Digital Literacy

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Type:Lesson

Estimated Time:9 minutes

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Available Languages: English, Spanish


Vocabulary: copies, file, ink, jam, network, paper tray, preview, printer, toner


Primary Objectives:

  • Student learns the basic components of a printer--ink, toner, paper, paper tray, etc.
  • Student learns the standard options found in a print menu--select printer, pages to print, number of copies, etc.
  • Student learns to identify and solve common printer problems, such as low or no ink, no paper, paper jam, and disconnected cable.
  • Student learns to print to a network printer.
  • Student learns to use print preview to see how a file will print.

Secondary Objectives:

  • Student views a list of basic art movements.
  • Student practices thinking about problem-resolution tactics.
  • Student practices memory skills.

Subjects:

Cell phones, Hand Held Devices, PDAs 

Information Technology > Basic Operations and Concepts > Cell phones, Hand Held Devices, PDAs 

File Management/ Import and Export 

Information Technology > Basic Operations and Concepts > File Management/ Import and Export 

Output Devices: Monitor, Printer, etc 

Information Technology > Basic Operations and Concepts > Output Devices: Monitor, Printer, etc 

Peripherals 

Information Technology > Basic Operations and Concepts > Peripherals 

Troubleshooting 

Information Technology > Basic Operations and Concepts > Troubleshooting 

Teacher Notes:

  • For all printer problems introduced in this lesson, students are advised to seek help from a teacher. This is to avoid compounding problems by having students take the printer apart or otherwise attempt to fix it. You might want to get to know your printer so you're prepared to fix the simple problems mentioned in the lesson. If someone else is responsible for fixing printer problems, tell the students who they should ask for assistance.

  • Before students take the lesson, show the classroom's or computer lab's printer to students. Point out the paper tray, ink or toner cartridge, on/off button, and the power plug.

  • This lesson includes brief references to some major art movements (including the Stone Age, Egyptian, Greco-Roman, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Impressionism, and Modern Art) and specifically references The Snail, by Matisse. You might want to introduce Henri Matisse to the class before they take this lesson. If possible, include a short discussion about how Matisse's work spanned both the Impressionist and Modern Art periods. Then display The Snail as a Modern Art example by Matisse. Have students find the snail in the picture, and note how Matisse uses the placement of cut out paper shapes to suggest the snail's shell and body.

Extension Ideas:

  • If the printer is a network printer, explain how the network is made up of all the computers and peripheral devices. Tell students that the printer is a network printer, which means that it can print pages for any computer that's connected to the network. To help illustrate the network concept, have students stand in a circle and hold hands (or use pencils or string pieces to serve as "wires" between each student) to represent computers arranged in a network. Then choose one student to be the printer. Give one of the "computers" a picture or note to send to the printer, and have the students pass the picture from one another until it reaches the "printer."

Standards:

S.1.d Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.
1A-CS-03 Describe basic hardware and software problems using accurate terminology. (P6.2, P7.2)
1A-DA-05 Store, copy, search, retrieve, modify, and delete information using a computing device and define the information stored as data. (P4.2)
1B-CS-03 Determine potential solutions to solve simple hardware and software problems using common troubleshooting strategies. (P6.2)
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