Authentic Context in STEM Education: Technology

What is a good password?

If you want to write emails, post something in a social network or simply order something online, you always have to log in with your own username and password. For every email account, every social network and every online store you need your own password, and it should be as secure as possible!

But why is it important to use secure passwords and what does a secure password actually look like?







AC in this example

Characteristics of AC

How to use AC in STEM Ed

Authentic Context. There is no clear answer what a good password is. A good password must be relativly secure and the user has to be able to memorize it.

Besides that students have to develop and test criteria for a good password that works for themselves.



Authentic Contexts are characterized as follows:

  • Authentic contexts are curricular topics integrated in tasks about real world problems that are meaningful to students.
  • These tasks should gain the student’s attention, increase their interests and willingness to learn.
  • Several different competences should be needed to solve the task.
  • The relevance of STEM-skills to solve the task should be evident
  • The benefit of collaboration between students should be clear.

Generic tasks should be used, i.e., tasks which product might be an outcome in the real world (of work) or, at least, are similar in such a way that it illustrates how real world (of work) problems are solved.

Optionally, these tasks include…

  • ... employment of digital resources.
  • … descriptions of STEM - job profiles connected to this task.
  • … project based learning!

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