EdTech 541: Week 3 Operating Systems, Computer Hardware, Networks & File Management

Week 3: Operating Systems, Computer Hardware, Networks & File Management

This week we’ll jump right in and begin focusing on some of the more technical aspects of computing: operating systems, computer hardware, networks, and essential file management skills. The work this week is primarily self-directed based on your existing knowledge of these topics. Much of it will likely be review. Just be aware that the activities that you will participate in throughout the rest of the semester are based on the assumption that you are proficient in each of these topics.

Integrating Technology into Teaching – 5th Edition: There are no assigned textbook readings this week.

This class involves learning computer skills and technology integration techniques. It is difficult to integrate technology without an understanding of the computer software and hardware used to support that integration. Clearly, not everyone enters the course with equal proficiency in computer knowledge. There will be many times when we cover topics that are new to some people and old news for others. The best way to handle this is to provide the information and let people use what they need and skim the rest. Much of what you do this week will be addressed in this way. So, if you find yourself reviewing material that you know very well feel free to skim it and look for those items that expand your current level of understanding.

You have four topics to explore this week:

  • Operating Systems
  • Computer Hardware
  • File Management
  • and Networks

Networking Project:
All of you have probably worked on computers that belong to a network of computers at your school or other place of business. These are usually referred to as Local Area Networks (LANs). You may have a classroom LAN which in turn is connected to a school LAN which may in turn be connected to a district LAN and perhaps even a higher layer like a state education LAN. Actually, when we speak of all of these layers of LANs we often use the term WAN (Wide Area Network). In turn you can get to the Internet which is the biggest network of them all. To make matters even more interesting, if your WAN makes use of the Internet to provide connections and services for you, it might be called your school or company Intranet. In this course you are going to concentrate on the components of a LAN and how they operate to provide us with connectivity. As with the hardware section, I am going to give you several levels of material for study as you research networks.

You are to develop a visual presentation that addresses a networking and/or hardware issue, task or skill. To address the wide range of technology skills in this class I have decided to offer a few different options for this first project.

Please select one of the following options to complete for the project on Networking and Hardware:

  • Option 1– Tutorial: Develop a tutorial on networks and/or hardware in an educational setting. Plan it as an in-service for instructional designers, information technology experts, and or teachers. Include a lesson plan and any content necessary to conduct the lesson in either a virtual or face-to-face environment. Include a visual presentation (i.e. PowerPoint, Web, Flash, Captivate, Snag-It, etc.) with appropriate handouts and other documents needed to conduct the lesson. Use the lesson plan template provided on the main assignment page.Lesson Plan Template – This is the lesson plan template which should be used for Networking Project Option #1
  • Option 2– Face-to-Face Field Trip:Set up an appointment with a network administrator and ask him/her to show you how the network works. Ask to see the hardware and software involved. Develop a visual presentation, with diagrams and images (i.e. PowerPoint, Web, Flash, Captivate, Snag-It, etc.), describing what you learned. If you have a digital camera you may wish to take photos of your field trip. If you have a video camera, you can record the interview. Add online links and resources for additional information. Submit a link to the presentation or an attachment in the appropriate discussion forum.
  • Option 3– Virtual Field Trip:Conduct an Internet search and develop a visual presentation, with diagrams, screen captures and images (i.e. PowerPoint, Web, Flash, Captivate, Snag-It, etc.), describing what you learned. This must be an original creation – not something copied from existing material. Be creative here. Add online links and resources for additional information.
  • Option 4– Your Choice:If you don’t like any of the choices above or have another idea for this project, you may negotiate it with me. It should involve the topic of networks, network hardware/software, and/or other hardware issues, tasks and skills. Send me an email with your proposal.

Sample Projects:

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