Digital Literacy

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Estimated Time:9 minutes

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Available Languages: English, Spanish


Vocabulary: computer, input device, keyboard, monitor, mouse, output device, printer, processor, speakers


Primary Objectives:

  • Student becomes familiar with the components of a computer.
  • Student learns to identify components of a computer and their uses.
  • Student understands the concept of input ("the senses") vs. output ("communication") in regards to computer devices.
  • Student becomes familiar with the concept of a processor ("the brain").
  • Student learns to properly care for a computer.
  • Student learns to identify input, output, and processing devices.

Secondary Objectives:

  • Student practices memory skills.
  • Student practices cognitive thinking by identifying objects based on an understanding of the tasks the objects perform.
  • Student develops vocabulary across the curriculum.

Subjects:

Abbreviations

Language Arts > Writing > Grammar / Language Structure > Mechanics / Punctuation > Abbreviations

Cell phones, Hand Held Devices, PDAs 

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

Critical / Analytical Thinking

Language Arts > Life Skills Daily Life > Critical / Analytical Thinking

Diagrams of

Information Technology > Basic Operations and Concepts > Hardware Components and Identification > Diagrams of

Hardware / Software Applications

Language Arts > Computer Literacy Skills > Personal Use > Hardware / Software Applications

Hardware Identification 

Information Technology > Basic Operations and Concepts > Hardware Identification 

Input Devices: Mouse, Keyboard, Remote Control, etc 

Information Technology > Basic Operations and Concepts > Input Devices: Mouse, Keyboard, Remote Control, etc 

Keyboarding

Language Arts > Computer Literacy Skills > Personal Use > Keyboarding

Operating Systems 

Information Technology > Basic Operations and Concepts > Operating Systems 

Output Devices: Monitor, Printer, etc 

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

Peripherals 

Information Technology > Basic Operations and Concepts > Peripherals 

Respond

Language Arts > Communication > Listening Strategies / Context > Respond

Responsible use and care of equipment

Information Technology > Basic Operations and Concepts > Responsible use and care of equipment

Responsible use and care of equipment 

Information Technology > Basic Operations and Concepts > Responsible use and care of equipment 

Storage Devices (use and/or identification of ) 

Information Technology > Basic Operations and Concepts > Storage Devices (use and/or identification of ) 

Vocabulary and Abbreviations 

Information Technology > Basic Operations and Concepts > Vocabulary and Abbreviations 
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Teacher Notes:

  • You might want to point out to students that while most computers have the same basic components, they don't all look alike. Holding this discussion might be especially helpful if your classroom or lab includes computers that don't have towers. If that's the case, you might want to point out where a processor is stored in the students' computers.

Extension Ideas:

  • To help reinforce students' recognition of computer parts, you can have students name computer parts as a class. For example, on a demonstration table, randomly place parts of a computer (often computer labs will have leftover or defective parts laying around), including items such as a keyboard, mouse, tower, monitor, speakers, and so forth. Then, choose a student to identify one of the parts. Continue to have volunteers name one computer part until all the parts on the table have been named. Then, have students sit in front of their computers. This time, name a part out loud and have the students point to the part on their systems. Repeat the process until the students have pointed to each part of the computer.

Standards:

1A-CS-02 Use appropriate terminology in identifying and describing the function of common physical components of computing systems (hardware). (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)
ELA-Literacy.RI.2.10 By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 2-3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
ELA-Literacy.RI.2.3 Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.
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