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NORTH PAULDING HIGH SCHOOL

Course Projects
Introduction to Digital Technology
Project
Number

Project #1

Standards
Addressed
IT-IDT-1 & 3
ELACC9-10W4
ELACC9-10SL4
ELACC9-10SL5
CTAE-FS-3, 5, & 8

Project Title

A New Spin on an
Existing Product
Teamwork and
Presentation Project

IT-IDT-3 & 5
Project #2

ELACC9-10W4
ELACC9-10SL4
ELACC9-10SL5

Internet Safety Book

CTAE-FS-1, 2, 3, 5, & 8
IT-IDT-3 & 5
Project #3

ELACC9-10W4
ELACC9-10SL4
ELACC9-10SL5
CTAE-FS-1, 2, 3, 5, & 8
IT-IDT-1, 4, & 5

Project #4

ELACC9-10SL2
ELACC9-10SL4
CTAE-FS-1, 3, 4, & 5

Internet Safety &


Security Partner
Presentations

Computer
Components Project
(Video, Booklet,
PowerPoint or Pow
Toon Presentation)

IT-IDT-4, 6 & 7
Project #5

ELACC9-10SL2
ELACC9-10SL4

CTAE-FS-1, 3, 4, 5, & 8
IT-IDT-1, 3, & 8
Project #6
ELACC9-10SL4
CTAE-FS-1, 3, & 5

Network Design for a


Small Business

Design a Website

Project Description
Empowering students to work
effectively together, enabling them to
feel confident in their skills and
abilities, and developing presentation
skills for later projects is an important
first project in Introduction to Digital
Technology. In this project, students
complete a personality profile, use their
strengths to work together, and present
their product to the class.
Students will create a childrens book
(ages 5-10) that focuses on Internet
Safety. Each page must have some type
of title or question that describes
certain aspects of the internet.
Students researched a given Internet
Security & Safety topic and prepared a
PowerPoint to present to the class.
Emphasis was placed on adding extra
information and examples beyond the
facts to add interest to the presentation.
Students were tasked with creating a
PowerPoint presentation, booklet or
video to explain computer components
to senior citizens and make
recommendations to help the senior
citizens make computer and technology
purchasing decisions.
Students used their knowledge of
computer networks to create a network
plan for a small business owner.
Students read the scenario, generated
an equipment list and network diagram,
and prepared a written proposal and
invoice for the small business customer.
Students will develop a four-page
website using HTML Code and graphics
to create the pages.

PROJECT #1
Teamwork and Presentation Skills Project
Unique Idea for an Existing Product
Objective:
Students will demonstrate their ability to work effectively as a team while appreciating each others
strengths and demonstrate their ability to problem solve and present their ideas to an audience.
Georgia Performance Standards (GPS):
IT-IDT-1: Demonstrate employability skills required by business and industry (communicate effectively,
demonstrate creativity, model work readiness traits required for success, and apply teamwork skills).
IT-IDT-3: Demonstrate effective professional communication skills (oral, written, and digital) and
practices that enable positive customer relationships.
Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS):
ELACC9-10W4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style
are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
ELACC9-10SL4: Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically
such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and
style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.
ELACC9-10SL5: Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and
interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and
evidence and to add interest.
Foundation Skills:
CTAE-FS-3 Communications: Learners use various communication skills in expressing and interpreting
information.
CTAE-FS-5 Information Technology Applications: Learners use multiple information technology
devices to access, organize, process, transmit, and communicate information.
Daily Assignments/Skills Prior to Project:
Students completed personality profile questionnaires to discover their personal strengths and
weaknesses.
Students were divided into groups by personality type to share their areas of strength and things
they find difficult when working with groups.
Students were placed into teams with varied personality types and shared their personality
profiles and strengths. Specific tasks were assigned to each member based upon their strengths.
The group made a Flower Power Team Flower. Each student wrote their name on a pedal with
three strengths. Together they selected three group strengths and named their team. The team
name and strengths were written on the center of the flower. The flowers were posted around the
room.
A discussion was led on group norms, maximizing strengths, and working effectively.
Elements of effective teamwork was discussed and the role of the leader explained.
Students wrote and practiced personal introductions and 30-second elevator speeches to develop
skill in introducing themselves and a topic in a presentation. The function of a PowerPoint was
discussed to prevent students from reading the slides to the class.
The problem solving process for the project was discussed with the class.
Students were given a product to begin the project and presented with the structure of the
presentation/commercial.

A New Spin on an Existing Product


Teamwork and Presentation Project
Team Directions:
Your team will select a leader, materials manager, presentation coordinator, and recorder.
Remember to consider the strengths of individuals as you select the team members roles.
1. Leader: makes sure all team members participate, guides the planning and decisionmaking process, and ensure that the group remains on task to meet the project deadline.
2. Materials Manager: collects resources from the teacher, puts resources away, and
organizes props for the presentation.
3. Presentation Coordinator: Makes sure the group rehearses the presentation, all members
have a speaking role, and the team is prepared to present with visuals.
4. Recorder: Writes down the team ideas, finalizes the script, and makes sure the written
portion of the project is complete.
Assignment:
Your teams materials manager will select a numbered bag from the teachers desk. Inside the bag
is an existing product that you must invent a new use for and create a 1 minute commercial you
will present to the class. The product must include some sort of technology or technical element.
Tasks:
1. Brainstorm ideas for the product and select one idea (15 minutes)
2. Determine the Target Market for the product (10 minutes)
3. Write/storyboard a commercial for the product (40 minutes)
4. Create a PowerPoint Presentation with the following slides (30 minutes)
a. Introduction
b. Product Name and Description
c. Target Market
d. Commercial Background
e. Summary
5. Organize the presentation and practice the commercial (30 minutes)
6. Present your commercial to the class
Extra Credit Extension Activity: Design packaging materials for the product. The package design
should be created on a PowerPoint Slide and displayed at the end of the presentation. The package
should include the product photograph, product name, company logo, product details (weight,
dimensions, quantity, etc.)

Project Rubric:
Project
Element
Teamwork

Verbal
Presentation

Visual
Presentation
PowerPoint

Excellent - 9-10

Proficient 7-8

Needs Improvement 0-6

Team works well together


throughout the entire project
to complete the assigned tasks.
All members participate
actively in the project.

Team works well the majority


of the time throughout the
duration of the project.
Teacher redirection may be
involved one or two times.

The entire team participated


equally in the presentation
and commercial. The team
was prepared to speak and
communicated to the audience
rather than reading from the
PowerPoint Presentation.
The visual presentation
includes the following slides:
Introduction
Product
Target Market
Commercial
Summary
The PowerPoint follows the
rule of 24x7x7 for text and
graphics. A consistent theme
was used throughout the
presentation. The colors were
appropriate for the topic.

The entire team participated


in the presentation but some
members presented more
information. The team was
prepared but occasionally
read from the PowerPoint
Presentation.
The visual presentation
includes four of the following
slides:
Introduction
Product
Target Market
Commercial
Summary
The PowerPoint mostly
follows the rule of 24x7x7 for
text and graphics. A consistent
theme may or may not have
been used throughout the
presentation but the colors
were consistent.
The content of the
presentation is mostly
organized and most of the
required information is
present according to the task
description. Two to four
spelling and grammar errors
are present on the
PowerPoint.
The storyboard of the
commercials includes basic
sketches and the script for
each person is present.

The team has difficulty


working together during the
majority of the project. The
teacher was involved in
directing the team to work
together and participate.
The entire team did not
participate in the presentation.
Members of the team appear
unprepared and read from the
PowerPoint instead of using it
as a visual aid.

Presentation
Content

The content of the


presentation is well organized
and all information is present
according to the task
description. One or fewer
spelling and grammar error is
present on the PowerPoint.

Storyboard

The storyboard of the


commercial includes detailed
action sketches and the script
for each person is evident

TOTAL
Comments & Extra Credit

The visual presentation


includes three or fewer of the
following slides:
Introduction
Product
Target Market
Commercial
Summary
The PowerPoint does not
follow the rule of 24x7x7 for
text and graphics. A consistent
theme was not used
throughout the presentation
and the colors do not
represent the topic well
The content of the
presentation is not well
organized and some
information is not present
according to the task
description. Five or more
spelling and grammar errors
are present on the
PowerPoint.
The storyboard does not
adequately depict the
commercial and some parts of
the script are not welldeveloped.

Project #1 Student Example

PROJECT #2
Internet Safety Book Project
Objective:
Students will demonstrate their ability to use written communication skills to express and interpret
information. Students will take knowledge gained from research on the topic of internet safety and
translate that information in a format that would appropriate in a childrens book.
Georgia Performance Standards (GPS):
IT-IDT-1: Demonstrate employability skills required by business and industry (communicate effectively,
demonstrate creativity, model work readiness traits required for success, and apply teamwork skills).
IT-IDT-3: Demonstrate effective professional communication skills (oral, written, and digital) and
practices that enable positive customer relationships.
Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS):
ELACC9-10W4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style
are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
ELACC9-10SL4: Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically
such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and
style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.
ELACC9-10SL5: Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and
interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and
evidence and to add interest.
Foundation Skills:
CTAE-FS-3 Communications: Learners use various communication skills in expressing and interpreting
information.
CTAE-FS-5 Information Technology Applications: Learners use multiple information technology
devices to access, organize, process, transmit, and communicate information.
Daily Assignments/Skills Prior to Project:
Students were introduced to the concepts of internet security through a range of presentations:
Power Point, Prezi and Video presentations.
Students were given time in class to research various concepts and issues relating to internet
security to enrich knowledge and learning.
Students were introduced to the Internet Safety Book project and discussed the meaning of
appropriate content and graphics in a child friendly format.

Project Directions:
Your job is to create a childrens book (ages 5-10) that focuses on Internet Safety. Each page must have
some type of title or question that describes certain aspects of the internet.
1.

Directions: The cover page of your book must be entitled Internet Safety ...... Also, include a
catchy child friendly phrase Remember to keep your wording very simple, easy to
understand, and easy to read, large fonts. Pages should be colorful and attractive for children
with appropriate graphics.

Requirements for your book:


A.

Your book must have a title page as instructed above with an appropriate graphic that relates to
the internet safety.

B.

You must have one page for each tip/point and a total of 10 tips/points will need to be discussed.

C. Use appropriate graphics and fonts colors but keep it simple. Remember, to use the same font
scheme on each page of the book.
E. The book must be error-free.
F.

Include your names as the authors and publishers of the book.

G. Once approved by the teacher each book will be printed and bound together.
Grading Rubric
Name: ___________________________________________________
ACTIVITY

POSSIBLE POINTS

BOOK
Title Page:
Internet Safety

Appropriate Graphic

Catchy child appropriate phrase

Content Pages:
10 Internet Safety Tips in child friendly terminology

50

Colorful appropriate graphics on each page

10

Professional Layout Good Use of White Space

15

Other:
Book is appropriately bound

Use of appropriate fonts and graphics

Spelling and Grammar

Total Points for Book Project

100

POINTS RECEIVED

Sample Student Work Project #2

Networking Design Proposal Project #5


With a partner (of your choice), you will choose ONE scenario and complete the following assignment.

Network Scenario #1:


The owners of Bouquets of Joy, a floral shop, are moving to a new store and would like you to design a
network for their small company. The floral shop was founded by two owners and currently employs five
employees. The store consists of a storage and work room with a flower cooler, two offices, and the retail
space where customers visit. On a typical day, three people work at one time.
The shop uses computers the following ways:
1.
2.
3.
4.

One person works on a computer taking orders at the retail counter.


One person uses a wireless tablet ordering system and walks around the store to help customers.
The owner updates the store website throughout the day from her office.
The shop takes e-mail orders through a single company e-mail address but all employees need their
own e-mail address and need to be able to access it throughout the day. These employees
communicate with customers who have large orders for banquets and events.
5. The owners and employees also like to use WiFi to connect their phones to the Internet while in the
shop so they can check their e-mail and voice mail.
6. In one office, there is a computer, a fax machine, a printer, and a scanner that all need to be part of the
network.
7. In another officer, there is a computer, a printer, and a telephone that all need to be part of the
network.
The owner only has $5,000 to use for the network.
Not all employees need a computer because some will be designing floral arrangements while others are on
the computer. The computers should come with the latest Windows Operating System along with Microsoft
Office and Internet Explorer. The computer should also have writeable DVD drives so they can burn CDs and
DVDs for client presentations. The computer for the front desk area should be a laptop computer that can be
put out of site at closing time. The other computers can be either desktop or laptop. The owner is planning
on using DSL for internet access.

Network Scenario #2:


The owner of Mama Moores Pizzeria would like you to design a network for her restaurant. The restaurant
employs three managers and twenty employees who work in the kitchen and waiting tables.
The shop uses computers in the following ways:
1.
2.
3.
4.

Online orders that are received by the To Go Counter


To go orders at a computer located at a special To Go Counter
An office area with a computer, printer, and fax machine.
The servers all use WiFi for a hand-held tablet order system. The orders go to a main server and then
out to client computers where the orders appear on monitors in the kitchen. There are up to 10 hand-

held small tablets in use at a time and the orders appear on four screens (grilling area, salad area, fry
area, and appetizer area)
5. The servers also have access to wired computer stations located in three places in the restaurant
6. The restaurant offers free Wi-Fi to customers
The owner has a budget of $5,000 to use for the network and her main concern is reliable and high-speed
communications for orders and customers.
Not all employees need a computer because some will be carryout orders, making the appropriate dishes
while others are on the computer. The computers should come with the latest Windows Operating System
along with Microsoft Office and Internet Explorer. The computer should also have writeable DVD drives so
they can burn CDs and DVDs for client presentations. The computer for the front desk area should be a laptop
computer that can be put out of site at closing time. The other computers can be either desktop or laptop.
The owner is planning on using DSL for internet access.
Assignment: In small groups, prepare a network design proposal that will be given to the owner. Use the
information learned in this unit to develop that proposal which should include
a. You will need to include the minimum information in your proposal:
a. a server
b. client computers
c. network components (switches, routers, cables, etc.)
d. peripherals
e. media
b. Provide diagram of the layout with your proposal and explain how your network design proposal
meets the customer needs.
c. Use an Excel Spreadsheet to make a list of all the network and computer hardware and how many
of each you will need.
d. Create a written proposal to present to the client.
Project Rubric
Project Element

Points Possible

A list of all equipment (Excel Spreadsheet)

10

Diagram of Network on Paper or on a PowerPoint Slide

20

Written rationale explains how the plan meets the


customer needs based upon the scenario

15

Submitted according to directions and on time

TOTAL

50

Points Earned

The project should be submitted as follows:

I.
II.
III.
IV.

Cover Page (Project Title, Course Name, Names, Date)


List of Equipment Typed in Excel
Diagram of Network
Rationale

Major Computer Network Components


Understanding Networks: http://explainingcomputers.com/networking.html
Computer network requires the following devices (some of them are optional):

Network Interface Card (NIC)


Switches
Cables and connectors
Router Server
Computer Work Station (node)
Laptop Work Station (node)
Printer
Scanner
Fax Machine
Tablet
Cell Phone