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Computing for learning

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Computing for learning

  1. 1. Computing for Learning A refresher on computing basics What I think you should know And may want to find out
  2. 2. David Andrew <ul><li>Previously at London Metropolitan University where I created this – now at Queen Mary, University of London </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
  3. 3. The computer <ul><li>Machine </li></ul><ul><li>Operating system </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Windows </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mac System X </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Linux </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Desktop </li></ul><ul><li>Software </li></ul>
  4. 4. Operating system/desktop Manages - <ul><li>Inputting mechanisms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mouse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keyboard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Handwriting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audio </li></ul></ul><ul><li>File systems </li></ul><ul><li>Display and sound </li></ul>
  5. 5. Using the operating system <ul><li>Copying material across programmes </li></ul><ul><li>Select </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mouse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Double clicking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keyboard </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Save – clipboard </li></ul><ul><li>Paste </li></ul>
  6. 6. Filing <ul><li>Organisation </li></ul><ul><li>Backup! </li></ul><ul><li>Synchronise – built in facility or software </li></ul>
  7. 7. Office software <ul><li>Microsoft office </li></ul><ul><li>Open office – star office </li></ul><ul><li>On-line applications – ie Google or Zoho </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Word processing, spreadsheets, information management – email etc, project management, presentations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Word Processing <ul><li>Typing </li></ul><ul><li>Editing </li></ul><ul><li>Formatting </li></ul><ul><li>Tables </li></ul><ul><li>Spell checking </li></ul>
  9. 9. Word processing <ul><li>Advanced </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Styles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outlines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Templates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Autotext </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fields </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Macros </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comments and tracking changes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Footnotes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contents and indexes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Text art and graphics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sections </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Spreadsheets <ul><li>Excel, Open Office Calc, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Table of cells </li></ul><ul><li>Formatting </li></ul><ul><li>Sorting </li></ul><ul><li>Calculating </li></ul><ul><li>Graphs – basic rules, trends vs proportion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Multiple data sets </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Presentations <ul><li>The dangers of powerpoint! </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid overkill </li></ul><ul><li>Keep it simple – but not too simple </li></ul>
  12. 12. The Web <ul><li>Web 1.0 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Large sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technical process </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interaction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personalised </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Involvement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Web Skills <ul><li>Searching – scholar.google.com + google books </li></ul><ul><li>Saving </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bookmarks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google notebook, Yahoo clipping etc </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Chatting – net meetings etc </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding the communication </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>URL’s – www.bbc.co.uk - what does an .ac address mean? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quality </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Passwords, email addresses etc </li></ul>
  14. 14. Web 2.0 <ul><li>Getting involved </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social networking – My Space etc </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Discussions, bulletin boards etc, IM </li></ul><ul><li>Blogging – www.blogger.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>E-portfolio, </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wiki’s – www.wikipedia.org </li></ul><ul><li>Social bookmarking – del.icio.us </li></ul>
  15. 15. RSS <ul><li>Rich Site Syndication, or Real Simple </li></ul><ul><li>Sites with ‘feeds’ – </li></ul><ul><li>Subscription </li></ul><ul><li>Aggregator – bloglines, Google reader </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.google.com/reader/shared/17661971729685320072 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// tinyurl.com/yfupwy </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Task <ul><li>Pick a topic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do an advanced search for it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Try google.scholar.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Books.google.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.bloglines.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.Wikipedia.org </li></ul></ul>

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