Unit 4 – Question 2

Question 2: Create or find a classroom resource that teaches students about creating strong passwords, passcodes or passphrases.

There are … sources as well as idea that teacher could use to teach students the concepts of security with their passwords, passcodes or passphrases.

Powerful passwords.


The lesson is a collaboration between Code.org with Common Sense Education, this lesson has students explore why people use passwords, learn the benefits of using passwords, and discover strategies for creating and keeping strong, secure passwords through games and activities.

The lesson could cover different styles of learning for both logical and kinaesthetic learner. It has physical activity, which help them see if their passwords are strong enough.

The lesson meets Standard Alignments and Cross-curricular Opportunities (Common Core English Language Arts Standards; Common Core Math Standards; Next Generation Science Standards)


Creating strong passwords (learn from situation)


Watch the video below from Safety in Canada to learn more about creating a strong password. How to Create a Strong Password

It comes with different problems and its solution.

While solving other’s problems we could realize ours.

Is your password popular?

Teacher introduce several sources of Strong Password Generator.

Students can see variety of passwords,  which could have been used on those website. They might want to test any password that is similar with their password by the measure of strong password generator tools.

(Note: Do not submit your real passwords to test, please use a fake password to test the strength)

Invite students to try unlock the password. Then they will be aware of the lacking in their own security method.

Ali Baba and the Forty Cyberthreats: plot summary

The main context of the story is built based on a password to protect against unauthorized access (Ali Baba’s treasure).

The leader of the thieves was able to entrance  as he shouts loudly: “Open sesame!”. There are two big issues as a rising concern. First, the password is too simple. Second, there is no two-factor authentication — or even a username!

The moral of the story:

  1. When designing an authentication system, keep security in mind.
  2. Choose suppliers and subcontractors carefully.
  3. Use a security solution that scans the contents of containers when they are loaded.

Passwords are like underpants

Quote:“Passwords are like underpants. Change them often, keep them private, and never share them with anyone.”-  @mink_ette (Twitter)


This poster might have students attention and make them get to know that the concept of being secured online is a practice of protecting themselves everyday.
The poster allows teachers connecting basic ICT Standards curriculum and Cross-curricular Opportunities (Sex Education Standards- Keeping your body clean)

Learn by myself

Some students may find the materials from teachers interesting but another ones try to learn it by themselves in their free time. Teachers can give them another articles to investigate, analyze different kinds of security measures: Passwords, Hashing Passwords, Passcode, Multi-Factor (MFA) or Two-Factor Authentication (2FA), CAPTCHA or Biometric Security.

Check out the links below:




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