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Technology: Computer Basics

These sites are about basic computer operations and parts. Learn about the Internet, mouse, keyboard, and basic computer software. Includes information about the history of computers and basic computer software. There are links to eThemes Resources on keyboarding skills, Internet Safety, and Excel.


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This fun site is a primer for information technology. Click on "Lobby" to learn about different programs.
This site from How Stuff Works tells all about the disk drive on a computer and how it works. NOTE: The site includes ads.
This site from How Stuff works tells about the mouse and how it works. NOTE: The site includes ads.
This site from How Stuff Works explains computer monitors and how they work. NOTE: The site includes ads.
This site from How Stuff Works explains what a personal computer is and tells all about its parts. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Learn about the history of computers. Includes a timeline. "Exhibits" has links to the online exhibits.
This ThinkQuest has a timeline (and quotes)about computers through the years. NOTE: Two links at the bottom lead to online messages posted by a variety of people. NOTE: The site has some outdated information.
This online tutorial teaches about the Internet, guestbooks, Web browsers, and searching the Web. Simply choose a topic and read on. Includes printable worksheets to use with the lessons.
This lesson helps students become familiar with the parts of a computer. Includes a diagram of a computer.
See the development of computers from the abacus to the World Wide Web. (Scroll down the page and click on the "Who are These Nerds?" link to view photographs and learn about most important people in the computer development.)
Try guessing what type of computer it is by looking at the picture.
Learn tips and tricks how to use the Acrobat, Excel, Word, Internet, and Power Point.
These lesson plans and class activities arranged by grades and designed to teach kids how safely surf the Internet, use chat rooms, handle e-mails, understand advertising, and do online research. Click on a grade level in the left sidebar to access lessons. NOTE: You will be required to open an account to access the free content.
This lesson plan teaches kids how to use Paint Program, Word Processing Software, and printer. NOTE: This site contains ads.
These sites have tips and advice on how children and young adults can use the Internet safely. Includes tips on surfing, chat rooms, and how not to give out personal information. There are online games and activities that teach lessons about Internet safety. There are also pledges and certificates that children can sign.
These sites have online activities and games for students to practice their typing skills. Includes information about setting up comfortable workstations for elementary students.
These sites offer numerous ideas for doing classroom projects that include the use of Microsoft Excel. There are many examples of using timelines, graphs, and probability charts for a variety of fun activities. Many sites offer step-by-step instructions or allow you to download a pre-formatted spreadsheet and change it to fit your needs. Also includes Excel tutorials.

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