Introduction to Computer Concepts

If you are here, on this website, then you certainly have some experience with computers. You probably use computers every day. The problem with accumulating knowledge of computers by using them is that you probably know quite a bit in some areas and little in other areas. You may know how to make great presentations, but have never created a spreadsheet. You may use social media, but don't realize that you are a prime target for identity theft. You may use your computer constantly, but rely on a friend to troubleshoot your computer. You may think that you know all about some of the topics discussed here, but your learned it 5 or 6 years ago, and things have changed a great deal in that time.

This course is an overview of the basic topics that every computer user should know. You may want to know more in some areas. Please consider this course a starting point. Do each of the lessons, but search for more information on the topics that interest you the most. There is a wealth of information on the internet.

Please study the material at each of the links below.

  1. Life Before And After The Computer
  2. Quiz on Life Before And After The Computer
  3. Applications of Computer
  4. Quiz on Applications of Computer
  5. When Computers Changed the World: Text of Video
  6. How Computers Affect our daily lives
  7. The Impacts of Technology
  8. The Case for Computer Literacy
  9. 5 Reasons Why World Computer Literacy is Critical
  10. 10 things you have to know to be computer literate
  11. Top 10 Reasons to Major in Computing
  12. Computer science can change the world: Video: Several people give their thoughts about computing
  13. Computer Science is for Everyone!: Video: Hadi Partovi talks about how essential and easy it is to gain
    a basic understanding of computer science learning principles.: Text of Video
  14. 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.
  15. Discussion Questions

Active Learning

Computers and me
How are computers used in your career choice?

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