Bill Gates Technology Lesson Plans

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As Quoted by Bill Gates:

There's a lot that can be done for people who are using technology in a better way.


Students will:

  • Develop a creative/personalized diagram to brainstorm details for an upcoming typed essay.

  • Format the document using word-processing/MLA techniques and also utilize the electronic thesaurus and grammar/spelling programs to proofread/improve their initial essay draft.

  • Utilize the electronic thesaurus and grammar/spelling programs to proofread/improve their initial essay draft.

  • Outline a writing assignment utilizing Inspiration, an electronic visual mapping software. 

  • Create a type-written document using Microsoft Word.

 



 

Skills Developed

Listening / Speaking

  • Communication 

Reading

  • Analysis and Interpretation 

  • Comprehension 

Writing

  • Composition 

  • Inquiry and Research 

  • Punctuation and Spelling 

  • Writing Process 

 

Classroom Objectives

Learn how to use Inspiration software effectively

Develop a creative/personalized diagram to brainstorm details before started to write.
Cite sources properly.

Edit other students' work using Microsoft Word Editing tools.

Create a standard well formatted/ type-written report (essay).

     
National Technology Standards


Creativity and Innovation:

         a.   Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative and processes using technology:
        
b.
   Students will apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.

Research and Information Fluency:

    1. Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.

    2. Locate, organize, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.

    3. Evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks. 

Introductory Activity:
Have students complete an introductory activity, a graphical organizer to gather pre-writing notes to answer the project prompt about Bill Gates. The sample graphical organizer created using Inspiration is presented below. Go over What is a Inspiration with the students by using the website located at http://libraryonline.leedsmet.ac.uk/lco/publications/pdf/it/ts-12.pdf.

In the upcoming writing assignments, not only will students have to answer the writing prompt explaining the most important factors they think help Bill Gates achieve academic success, but students have to go even further by explaining how they have similar or dissimilar characteristics of Bill Gates.

Before students begin this project, please be sure to review the writing process with them at http://www.geocities.com/fifth_grade_tpes/writing_process.html.
 

Assessments:
Use the two provided rubrics to grade the student's written response and another rubric type to grade the students' technology (word processing) skills.

 

Enrichment:

Students could be allowed to create an audio or video version of their the project work. See enrichment links by clicking on the link below.

http://www.quia.com/files/quia/users/reynardj/billgates_other_links_to-read_for_video.htm

 

HOW CAN BILL GATES' YOUNG BEGINNINGS MOTIVATE YOU TO DREAM BIG? 

Day 1:     Day of Organizing Thoughts! DAY 2:  DAY OF COMPOSING!

             DAY 3:  A DAY OF REVISING THOUGHTS!

DAY 4: DAY OF PEER EDITING!
DAY 5:  DAY OF FINALIZING!     

Jessica Simmons, Lesson Designer

email: jessica.simmons@hcps.org