Teacher Note: CENTRAL PROCESSING UNIT (CPU): The "heart" of a general purpose computer, which controls interpretation, and execution of instructions, input and output EXPANSION CARDS: Electronic circuit cards that fit into slots inside the computer case; used to add such items as faxes, modems, sound capability, etc.
Part 1 learning computer basics
Learning Computer Basicsin a Step by Step practices Presentation By: Vijay Kumar Ratre Mumbai-49Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
PART 1: ObjectivesAfter this lesson you will be familiarwith:A.What a computer is (and why youshould use it)B.The Basic Parts of a Computer , here’s.aNow Ok puter com at?C.General Computer Maintenance whD.How to use a MouseE. Typing email@example.com
PART 1: Getting StartedWhat does a computer allow us to do?1. It simplifies and automates operations in a variety of areas: Office Government School Movies/TV2. Facilitates communication: Email, Internet/WWWWhy learn computers?1. Nowadays, you can’t do anything without them!2. A basic knowledge of computers will enable you to advance in just about every aspect of life today firstname.lastname@example.org
PART 1: Parts of a Computer A. Hardware: The physical parts of a computer (things you can touch) Examples: Central Processing Unit (CPU), Memory (RAM) B. Input Device: Used to send info to the computer (from you to the computer) Examples: Mouse, Keyboard C. Output Device: Sends info from the computer to you Examples: Monitor, Printer D. Software: The non-physical parts of a computer (a “program”) thatgives it instructions for a specific task and the physical items which carrythese instructions to the computer Examples: Microsoft Word, Excel, Floppy Disk, CD-ROM E. The most important part of a computer is the user. That’s YOU! email@example.com
PART 1: Parts of a ComputerIdentify the input and output devices: Input or Input or Mouse Printer Output ? Output ? Keyboard Input or Input or Output ? Monitor Output ? Floppy Input or Input or Disk Output ? CD-ROM Output ? firstname.lastname@example.org
PART 1: PeripheralsPeripherals are input and output hardware devices whichplug into the computer.Cable plugs and slots have unique shapes and colors(sometimes) to ensure proper connection.Take a minute to look at the back of your computer andexamine the different connections.Proper connectivity is key to the successful operation of thecomputer system. If you are having computer problems, agood rule of thumb is to shut down the computer and checkall the cable connections to see if they are properly secured. email@example.com
PART 1: Operating SystemWhat is an Operating System?An operating system (OS) is a software program that controls andruns just about everything on your computer. Windows (98, 2000, XP)are all examples of different versions of the Windows OperatingSystem. The Windows OS has three main parts: Desktop, Taskbarand Start Button.Like a conductor or a coach -- an OS is an ‘invisible’ intermediary whomakes sure that all the different components (hardware and software)work smoothly together. Although there are many different kinds ofoperating systems, Windows is most commonly used on PCs.What makes Windows special?Windows makes computers easier to use because it employs a GUI(“gooey”) or Graphical User Interface. Instead of requiring users toremember specific commands, GUIs represent different tasks andfunctions with pictures. Now all a user needs to do is “point and click”. firstname.lastname@example.org
PART 1: Starting Your ComputerREMEMBER: A computer is a sensitive electronic machine. Turn it on andoff properly to ensure that you don’t damage the hardware or lose any data.1. Make sure your computer is plugged in (if the computer is plugged into apower strip, be sure that the power strip is plugged in and the switch is in the “ON”position).2. Press the POWER button on your CPU3. Press the POWER button on your monitor4. You will usually see a black screen with letters running across it. This is normal-- it is just the computer going through the “power up” process and automaticallychecking its systems5. You should see a blue screen with Windows on it soon.On some computers, like the ones in this CORE class, you may be prompted forinformation. A box will appear on your screen asking you to “Log on to theNetwork.” This is where you need to enter a USERNAME and PASSWORD,which was assigned to you at the beginning of class. Try it out! email@example.com
PART 1: Maintenance Tips1. Don’t have food or drink around the computer (or at least don’t spill it!).2. Don’t put anything other than the correct items into the slots and openings of the computer.3. Don’t plug or unplug anything without turning the computer off first. firstname.lastname@example.org
PART 1: Clicking Together -- Using the MouseThe Mouse: Practice, Practice, Practice!1. Allows you to move freely around screen2. Allows you to “point” and “click” (select) items3. Cursor: The point (usually an arrow) used to represent the mouse’s position4. Left button: Main button used Right button: Context specific5. Click: Pressing a button a) Single click – pressing once b) Double click – pressing twice c) Single and double clicks sometimes do different things email@example.com
PART 1: TypingTyping with Your Mentor/teacherA. Typing skills are very important when using a computerB. If your typing skills need work, you can use different softwareprograms to help you improve. The program we have at ComputerMS Office Word Processor for typingWe will practice typing using MS Office Word throughout thiscourse. You can also practice typing during lab on Saturdays firstname.lastname@example.org
PART 1: Shutting Down Your Computer1. Click the Start Button2. In the box that says Shut Down Windows, select Shut Down3. The computer will alert you that it is safe to shut down the computer. When you see that alert, press the Power button on your CPU.4. If the light next to the power button on your Monitor is green/amber -- press the button to shut it off. Computer C.O.R.E Introduction to Windows 98 email@example.com
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