We always begin the year taking a look around the school for computers (this year we found over 300!), learning the parts of a desktop computer and wondering exactly what a computer does. It’s simply a device for taking input, processing it, and providing output. We take information from keyboards, mice, touchscreens, cameras, and sensors, and give back new information on in text, sound, videos, motors, and more.
Younger Kids are learning how to use a desktop computer: turn on the monitor and CPU box, use the mouse and keyboard, and navigate around in Windows using the Chrome browser. We have a great site, Boobah Zone, which is great for letting them explore and get used to navigating the the mouse.
Middle and Older Kids all receive Google accounts, so we’ve been logging in and out, creating and sharing documents, and learning about cyber security and being responsible on-line citizens. Soon we’ll be learning more about creating better documents, as well as presentations that they may use for class recitations.
But what’s inside these mysterious boxes that makes it all work? The Younger Kids took a shot at drawing the innards and the results are pretty creative!