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How Computers Work
Ukamaka Anagu
Applied Technologies, Business

Unit created on 11/16/1999 EST.
Last modified 2/16/2000 11:21:26 AM EST.

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Fundamental Understandings (help)

Students will be able to: 1)list and demonstrate classroom/laboratory safety procedures and care policies such as:no food, no drinks, no smoking, avoiding magnetic fields and controlling static fields. 2)turn on a personal computer using different techniques 3)define computer terminologies 4)identify computer hardware components. 5)connect anf plug on the three basic computer components of central processing unit(CPU), monitor(the screen) and input devices(mouse, keyboard, or joystick) 6)demonstrate a comprehension of operation and utilization of the DOS operating system.

Technology ISTE Standards (info) 

Technology Standards Include: 1)Basic operations and concepts Identify capabilities and limitations of contemporary and emerging technology resources and assess the potential of these systems and services to address personal, lifelong learning, and workplace needs. 2)Social, ethical and human issues Informed choices among technology systems, resources, and services. 3)Technology communication tools Use technology tools and resources for managing and communicating personal/professional information.

Information Literacy Standards (info) 

Category 1: Information Literacy Standard 1: Accesses information efficiently and effectively, as described by the following indicators: a)recognizes the need for information: b)develops and uses successful strategies for locating information. Standard 2: Evaluates information critically and competently,as described by the following indicators: a)distinguishes among facts, point of view, and opinion; Standard 3: Uses information effectively and creatively, as described by the following indicators: a)organizes information for practical application; b)integrates new information into one's own knowledge; Category 2: Independent Learning Standard 4: Pursues information related to personal interests,as described by this indicator: a)seeks information related to various dimensions of personal wellbeing, such as career interests, community involvement, and recreational pursuits;

Relevance (help)

The relevance of these fundamental understandings can be credited to three trends and need in educating young people to be functional in today's society. These trends are: the ever growing need of computer literate employees for the workplace at all levels. The growing importance of computer usage in our daily lives. The growing need of more High school graduates to become computer literate. These needs lie in the fact that high school graduates are not just expected to become computer literate but are expected to articulate the procedures and processes involved in the work they do. They are also expected to have a good command of usage of the computer which can only come from long time usage and relevant education.

Assessment (help)

Assessment in the science world is far from a scoring guide and "Rubic" used in English department. Science deals with facts. To know that the students have learnt I give a test at the end of each unit. Usually the test will be a closed book test. It will be made up of thirty questions. Every ten question is a representative of one out of the three components contained in the unit. Questions on the test are a combination of fill-ins, choice objective and assertive statements of True/False. Students will be given study guide questions for the test. Test study guide go out two or three days before the test. A student who misses up to three questions is given the extra task of reviewing all the reading over the weekend and will take a differnt but simmilar test before s/he starts the practical work associated with the unit. students are only allowed miss two questions.

Components (help)

This unit is made up of Three components: a)Safety procedures/techniques for turning on and off/ connecting the three basic components of cpu, monitor, and input device. In this lesson students will be taught laboratory procedures and safety rules. How to connect the computer and the different computer turn on/off techniques. b)Computer Terminologies. This lesson will teach students the terms used in the computer world to describe processes and the origin of some of them. c)Computer hardware components. In this lesson students will be required to draw the hardware components drawn in their textbook and label it. Students will also to taught the part each component plays in the working of a computer.

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Workforce Competencies (info) (help)

Standard Title: Creative and critical thinkers. Students use creative thinking skills to generate new ideas, make the best decisions, recognize and solve problems through reasoning, interpet symbolic data, and develop efficient techniques for life long learning. Standard Title: Ethical and responsible workers. Students develop responsiblility, self-esteem, sociability, self-management, integrity, and healthy decision-making.

Defining Computer Terminologies
Classroom Safety Procedures and Care Policies.

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