Part of Unit: Personal Computers and Components
Lesson Plan Overview / Details
Todays personal computers and laptops come with most of what you need to use the computer built-in. Some devices, like a printer, external monitor, or using a flash drive require connection to an external port on the computer. In this lesson, students will learn about these ports.
- 60 Minutes
California Career and Technical Education Standards
California Academic Content Standards (Reinforced)
Objectives and Goals
- Students will be able to identify the ports on laptop/personal computer
- Students will understand the purpose of each physical port on a laptop/PC
Activities in this Lesson
- Video-Computer Ports - Hooks / Set
Show this 2 1/2 minute video about computer ports to start off the class. This will give you time to take roll while the students get an introduction to the subject for the day.
- Activity #1 - Demo / Modeling
Have a few current motherboards available to pass around the class while you speak. The mother boards can't be new because they come from old stock. Laptop boards should also be used. I never have laptop computers recycled i have student disassemble them and keep them for lessons like this. On my projector I have the students watch as I point out the ports on the computer boards. Some of the student boards will not have all the ports I have. I also have them write a decryption on the graphic organizer I pass out with pictures of the ports. This is also a good time to have the students describe a port also if they have one on there board.
- Presentation / Discussion about ports - Lecture
Lead a discussion about ports, using the PowerPoint presentation as a guide. and the students graphic organizers.
- Switch motherboards - Independent Practice
Have the students change boards and have them tell there partners what all the ports on the board are.
- Quiz for Input output ports. - Assessment
Create a matching quiz from the graphic organizer, each picture to a definition.