What type of Technology?
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The Essential Question & Learning Task
When you look at all of the technology available in the world today, it is hard for the average consumer to know which choice is the best one for them. What type of computer(s) and software to buy? Is a printer required? How does it all network together? What type of security is needed?
To answer these questions, you need to be able to compare information from multiple sources (at least 2), evaluate products offered, compare the prices, and decide which solution is the best for the given situation and budget.
The Information Source(s)
Utilize the following computer technology websites to determine the products for your chosen client (available on the next page). You do not have to utilize all of the resources given.
- CompTIA's Network+ Study Guide - www.studynotes.net/indnet.htm
- Wikipedia's Local Area Network - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Local_area_network
- Wikipedia's Computer Network - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_network
The Student Activity
Client 1 - Helping a local school
A local school has approached you for help in setting up a computer lab for their students. The room they want to set the lab up in has brick walls and concrete flooring and only 6 sets of wall outlets. They would like to have a minimum of 15 student computers and 1 instructor's computer. They also need a printer that all the students can print to, as well as a projector and screen that the teacher can utilize from the instructor's workstation. All of the equipment needs to be networked together and allow for internet access when it's needed. Students' safety is also a priority.
Maximum Budget: $20,000
Client 2 - Business needing guidance
A local business has approached you for help in setting up a new office location. There will be five employees permanently stationed at this office as well as two part-time employees. Each person must have access to a computer at all times. The owner wants all of the computers networked together, but does not want an internet connection available. Each full-time employee needs to be able to print high-quality print brochures and fliers whenever they are needed. The files that the employees are working on are extremely valuable, so a daily backup of the content is a high priority.
Maximum Budget: $40,000
Utilizing the following resources, fill in the grid below.
For Products (choose 2):
- New Egg - www.newegg.com
- Tiger Direct - www.tigerdirect.com
- CompUSA - www.compusa.com
- Cyberguys.com - www.cyberguys.com
Downloadable worksheet: Word | PDF
|# and type||Source #1||Source #2|
|Wired Network Cards|
|Wireless Network Cards|
(Replace the title in the source columns with the name of the company you used)
Note: Not everything has to be utilized and some items may come in a bundled package (please make note if anything does).
The Assessment Activity
Prepare a final report and/or presentation for your client to review. Present your solution to your client and explain in as great deal as possible the reason for your selections. Provide your analysis of the two companies you researched for the products that you need. If you have any additional suggestions for the client, make sure to let them know, but also let them know if it is going to cost them additional money. Finally, make sure to let them know how close to the maximum budget you came or if you were above or below the budget provided.
- Students will graphically map out a proposed layout for their client's networked system. Note that the school client would be in one large room, whereas the business client would have a lobby/reception area, five offices, and a workroom (where supplies and such would be stored).
- Students will research on the internet and locate two other optional companies for purchasing from, rate the quality and prices of the products provided, and write a brief synopsis in favor or opposition of the company.
- Students will research one new emerging technology that might be suitable for their client, even if out of the client's budget range. Students will write a brief description of the technology and include a rationale of why their client should consider technology as a future goal.
Teacher Support Materials
This lesson was designed for entry college level computer science and networking students.
- Students will know and understand basic computer and networking procedures.
- Begins the preparation for the CompTIA A+ Essentials and CompTIA Network+ certification exams.
- CompTIA A+ Essentials Objectives: www.eiite.cz/certifikace/comptia/Comptia_A+_Essentials.pdf
- CompTIA Network+ Objectives: www.eiite.cz/certifikace/comptia/Network2005_Objectives.pdf
- Prepares the college student for real world work experience by having the students prepare client ready presentations.