Apple Factory Lesson; Middle School Computer Lessons
There was recently a story on ABC news about the factory in China that produces iPods, iPods and other apple products. It is less than 20 minutes long and my class was glued to it like it was ICarley. This video shows the lives of the factory workers inside and outside of its walls.
A few things really stood out to me, like how most of my kids could not believe that iPods were made in china. Despite it saying on all Apple products “Designed in California made in China”, the majority of them thought they were made here.
Another thing was how most of the workers at the factory had never seen the finished product. They had never held an iPad before, despite working on them 12 hours a day and living at the factory. That is an interesting concept for kids to wrap their heads around. I told them it was like you work at McDonald’s but never ate the food.
After the video and a brief discussion I asked them to write about the following questions:
1. What are 3 reasons Chinese people want to work in the Apple factory? 2. What are 3 reasons someone would not want to work at the Apple factory?3. Would you want to work in the factory that makes Apple products? Explain why or why not in at least one paragraph.
I would love to hear your comments!
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So, if you are new to teaching a computer class and you don’t know where to start. A good idea is to teach the thing you do best when you use a computer. This will raise your confidence when you teach something you know. Then when you feel more comfortable with your new teaching assignment you can venture out into things that you are less comfortable with.
Most states do not have a state adapted “Technology Curriculum” you may feel like you are on your own to teach your subject with not a lot of guidance of what to cover. A good place to start is to check out the International Society of Technology in Education.
A few companies have technology curriculums and lessons all ready for your classroom, click here to check it out.