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Computers are amazingly powerful machines that we have come to take for granted. Starting with a simple click of the mouse, this animated video takes you on a trip through the inner workings of computers. Learn how programs allow the different components of a computer to communicate with one another, accomplishing multitude of tasks simultaneously. A great addition to an introductory lesson on computer programming.
Students see pictures and learn vocabulary of basic computer hardware and software. In this computers lesson plan, students are shown pictures of a screen, mouse, keyboard, and other computer parts that they should know and fill out a worksheet in the end.
Students compare computer hardware and software by engaging in a PowerPoint presentation and looking at newspaper advertisements. They enter their data into handheld computers and share it with classmate by beaming it to their handhelds. They work in groups to design a poster of the computer they would chose.
First graders identify and use basic computer terms. They practice basic processes, keyboarding and word processing. Students use tools in Kid Pix, creating a page with colors, numbers and shapes.
For this technology worksheet, middle schoolers find the words that are related to the computer concepts. The answers are found at the bottom of the page.
Students run a computer simulation. They collect data as they work and use the data to create an annual report for their business. Several different simulations could be used for this project. It is desirable for students to do this project individually, but it could be done as a class using a large screen monitor.
Emerging engineers read about how Arduino software and how it can be used. Then they follow a nine-step tutorial to connect an Arduino board to a computer and put it to work! The objective is to code a program that will cause an LED to consistently turn on for five seconds, then turn off for two. Understanding of circuits and computer coding is required for students, while purchasing the appropriate materials is required for the teacher. The publisher lists Next Generation Science Standards for grades 3 - 8, but this lesson is really only appropriate for high schoolers.
Students explore computer skills in the current job market by completing worksheet activities. In this modern technology activity, students identify the importance of being technology savvy when it comes to running a business or embarking upon a career. Students complete worksheets in which they classify types of computers and place different technologies in order by date they were invented.
An important lesson on cybercrimes is here for you. In it, young computer users learn about how people commit crimes on computers by hacking into accounts, and stealing personal information from people. Some excellent discussion questions and activities are embedded in this plan, which should be taught to all children at some point.
Students participate in an introduction to the computer and its parts. They examine correct positioning of their body and hands while working at the keyboard. They investigate the basic parts of a computer.
Students examine different parts of the computer and utilize the keyboard, mouse, printer drives, disks and CD's. They explore an Operating System which allows them to locate, open and close files and they are introduced to word processing and spreadsheets. They research the Internet and write a letter via E-mail.
Students learn and practice using a computer. They complete a checklist as they complete each item on the list. During the first session, students demonstrate competency with a mouse, identify icons and menus on the desk top as well as launch programs. Students create and print a greeting card.
Students examine the basic parts of a computer. They view and discuss a Mr. Computer PowerPoint presentation, cut out and glue the names of the computer parts to the correct picture on a worksheet, and discuss how to properly care for the computer equipment.
Students disassemble and rebuild computers. In this computer hardware lesson, students learn to refurbish computers, then donate the rebuilt computers in their community.
Students investigate the purchase of a specific computer hardware with specific components without going over a budget. The use of computer catalogues, tables, and spreadsheets support the search.
In this vocabulary and reading comprehension worksheet, learners read a 1 page selection pertaining to computers, match 8 words to the correct parts of a computer and respond to 11 short answer and fill in the blank questions.
First graders practice behaviors that are acceptable to be used in the computer lab. They create their own rules that can be modified by the teacher to create a sense of ownership in the class. The class also creates the protocols for operating around computer equipment and various software applications.
Pupils review their understanding of basic computer terminology. They demonstrate an understanding of the function of each major computer component. They identify some characteristics of the Windows operating system.
High schoolers become familiar with the course requirements and class procedures. They develop a list of ways that the computer has changed modern society and review the Board of Education policies regarding computer and Internet use by students.
Students are introduced to using computers as a means of developing communication skills within an authentic context. Students communicate with each other and share ideas via e-mail or other types of computer appllications.

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