Computers for Kids and Terrified Beginners

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Published on March 11, 2014

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Understanding Computers for Kids and Really New Beginners: Understanding Computers for Kids and Really New Beginners It’s way easier than you think 1 Welcome to the global community!: Welcome to the global community! 2 You’re smart to learn how to use a computer. Eventually you’ll have to even if you don’t right now. Besides everyone else you know is probably using a computer, so what the heck? Why go global: Communication: Why go global: Communication 3 People communicate around the world daily thanks to computers. There was a time when talking to a friend on the telephone who lived in a different country wasn`t something you could do every day. It cost a lot of money Now t here are different, free ways you can talk to someone with your computer, who lives in another country. There are chat rooms where you type online to your friend who lives awaaay far off in the world. There is a telecommunication system called Skype , (there are others) which works like a phone where you can speak to the person, but you use a headset or ear buds attached to your computer to talk. Cool. Activity: Does anyone in your house have Skype?Ask if you can use their headset and call someone using the computer. Another way to communicate: Another way to communicate 4 Cell phones are quite groovy because you can prevent other people from hearing your conversation. P.S. Cell phones are little computers. Some of them have a tiny keyboard attached to them and you type in your conversation instead of talking out loud. This is called texting. Cool. Networking : Networking 5 The Internet is programmed into your computer. There is a reason why it’s called the InterNET . Communicating online can be a great way for an adult to start career networking. Joining career websites such as LinkedIn , is an opportunity to post information about yourself and state what job you want. It’s like networking mouth to mouth in person but it’s easier and faster. You can also visit corporate websites and apply directly for a job. You can access classified ads online. The list is endless. A word to the wise : Never post your resume or your phone number . This makes you a prime candidate for identity theft . Instead, let a person respond to you on LinkedIn or whichever site you have joined. Offer your email so people can reach you but don’t use your real name. Adult activity : visit the LinkedIn site and read about the opportunities in Internet networking. The Internet Predator: The Internet Predator 6 Do you know what a predator is? A predator stalks people and tries to get something from them, or to hurt them. There is such a thing as an internet predator . Many people online may try to trick you. A n adult might say she is a teenager. The predator seems nice but later says things that make you uncomfortable . Follow these guidelines: Y ou should tell someone when an internet stranger tries to get you to meet him or her. Your parents are best. Don`t trust people too quickly . Never give money to an online friend. Don`t use your real name when you talk online. Made one up like Cinderella8 or Hercules12. If the predator keeps bothering you change your online name. Remember that online strangers are just like strangers walking or driving down the street. If something doesn’t feel right, it is probably an internet predator. Activity : Read this page with your parents and discuss how to stay safe on the Internet. Parts of a Computer: Parts of a Computer 7 This is easier to understand than you might think. There are 2 different types of computers: a desktop computer and a laptop computer. The picture on this page is a desktop computer. It can have a flat screen called a monitor. Older models, like this one, were big and bulky. There is also a keyboard (bottom of the screen). This is what you use to type. A mouse is attached to the computer (bottom right) monitor keyboard mouse One last piece…..: One last piece….. 8 The modem is the last part of a desktop computer. It is in here that you put things like memory sticks, CD-Roms and DVDs. CD-ROM modem Disk Drawer Practice!: Practice! 9 Activity: Print out this page and label the parts of the computer (no peeking )! Lap-top Computer: Lap-top Computer 10 This sleek machine is a lap-top computer. It is called a lap-top because you hold it on your lap when you use it. You don`t have to keep it plugged in, like a desktop computer so you can carry it around with you. Most people prefer lap-top computers. monitor keyboard Disk drawer The Printer: The Printer 11 Lastly, there is the printer. This isn`t attached to the desktop or laptop computer. A printer is a part that stands alone but it is hooked up to your computer. If you have a desktop computer, you might really have a cord that connects from your computer to the printer. If you have a laptop computer you don`t have a cord that connects to the printer. Instead you program where you want your work to print and your computer tells the printer to print your work. Cool. printer CD`s DVD’s and Memory Sticks: CD`s DVD’s and Memory Sticks 12 A CD-Rom is a multi-use disk. CD stands for computer disk . If you go to the music store and buy a CD of your favourite band, then you have purchased a commercial-use CD. CD’s are also blank devices. You can buy them in bulk and record your own information onto them such as music or a story you have written on your computer. This is for personal use. DVDs look just like CDs except they have movies on them, so you can download a movie and watch it on your computer. A memory stick is a blank device that looks like a flat stick. You can download and store lots of information on it. PowerPoint Presentation: 13 CDs and DVDs Memory Stick Storing information: Storing information 14 You may be wondering why you would use a CD or a memory stick to download your work from a computer. Good question. If your computer ever crashes or if the power suddenly goes out and you haven`t saved your work on the C: drive, you could lose all of it. Yep. All of it. When you create a file, let`s say a story you type, you might save it directly onto your computer, on what is known as the C: drive. On the other hand, if you download your story onto a CD-Rom or a memory stick, you always have it safely stored no matter what happens to the computer. You genius! Clean up the C: Drive: Clean up the C: Drive 15 Here is another reason: if you save all of your files on the C: drive, you clutter up your computer and make it run a lot slower. That`s bad, bad, bad ! A C: drive is the storage space that goes directly onto your computer. It is also called a hard drive. You just learned why you shouldn`t save your work on the C: drive. Storing information on the E: Drive: Storing information on the E: Drive 16 Activity : In this exercise, you will type a simple message in Word, name your document and save it onto either a CD-Rom or a memory stick. You should see a little picture, or an icon, of a blue W on your screen. This is the software Word program. Click on it to open it. When it shows a page of choices for you to type on, select the first one (blank) and click create on the right side of the screen. Shazam ! A blank screen! When the blank screen comes up type in: This is practice for storing information. Either open the disk drawer for your blank CD-Rom or insert the memory stick into a slot in the side of your computer. To be continued….. PowerPoint Presentation: 17 Click on the word File on the left at the top of your toolbar. A menu comes down. Click on Save as. The words you have just typed will show up as the name of your document. Use your backspace key - to delete the sentence and print STORING INFORMATION. A menu on your left has appeared that offers you different places where to save your work. Use the scroll down bar on the right until you can see the C: drive but you don`t want to use that. Keep scrolling and select the E: drive option . The E: drive is named DVD RW drive. Instead of saving onto your computer, your page will be saved onto your CD-Rom or your memory stick . Easy! Printing: Printing 18 You`ve just typed, named and saved a document or a file onto a memory stick or a CD-Rom . Now how do you print from that? Egad! Leave your disk or stick in the computer. Click on the word File in Word . Click on the word Open. You will see a list of your documents. In this case, you only have one. Click on it to open it . Once it is open, click on File again. Click on Print. A window comes up asking you which printer to print from. Your computer is probably hooked up to a printer already. Sometimes there is only one option and sometimes there are several. You may need to get someone to help you. Activity : print out your saved file. The Internet: The Internet 19 The Internet has an interesting history. It was invented decades ago, long before it was available in schools, workplaces and at home. The Internet was invented by the United States Defence Projects Agency . They used the Internet to research technology then send information to interlinked (a fancy word meaning connected) network packets, among computers. That’s where the terms inter and net came from. This was helpful because people could easily share knowledge about whatever they were researching or discovering about the world around us. I just had an amazing idea! I just had an amazing idea! The Internet (or Online): The Internet (or Online) 20 When you start up the internet, you are online. This simply means you are currently using the internet. The Internet is your search engine . Most people start with a site such as Google, Yahoo or Rogers to launch their internet search. But Google, Yahoo and Rogers are NOT the same thing as a search engine. They`re like a launching pad for a rocket and the internet is the rocket. Using the Internet: Using the Internet 21 If you want to, type in Google or Yahoo or AOL or any site you like first. Type in sea turtles and press enter. Ka -Bam! Y ou get a page with lots of sites about sea turtles. If you click on these sites, you can go into them and read about sea turtles. There are pictures too. Activity: We are going to use the internet to search for the topic sea turtles . Pop Quiz! You knew this wouldn`t be too easy: Pop Quiz! You knew this wouldn`t be too easy 22 What is the name of a computer screen? What does Skype allow you to do? What are two types of storage devices? Why shouldn`t you save your work on your C : drive? monitor Desk top and lap top. Talk to someone long distance and locally for free. Cd-Rom and memory stick. You could lose your work if the computer crashes. The work slows down your computer. Activity` : test your knowledge of computers and other gadgets . What are the two types of computers? PowerPoint Presentation: 23 What is the name of your search engine? The Internet. What are two reasons people use the internet? To search for information. Communication. Why shouldn`t you use your own name in a chat room? It is dangerous when talking to strangers What is LinkedIn? A website for career networking. Congratulations!: Congratulations! 24 This certificate verifies that _________________________________ has completed Understanding Computers for Kids and Really New Beginners .

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