Pg 18Objective 1-1.1.5This is a new sub-objective that has been added to the exam objectives and targets this pointing device. If possible, have a notebook available in the classroom that students can use to try the touchpad even if they aren’t using it on a regular basis. As notebooks are so popular, this pointing device now needs to be addressed.Take note that the Mac has only one button associated with the touchpad and you need to use that button to select and activate items; there is no matching option to tap the touchpad to select something, you must press the button to actually select or activate the item.
Pg 18Objective 1-1.1.5This was an addition to exam objectives as many new notebooks have the capability to record audio. Some computers will still need a microphone to be purchased but the ability to capture and edit sound is much easier than in earlier years.Be prepared to discuss how much microphones may cost and the different styles, especially with a Mac versus PC.
Pg 20Objective 1-1.1.6Give examples of how the devices can be used.If you have access to a biometric device such as a thumb device or a card that can be shown as to how security is restricted. Most common place biometric devices are cards or keypads, e.g., swiping a card before you can enter a building. You may want to include other types of devices that exist which are not readily available as yet, e.g., retina scanners.
Pg 20Objective 1-1.1.6Have a discussion with the class in regards to devices that are now more readily available for those with physical challenges. This is an example of how technology has enhanced the lives of those who previously had no access or limited ability to share information with others.
Pg 21Objective 1-1.1.7Discuss these specific output devices, with examples of when or how they can be used, especially the last point dealing with devices for physically challenged users.
Pg 23Objective 1-1.1.8This objective discusses what a device driver is and why it is important to consider these, especially if updating software for different operating systems. Device drivers provide a translation function between the operating system and the device itself – they basically speak different languages and cannot understand each other without something to translate the commands and instructions into the native languages of the two. That’s why the same USB printer can be used on a Mac, Windows, and a Linux system – it uses different drivers for each operating system. You may want to give an example of upgrading to the new Windows 7 operating system. This new version enables you to work with Windows as if it was the XP version but with the Vista back engine. This can cause some issues for devices that may have been created specifically for Windows and new device drivers are not readily available, nor a previous device that matches what you have, e.g., printer purchased recently was released specifically to work with Vista systems.