Although we have been using computers in our school for many years, I have discovered that students need some instruction on the correct way to use a computer. There are some basic principles the students need to understand. I print up the foldable pages as a packet. The students take notes on this packet.
When finished they assemble into a foldable that can be put into an interactive journal or binder.
- What is the Internet? The simple definition is that the Internet is a communication network where computers can talk to each other.
- How did the Internet get its start? The Internet was started in 1969 by the government. It was called ARPA Net, and it was set up for university researchers to talk to each other.
- What are web browsers? Browsers are software applications that allow you to connect to the Internet. There are four main browers: Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Google Chrome. I have included an Interactive Map in my powerpoint so students can see which browser most people use in each country on Earth. There are a couple of things you can do at this site to view who uses what, so it is worth taking a look at and playing around on it for a few minutes.
- How does the information travel from computer to computer? I love showing the students this because it is the same concept that our cell phones work on, as well as all the spacecraft that have traveled to the different planets in our solar system.
- I have included a 110011 type of craftivity, which we refer to throughout the year.
- I am beginning to compile computer tech idioms and have included two of them here:
- Email Etiquette: Along with a spot for students to record their email address and their teacher's email, students realize that since they are working on a network, their email is not private. Other points of etiquette include: 1) Don't use ALL CAPS, which is considered YELLING. 2) Put a dot (.) next to the last word in a sentence. (I am shocked that I have to tell 5th graders that the period goes next to the word, but each year I have several kids who put it next to the first word in a sentence. I also have students who do not put a space between the sentences because they think that the period replaces the space, so my last point is 3) Put a space after the period, before you start the next sentence.
- Acceptable Use: "What is acceptable use?" my students ask. Acceptable use includes the things you are allowed to do while you are using the Internet and/or computer: research, educational sites. Bullying is not allowed, or are obscene pictures. I also work to help students learn about copyright laws.
- Privileges: It is an advantage that some students get. Using the computer is not a "right"; therefore, this privilege can be taken away if students don't follow the rules and use the computers in a quiet and respectful manner.
- Network Etiquette: is the way you are expected to act. Be polite, voices off, open only your files, and no swearing. Write/publish only what you wouldn't mind your parents reading.
- Safety & Security: Do not share: your town, address, phone number, location, email address and any log-in password.
- Responsibility: Your school district is not responsible for any damages you suffer. For example, loss of information and service interruption. Use of information from Internet is at your own risk.
- Vandalism is harming or destroying computer or data from a computer or network. Do no unplugg computers, destroy files, or harm the computers in any way. Conseaquences include the loss of computer and Internet use, and depending on the severity, they could include criminal charges and payment for any damages.
- Cyber Bullying: I left this for last, because I want the students to remember it. Cyber Bullying is posting mean pictures or words about any student or teacher so others can see and laugh at them.
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