Technology - annotated exemplar Level 3 AS91615

Demonstrate understanding of consequences, responsibilities and challenges involved in technology (3.8)

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This annotated exemplar is intended for teacher use only. The student work shown does not always represent a complete sample of what is required. Selected extracts are used, focused on the grade boundaries, in order to assist assessors to make judgements at the national standard.

Low Excellence

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Student 1 (PDF, 140KB)

For Excellence, the student needs to demonstrate comprehensive understanding of consequences, responsibilities and challenges involved in technology.

This involves:

  • discussing the probable future technological developments in a specific field, justifying these with past and/or contemporary evidence
  • discussing why technological intervention challenges people’s perceptions of what it means to be human.

This student has introduced a possible future trend in gaming – that of incorporating the player into the game in a physical sense (1). This was justified with evidence related to what is currently being developed (2). The student also begins to discuss why technological intervention challenges people’s perception of what it means to be human (3).

For a more secure Excellence, the student could have shown more justification of future technological developments against past evidence and have widened discussions as to why technological interventions challenge people’s perception of what it means to be human.

High Merit

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Student 2 (PDF, 143KB)

For Merit, the student needs to demonstrate in-depth understanding of consequences, responsibilities and challenges involved in technology.

This involves discussing how the consequences of a technological development in a specific field have influenced the responsibilities of technologists over time.

This student has provided an in-depth discussion on how the evolution of gaming platforms from console to online has influenced the ethical responsibilities of software developers and technologists.

This includes how changes to gaming platforms have resulted in technologists having to consider wider ethical responsibilities (1), technologists’ consideration of factors such as the new diversity of audiences’ social consequences being reflected in the wider diversity of games available (2), the impact of emerging technologists changing the landscape of gaming (3), and the blurring of lines between reality and game playing and  effects (4).

To reach Excellence, the student could discuss future technological development and justify with past and/or contemporary evidence.

Low Merit

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Student 3 (PDF, 65KB)

For Merit, the student needs to demonstrate in-depth understanding of consequences, responsibilities and challenges involved in technology.

This involves discussing how the consequences of a technological development in a specific field have influenced the responsibilities of technologists over time.

The student begins to discuss how the consequences of a technological development in video games have influenced the responsibilities of technologists over time.

The student included such things as how advancing technology has pushed the boundaries of existing games to appeal to a wider audience (1), which in turn has broadened technologists’ ethical and social responsibilities in online gaming (2) and how the gaming platforms are benefiting society (3).

For a more secure Merit, the student could provide more evidence of this type of discussion, including, for example, the consequences that are intended and unintended, known and unknown.

High Achieved

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Student 4 (PDF, 151KB)

For Achieved, the student needs to demonstrate understanding of consequences, responsibilities and challenges involved in technology.

This involves:

  • explaining the consequences of a technological development in a specific field over time
  • discussing the responsibilities of technologists in a technological development in a specific field over time
  • explaining how technological intervention challenges people’s perceptions of what it means to be human.

The student has explained the consequences of gaming platform developments in video games over time (1) and how technological intervention challenges people’s perception of what it means to be human (2).

Part of this explanation also includes how the increased potential market of gaming platforms has a direct influence on technologist’s responsibilities (3).

To reach Merit, the student would need to show discussion surrounding how consequences of a technological development in gaming have influenced the responsibilities of technologists over time.

Low Achieved

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Student 5 (PDF, 130KB)

For Achieved, the student needs to demonstrate understanding of consequences, responsibilities and challenges involved in technology.

This involves:

  • explaining the consequences of a technological development in a specific field over time
  • discussing the responsibilities of technologists in a technological development in a specific field over time
  • explaining how technological intervention challenges people’s perceptions of what it means to be human.

This student has explained how technological innovations are driving consumer preferences and how games are now marketed to a wider audience (1).

The student has begun to discuss the interrelationship between technological advances and technologists’ wider ethical responsibilities in a broader environment including how design changes are influenced by social behaviours, thus ensuring the players’ wellbeing (2).

The student has explained how alternative realities are challenging what it means to be human, the growing realism of human characteristics within games, how  this impacts on use of leisure time, and the effects of the wide appeal of games (3).  

For a more secure Achieved, there should be a broader discussion and explanations surrounding the students understanding of consequences, responsibilities and challenges involved in technology.

High Not Achieved

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Student 6 (PDF, 130KB)

For Achieved, the student needs to demonstrate understanding of consequences, responsibilities and challenges involved in technology.

This involves:

  • explaining the consequences of a technological development in a specific field over time
  • discussing the responsibilities of technologists in a technological development in a specific field over time
  • explaining how technological intervention challenges people’s perceptions of what it means to be human.

This student has described the consequences of how technological developments in gaming have changed over time (1), how the responsibilities of technologists are changing with the evolution of the gaming platform, (2) and begins to identify the effect games have on what it means to be human (3).

To reach Achieved, the student should move beyond description, to explaining and discussing the consequences of video gaming. The explanation of how technological intervention challenges people’s perceptions of what it means to be human should also be widened.

 
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