There is no doubt that computers and computer technology are changing the world.
It is having an impact on everything: from agriculture, sports, health and social interactions, and education.
In these lessons you will learn how the computer works, where it came from, and where it is going.
You will learn how to make the most of your own computer and the internet, and how to do it safely.
Computer science can change the world: Video: Several people give their thoughts about computing
Why should I learn about computers?: Computers help you work faster; can answer almost any question;
can teach you almost anything;
helps with other technology;
help solve problems; help you find a job;
save you time and money.
What is a computer?: A computer is an electronic device that manipulates information, or data.
Basic parts of a computer: The basic parts of a desktop computer are the computer case, monitor, keyboard, mouse, and power cord.
Buttons and ports on a computer: Interactive tutorial to match plugs to ports (requires Flash)
What is a laptop computer?: How is a laptop different from a desktop?
Mobile Devices: tablets, e-readers, and smart phones
Setting up a computer: Video demonstrates setting up both desktop and laptop computers
learn more about your computer's operating system.: This has two videos: One for Windows and one for the Mac.
Scroll down and read about file systems also.
Keeping your computer clean: Keeping your computer physically clean
Creating a safe workspace: Ergonomics: It's important to think about your own health.
Basic troubleshooting techniques: Whenever you have a problem with your computer, don't panic!
There are many basic troubleshooting techniques you can use.
What is Software?: Software is the collection of instructions that enable the user to interact with a computer,
its hardware, or perform tasks.
Video: What is software?: Discusses operating systems and other software.
Types of Software: Software refers to the programs that run on a computer, and which make the hardware useful.
Software?: Software refers to the programs that run on a computer,
and which make the hardware useful.
There are two main categories: Operating Systems and Application Software.
Applications: Simply put, an app is a type of software that allows you to perform specific tasks.
Video: Operating Systems: An operating system is the most important software that runs on a computer.
What is productivity software?: Productivity software is applications dedicated to producing information: especially word processors,
spreadsheets, presentation software, and databases
Learning a new program: Everything you've learned so far about your computer and other programs
will help you figure out what to do next.
Open Office: Download Free productivity software : Free word processor, spreadsheet, presentation software, and database
Tutorials for learning Open Office: Learn Free word processor, spreadsheet, presentation software, and database
Google Docs: Sign up to use free online productivity software: Free word processor (Docs), spreadsheet (Sheets), presentation software (Slides)
Learning Microsoft Word: This is a series of over 30 videos on using Word
Learning Microsoft Excel: This is a series of 29 videos on using Excel
Learning Microsoft PowerPoint: This is a series of 33 videos on using PowerPoint
Database Terminology: Data, Tables, Records, Fileds: Please read all 5 pages!!!
Getting started with the internet: The Internet is a global network of billions of computers and other electronic devices.
With the Internet, it's possible to access almost any information,
communicate with anyone else in the world, and much more.
Evaluating Internet Sources: Undergraduate Research Guides
Using The Cloud: Links to tutorials on Dropbox, Etsy, Google Docs and more
What is Social Media?: Describes some of the most popular social media websites.
Social Media Security: Describes some of the most popular social media websites.
Dangers of Social Media: Describes a few dangers involved with social media
What to do when you are bored: Ideas and links for interesting things you can do and learn on the internet.
Protecting your computer: Your computer faces many potential threats, including viruses, malware,
and hard drive failure.
This is why it's important to do everything you can to
protect your computer and your files.
Common types of computer viruses: 20 Common Types of Computer Viruses and Other Malicious Programs
Create a secure password: Several tricks for creating passwords that you'll remember.
Cyber Crime: Describes the top cyber-crime priorities of the FBI
Computer Ergonomics: Use of computers also has a downside: how to set up your computer to avoid physical problems.
How to safely get rid of an old computer: Don't just throw it away. Computers house all sorts of toxins
that are bad for the environment.
Not to mention the personal information
Protect yourself from identity theft: Newscast from Fox News
What is identity theft?: Scroll down to watch video
How does identity theft happen?: Click each of the three tabs
What to do if your identity is stolen: Scroll down to watch video
How have computers changed our life?: There are four main categories: communication, education,
utility facilities and health care
How computers have changed the world: Calculations, memory, communications
What is crowd sourcing?: Crowd sourcing allows many people offer their best ideas, skills, & support.
Crowd sourcing and Outsourcing: Economical and Social Impact of Computer and Communication
Computers in Sports: Computers have revolutionized the sports industry in so many ways.
Better wine with Drones: A drone collects data monitor the health of its vineyard
Social issues computers have created: Outlines main areas of concern: communication breakdown, defamation of character,
identity theft, cyber bullying, gaming addiction,
privacy, health & fitness, education (plagiarism),
terrorism & crime, sexuality
The Digital Divide: America Offline: the problem of the digital divide in America
Living Offline: What it is like to live offline in America
Telecommuting: Why telecommuting is good for you and good for business
Social Issues: The Effects of Computers on Children: Lists both positive and negative effects of computers.
Video: Computers that changed the world: This video takes a quick look at the history of computers.
It looks at the ones that had the greatest impact not just on the industry,
but on how we live.
The computer revolution: How it's changed our world over 60 years
Video: History of Computers Timeline: This video has live footage of some early computers.
Women in Computers: A poster series
Famous People in Computing: Click the pictures for bios and interviews.
Animated history of computers: Starts with precursors to computers through Smart Phones
OPTIONAL: Lots More Information: Here are some links to additional information you might find useful.
Inside a computer: This video explains the basic components
Explanation of hardware: This video explains the basic components.
Components of a Computer System and Storage Devices: This page briefly introduces the components of a computer system:
Motherboard, CPU, RAM,
ROM, BIOS, BUS Network, Hertz, Graphics Card,
Peripheral, Volatile, Non-Volatile, Storage Device
Types of computer systems: Explains the difference between desktop, laptop, notebook, tablet PC, and smart phones.
Definition, classify by size and power: Explains the difference between computer by from super computer to PDA.
Identify The Components Inside Your Computer: This video helps you to identify the components inside the computer.
See How Computers Add Numbers In One Lesson: Shows how transistors work and explains AND and OR gates
Explanation of Kilobytes, Megabytes, Gigabytes, Terabytes: Be sure to do the math problems to make sure you understand these terms.
Explanation of bits and sizes: This video explains bits and bytes, and the relative sizes.
How a CPU Works: This video explains clock speed and how the CPU works.
CPU: Central Processing Unit: This video explains clock speed and how the CPU works.
OPTIONAL: More detail about how the CPU works.: This simulation video explains clock speed, instruction set, and the bus.
From Tubes to Transistors: The invention of the transistor was one of the most important developments
leading to the personal computer revolution.
Moore's Law: Gordon Moore predicted that processor speeds, or overall processing power
for computers will double every two years.
Types of Memory: Click next to watch the slide show
RAM: Random Access Memory: This animated video explains how RAM works, and why more is important.
Do I have enough memory?: This explains how to check the memory usage on both a PC and Mac
Purchase Decisions: This animated video explains how RAM works, and why more is important.
Buying a New Computer: Computer or Tablet or Desktop? PC or Mac?
Review the hardware terms at Wikipedia: This page gives a brief explanation of each term.
Number systems: grouping: Quantities can be grouped in different ways.
Decimal system: The decimal system is base 10.
Binary Numbers: 0 and 1: The binary system is base 2
Video: Convert binary to decimal: This video demonstrates how to convert binary numbers to decimal
Drill: Convert binary to decimal: Practice converting binary numbers to decimal
Convert decimal to binary: This video demonstrates converting decimal to binary.
Drill: Convert decimal to binary: Practice converting binary numbers to decimal
Hexadecimal Numbers: Base 16: 4 binary digits can be represented by 1 hex digit.
Decimal, Binary and Hexadecimal: Conversion table
Converting Binary to Hexadecimal: This video demonstrates converting binary to hex.
Drill: Convert binary to hexadecimal: Practice converting binary to hexadecimal
Converting Hexadecimal to Binary: This video show how to convert binary to hexadecimal.
Drill: Convert hexadecimal to binary: Practice converting hexadecimal to binary.
RGB Colors: RGB stands for Red, Green, Blue. It is used to represent colors.
Be sure to experiment with the sliders.
Scientific notation: Very large or small numbers are often displayed in this format.
Drill: Value of e notation: Practice writing e notation in normal format.
A Magic Trick using binary numbers: Just for fun, print on heavy paper, cut out and enjoy!
What is a network?: Computers are devices that can share data
Computer Networks: An overview: Wireless networking and computer networks
Types of networks: Host Role: Peer to peer, Client/Server; Area: LAN, WAN;
Signal: Baseband, broadband
Networking hardware: Simplex, full-duplex, half-duplex
OPTIONAL: Networking components
Types of communication: Simplex, half-duplex, full-duplex
Types of networks: Types of network media: Coaxial, twisted pair, fiber optic
Network Topology: Bus, ring, star, mesh, or tree configuration
What is programming?: Video with several famous people talking about programming
An Hour of Code: introduction: After video ends, try the exercises.
Learn to Program in 1 Hour: Select one of the games to try programming
What is Programming?: Programming is the process of creating a set of instructions that tell
a computer how to perform a task.
Programming can be done using a variety of computer
"languages," such as SQL, Java, Python, and C++.
Best Computer Jobs for the Future: List of top jobs with salaries and requirements
Computer and Technology Careers: This is a chart showing Occupation, Summary, Education, and Median Pay
What jobs are available in the computer industry?: Shows many careers with requirements, difficulty, and recommendations
The 20 best tech jobs in America right now: Identifies careers with the highest overall job score,
determined by weighing earning potential, job satisfaction,
and number of job openings.
Computer and Information Technology Occupations: Chart list occupations, summary, education and salary
What's your ideal tech job?: A fun quiz to see what tech job you are suited for
Future of Jobs: Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg sound the same dire warning about jobs,