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  • Discuss systems thinking and a modern PC system
  • Have a poster competition to demonstrate and compare.
  • Have students create their own metaphore.
  • Create your own metaphore
  • Discuss application specific and non-application specific types. What file extensions do you think your students already know (mp3, doc, ppt…)
  • Emphasize the audience and format when choosing graphics (combine this with discussions of resolution)
  • Discuss strategies for choosing, saving, and opening files. Give students sample files to work with.
  • Discuss strategies for choosing, saving, and opening files. Give students sample files to work with.
  • Have students create an FAQ on the class wiki.
  • Discuss strategies for choosing, saving, and opening files. Give students sample files to work with.
  • Teaching systems and fundamentals

    1. 1. Teaching Systems and Fundamentals Tech Span 2010 Marty Daniel [email_address]
    2. 2. Elementary Grades <ul><li>Knowledge of the parts of the computer </li></ul><ul><li>Basic technology vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>Storing and retrieving files on computers or networks </li></ul><ul><li>Troubleshooting basic computer problems </li></ul>
    3. 3. Middle School <ul><li>Basic parts of the computer, vocabulary and symbols of technology </li></ul><ul><li>Create, store and retrieve data on the Internet, local area networks, and peripheral devices </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize and distinguish among file types </li></ul><ul><li>Select a data format or technology tool appropriate to the task or audience </li></ul><ul><li>Basic troubleshooting for computer problems </li></ul>
    4. 5. Labels <ul><li>Scanner </li></ul><ul><li>CPU (Microprocessor) </li></ul><ul><li>Primary storage (RAM) </li></ul><ul><li>Expansion cards (graphics cards, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Power supply </li></ul><ul><li>Optical disc drive </li></ul><ul><li>Secondary storage (Hard disk) </li></ul><ul><li>Motherboard </li></ul><ul><li>Speakers </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor </li></ul><ul><li>System software </li></ul><ul><li>Application software </li></ul><ul><li>Keyboard </li></ul><ul><li>Mouse </li></ul><ul><li>External hard disk </li></ul><ul><li>Printer </li></ul>
    5. 6. Basic Personal Computer System
    6. 7. Systems within Systems
    7. 8. Simple Network
    8. 11. Where is the server?
    9. 13. Memory Sizes <ul><li>Terabyte </li></ul><ul><li>Gigabyte </li></ul><ul><li>Kilobyte </li></ul><ul><li>Byte </li></ul><ul><li>Bit </li></ul>
    10. 15. Organizing Windows Files <ul><li>Student Login ▬► My Documents </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Period </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>My Name </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Topic </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Files </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    11. 16. Organizing Windows Files <ul><li>Flash Drive </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Period </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>My Name </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Topic </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Files </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    12. 17. Organizing Windows Files <ul><li>Flash Drive </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Period </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>My Name </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Topic </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Files </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    13. 18. Organizing Windows Files <ul><li>Clean out your My Documents folder. </li></ul><ul><li>Get rid of any shortcuts you no longer use.   </li></ul><ul><li>Select work to keep. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop an off site storage location such as Dropbox. </li></ul>
    14. 19. File Extensions <ul><li>Set your lab computers to show file extensions </li></ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alphabetical_list_of_file_extensions </li></ul>
    15. 20. Word Processing Files <ul><li>Compatibility </li></ul><ul><li>rtf, wks, doc, and docx </li></ul>
    16. 21. Graphics Files <ul><li>Compatibility </li></ul><ul><li>gif, jpg, png, tiff, bmp, and psd </li></ul>
    17. 22. Spreadsheet Files <ul><li>Compatibility </li></ul><ul><li>csv, xls, and xlsx </li></ul>
    18. 23. Trouble
    19. 25. Procedure <ul><li>Define Problem – What’s happening when problem occurs? Is it a computer system or software problem? Is it Internet related? </li></ul><ul><li>Gather information - When did it occur? Did anything change? What error messages? What software & operating system? </li></ul><ul><li>Narrow it down - Break things down until you can locate the problem and solve it. </li></ul>
    20. 26. Common Culprits <ul><li>Power train (from the computer to the wall) </li></ul><ul><li>Connectivity Cable (Ethernet, monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Username/Password </li></ul><ul><li>Frozen Screen </li></ul><ul><li>Software file compatibility </li></ul>
    21. 27. Common Solutions <ul><li>Power train (plug it in  ) </li></ul><ul><li>Connectivity Cable (plug it in  ) </li></ul><ul><li>Username/Password (Slow down) </li></ul><ul><li>Frozen Screen (ctrl+alt+del) </li></ul><ul><li>Software file compatibility (check file type) </li></ul>
    22. 28. Engagement Strategies
    23. 29. Ideas <ul><li>Metaphors – Have students create their own metaphors and present to the class </li></ul><ul><li>Diagrams – Have students use drawing skills to create diagrams that illustrate concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate – Use a class wiki. Have students create a collaborative encyclopedia or FAQ with illustrations, definitions, diagrams, etc. </li></ul>