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Students Research How Technological Changes Impact Employment Opportunities in the Computer Field in this Photo Story 3 Lesson


Computers & Internet, Language Arts  


10, 11, 12  

Title – Impact of Technological Changes on Computer Information Systems Employment Trends
By – Yolanda Martinez
Primary Subject – Computers / Internet
Secondary Subjects – Language Arts
Grade Level – 10-12


Business Computer Information Systems II

Concept / Topic To Teach:

The students will develop a multimedia presentation using Photo Story 3 to demonstrate how technological changes affect computer information system positions and trends for future employment in the computer information systems industry.

Texas Essential Knowledge Standards Addressed:

ยง120.64.C Business Computer Information Systems II, Knowledge and Skills

(4) The student examines employment opportunities in various business environments. The student is expected to:

(A) describe the impact of technological change on computer information systems positions and the resulting need for life-long learning and retraining;

(3) The student appraises the components of productivity. The student is expected to:

(A) plan projects considering time and resource management utilizing current and emerging technologies;

(C) research employment opportunities in the field of computer information systems;

(6) The student analyzes and implements appropriate technology as tools to address business needs. The student is expected to:

(A) select and apply appropriate technology as tools to address business needs;

(B) research emerging information systems tools;

(7) The student applies a presentation system. The student is expected to:

(A) identify standards and styles of multimedia presentations;

(B) identify guidelines for using graphics, sound, and video objects in text documents and presentations;

(C) integrate multimedia functions into text documents; and

(D) prepare documents and presentations using the appropriate medium


General Goal(s):

Students will become familiar with trends and impact of technological changes in the computer information systems industry for future employment.

Specific Objectives:

The students will research and report findings in a multimedia presentation (Photo Story 3) on what the trend is and future outlook for positions found under computer information systems.

Required Materials:

  • Internet access
  • computer
  • Photo Story 3
  • music (appropriate music chosen by students)
  • headset with microphone
  • digital camera and/or scanner

Anticipatory Set (Lead-In):

  • Students will be asked in classroom discussion to list how technology has impacted their lives.
  • Students will make a class list together a with the teacher and brainstorm where they would be if technology listed did not exist.
  • Students will then be given the task to find out what technologies impact the industry of computer information systems and research what the future outlook of employment is predicted to be.

Step-By-Step Procedures:

  1. The students will conduct research on what technologies exist in the field of computer information systems and how technological change has impacted this industry. Internet access will have to be granted to the students to conduct research.
  2. The student will then conduct research on what the employment outlook is for this industry.
  3. Students will have to create an outline for approval with the teacher prior to creating the digital story. Students will be required to discuss of how technology has evolved in this industry and its impact, along with what the future employment outlook brings.
  4. Students will gather pictures and music with source information that will be used in the digital story.
  5. Students will create digital story with the use of Photo Story 3. The story must be narrated and have proper effects/transitions that will make the story compelling.

Plan For Independent Practice:

  • Students will be given time to critique each other’s outlines to ensure flow of content and relevancy.
  • Students will provide constructive feedback based on the research each student provided in their outline and discuss their findings.

Closure (Reflect Anticipatory Set):

  • Students will show each of the digital stories to the class and reflect on how each one did in the production and the content.
  • Teacher and students will discuss what findings were presented and stress how technology does impact our lives and careers.

Assessment Based On Objectives:

  • Students will be graded by a rubric that will require certain multimedia criteria and rate how thorough their research and findings were presented.
  • Classroom discussion after the presentations will demonstrate whether students understood topic and found relevant information.

Adaptations (For Students With Learning Disabilities):

  • Students will be given one on one instruction on how to conduct research and finding relevant information to the topic. Students may need more time to develop project, but overall the research and findings will be important to be accurate.
  • If the use of Photo Story 3 is difficult, students will be given the opportunity to create the outline on Microsoft Word and present through a production of a basic PowerPoint.

Extensions (For Gifted Students):

Students will be challenged to use Windows MovieMaker along with Photo Story 3 to use advanced editing features that are not provided through the use of Photo Story 3 alone.

Possible Connections To Other Subjects:

This can be connected to an English course when teaching how to create outlines or a career exploration course that can be applied to any industry, not only the computer information systems industry.

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