The ability of tiny computing devices to control complex operations has transformed the way many tasks are performed. Tiny “computers on a chip” are used in: Toys Medical equipment Home appliances
Computing equipment is getting smaller and more sophisticated. The smart machines are designed to take over some of the basic tasks previously performed by people. Smart cards store vital information, such as health records, drivers’ licenses, bank balances and so on.
Smart cars, phones and appliances with built in computers can be programmed to better meet individual needs.
A smart house has a built in monitoring system that can turn lights on and off, open and close windows, operate the oven and more. Video #1
What is multimedia? Multimedia enhances the interaction between user and machine and can make information more interesting and appealing to people. Watch Video – click the picture
The history of Multimedia Multimedia became more popular after mid-1990’s when the price of hardware began to fall. Then people started using it in - industry; - business; - education; - entertainment and for other purposes. Hardware - the mechanical, magnetic, electronic, and electrical components making up a computer system
Education and Entertainment In education students study interactive CD-ROMs at their own speed and explore topics creatively by clicking on related links. (VIDEO #1) Teenagers have played computer games for years, but many multimedia applications combine education and entertainment and they let them visit virtual worlds. (VIDEO #2)
Where can you find additional materials – multimedia educational programs - for the lesson?
The Internet The Internet originated in the early 1970’s when the USA wanted to make sure that people could communicate after a nuclear war. This needed a free and independent communication network of computers that could send each other e-mal through cyberspace.
Tim Berners – Lee (born June 8, 1955) Tim Berners-Lee is an English developer who invented the World Wide Web in March 1989, when he discovered a way to jump to different files on his computer using the random links between them.
Internet today … The WWW became available to everyone in 1991 and the number of Internet users grew from 600,00- to 40 mln. In 5 years. Today, the number is much larger. You can do research, download music files, play interactive games, shop, talk in chat rooms and send and receive e-mail on the WWW.
Discussion Questions Have you ever surfed the Internet? Which web sites did you visit? Have you ever used CD-ROMs to help you study? Do you prefer them to books?