1. Place a computer in the middle of the group. Tell students:
2. Ask students what they know about the different ways we can input, output or store data on a computer. They use their prior knowledge to draw conclusions about how data is transferred between the computer and other devices. Tell them:
1. Give the students some context as to how peripherals can be important in daily life. Tell them: 'We use peripherals to make our daily lives easier. Inputting information into a computer using a keyboard makes it easier. Sending data to a printer is easier than copying what is on a screen.'
One of the most important jobs of a peripheral can be how it helps people with visual impairments and other additional needs to access computers. Tell students about some of these aids:
3. Ask students to turn and talk to a partner. Pose some questions for discussion:
4. Give students 2 minutes to discuss and then ask different pairs to share to the whole group.
Discuss the importance of the peripherals and how they help to send and receive information from a computer.
5. Explain to students that you have set up around the room different peripherals that have been gathered from around the classroom or school. Name the peripherals, for example:
6. Ask them to consider how many of these they use every day at school.
7. Take one peripheral to model how to complete the treasure hunt recording and explain the different inputs, outputs and the data transferred.
Explain that as they look through the different peripherals, they will be able to test them and see how they work. They should look carefully to see whether each sends information to the computer or receives it. Tell them:
Finish with a few minutes to reflect on how students' learning changed as they explored the different peripherals. Ask them: