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Active Learning: Software

Who is your favorite computer person?

Write a paper telling more about one of the famous people in computing. You may create the document in Microsoft Word, Open Office, or Google Docs to tell about your favorite person.

You should include at least one picture that is formatted so that the text wraps around the picture.

Cite each of the sources where you got the information. If it is a website include a hyperlink.

General APA Guidelines

Your essay should be typed, double-spaced on standard-sized paper (8.5" x 11") with 1" margins on all sides. You should use a clear font that is highly readable. APA recommends using 12 pt. Times New Roman font.

Include a page header  (also known as the "running head") at the top of every page. To create a page header/running head, insert page numbers flush right. Then type "TITLE OF YOUR PAPER" in the header flush left using all capital letters. The running head is a shortened version of your paper's title and cannot exceed 50 characters including spacing and punctuation.



  • Starts with the title and your name in a larger font and centered at the top of the page: 1 point
  • Shows knowledge of the subject: 2 points
  • Shows knowledge of the word processing software: 2 points
  • Includes picture formatted to wrap around text: 1 points
  • All sources are cited. 2 points
  • Sufficient length or complexity to show real effort: 2 points

Grading Rubric

  Novice Competent Proficient

Name and title are not given.
0 points

Name and or title is missing.
0 points

Starts with the title and your name in a larger font and centered at the top of the page.
1 point


There are errors in the facts.
0 points

Shows limited knowledge of the subject.
1 point

Shows knowledge of the subject.
2 points

Word Processing

There are spelling errors.
0 points

Shows some knowledge of the word processing software including spell check..
1 point

Shows knowledge of the word processing software including spell check.
2 points


There are no graphics.
0 points

Includes pictures or graphs but not formatted.
0 point

Includes pictures or graphs formatted to wrap text.
1 point


There are no citations.
0 points

Citations are incorrect or some are missing.
1 point

All sources are cited..
2 points


Your paper is too short to show any real effort.
0 points

Your paper is somewhat short and has a few interesting facts..
1 point

Your paper is of sufficient length and complexity to show real effort.
2 points

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