To make an informed computer purchase you need some vocabulary
and a basic understanding of what the major parts of a computer do.
Directions: Use the links provided to find the answers to the
questions. In the majority of questions you will research the answer within
1. List some input devices you already know.
3. The salesperson is trying to sell your dad a digitizer
tablet. Your dad is buying the computer for work. He is an accountant.
4. Write the mandatory parts of a computer?
Computing changes rapidly. Write one of the "mandatory parts" that is no longer mandatory.
What does the hard drive do? Follow this terrific tutorial. I love the insides photos.
How does a hard disk work?
Of course, all computers NEED a hard drive. Or do they?
What is the alternative?
5. Your mom's recipe database, on her computer, is running
When is hard drive speed important?
6. Memory - your computer has several different kinds
of memory. Each one is important.
RAM is an acronym that stands for
What does RAM do?
7. Increasing VRAM (video memory) will improve performance in which computer uses?
8. The salesperson offers you a one time special. 10mb of virtual memory for $100. Are you buying?
10. You may have ridden a bus to school or even taken
a bus trip to visit family members.
11. It is curious really. Many computer terms seem to be based on food. What is a chip?
TAI - A computer chip is: animal, vegetable or mineral?
12. True or False. Your sister decides to major
in computer architecture in college.
13. The Altair 8800 was one of the first personal computers.
Compare or contrast this early computer's appearance with the computer you are using to view the web page.
14. What is the role of the microprocessor or CPU?
15. If you have a "need for speed" you'll want to carefully consider your options. Explain.
16. Your sister insists that her computer must let her
effectively use Dragon Software.
How much RAM will her computer need?
17. You would not leave a faucet running constantly in case you want to wash your hands.
“PCs are not hurt by turning them on and off a few times a day,” said Jonathan Koomey, a project scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. “Economic obsolescence is much more dangerous to PCs than turning them on and off.”
What do you conclude should be done? Leave it on / turn it off
Your family is house shopping. Your dad asks the realtor
about the Internet service available in the community.
The Principal proudly reports to the PTO that the school's
computers have ethernet cards and are WiFi capable.
Watch this video Make Your Own Ethernet Cable
List three other technology related topics that should be covered using this format.
Extra: What is the problem of e-waste?
Food for thought - Did You Know 2.0? Are you 21st Century Literate?
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Save a tree - use a digital answer format - Highlight the text on this page. Copy it. Paste it in a word processing document. Save the document in your folder. Answer on the word processing document in a contrasting color (not yellow) or font (avoid fancy fonts like Symbols, , ) Perhaps you have the resources to record verbal answers. If you do, be sure to first read / record the question. Then record the answer immediately after it. You can submit the assignment via an electronic drop box or via email. Proof your responses. It is funny how speling errors and typeos sneak in to the bets work.
Tech Tip: Working in a group or in two different places like the library & home? You do not have to be physically together to work together. You do not have to take paper based notes at the library and digitalize them at home.