1.)Engagement Activity - PowerPoint presentation about computer characteristics (monitor, modem, ram, warranty)(see attachment), group responsibilities and evaluation charts. The engagement PowerPoint presentation can be printed for students to take notes.
2.)Divide into groups.
3.)Each group will work together to complete the computer comparison chart (see attachment) with information from 3 different computer advertisements. The advertisements may be from the newspaper or can be found on different websites. There are many websites with computer sales information. Major computer companies have easy to use websites with current computer sales information.
4.)Students decide on the "best" computer from the worksheet and enter that information on the handheld computer.
5.)The group must successfully "beam" the information to the teacher. (If handheld computers are not available, the students may enter the information on a shared directory.)
6.)The group (or a member of the group) will design a poster about their choice of computer. Students may use the advertisement and cut/paste a poster or they may use word processing software and clip art to produce a poster about the computer they selected.
7.)The group or a designated group member will produce an essay in Word about the project, the characteristics of the computer chosen, a paragraph about other information the group would like to have about the computer and a final paragraph about why this computer was better than the other computers.
8.)The group will decide the group's grade on the group self-evaluation rubric (see attachment).
9.)Teacher will complete evaluation form next to the self-evaluation column.