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The learning scenario highlights and explains the differences between old computer parts and modern computer parts housed in modern computer cases. Is there a difference in appearance, are they more than 10, 20, or 50 years old? Would you recognize old computer parts? Maybe that depends on how old you are, but you would certainly recognize some if not all.

Exploring the Europeana portal, students will find old computer parts and make a presentation using one of the digital tools offered. Students are divided into three teams and each team is credited with making a presentation of certain old and new parts of the computer. Team 1 is tasked with making a presentation on modern computer parts and old computer parts. Team 1 will describe the following old computer parts in the presentation: mouse and keyboard. Team 2 will describe the following old computer parts in the presentation: processor and motherboard. Team 3 will describe the following old computer parts in the presentation: floppy disk and monitor.

Students should compare, explain, and present the differences between old and modern computer parts. Students will list the visual and numerical differences in the characteristics of old and modern computer parts such as pictures of computer parts, in what year the product was made or the range of years in which the product was used and describe them in their own words what is the difference between this product and the product used today.

The learning scenario also deals with the issue of environmental protection, emphasizing the importance of recycling. Old electronic parts, old electronic parts… We all face the question of how to deal with old electronic parts. Should we all recycle? What is gained by recycling? Students will present their research work to other teams. Each team will evaluate the work of the other teams. The assessment method will be an MS Forms quiz, a Kahoot quiz, and feedback and discussion will be given using an exit ticket.

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CC BY 4.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana and has been provided by the Swedish National Museum of Science and Technology.

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