Explore—Impact of Computing Innovations: Sample Response E

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Note: Students must acknowledge (i.e., through citation, through attribution, by reference, and/or through acknowledgment in bibliographic entry) the source or author of any and all information or evidence taken from the work of someone else. This includes any images, video, or music that might be incorporated into a computational artifact, and the use of program code written by another person. A student who fails to acknowledge the source or author of any and all information or evidence taken from the work of someone else will receive a score of 0 on that particular component of the performance assessment.

For information about the points this response earned, please see the Explore Low Commentary (.pdf/24.9KB).

1. Computational Artifact

Your computational artifact must provide an illustration, representation, or explanation of the computing innovation's intended purpose, its function, or its effect. The computational artifact must not simply repeat the information supplied in the written responses and should be primarily nontextual.

Submit a video, audio, or PDF file. Use computing tools and techniques to create one original computational artifact (a visualization, a graphic, a video, a program, or an audio recording). Acceptable multimedia file types include .mp3, .mp4, .wmv, .avi, .mov, .wav, .aif, or .pdf format. PDFs must not exceed three pages. Video or audio files must not exceed 1 minute in length and must not exceed 30MB in size.

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2. Written Responses

Submit one PDF file in which you respond directly to each of the prompts below. Clearly label your responses 2a–2e in order. Your responses must provide evidence of the extensive knowledge you have developed about your chosen computing innovation and its impact(s). Write your responses so they would be understandable to someone who is not familiar with the computing innovation. Include citations, as applicable, within your written responses. Your response to prompts 2a–2d combined must not exceed 700 words. The references required in 2e are not included in the final word count.

2a. Provide information on your computing innovation and computational artifact.

  • Name the computing innovation that is represented by your computational artifact.
  • Describe the computing innovation's intended purpose and function.
  • Describe how your computational artifact illustrates, represents, or explains the computing innovation's intended purpose, its function, or its effect.

(Approximately 100 words)

Sample response to 2a:

Name: IPhone 6s

Description: The iPhone 6s allows you to call, text, and allows you to connect with others online

Purpose: The purpose of this device is to communicate with others by text, calls, and apps that let you connect with different people around the world

Function: The iPhone 6s works more efficiently and more intuitively. This iPhone includes an A9 chip that brings a new level of performance. It's not only a faster experience, but a better one. It also boosts graphics performance by 90 percent compared to the previous generation. The iPhone 6s also has a M9 motion coprocessor which improves performance and battery life

In the video I made about the iPhone 6s, I explained and showed the two new features that came with the iPhone 6s. The first feature was the 3D touch, which allows you to do the thing you love to do faster. By applying pressure on the screen with your finger, it gives you an option to do shortcuts. For example if you apply pressure on the camera app, the app will give an option to where you can either take selfies, video, picture or slo mo, instead of clicking on the app and swiping left and right. The second feature is the live wallpaper which allows your wallpaper to move by pressing on the screen.

2b. Describe your development process, explicitly identifying the computing tools and techniques you used to create your artifact. Your description must be detailed enough so that a person unfamiliar with those tools and techniques will understand your process.

(Approximately 100 words)

Sample response to 2b:

To make my iPhone 6s video, I went to the Sprint store to take a short clip showing the features of the iPhone 6s. After that, I put the video into an app called iMovie which allows you to edit videos and put audio into it. After I finished editing the video I added background music; the music I used comes with the app. When I was done editing the sound volume for my background music, I recorded myself explaining the two new features of the iPhones 6s and showed how it works.

Computing Innovation

2c. Explain at least one beneficial effect and at least one harmful effect the computing innovation has had, or has the potential to have, on society, economy, or culture.

(Approximately 250 words)

Sample response to 2c:

Benefit: The iPhone 6s can be beneficial. This device has an A9 chip which makes the iPhone two times faster than the previous iPhones. This is iPhone has 3D touch, which allows people to peek by pressure touch into apps such as mails, instagram, the camera app, etc. The iPhone has a 12-megapixel camera that captures detailed and sharp photos. This iPhone comes with Live Photos, a setting that allows you to take a moment before and after a pictures and it sets in motion by just a press of a finger. It takes 4k videos, which is four times the resolution of 1080p HD video. The iPhone 6s is constructed from 7000 Aluminum which makes it stronger and immune to bending like the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6s can come in 4 different colors, silver, gold, space grey, and rose gold. These are some of the benefits that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have.

Disadvantages: There are also disadvantages that the iPhone 6s has. One of the drawbacks is that the iPhone 6s is thicker and heavier than the previous iPhones, the iPhone 6s is 14 grams more than the iPhone 6 while the iPhone 6s plus is 20 grams more than the iPhone 6 plus. It also has a smaller battery size which also changes the battery life. Another downside of this device is the price, the iPhone 6s with 16GB is $649.00, 64GB is $749.00, and with 128GB is $849.00. The iPhone 6s Plus with 16GB is $749.00, 64GB is $849.00, and 128GB is $949.00. These are some of the problems that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s plus have.

2d. Using specific details, describe:

  • the data your innovation uses;
  • how the innovation consumes (as input), produces (as output), and/or transforms data; and
  • at least one data storage concern, data privacy concern, or data security concern directly related to the computing innovation.

(Approximately 250 words)

Sample response to 2d:

The iPhone 6s does not transform data but it can consume and produce data. It consumes data by receiving messages, calls, and watching videos. Producing data can be sending messages, mails, and calls. The iPhone 6s has storage concerns especially if it comes with a 16GB which is not enough space for an iPhone 6s because there is apps that can take up space and the 4K video takes massive amounts of data. Getting a 64GB or 128GB iPhone would be better.

People think that the Apple devices are more secure than any other devices but there are different security problems that are still out there. There are apps that allow you to steal user’s data and collect passwords. The big issue about this app is that the app is in the app store, which is supposed to be pre-screened by the Apple staff for harmful apps.

There are also privacy concerns, for example the iPhone 6s catches audio when Siri is activated, and can record audio and video before taking a live photo.

Apple’s new feature "Hey Siri" allows you to activate Siri at any time by saying the phrase, which means that the audio has to be on at all time.


2e. Provide a list of at least three online or print sources used to create your computational artifact and/or support your responses to the prompts provided in this performance task.

  • At least two of the sources must have been created after the end of the previous academic year.
  • For each online source, include the permanent URL. Identify the author, title, source, the date you retrieved the source, and, if possible, the date the reference was written or posted.
  • For each print source, include the author, title of excerpt/article and magazine or book, page number(s), publisher, and date of publication.
  • If you include an interview source, include the name of the person you interviewed, the date on which the interview occurred, and the person's position in the field.
  • Include citations for the sources you used, and number each source accordingly.
  • Each source must be relevant, credible, and easily accessed.

Sample response to 2e:

Description of the Iphone 6s
URL: http://www.apple.com/shop/buy-iphone/iphone6s
Article Title: Iphone 6s
Website Title: Apple

URL: http://www.apple.com/iphone-6s/
Article Title: Iphone 6s- Apple
Website Title: Apple

URL: http://www.macxdvd.com/mac-dvd-video-converter-how-to/top-iphone-6-plus-advantages-disadvantages.htm
Article Title: Top 10 Pros and Cons of Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Website Title: Top 10 Advantages and Disadvantages of iPhone 6 Plus

Security Concerns
URL: http://time.com/3926501/apple-security-mac-iphone/
Article Title: There's a Massive Security Flaw in the iPhone and Mac
Website Title: Time
Publisher: Time

Privacy Concerns
URL: http://www.theverge.com/2015/9/11/9313645/iphone-6s-privacy-concerns-apple-responds
Article Title: Apple responds to iPhone 6S privacy concerns over always-on Siri and Live Photos
Website Title: The Verge
Publication: 2015-09-11