Information Technology Education, Technology and Engineering Education
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Middle School
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    Peripheral Devices and Adobe Creative Cloud Express

    Peripheral Devices and Adobe Creative Cloud Express


    This lesson is designed for upper elementary and middle school students where they will identify peripheral input, output and storage devices used within the computer information processing system.  Students will take pictures and obtain copy free right pictures of these devices and organize them into an Adobe Creative Cloud Express presentation, formerly known as Adobe Spark.  

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    This is an introductory lesson about the peripheral input, output and storage devices relating to the Information processing system of a computer.  There will be a 30-45 minute introductory face-to-face lesson, then the students will take some pictures using their own devices along with copy free right pictures from Adobe Creative Cloud Express and create a presentation representing which technology peripheral devices fall under input, output, and storage hardware.


    Background for Teachers


    Teachers will need to be familiar with the different peripheral devices in connection with the Information Processing System.  They will need to be familiar with making slideshows using Adobe Creative Cloud Express along with the knowledge of how to find copy free images using Adobe Creative Cloud Express, Creative Commons, and a Google search.  


    The following resource may be helpful for the teacher:


    Peripheral Devices

    Vidoe: ​​ 


    Making an Adobe Creative Cloud Express Presentation:


    Free Images using Creative Commons:


    Free Images using Google Search:




    Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

    Utah Core Standard for Digital Literacy Strand 2 Standard 1, 3, & 5  are taught in which peripheral devices are used for input, output, or storage purposes within the Information Processing System.  


    Learning Intentions:  

    Students will identify the difference between the peripheral input, output, and storage devices in connection with the Information Processing System.


    Success Criteria:

    Students will create an Adobe Creative Cloud Express Slideshow representing the difference between input, output and storage peripheral devices in connection with the Information Processing System. 


    Step 2 - Planning Instruction


    Student Background Knowledge:

    The students will need to have a prior  knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud Express and how to search for images and give appropriate credit without violating copyright law.  


    Strategies for Diverse Learners:  

    Before asking a question to the teacher, encourage students to ask their neighbors for help.  This way the students may have their questions answered in a more timely manner.  Also, those students who finish early will be encouraged to help a number of students before they go on to the enrichment activities.  SPED teachers will also be aware of the assignment and encouraged to help their students in their classes if they have the time.  

    Step 3 - Instruction

    2-3 (45) minute classroom periods of learning and creation of presentations in the computer lab, and a possible 15-30 minutes of outside homework.


    Learning Objective:  Students will Identify computer hardware in the information processing cycle.


    Define peripheral devices as an internal or external device that connects directly to a computer but does not contribute to the primary function of a computer.


    3 types of Peripheral Devices used in the Information Processing System: Input, Output, and Storage


    Define input device as hardware equipment used to transfer data to a computing system for processing. Discuss and show the following examples.  

    • Keyboard

    • Mouse/Touchpad

    • Touchscreen

    • Microphone

    • Camera

    • Game controller

    Define output device as hardware equipment used to transfer data out from a computer system.  Discuss and show the following examples.

    • Monitor/Screen

    • Printer

    • Projector

    • Speakers

    • Headphones

    Define storage as a place where data can be held and retrieved at a later time. Discuss and show the following examples.

    • hard drive as an internal storage device 

    • external hard drive as a portable storage device

    • lash drive as a small, portable storage device (i.e. USB, thumb drive, memory stick, jump drive).

    • Solid-state drive (SSD) as a storage device that uses an electrical rewritable storage (flash) and performs tasks faster than a hard drive.

    • memory card as a small, flat flash drive used in mobile devices and digital cameras (i.e. SD card, micro SD card).

    • cloud storage as storage where data is transmitted and stored on remote storage systems where it is maintained, managed, and backed up and made available to users over a network (i.e. Google Drive, iCloud, Dropbox, OneDrive).

    Students will view as a class the following video.  

    Peripheral Devices Video


    Teacher will review with students Digital Safety Tips when searching for online images, such as spell the word correctly, use safe search engines, not clicking on ads, and  not scrolling down too low.  Here is an Online Safe Search Poster that can be shown during the discussion.  


    Step 4 - Assessments/Assignment

    With a partner, students will create an Adobe Creative Cloud Express Presentation using a combination of pictures taken by their phones and online images.  They will present a total of 15 slides or more with the following criteria:


    • Title Page ‘Peripheral Devices’ and Subtitle with the creator(s) example: By Tina Valdez

    • 4 pictures each of input, output, and storage devices grouped together in an organized manner.  

    • At least 6 of the pictures need to be taken with a phone or iPad.  

    • Last page needs to be a citation page giving proper credit to any image used from the internet.  


    ***Early finishers can either practice keyboarding, or choose to responsibly help students who may be struggling.  (These choices usually encourage more detailed and creative presentations along with help and cooperation among peers.) Final 15 minutes of the last day early finishers can be rewarded with choices of interesting educational sites etc.  

    Peripheral Device Presentation Rubric

    Peripheral Device Presentation Example