Introduction/Your Experience Introduction Austin Stroud: instructional designer at the Monroe County Public Library, adjunct faculty member at Ivy Tech Community College Your experience Have you used a computer before? If so, likes/dislikes?
Major Companies Most “computer people” are either a fan of Windows (Microsoft) or Macintosh (Apple) computers. Macintosh computers are built more for multimedia/graphics- oriented people, whereas Windows computers are built more for surfing the Internet and basic computer tasks like writing a letter or playing a game. Macintosh computers are much more expensive (about twice the price) when compared to a Windows computer so that is why you don’t see nearly as many of them used at the library or in personal homes. Both machines have pros and cons. This training focuses more so on Windows (Microsoft) computers, but feel free to ask questions regarding Macintosh computers.
Basic Equipment Mouse Mouse pad (optional) Keyboard Central Processing Unit (CPU)/Tower Monitor Speakers (optional) Headphones (optional)
Mouse (Mice)There are other types of mice, but these are the most common you will see. Desktop Mouse Laptop Mouse/Touchpad
Mouse pad (optional)
Keyboard For the most part, there are two common types of keyboards: one for a laptop and one for a desktop computer.
CPU/Tower With a laptop, the central processing unit (CPU) is self- contained. With a desktop computer, such as you can use at the library, you will have a tower as seen in the pictures below.
Monitor The big/bulky monitor on the left (below) is called a CRT. You will not see these much anymore, as LCD/flat screen monitors (right) have taken over the market.
Speakers or Headphones
Now that we have that covered…We can start learning how to do some things on the computer.
Mouse basics Let’s check out a couple of fun websites so you can get used to using a mouse. http://goo.gl/V84UR http://goo.gl/tdmLNThe remainder of the class, we are done with using this handout and are going to go through some more computer basics. I will make some library materials available to you all afterwards if you would like to get some more practice.
My Contact InformationAustin StroudPhone: 812-349-3050Email: email@example.comMonroe County Public Library303 East Kirkwood AvenueBloomington, IN 47408