Occupational Clusters/Information


Technology



Objectives:
Upon completion of this unit, the

student will be able to:

1.

Define the following terms:

a.

Information technology

b.

Computer hardware

c.

Computer software

d.

Network

e.

Mainframe

f.

Microcomputer

g.

Supercomputer

h.

Upgrade

i.

Multimedia

j.

Technician

k.

Workstation

2.

List and describe the four job families in this cluster
.

3.

Identify the nine careers in this cluster and be able to

explain what each career requires.

4.

Explain what it would be like to work at a career in this

cluster.

5.

Evaluate their own interest in this cluster by listening to a
guest speaker.

6.

Identify skills c
ommon to many careers in this cluster.


Situation:
25 students


Time Allotted for Unit:
5 classes; 55 minutes each


Clusters Which Lesson Will Cut Across:
Education and Training, Arts,








Audio, Video Technology



Occupations to stud
y within the family:

A.

Computer hardware engineer

B.

Computer operator

C.

Computer programmer

D.

Computer scientist

E.

Help desk technician

F.

Network administrator

G.

Systems analyst

H.

Technical writer

I.

Webmate


References:
Exploring Careers


PowerPoint



Introduction to Information Technology



Activities:
1. Taking Notes

2.

Activity and Review Sheets

3.

Hands
-
On Activity ( Information Technology Playing Card)

4.

Guest Speaker


Interest Approach:
Do you spend time playing computer games, e
mailing






your friends, surfing the Internet, or completing






assignments on the computer? Do you enjoy





designing and creating, or just taking things apart in






order to put them back together? Today, we are






going

to begin a study of jobs involving these kinds of






activities, the kind where you get paid for doing the





the things you enjoy! (Note: Teacher will be dressed


as “TECHNOLOGY GENIE” and see if students
can


identify the career they are about to study!)










Lesson Content

Day One


Information

Teaching Procedures

1.

Define the following terms:

A.

Information Technology: the
technology used to design, develop,
set up, opera
te and support
computer systems.

B.

Computer hardware: the actual
machinery

wires transitors, and
circuits.

C.

Computer software: the
instructions and data.

D.

Network: two ore more computer
systems linked together.

E.

Mainframe computer: a powerful
multi
-
user compu
ter capable of
supporting many hundreds or
thousands of users simultaneously.

F.

Microcomputer: a multi
-
user
computer capable of supporting 10
to hundreds of users
simultaneously.

G.

Supercomputer: an extremely fast
computer that can perform
hundreds or millions

of instructions
per second.

H.

Upgrade: a new version of software
or hardware; or products designed
to replace an older version.

I.

Multimedia: the use of computers
to present text, graphics, video,
animation and sound in an
integrated way.

J.

Technician: a person

skilled in the
workings of a computer and its
systems
.

2.

List and describe the four job families in
this cluster:

A.

Interactive Media



B.

Programming/Software Engineer


C.

Information Support Services


D.

Network Systems


Power Point Presentation

Teacher Led Disc
ussion

Note taking sheets for students to take

notes from the power point presentation

Lesson Content

Day One (continued)


Information

Teaching Procedures

3.

Introduce the 9 careers related to this
cluster.


Computer hardware engineer



Computer Operator


Computer Programmer


Computer Scientist


Help Desk Technician


Network Administrator


System Analyst


Technical Writer


Webmate


4.

Briefl
y discuss what it might be like to
work in a career in this cluster/Make
students aware of the upcoming date for
quest speaker and subject to be
discussed.


**Summarize.

1.

Terms.

2.

List the four job families.

3.

List the nine careers related

to the
cluster.

Power

Point Presentation

Teacher Led Discussion

Student Activity Sheet












Name:________________________









Date:_____________________









CO Group: 1 2 3 4



Information Technology / Notes on Power
Point Presentation


1. Information Technology is the technology used to
______________, ______________, set up,
_____________________, and support

______________ systems.


Terms Associated with Information Technology:


A.

____________________________________
_ the
actual machinery

wires, transistors, and circuits.


B.

_____________________________________ the
instructions and data.


C.

Network


two or more __________________
systems __________________ together.


D.

_______________________ computer


a powerful

multi
-
u
ser computer capable of supporting many

____________________ of user’s simultaneously.


E.

Microcomputer


a multi
-
user computer capable of
supporting ________ to ______________ of users
simultaneously.


F.

___________________
-

an extremely fast
computer that c
an perform hundreds or millions of
instructions per second.


G.

Upgrade


a _________ version of ____________
or hardware, or products designed to replace an

______________ version.


H.

____________________
-

the use of computers


to present text, graphics, v
ideo, animation and sound


in a integrated way.


I.

Technician


a person skilled in the _____________

of a computer and its _________________.



Job Families in the Information Technology Cluster


1. _______________________ Media


2.

Progr
amming ________________ Enginner


3.

Information Support _________________


4.


__________________ Systems


Careers in Information Technology

1.

Computer Hardware _________________________

2.

Computer

_______________________

3.

Computer _______________________

4.

Computer _
______________________

5.

_____________ ____________ Technician

6.

_________________ Administrator

7.

Systems ____________________

8.

Technical __________________________

9.

__________________


Power Point


Practice Activity Sheet for Matching the Careers

to Descriptio
ns.


Directions: Write the career next to its description.

1.

Network Administrator

2.

Help Desk Technician

3.

Computer Programmer

4.

Webmate

5.

Computer Hardware Engineer

6.

Systems Analyst

7.

Technical Writer

8.

Computer Scientist

9.

Computer Operator


A.

_______ designs and develop
s computer hardware.

B.

_______ oversees the operation of large mainframe
computers or groups of microcomputers.

C.

_______ writes, tests, and maintains computer

software

D.

_______ conducts research in information
technology

E.

_______ assists computer users who enc
ounter
problems

F.

_______ installs, maintains, repairs, and upgrades
computer network hardware and software

G.

_______ studies how institutions process information
and designs better ways of processing it.

H.

_______ creates user guides and online help guides
to t
ell people how to use software, hardware, and
other high
-
technology products.

I.

_______ designs and maintains sites on the World

Wide Web.


Lesson Content

Day Two


Information

Teaching Procedures

1.

Identify nine careers related to this
cluster and explain eac
h:

A.


Computer hardware engineer
-

designs and develops computer
hardware.

B.


Computer operator


oversees
the operation of large
mainframe computers


or groups of microcomputers.

C.

Computer programmer


writes,
tests, and maintains computer
software.

D.

Compu
ter scientist


conducts
research in information
technology.

E.

Help desk technician


assists
computer users who encounter
problems.

F.

Network administrator


installs,
maintains, repairs, and upgrades
computer network hardware and
software.

G.

Systems analyst


studies how
institutions process iinformation
and designs better ways of
processing it.

H.

Technical writer


creates user
guides and online help guides to
tell people how to use software,
hardware and other high
-
technology products.

I.

Webmate


designs and
mai
ntains sites on the world
wide web.



**Summarize.

1.

Identify the nine careers related to this
cluster and explain what each career
requires that a person be able to do.



Presentation

Teacher Led Discussion

Exploring Careers

p. 243




Lesson Content

Day T
hree


Information

Teaching Procedures

Guest Speaker


speak to students about his
career as a Network Administrator

(education, training, responsibilities on the job)


Explain what it would be like to work in this type
of career.




















Closur
e:

Questions from students












Guest Speaker: Mr. Michael Henley

Network Administrator from

Harmony Grove Public Schools









Lesson Content

Day Four


Information

Teaching Procedures

5.

Hands

On Activity


sheet

(see next page for instructions)


2.

Complete Review Sheet





































Modeling/Teacher Led Discussion


Title of Activity:
Information Technology Playing Card


Description of Activity:
Students will design an Information
Technology Playing Card


Objective:

Upon completion of this activity students will be able
to: 1. Identify the nine careers related to the Information

Technology cluster.


2. Identify the skills needed for each career in the

Information cluster.


3. Identify terms that may r
elate to specific careers.


Time Required:
2 class periods; 55 minutes each


Points Possible:
30


Materials Needed:

1.

Baskets to hold supplies

2.

5 ½ X 8 index cards (1 per student)

3.

colored pencils

4.

colored markers

5.

scissors (1 pair for each basket)


Procedures:

1.

Place baskets containing colored pencils, and markers on
each table.

2.

Give each student a 5 ½ X 8 index card.

3.

Assign each student a career related to the Information
Technology cluster.

4.

Instruct the students to design a playing card that
reflects informati
on related to the career they have
been given.

5.

Give students a copy of the grading rubric.

Discussion:

Discuss with students the criteria to following when
completing this assignment. (see grading rubric)





Name:____________________________

Date:_______
______________________

CO Group: 1 2 3 4


Information Technology Playing Card


______/10 The unlined side of the index card contains


a colored illustration that represents the


career assigned by the

teacher. (completely




cover this side with the illustration/no white




showing!)

______/15 The lined side of the index card contains


the career title assigned by the teacher




and a brief description of the sk
ills needed to




perform the job. This side should also contain


at least two terms that you have learned that




applies to the career you have been given.


(check spelling, punctuation, and grammer)

______/5

Grading Rubric is attached with a staple to




the top left
-
hand corner of the card.



______/30 Total Points Possible









Student Names:____________________________








____________________________








____________________________








___
_________________________






Date:___________________________________






CO Group: 1 2 3 4


Review Sheet for the Information Technology Cluster


Directions:
Working with the students at your table
complete the following


questions/activities. You may not use your notes.


J.

Define the following terms:

1.

computer hardware




2.

network




3.

upgrade






4.

workstation




5.


supercomputer




6.

multimedia




7.

information technology




In the
space below, list five careers in the information technology cluster:


1.


2.


3.


4.


5.




Identify two fast growing occupations in this cluster.


1.


2.



List two ways this cluster differs from the other clusters we have studied.


1.



2.



















Lesson Content

Day Five


Information

Teaching Procedures

1.

Review.

2.

Students take test covering the
Information Technology cluster
.






































Teacher led discussion


100 pts. Possible

________/Student Score

Name:__________________________











Date:______________________









Group: 1 2 3 4


Information Technology Cluster Test


Dir
ections: Match the following terms with the correct definition.



1. ______ multimedia





2. ______ mainframe

2.

______ upgrade

3.

______ technician

5. ______ microcomputer





6. ______ information technology


7. ______ comput
er software





8. ______ network






9. ______ workstation






10.______ supercomputer





11.______ computer hardware


A.

the instructions and data

B. two or more computer systems linked together

C.

the actual machi
nery


wires, transistors, and circuits

D.

the use of computers to present text, graphics, video, animation

E.

a new version of software or hardware products designed to

replace an older version

F.

the technology used to design, develop, set up, operate, and suppor
t

computer systems

G.

a powerful multi
-
user computer capable of supporting many hundreds

or thousands of users simultaneously

H.

a multi
-
user computer capable of supporting 10 to hundreds of users

simultaneously

I.

an extremely fast computer that can perform hundre
ds or millions of

instructions per second

J.

a powerful single user computer. It has a more powerful
microprocessor and a higher
-
quality monitor.

K.

a person skilled in the workings of a computer and its systems


Directions:

Using the word bank containing the c
areer titles found in the
Information Technology Cluster, write the title of the career next to the
description of each career choice.


Computer hardware engineer Computer operator

Computer programmer Computer scientist

Help desk technician Network administrator

Systems analyst Technical writer

Webmate


1.

_________________________________ studies how
institutions process information and designs better ways of
proce
ssing it.

2.

_________________________________ writes, tests,

and maintains computer software.

3.

_________________________________ installs, maintains,

repairs, and upgrades computer network hardware and
software.

4.

_________________________________ designs and
m
aintains sites on the world wide web.

5.

_________________________________ designs and
develops computer hardware.

6.

_________________________________ conducts research

in information technology.

7.

_________________________________ oversees the
operation of large

mainframe computers or groups of
microcomputers.

8.

_________________________________ creates user
guides and online help guides that tell people how to use
software, hardware, and other high
-
technology products.

9.

_________________________________ assists co
mputer

users who encounter problems.


List two of the job families related to the Information Technology cluster.


1.



2.