Youth participate in activities that encourage their exploration of networks and networked applications. Youth explore the network hardware (e.g., cell phones, Wii remote) and connections (e.g., Infrared, Bluetooth, wireless LAN). One of the networks the youth build is an interactive whiteboard, using simple and inexpensive technologies. In design teams, they design and build a prototype for a networked classroom of the future. Youth share the activities and games they've designed at Family Tech Night. (one semester, after school; JourneyGirl level)
All of Unit 4 (.pdf, 3 MB). Includes all weeks.
Unit 4 Scope & Sequence (.pdf, 140 KB) file.
Activity pages (.doc, 1.8 MB). You can download this Word file to customize the handouts for your setting.
Technology Guide (.pdf, 2.1 MB). Includes tutorials for specific technology used in this unit.
Datagotchi Pages (.pdf, 204 KB). These activity pages are used during some ICT4me activities in Weeks 6-9.
Week 1. Networked Devices. Youth explore telephone technologies: the devices and their networks.
Week 2. Network Connectors. Youth use bluetooth, infrared, local networks, and the web comparing their strengths and weaknesses.
Week 3. Network Layouts (aka Topologies). Youth play graph games and learn about basic network topologies and their properties.
Week 4. Site Visit. Youth go on a site visit to learn about state-of-the-art school or office technologies.
Week 5. Making an Interactive Whiteboard. Youth use a Wii remote control, a computer, an LCD project, and build an Infrared pen to create an interactive whiteboard network.
Week 6. First Week of Design. Youth match jobs and products to networks. Youth also begin designing and sketching their networked classroom of the future.
Week 7. Second Week of Design Performance Task. Youth continue to develop their networks and conduct user interviews.
Week 8. ICT Visit & Prototype Building. Youth finalize their designs by incorporating user feedback. Groups begin building their network prototypes.
Week 9. Second Week of Prototype Building. Groups finish up building their network prototypes. Groups also develop demonstrations of their networks that may be used in Family Tech Night.
Weeks 10 & 11. FTN Planning and Presentations. Groups choose and prepare what they will present during Family Tech Night.
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