Module 8 Computer Hardware Cyber Inquiry
I would purchase the HP Office Jet Wireless printers with the money. Since I personally own an HP computer and printer, I have firsthand experience with how user-friendly they are. As a result, I would feel comfortable helping other teachers, as well students, with these printers. Since these computers are reasonably priced, we would be able to purchase about 10 for the building, and I would stock the computer lab with three to four of them, as well as put several on each floor. Then students and teachers would have easy access when printing papers, projects, information, etc.
I personally would not use the school’s money to purchase scanners. Many of the functions that scanner’s perform could be performed by a simple copy machine or a printer. Furthermore, if students need to save, they can use a flash drive and do so on the computers throughout the school.
Students likely would greatly enjoy the integration of camera phones into the curriculum, just as described in the link. For example, I love the idea of having my tenth grade English class make a photo book about the school in order to welcome incoming freshman. They could use the camera phones to capture pictures of various important places around the school. This lesson would easily meet ISTE Standard III. For example, the following standards could be met: “apply technology to develop students' higher order skills and creativity” and “manage student learning activities in a technology-enhanced environment”.
One simple assistive technology that could be used in any classroom, exceptional or non-exceptional are screen magnifiers. This device makes it much easier for all students and teachers to read what is on the computer screen. Furthermore, students of all ability levels could use PDAs, mobile phones and Smartphones to set reminders about homework and due dates; record lectures; save notes and assignments; load photos; find words in a dictionary or thesaurus, etc.
Pen drives are a simple yet highly effective technology that allow students to bring their school work to their home and vice versa. So I would recommend purchasing computers with only CD-ROM drives and then requiring all students to have pen drives. This would reduce the costs of the computer.
Troubleshooting Tips: The following information was taken from http://www.directron.com/strategy.html
1. Trial and error -- The most powerful trouble-shooting technique is to isolate the problem to a specific component by trial-and-error. Swap compatible components and see if the system still works. Try different peripherals on different machines and see if the same problem occurs. Make one change at a time.
2. Check all of cables and connections: Ensure all cables are connected firmly. IDE and floppy ribbon cables and power cables can often go loose. Make sure that microprocessor, memory modules, and adapters such as video card and sound card are inserted correctly and didn't "pop-up" during transportation.
3. Don't get frustrated! Don't be afraid of or too frustrated by computer problems. It is often the best opportunity to learn. Trouble-shooting is part of the fun of owning a computer. Imagine the satisfaction you could get by solving a problem yourself. If you feel frustrated, it's time to leave it for a while and go back with some new ideas or call someone who can help. But, you shouldn't spend more than three hours on the same problem at one time.
4. Take notes! Take notes of what you have done and all the error messages. You may need to use them later. For instance, when you see an unusual blue screen with an error message, copy the entire message onto a piece of paper. In many situations, that message may point to the right direction in getting the problem solved quickly.
5. Take a look if you feel comfortable. It's OK to open a computer case and take a look inside if you feel comfortable doing so. There is only 5V and 12V DC voltage supplied to the components outside the power supply. Those who have never seen the inside of a computer are often amazed by how simple it looks. Of course, still always power down and unplug the power cord first.
7. Online resource -- posted to the Forum
As a high school English teacher, I was delighted to come across this excellent website and resource. Although the website is targeted at establishing E mentors for high school English teachers, it also can be used as a means of collaborating and sharing. For example, there is a huge discussion board where teachers post their lesson plans and other teachers can “borrow” them. In the time I spent reading through the postings, I found many creative, interesting and standards-based lessons. Although the teachers were from different states and thus the wording of the standards may have been different, the lessons still fulfilled my own state’s standards. We all know how difficult it can be to consistently think of high quality, standards-based lessons, so this resource is a huge help in doing just that.
Module 8 Collaboration project
Lesson Plan: Exploring Culture through Literature1. Using the Students of the World website http://www.studentsoftheworld.info/menu_penpals.php, each student in my ninth grade English class would first select a country and then a pen pal from this country. 2..The student would begin corresponding with the pen pal by using the classroom computer during the student’s designated time.
3. During the initial correspondence, the student would ask the pen pal about the literature that s/he reads. 4. The student also would conduct research on the literature from the country where the pen pal resides.
5. After soliciting information from the pen pal and doing research, the student would select a literary work from the pen pal’s country.
6. The student would read the literary work and then write a reflection on it. In the reflection, the student would describe what s/he had learned from corresponding with the pen pal and also reading the literary work.
7. Students would share their reflections with the entire class.