ICT Essentials Suite

Computing Essentials
- Information Technology Domain -

ICT Computing Essentilas

The ICT Computing Essentials course focuses on fundamentals of computers and their functionality. Students will define the functions and uses of computers, and learn about various types of computers. They will study the basic computer system components and their roles. They will learn about computer hardware, including storage, processing, and input and output devices. They will also study software to learn about the various types and functions of applications, including operating systems, user interfaces, and open-source vs. commercial licenses. Students will learn techniques for efficient file management, including the use of file name extensions. Finally, they will study the basics of computer networking, including network topologies and models, protocols, connectivity, IP addressing and the OSI reference model.

After completing the ICT Computing Essentials course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of computers and their uses, including functions of the computing cycle, types of computers and parts of a computer system
  • Identify internal computer hardware components and their functions, and demonstrate proficiency using common computer peripherals including input devices, output devices, storage devices, and connection ports.
  • Describe various types of computer software (including software types, interfaces, licenses, operating systems vs. applications, and cloud computing), and manage files in an operating system (including file name extensions, and file and folder naming conventions).
  • Demonstrate knowledge of computer networking, including network types, network topologies, network models, connection media, hardware devices, protocols, IP addressing and the OSI reference model.

Course Table of Contents

Lesson 1: Introduction to Computers

BELL RINGERS

  • What Is a Computer?
  • How Computers Are Used
  • Computers at Home
  • Computers at School
  • Computers at Work
  • Types of Computers
  • Supercomputers
  • Mainframe Computers
  • Microcomputers
  • Notebook Computers
  • Tablet Computers
  • Handheld Computers
  • Computer Systems

ACTIVITY

  • Reviewing the Computing Cycle
  • Finding Computer Terms
  • Listing the Ways Computers Are Used
  • Comparing the Ways Computers Are Used
  • Researching Computer Types
  • Researching Computer Types - Advanced
  • Lesson 1 QUIZ

Lesson 2: Computer Hardware

BELL RINGERS

  • System Components
  • Central Processing Unit (CPU)
  • Random Access Memory (RAM)
  • Motherboard
  • Power Supply
  • Hard Drive
  • Expansion Cards
  • Input Devices
  • Output Devices
  • Data Storage Devices
  • Input/Output (I/O) Ports

ACTIVITY:

  • Identifying Computer Parts
  • Identifying and Connecting Input and Output Devices
  • Identifying and Describing Computer Parts
  • Identifying Input, Output, and Storage Devices
  • Shopping for Computer Parts
  • Classifying Input, Output, and Storage Devices
  • Lesson 2 QUIZ

CASE STUDY

  • Understanding Computer Specifications

Lesson 3: Computer Software

BELL RINGERS

  • Software Essentials
  • System Software
  • Desktop and Laptop Operating System Software
  • Tablet and Smartphone Operating System Software
  • Application Software
  • File Management
  • File Name Extensions

ACTIVITY

  • Finding Software Terms
  • Identifying File Types
  • Matching Software Terms
  • Creating and Moving Files and Folders
  • Is Your Software Up-to-Date?
  • Cleaning Up Your System
  • Lesson 3 QUIZ

CASE STUDY

  • Evaluating Software Needs

Lesson 4: Computer Networking

BELL RINGERS

  • What Is a Network?
  • Types of Networks
  • Intranets and Extranets
  • Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)
  • Network Topologies
  • Network Models
  • Client/Server Network Model
  • Mainframe/Terminal Network Model
  • Peer-to-Peer Network Model
  • Connecting to a Network
  • Network Media
  • Network Hardware
  • Network Protocols
  • The OSI Reference Model

ACTIVITY

  • Diagramming Network Topologies
  • Identifying Networking Terms (Crossword)
  • Drawing Network Model Cartoons
  • Comparing Network Topologies
  • What’s Your IP Address?
  • Diagramming the OSI Model
  • Lesson 4 QUIZ

CASE STUDY

  • Choosing a Network Model
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