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Type:Lesson

Estimated Time:9 minutes

Grades:K-5

Score Type:Automatically Graded

Work completed by a student will be automatically graded and the grade will be sent to the Learning Management System (LMS) gradebook

Available Languages: English, Spanish


Vocabulary: copies, file, ink, jam, network, paper tray, preview, printer, toner


Primary Objectives:

  • Student learns the basic components of a printer--ink, toner, paper, paper tray, etc.
  • Student learns the standard options found in a print menu--select printer, pages to print, number of copies, etc.
  • Student learns to identify and solve common printer problems, such as low or no ink, no paper, paper jam, and disconnected cable.
  • Student learns to print to a network printer.
  • Student learns to use print preview to see how a file will print.

Secondary Objectives:

  • Student views a list of basic art movements.
  • Student practices thinking about problem-resolution tactics.
  • Student practices memory skills.

Subjects:

Adjusts Accordingly / Identify

Language Arts > Communication > Speaking Strategies / Presentations > Audience > Adjusts Accordingly / Identify

Desktop Publishing 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Software Applications > Desktop Publishing 

Input Devices: Mouse, Keyboard, Remote Control, etc 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Basic Operations and Concepts > Input Devices: Mouse, Keyboard, Remote Control, etc 

Internet

Science > Concepts and Processes > Tools / Instruments > Software Tools > Internet

Keyboard Use / Input, Output Devices / Proficiency of use

Science > History / Technology / Social Perspectives > Computer Science > Computer skills > Keyboard Use / Input, Output Devices / Proficiency of use

Listening / Pay Attention

Language Arts > Communication > Media Literacy / Viewing > Comprehension > Listening / Pay Attention

Listening to Nonfiction

Language Arts > Communication > Listening Strategies / Context > Listening to Nonfiction

Output Devices: Monitor, Printer, etc 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Basic Operations and Concepts > Output Devices: Monitor, Printer, etc 

Peripherals 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Basic Operations and Concepts > Peripherals 

Programming

Science > History / Technology / Social Perspectives > Computer Science > Programming

Student Evaluation and Selection of Tools / Software for Task 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Student Use > Student Evaluation and Selection of Tools / Software for Task 

Troubleshooting 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Basic Operations and Concepts > Troubleshooting 
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  • For all printer problems introduced in this lesson, students are advised to seek help from a teacher. This is to avoid compounding problems by having students take the printer apart or otherwise attempt to fix it. You might want to get to know your printer so you're prepared to fix the simple problems mentioned in the lesson. If someone else is responsible for fixing printer problems, tell the students who they should ask for assistance.

  • Before students take the lesson, show the classroom's or computer lab's printer to students. Point out the paper tray, ink or toner cartridge, on/off button, and the power plug.

  • This lesson includes brief references to some major art movements (including the Stone Age, Egyptian, Greco-Roman, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Impressionism, and Modern Art) and specifically references The Snail, by Matisse. You might want to introduce Henri Matisse to the class before they take this lesson. If possible, include a short discussion about how Matisse's work spanned both the Impressionist and Modern Art periods. Then display The Snail as a Modern Art example by Matisse. Have students find the snail in the picture, and note how Matisse uses the placement of cut out paper shapes to suggest the snail's shell and body.

  • If the printer is a network printer, explain how the network is made up of all the computers and peripheral devices. Tell students that the printer is a network printer, which means that it can print pages for any computer that's connected to the network. To help illustrate the network concept, have students stand in a circle and hold hands (or use pencils or string pieces to serve as "wires" between each student) to represent computers arranged in a network. Then choose one student to be the printer. Give one of the "computers" a picture or note to send to the printer, and have the students pass the picture from one another until it reaches the "printer."
S.1.d Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.
1A-CS-01 Select and operate appropriate software to perform a variety of tasks, and recognize that users have different needs and preferences for the technology they use. (P1.1)
1A-CS-03 Describe basic hardware and software problems using accurate terminology. (P6.2, P7.2)
1B-CS-03 Determine potential solutions to solve simple hardware and software problems using common troubleshooting strategies. (P6.2)
ELA-Literacy.SL.1.2 Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
ELA-Literacy.SL.2.2 Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
ELA-Literacy.SL.3.2 Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
ELA-Literacy.SL.4.2 Paraphrase portions of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
ELA-Literacy.SL.5.2 Summarize a written text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
ELA-Literacy.SL.K.2 Confirm understanding of a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media by asking and answering questions about key details and requesting clarification if something is not understood.