The computers in the school are shared between up to four classes each day - it's crucial that you learn to help take care of them so they perform reliably for you, and the other students assigned to them. Here's what you need to learn:
    * Demonstrate how information is organized and stored in a computer system
    * Use correct file management techniques to create, name, copy, move, delete, and organize files;
    * Use correct networking services to log on and off and access shared files and devices;
    * Maintain backup copies of program files on different media.
    • The FRONT switch should normally turn on the main computer
    • The MONITOR has it's own power switch that may need to be turned on
    • If the computer fails to "light up", you MAY need to turn on the BACK power switch beside the power plug
    • Press the FRONT switch, or use START MENU - SHUTDOWN to power down the computer
    • ALWAYS make sure all computers are powered down at the end of the period
    • If a computer appears to be frozen, press and HOLD the FRONT power switch for 10 seconds to force a power down
    • AVOID using the power switch on the BACK to shut down a computer - it's a last resort

What is a Computer?

What exactly qualifies as a "computer"? There are many different ways to answer that question. Try this:
  • Use the web, and try to identify the world's FIRST computer
  • Report your findings to the class
(Do this now)

There are many different ways to interpret the question - are we looking at:
  • Mechanical Computers
  • Analogue Computers
  • Digital Computers
  • Military Computers
  • Personal Computers

Since we're learning to use the computers in our classroom, we will focus on modern digital, personal computer systems.

Computer Systems

A "SYSTEM" a collection of things that somehow work together
A "Computer System" is a collection of "components" that have been designed to work together to let you:
  1. Input Information
  2. Store Information
  3. Process Information
  4. Output Information