Governor's Institute for Career Education and Work
Can You Fix This?


Governor’s Institute for Career Education and Work Activity

by Sara Welshans


Can You Fix This?

Standards Addressed
  • 13.2.8 C - Compare and contrast technical operation, maintenance and repair resources.
  • RWSL 1.2.8 A - Read and understand informational texts
  • AH 9.1J,K
  • ST3.7 A,C, D, E
  • FCS 11.2 E
Brief Overview Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the similarities and differences between resources for the operation, maintenance and repair of an electronic device.
Grade Level 8th
Content Area(s) Language Arts
Other standards supported ASCA, PSCA, NCDG
Prep Time 30 minutes
Implementation Time 40 minutes
Learning Objectives Students will compare and contrast the operation, maintenance and repair resources for an electronic device.
Materials Needed Student’s electronic device, owner’s manual.
Detailed Activity Steps
  1. Students will work in teams of two or three.
  2. Students will choose a common electronic device of different brands (e.g. 3 different cell phones, CD burners, etc.).
  3. On a prescribed day, students will bring in their devices and compare directions for operation, maintenance and repair.
  4. Students will make a brief summary presentation of their findings.
Theory Basis Trait and Factor Theory
Evaluation/Assessment Teacher-graded evaluation based on content and manner of presentation.
  1. Prepare a sample presentation.
  2. Prepare written directions.
Enhancement Activities Using owner’s manuals for two different cell phones, students will follow directions for setting up voice mail, checking messages, etc. to determine which directions are easier to follow. (Ask cell phone companies for enough manuals ahead of time.)
Adaptation for at risk Kids Students are working in teams.
Resources Students’ owner’s manuals for their electronic devices.
Cell phone companies for owner’s manuals for enrichment.

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