Miracle Workers: Guiding Question #8

Miracle Workers

Guiding Question #8

How can we continue, over our lifetimes, to become more technologically literate and competent, and stay current in a world where technological competency is always changing?


 Technology is constantly evolving everyday.  You may think you have the latest software or cellphone out there, but the next day something new comes out.  We all have buys lives and it may be difficult at times to keep up with the advancements of technology.  Following a few easy steps along with a little effort can help fix this problem.  This week our team members gave our own subjective interpretations on how to stay technologically competent.  These are reflected into our artifacts to answer guiding question #8.  Enjoy


1.  Jacobe

Subtopic question:  How can computer users stay relevant with the continuous advancement of technology in our day and age?

My final artifact for the class is a step-by-step PowerPoint.  This guide will teach technology users techniques to stay technologically relevant.  Following these steps will help anyone who strives to stay technologically up-to-date.

Keeping Up With Technology



2. Terra



3.  Elise


How can we continue to become technologically competent?  How to stay current with the new technology?

If you want to continue to become technologically competent, you should:

•Be an active learner, not passive learner
•Understand the importance of being technologically competent
And if you want to stay current with the new technology, check out my artifact, and
explore certain websites that can help you to stay current with the new technology!

Elise’s artifact: TechnologicalCompetent



It is very important for us to become technologically competent, continuously. Being technologically competent has a lot of advantages, it increase your job opportunities and convenience in your life. These are just two of the many. Follow the techniques in our team artifacts to help stay relevant.

Thank you guys for your continued support throughout this class.  We hope you enjoyed our final team artifact for the semester. We look forward to your upcoming comments.  Mahalo

Team CES – Artifact 8: Staying competent and literate in technology

Team CES would like to share each of our member’s artifacts to conclude what we’ve learned is best in making an individual “competent” in today’s technology. Not only is this information beneficial for today, but for years to come. Please take a few minutes to review each of our presentations to you. As always, we hope that you will gain some perspective in keeping up with technology. We know that a few tips will help guide you in the right direction!

How can we continue to become more literate, and stay current in a world technological competency? Atsuko Hamano
  • Windows Update
    • What is Windows Update?
    • Check your settings.
    • Update is (mostly) automatic.
  • Upgrade to to New Operating System
    • Upgrade to New Windows Operating System
    • Upgrade to New Mac Operating System
  • Update antivirus softwares
    • Microsoft Security Essential
    • Update antivirus web pages
      • Avast!
      • MacAfee
      • Symantec Norton antivirus
      • SOPHOS
      • Trend Micro

Link to Atsuko’s Artifact

What daily activities can we do to keep up with technology for years to come? Kiara Pascual

  • What technology do we need to keep up with?
    • The Internet
    • Storage
    • Operating Systems
    • Software and all updates
    • Online reputation
  • Technology blogs and podcasts
  • Creating daily/weekly habits
    • Example of good habits
  • Higher education courses
    • Community college courses
    • Online community for discussions
    • Membership programs that offer tutorials/training
    • Work Cited

Link to Kiara’s Artifact

How to stay literate/competent. By Richard Laparejo

  • Definition
  • Resources
    • Online
    • Books
    • Classes
  • Tools
  • Work Cited

Link to Richard’s Artifact

Team CES continues to provide quality information for those that want to stay literate and competent in technology. Feel free to review our individual artifacts and comment on them. We would love to hear from you!


Team Cutting Edge Support

Miracle Workers: Guiding question # 8

Miracle Workers: Guiding question # 8

How can we continue, over our lifetimes, to become more technologically literate and competent, and stay current in a world where technological competency is always changing?

It is very important for us to become technologically competent, continuously. Being technologically competent has a lot of advantages, while increase your job opportunities and convenience in your life, are just two of the many. However,  where should we start? Let us answer your question this week! Check out our artifacts.

Elise’s artifact: TechnologicalCompetent


How can we continue to become technologically competent?  How to stay current with the new technology?

If you want to continue to become technologically competent, you should:

•Be an active learner, not passive learner
•Understand the importance of being technologically competent
And if you want to stay current with the new technology, check out my artifact, and
explore certain websites that can help you to stay current with the new technology!
We hope you like the artifact!

Fantastic Four Team Artifact 8 – Technological Literacy & Competency

Fantastic Four Team Artifact 8 – Technological Literacy & Competency

How can we continue, over our lifetimes, to become more technologically literate and competent, and stay current in a world where technological competency is always changing?

Remaining up to date with technology doesn’t have to be a full-time job. All it takes is a little effort and an open mind, though a little money wouldn’t hurt either. There are a lot of information sources that can tell you about the latest and greatest technology, but the best way to stay current and competent is through doing. Here’s a few ways to make sure you don’t get left behind. [read more…]

Don’t Be Left Behind in Tomorrow’s Market


What do you mean there’s something new?


As we go through our adventures in the realm of technology, we find a program we finally start to understand, the little tidbits are becoming less of a nuissance and more of a luxury.  But wait a minute, what is this on the stores? A new version?!?  New commands to learn, new questions and confusion awaiting this new turn? What do we do?



Does the thought of computers and technology send chills down your spine still? Are there things you just can’t understand or have you hitting the proverbial brick wall? Stephanie will help alleviate your worries with explaining how you can become technologically capable and let your worries slip away.




Just getting to understand your new software or computer, and find a new computer or an upgrade of your currently running software is out on the shelves?  Worried about the updated commands and changes that will come about?  Ikaika will help you to calm those worries with tips on how to stay up to date with the continually changing world of technological trends.




Wondering how to stay up to date? Let Brooke explain how to stay current in the technological world with changes happening every day.


Guiding Question #8

How can we continue, over our lifetimes, to become more technologically literate and competent, and stay current in a world where technological competency is always changing?

Darrell Delmundo

     There are different technologies that exist today. The one thing about technology today however is that it is ever changing and growing. How can Someone stay up to date with the constantly changing world of technology? If you don’t keep up with the evolving techniques today people will fall behind and left using out dated systems. I will show why it is very important to stay updated and sharp in order to keep up with this fast changing world of technology.

Kathleen Galloway

      With all the new advancing technology that is being created in the world, it is important to keep up to date that way we can advance to bigger and better for the next time.  Keeping up to date can help us in many ways for the future, and with the information I will provide, hopefully will get you a better understanding of why it is important.\

Kurt Kaleikini

       The main attribute to individual technological competency for this individual contributor was discovered in the FALL2012 course content of BUS101 thought by Raechael I. and Greg W.  The expertisem, issued through the friendly user concise detailed and delivered instruction, help make perfect sense of what was being thought and retained to assist the computer challenged individual.  In the end, it will be the end users comment toward the responsibility and ensurence that technological competency is retained, updated, and used as a tool of productivity by him or her in the future of advance computer technology.

Now that the semester is coming to an…

Now that the semester is coming to an end there are so many things to mention along the journey we have all taken to complete this course. I believe one of the biggest and most important issues I have faced during this course was the importance of team work. Although there were speed bumps along the way such as starting off with four team members and then ending with three. Everything worked out for the best and I couldn’t have asked for better teammates. Kate, although you had some difficulty with the material you never gave up and was always willing to lead help and ideas for our teams success. My brother Kurt, your eagerness to learn and excitement for new experiences helped to drive us forward. I couldn’t have asked for better teammates and new friends. With the team building skills I have gained along the way I’m sure that in the future I will succeed in great things as long as I have a great team behind me for support. The best advice I can give anyone who is looking to become more competent in a technological world would be to practice and have patience. I find that the more you use a specific program, the better and more familiar you become with its applications. It may seem difficult at first but sooner or later you will be able to do much more than you could have ever thought possible. I am very grateful for the course instructors Rachael and Greg for putting together a great class experience even though it was an online class there was still no shortage of interaction with team members and fellow classmates. I thank everyone for their hard work and great input every week. Your contributions helped to improve the quality of work within the class.

MY Reflection of BUS 101 Fall Semester 2012…

MY Reflection of BUS 101 Fall Semester 2012 class –

Wow .. .This has been SUCH an experience and adventure for me . It started as a “check” mark on my “bucket- list ” really , something i felt i could handle since it was an online class . I wanted to acquire a college degree before i no longer could . Since many don’t know me, I have multiple medical problems that make my daily life a little challenging. I thought to myself , “I should “be able to do this , its online i don’t have to sit in a classroom for long periods , I can do this right ?! Well needless to say I was completely blown away . I used to say “oh yah,no problem ” I can do this “college” thing i’m older and wiser and know a lot , this is going to go by quick and painless cause i already know this stuff (business related management ) I’ve been doing it for 20 plus years ! Let me tell you , I WAS SO WRONG !! I felt confident taking this course cause i have a lot of computer knowledge and I definitely know how to use Microsoft Office products ( since i used it almost everyday ), well that wasn’t the case when this class started to get going and we did our first MyIT labs assignment . I was in awe , the program didn’t want to listen to me ! I mean i knew how to do what it asked , although it was MY way , the computer wanted me to do it the BOOK way .I got over trying to do it my way and to my amazement found and learned so much more than i already knew . The next challenge was the “group” assignment of the Technology Competition . I thought wait a minute this is an online class ! Why do i have to meet up with people ( not that im not a people person , it was more cause of the medical reason), i wont be able to do it ?! For a couple of days i pondered about dropping the class because i just didn’t want to do it . First there were problems with “my” team getting together ( lots of dropouts & switches) . Then it got resolved and i was placed with 2 great people Selena Goles & Michael Victorino . We met and it seemed we hit it off ! We came up with our plans and goals and off we went . The first couple assignments were done . In the weeks to follow several unexpected traumatic events had happened for me causing me to have difficulties with the work and I started to not be able to do the postings as i needed to, but my other teammates continued on , and might i say they have done a GREAT job for themselves . In conclusion , I will have say that there is a lot i have learned and will definitely be using in the future . My only regret is that i wasn’t able to complete the course as i’d have liked to. Rachael , I say MAHALO plenty to You ! Your unconditional effort as a teacher and your willingness to try to help me was well appreciated and will not be forgotten. To my teammates Selena & Michael you 2 ROCK ! I really am embarrassed to say that i DO NOT KNOW EVERYTHING ( yes i was just as shocked) !!! LOL! Great job with the Stray Catz site.To the other teams, you ALL produced a lot of viable information that will for sure help me through my journey into succeeding and getting to make that “check mark ” off my bucket-list when i get my business degree diploma ! Its a good course and with effort and concentration one could quite far with the knowledge you can and will gain .Best of luck to ALL in YOUR College journey , I wish you the best . ALOHA !!

The most important topic that I learned was…

The most important topic that I learned was how to search the internet properly. I search the internet daily whether it be for school or for personal use. I was able to narrow my search much better while find sites that are credible for use. I often hear from other teachers that they frown on using wikipedia and web sources such as those for research. I was able to find information that I needed without going that route.

I have learned that although I am technologically savvy in someways, I still have lots to learn about technology. This challenge has made me realize that technology is always expanding and that I need to keep up with it or else I will get left behind. Being competent in technology will allow me to be ahead of others that are not and will give me the edge in real life situations.

I am accustomed to working in teams and I am very comfortable working with people. However I did learn the importance of working in teams and how much of an impact it can have on a student. I am currently taking ENG 200 and we are writing our final papers on methods of teaching. This class emphasizes communal learning. It’s other names are problem based learning or reality based learning. Students are brought together into groups to solve problems and puts the learning into their hands. This also prepares students in life as a very important part of a job is working with other people. I’ll definitely look at working in teams in school a bit more different now.

We definitely had a rough start with coming up with meeting dates since all of us has a very busy and unpredictable schedule. However we were still able to get quality artifacts posted in a timely manner. I believe that staying positive helped our team stay successful. We stayed positive for every issue we encountered and filled in the gaps if there were any for each other.

My advise for someone that wants to become technologically competent would first and foremost recommend to take a course in technology such as this one if they have the resources for it. It is very valuable for a person to learn technology from a teacher as they are able to provide what is important to learn along with making sure the information is credible. Another option is to use sources online to become more competent. Always do your research and read reviews before buying products. This will open doors to new information. Tutorials are also available online to keep up with technology.

When I signed up for this course I…

When I signed up for this course, I honestly did not believe that I would have that much of a challenge but I was proven wrong. I actually thought it was silly to be required to post an “alternative access plan” until disaster happened! I’ve learned that it is possible to produce quality work as a part-time student and at my full-time job.

The additional skills I’ve learned in the Microsoft programs were definitely beneficial. Although I was familiar with the programs beforehand, myITlab and our Technology Competency Project pushed me into expanding my knowledge. I am very thankful to work with a group that was willing to meet so frequently in the beginning. As we got our own procedures down, we lessened the amount and length of our meetings. Communication was established soon after we were assigned to our groups and everyone had a common goal – to have a great semester and to do their part so that we all may succeed with a good grade.

Many hours were put into this course. We were expected to spend at least 9 hours a week dedicated to this class. Members of the group were able to communicate through Google Docs and e-mail. Although we were not always able to meet as a complete group, the work was always completed. I liked that Google Docs provided us with a way to work on our worksheets together or separately on our own time.

Overall, I feel that this class was very organized. Our professors did an excellent job with putting together our weekly modules, providing resources and reminding us when assignments were due. On top of being organized, there was never a time that I had to wait on an e-mail response from Professor Inake. She was available to answer my questions even before the start of the semester. We had excellent instructors for this course and were always given great tips on how to improve our projects. We were given ample time to complete our assignments and weekly projects. I am thankful that our projects were spread out more towards the end of the semester after we did our class evaluation. A project every week was doable but it was stressful in the sense that many of us also have work, family lives, etc.

I hope that future students of this course understand that an online class takes dedication and a fair amount of time. Our team was successful because we understood each other’s schedules and sacrificed a few hours a week to meet. Once you establish the ground rules and are in agreement with one another, each member becomes self-motivated.

My advice on being technologically competent would be to keep up with technology. Get informed and stay informed. The most important topics to learn about is probably computer software and being able to navigate and find credible information via the Internet. Many times you will be able to find a Youtube video on how to “DIY” or recordings of news that you’ve missed. There is no excuse in being technologically incompetent as the resources exist for just about anyone.

Reflection When I signed up for this class…


When I signed up for this class, I was signing up to learn, understand, and gain as much knowledge on computers as I could because I knew that this would help with my future plans. Now, I know that I did not do quite as well as I hoped to have done, but I believe that I did get a better understanding of what I can do now. I now know a lot more than I did in the beginning of the course. And I know that if I didn’t do as well, its okay because it isn’t the easiest and it takes time to fully understand. This course was defiantly a learning experience, not only because of the individual work we had to do but also the team work. When we first were placed in teams, I wasn’t quite feeling it. I figured I could just do the work on my own but as I worked with my team I realized if it weren’t for the help of them, I would of had a much harder time understanding the work in this course. I also made a really good friend out of it. It wasn’t the easiest, we did disagree, and we did have our moments, but we stuck together, worked though it, and got through it. I think the most important skill I gained was learning on the MYITLABS. I did have the hardest time with that as well, but that’s where I really learned and gained to become more technologically competent. This is where it will help in my future career. My advice is for anyone who was in my position at the beginning of the semester, knowing basically not much,lol, I say take this course because it starts you from the beginning of how to use different programs that are very important to know especially out in the working world.
Kathleen Galloway

Individual Reflection During the time of this course…

Individual Reflection

During the time of this course, I have learned a lot from my fellow classmates, (Professor Walker’s Class) along with others from another class, (Professor Inake’s class). It was at first a little confusing as to what they were expecting from me, although I feel I have done well and tried my best throughout this time. I would like to take this time to reflect the things that I have done along with things I could have done better. I feel that I managed my time wisely at the beginning but towards the end I felt kind of lazy to the point where I would wait last minute to complete my assignments or I even forgot to do it because something else would come up. I would have kept up with my time management if I could change my past. The topics that were covered throughout this course were very intense sometimes due to the fact that it was all new to me but the most important topic I felt the need to know more information on was how to properly secure and manage your computer and protect it from spyware and viruses. I have had that problem in the past but never kept up with the maintenance for my devices. While doing these assignments in teams I would much rather liked it if we could have done it independently. I felt the need to worry about others and that would stress me out sometimes especially in the beginning when there were some of us who couldn’t get the work done on time or just didn’t know what to do. All in all, I liked my team very much, and I felt we worked great as a team. Although we did have our misunderstandings and technical difficulties, I wouldn’t have changed it. Our team had been successful with the encouraging words from each of us and with the help of others. I appreciate everything that each of my team members helped me with especially when I didn’t come through with my part of the assignment at times, and for that I apologize. This has been a very good lesson learned and an awesome experience for me to be able to be a part of. Thank You for the well-known knowledge learned and the wisdom shared and encouraged. It is and will forever more be grateful.

-TerraLee Rivera

This semester has proven to be a fun…

This semester has proven to be a fun challenging experience. I have learned a lot through various students posts as well as my own research. I specifically enjoyed learning about Access and have even taken a two day course separate from this class to become more knowledgeable. I have also learned a lot about where to find various information. Typically I would google things to get answers which can be valuable but I have learned specific credible websites to find information that can be valuable through the years. I’ve also learned that I am not nearly as computer literate as I had thought. While I am a quick typist and am familiar with most Microsoft programs and internet browsing there is a lot more to learn and a lot more skills to become proficient in. I was very lucky to have a great team this semester. I had a great Team Captain and other team members who were supportive and able to help me understand a lot of the GQs. We all held each other accountable which was very important in producing a unified team project. I think our twice a week team meetings were very helpful. While sometimes it was frustrating to have to meet so often it certainly saved us throughout the semester. The advice I would give someone in becoming technologically competent would be to utilize all sources available. Use your work, school, and any other sources available to keep up to date and educated with technology. Take advantage of any and all free training programs. Keep your computer systems up to date to ensure you are running the current programs. Do research before buying new things including software reviews and don’t undermine customer reviews!

Technology Competency Challenge What were the most important…

Technology Competency Challenge

What were the most important topics/issues you learned and skills you gained in becoming technologically competent?
Understanding, learning and sharing information on online research, critical consumption and “crap” detection, computer terminology, security and hacking, storage and open source software were all helpful in giving me a better grasp of what each category was. I think that I was level 1 aware of each of these topics, but teaching and learning from others gave me a better understanding on the variety of options that are out there. I would say the critical consumption was one of the most useful because honestly there are times when I find myself with information overload and going back to the basics of filtering, prioritizing and processing has helped me refocus in all aspects of my learning, in and out of school.

What did you learn about yourself and how would that be useful in your future?
I have learned about certain strengths I have an certain things I need to work on. I think that I need to make more time to try and integrate more current technology. My first step is using Apache Open Office – and open source software. I think this will help me gain experience and confidence in trying things outside my comfort zone.

What did you learn about working in teams?
Working in teams is quite interesting when there are variety of players of various generations, backgrounds and skills. I think that the process of team development: forming storming, norming and performing does hold true through the process of working together. I believe keeping the roles of the team organic is important for reasons of people leaving them team, personal needs of a person in a role, strengths of others for a certain topic, etc. Creating the contract and communication is key.

What helped your team to be successful?
Focusing on open communication, sharing ideas and respecting each other was a key part in our success as a team. Unfortunately we lost an awesome team member a few weeks in because she had to withdraw from class. However we were able to “bounce” back if you will with the cooperation and commitment of each member taking on extra work to make it work.

What advice would you give someone in becoming technologically competent?
Get back to basics. Whether or not you grew up with computers or not, I think we all have a lot to learn with getting to know things we just take for granted. Ie. understanding storage, the internet and it’s content and software programs and what you need them to do. Filtering and prioritizing and staying current with things like blogs and various resources that are real time, encourage interaction and cost effective can help you in the business environment.

The important topics issues I learned were Microsoft…

The important topics/issues I learned were Microsoft Excel and Access, in high school I was in a computer class and we used Microsoft 2003 and 2007, which was the basics of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel, I just learned the basics of memos and spread sheets. From learning about Microsoft 2012, this was important in the technology competency challenge, because this helps me deal with the basics of memos but also goes into depth by changing the font color or put a picture. I felt that Microsoft Excel was helpful because it can help me more with spreadsheets and I learned more advanced skills while doing the MyIT lab. It was also challenging at times, because it was fast pace and also, you can go back to the videos and the book to see what I (the student) need to work on. Before taking this class, I didn’t really have much experience in computers, such as Microsoft 2010 and also computer (the tool) itself. I realize it’s more than just a tool to browse social networks, but it’s also a learning experience, especially the research process in finding your information for the Guiding Questions.
I felt that that Guiding Question 1, 5, and 7 was one of the challenging ones, because you have to do prolong research for your artifact and also, go into depth with your artifact and apply it to your final draft artifact. The Guiding Question artifacts was like writing a paper, first, the student did the research, then did a rough draft and did a final draft. This online course did help me and challenge me in many ways. It helped me because I learned some advanced skills from researching for the Guiding Question and also, learned from Access and Excel. It challenged me, because overall this is an online course, so it’s only you and the computer; although, your professor is on the other side of this portal, it’s your responsibility to get your work in on time online to your professor. At first, I was somewhat hesitant when choosing this class, because I thought we were just going to learn about Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel. I didn’t realize that making a PowerPoint slide could be difficult at times and excel is not only about spreadsheets, it’s more than that.
Another skill that I also gained, is working in groups, although, we didn’t see each other but we communicated through online and text messaging. I learned that working in teams could be challenging, because although you have communication, it will help that you should meet your team members one-on-one, so you can have a feel of how they are and what he or she can bring to the team. My group did help me a lot in my artifacts, since communication did help in my team to become successful. We also gave each other input in previewing each artifact too, which helped. Yes, we lost a group member along the way, but I and my team members did stick it out through the end. What made my team a success was that, whenever one of us had a question we asked each other and we helped each other out. In this course, the things that I learned about myself are that if you put effort in your work you can succeed in anything that you do.
The advice that I would like to give someone in becoming technology competent, that computer which some people think is a tool for just social network, it’s not just a tool to socialize, but it also has a lot of information that one can do to research. There could be complications on the way because there could be things that you can’t find on the internet. I feel that to become technology competent, one needs to get a feel of researching for something, it could be numerous things such as a “What careers is good for my major”, this can help by doing endless research. People also needs to get use to how technology work into today society and need to get an update what are the new technology, since everyone uses a newer version of something, especially a new computer. I also would suggest that you should t never give up in something that is challenging, especially when it came to the MYITLab, I had a hard time when it comes to the grader project, but some the Microsoft grader project I didn’t give up. When it comes to challenges it will help you along the way.

My involvement with the Technology Competency Challenge was…

My involvement with the Technology Competency Challenge was a great learning experience. I was able to learn a lot of new skills not only with Microsoft Office applications, but also with working in a group. Before taking this class I felt that I was pretty confident in using Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. After all the MyItLab assignments, I feel that I have learned so much more details with these programs as well as Excel and Access. I know that I will be able to transition these new found skills toward school and future occupations. Applying these skills into each week’s guiding question artifact was okay, but at sometimes also challenging. Probably the most challenging individual artifact to put together was the week in which we had to use Microsoft Excel. I learned that I really don’t like to use the Excel program and my artifact from that week reflects my dislike. This is my first semester taking online classes, which means that it was my first time working with a group online as well. Our group never decided to meet each other in person. All of our group interactions were via online on blackboard or thru our phones. This made it a little hard to get the whole group on the right page. The first month or so was really tough for me. I felt that there was a lot of miscommunication within the group and a lack of effort from each member. Honestly it was very frustrating at first. As time went on we were able to come together as a group and get on the same page. The communication got a lot better, and my thoughts of other group members began to change in towards a positive light. I later learned that it wasn’t a lack of effort from each group member, but more of a big miscommunication. I’m glad that I was placed into this group because I was able to learn a lot from these individuals. I learned a lot about communication, having more patience with people, and most importantly about forgiveness. Ultimately our group’s success came with our added appreciation for one another and a drastic increase with communication. My advice to someone who is making an effort to become technologically competent is to stay updated. Do this by reading articles from the internet and books about new technology and future updates. The main thing is to stay relevant and educated.

As I reflect on what I’ve learned through…

As I reflect on what I’ve learned through this course and through the Technology Competency Challenge, I’ve realized that there’s an enormous amount of information that I’d never known or even heard of. I had considered myself to be fairly computer literate before this semester, but with each week brought a new assignment which was a new “challenge” for me and that made me realize that there is a whole world out there (in cyberspace) that I still need to learn. I’ve seen myself and other class members grow through the experiences we’ve learned and developed throughout this course, which became evident through our weekly artifact postings.

Each assignment and Guiding Question challenged me to use my creativeness and the skills we’ve learned through each Project assignment, and through the encouragement and support from our instructors and classmates this has been the “ultimate” experience for me. I’ve not only developed fundamental skills for my future endeavors but I’ve also developed new friendships through working as a team.
Granted the concept of working as a team in a distant education course brought about some degree of difficulty but once we got our teams together, worked out the minor details as to communication methods, schedules and roles, the rest just feel into place.

Every week was like a new experience to me. Every week brought about a new challenge from the very first week of
 having to use a blog to
 performing internet searches for credible resources,
 to what, where and how the internet works,
 technological terminology, network setups,
 different search engines,
 data storage and back up issues,
 computer security and protections issues, how to detect, avoid and get rid of viruses,

But for me I found that learning what different types of software programs and applications are available on the market today was by far was the most interesting. Because it showed me that there were other ways in which we could locate these different types of software, understand just what they are and their purpose are and then where or how we could obtain the software that serves our purpose and budget.

Do you remember finding yourselves falling asleep at the computer? Or maybe asleep in class?I know I sure went through a lot of coffee! As funny or as familiar as this may seem, the best advice I could give someone is to be open-minded, don’t give up too easily –take each new experience as a challenge and make it fun because in the end you are the only one who’ll benefit, weather it be towards your education or business careers.


Before coming into this class I felt I…

Before coming into this class, I felt I was pretty decent with a computer. What I did learn a lot from, though, was the internet artifacts. I grew up using the internet, but it was always something I took for granted. It took me a while to wrap my head around the fact that it was a “network” of computers and servers. I was also introduced to MS Access for the first time. At first, I thought it was just a weird version of Excel that MS made up to make more money. I realized though, that Access offers organizational features I’ve never seen on Excel, such as organizing data on multiple spreadsheets without having to open up multiple files. I hope Access helps me stay organized in the future.
Working with a team on this project was also a very enlightening experience. I’ve learned that I’m a little rough around the edges when it comes to interacting with other people. The problem was especially exacerbated online, where I could only communicate through words and couldn’t rely on non-verbal communication, such as hand gestures and facial expressions. I’ve learned though, that even little typed greetings, such as “Hey [name],” rather than “Aloha, [name],” can change the entire tone of an email. During the first few weeks, I didn’t realize I was being impolite toward my teammates. This sparked other fires and the team environment became rather hostile. The whole experience is really not nice to think about, let alone share with the world (wide web). We were, however, able to rise above it all by bettering our communication channels. By this, I mean that we shouted, barked, used rough language; we just kind of let everything out, said everything we needed to say. Now, we’re managing pretty well. Going forward, I’ll try my best to address problems as soon as they arise, rather than let them fester.

Individual Reflection about the Technology Competency Challenge In…

Individual Reflection about the Technology Competency Challenge

In a minimum of 200 words, reflect about your experience in the Technology Competency Challenge. What were the most important topics/issues you learned and skills you gained in becoming technologically competent? What did you learn about yourself and how would that be useful in your future? What did you learn about working in teams? What helped your team to be successful? What advice would you give someone in becoming technologically competent?

I. What were the most important topics/issues you learned and skills you gained in becoming technologically competent?

As an older student returning to the College or the school environment, I learned computer competency is essential at home, at school and at work. I bought my first laptop in August in preparation for this semester. I attended school from 1985 – 1996 at a fairly large Institution (Kent State University) and never owned and rarely needed the use of a computer. I have always worked middle to upper management in the Warehouse and Distribution world and was aware of the evolution of its use within that environment but the computer stayed at work. My competency up to this point was self-taught as a matter of survival in the business world. I was quite pleased at the level I achieved. I feel even with this class I am still behind but in a lot better shape. I feel the “kids” raised with hands on computer education in elementary school and growing up in the app (phones) environment are at a tremendous advantage. Especially with Windows 8 (idea for your class) indicating what direction operating systems are headed. I checked it out and I definitely don’t like it, but I have been known to resist change.

Specific topics helpful and skills gained:

Windows and Word brush up. Excel information and training was even more beneficial and I gained a lot of information on Access. I had very limited knowledge (Access) up to this point, just man- handled Excel in past where Access would have been the program to use.
Whole new world for me regarding the Community Wall and Blogging. Definitely more knowledge on Social Media as a whole. Still no Facebook but getting closer to take the jump.
Collaborative software, especially Google Docs, How did I function in the business world without it?
How to obtain, determine and the importance of credible information on the Internet.

II. What did you learn about yourself and how would that be useful in your future?

Mainly that I have more creativity and patients than I ever thought I possessed. Attributes that I never thought I had or could use to my advantage.

III. What did you learn about working in teams?

To be perfectly honest, pretty much nothing. It went pretty much as I would suspect. In the late 80’s and 90’s, because of my employment, I participated and facilitated numerous team-building and team dynamic classes, seminars, workshops, programs, weekends, etc. Along with quality programs these two were always the buzz-words and hot topics of the time. I have served in pretty much every capacity regarding teams. It was still interesting participating in our team development, plus I got to meet some cool people.

IV. What helped your team to be successful?

Good people with a good work ethic, who had common sense and cared about their work. It has been my experience that it’s difficult, and in most cases impossible, to train common sense or to have someone take pride in their work. They either got or they don’t. I was lucky, mine teammates had it.

V. What advice would you give someone in becoming technologically competent?

Understand exactly what your needs are regarding the technology and then continuing to stay current, informed and trained regarding the appropriate aspects of the technology. Make it fun and enjoyable for yourself so it’s easy to stay motivated.

I learned so much about Microsoft Office 2010…

I learned so much about Microsoft Office 2010. I used to use Microsoft Office 2003, which is quite limited comparing to the 2010 version. I learned new skills by getting used to the new version. Before taking this course, I have some basic knowledge in using Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. By doing the myITlab, I learned more advance skills and now I can make my work more polished and organized. This helped me with my other courses, and I am sure it would be helpful when I am at work. Specific skills like adding reference( footnote, citation or caption), formatting the page layout ( page margins and columns), adding SmartArt, picture effects, animation and transaction effects are those skills that I really practiced a lot in this semester. For Access and Excel, I haven’t really used them before and I have learned so much about them. I think its kind of hard to use them, but I also found that they are very useful, so it worth learning after all. I learned how to use formula in excess and how to set the criteria, sorting, etc. in Access query. I am taking Accounting course, and practice in Excel is what exactly I need for my future classes.

Making artifacts is another challenge in this class. I was worried before I made any artifacts because we needed to do research, make a rough draft and produce the final, polished artifact all by ourselves. I didn’t know most of the topics that I worked on. Its a lot of work to start from zero to becoming an “expert” and try to present to others what you have just learned. I think this is a really challenging part. For example, I learned so much about computer protection. I learn the skills to prevent my computer from being infected. This is so helpful, probably would save me so much money and time for buying new computer( if it gets infected). Amazingly, we can accomplish and finish all the challenges, because internet make it so convenient for all of us. I think the most important thing I learned is to take your chance to learn something new online, don’t be afraid because all the resources you need is out there. And I think if you are willing to try new things, and to learn, I can be technologically competent, for now and future.

Working in teams is difficult, because I needed to cooperate with others, and sometimes making compromise are necessary . When choosing the subtopic, I needed to be aware of what my other team members were working on, so that we as a team can answer all parts of the topic question. Another thing is that we needed to join our individual artifacts together, and polish it into one team artifact. I can’t do it without my team members, so we need to schedule meetings to talk about it, which takes time. I learned how to keep things simple and clear, so that all team members understand each other. I also learned to use the blackboard, which is a new tech for me. Lastly, I learned how to be a leader. In our team, we takes turn to be the leader, and as a leader, we need to do our own work, and also help others too. I think the most important thing that make our team successful is that we help each other. We will send messages to remind each other of coming deadlines. Also, if someone forget to do something, say posting on team blog, other team members would help to finish the job even if it is not their responsibility.

My advice to people in becoming technologically competent, is to be brave. Sometimes it take courage to learn new technologies. Just take the initiative the learn new things in your life. Don’t be afraid that you are not capable enough to learn the advance tech. It just take practices. And be aware that the technology improvement never stop. So we all have to push ourselves more and more. More researches and more quality artifact would help people to become technologically competent.


Individual Reflection and Comments About The Technology Competency Challenge

Individual Reflection 

In a minimum of 200 words, reflect about your experience in the Technology Competency Challenge. What were the most important topics/issues you learned and skills you gained in becoming technologically competent? What did you learn about yourself and how would that be useful in your future? What did you learn about working in teams? What helped your team to be successful? What advice would you give someone in becoming technologically competent?

  1. Minimum of 200 words.
  2. Due  Wednesday 11/28 (18 points).
  3. Tag your post, reflection.
  4. Refer to the Individual Reflection Rubric

Two Comments

Post a comment to at least two others’ reflections wearing a different color thinking hat. In your comments, how does it contribute in meaningful ways to further make sense of what the reflection is saying? Be sure your comment adds insight, and/or your comment includes a question that proposes answers. How does your comment represent the assigned thinking hat?

  1. Due  Sunday 12/2  (10 pts)
  2. Refer to the Comment Rubric.

This semester has proven to be an interesting…

This semester has proven to be an interesting one. I have seen growth, and confusion. There was some new things learned where more of the semester was review. I however did learn some new things with tables in Excel, as well as different formatting abilities within Word. However, the PowerPoint for the most part was almost all review as I’ve played around with it so much that all the things that were brought up, I have done before. However, it did bring them more to the surface for me to remember how to do them again.

The specific skills I learned in Word were about how to fully utilize the WordArt as well as inserting objects into the document. In Excel I learned how to manipulate the tables more, and how to change the look of the graphs so they look more appealing to the person reviewing the charts.
Overall when it comes to myself; I learned more of how in depth my ability to challenge myself is, and how I can achieve the goal I set out for when given the opportunity. For this class my goal was to keep a high grade, and turn in my assignments as early as possible. For the most part I was able to accomplish this task with little obstacles.

Teamwork however, is something I’m not accustomed to, and likewise am still not that accustomed to. The team I had however, was easy to work with, as we all had a busy schedule so we found a means to work around our busy schedule, and still keep up with the assignments. Everything worked out smoothly for us, with little issues along the way. What helped us greatly is that anytime any of us had a question regarding an assignment the other two would respond with their input, and everyone was always informed of an issue along the way so that it was made aware of with enough time to correct the issue before the grades were assigned.

The only kind of advice I would give a person in becoming more accustomed to technology is that: Although technology is a great tool, it is just that – a tool. It is not a replacement for the old-fashioned methods of research, nor is it a replacement for hard work, it is a means to an end. It makes certain jobs easier, and others more difficult; it can connect you from places around the world, and also make you more distant at home. It is both good and bad. The good is that it can allow for research and networking to be done like never before. However, the bad is that the interpretations can many times be misunderstood due to the tone that the person reading what you are typing is reading the document with, regardless of what tone the author of the document being read had when writing it. It can also project false statements that are easier to disprove than prove, and on the flipside can provide truth that can be hard to prove because the fiction is easier to believe.
So for all the future tech junkies out there that want to get their hands on everything new that comes out, or for those that want to just catch up to this day and age – remember that technology is a great asset when used in its most prominent function, and where what is being said is a known fact or can be tangibly proven.

One final piece of advice is to never give up, the answer will always be found when we keep pushing, even when it seems like that answer is behind a solid steel wall. Understanding will soon follow, and we will see and understand what we’ve been trying to learn.

I think GQ5 “How can one secure his…

I think GQ5 “How can one secure his/her computer to protect him/herself from hackers, scammers, and identity thieves and how can he/she avoid, detect, and get rid of viruses and spyware?” is the most important topics. Because computer is very useful and convenient; however, there is also risks that privacy is leaked by hackers or Viruses and Spyware enter the computer. So, learning how to protect our own PC’s is very important as long as we use the internet.

Most of topic that we learn in this class was new to me. I knew I have less skills and knowledge about a computer than classmates. I have never taken computer class, so I’m glad to learn a lot about computer a computer through eight guiding questions. “How to find credible sources” and “Storage and backup” are very useful in the future. I researched a lot for many classes, so I will use research technique that I learned from GQ1. Also, my laptop was broken during this semester, and I didn’t know about backup and storage, so I lost everything in the laptop. Now I knew about storage, I will try to use “online backup” soon. GQ6 was very useful to me.

Working in teams was very helpful to me. Meeting online is sometimes difficult to meet everyone at the same time; however, our team (Cutting Edge Support) did really well. Everyone worked hard with their responsibility for every assignment. In addition, I started learning English from last year, so I cannot communicate in English well, but they never annoyed about me, and they helped me a lot when I didn’t understand something. The meeting twice a week and everyone’s responsibilities helped our team to be successful.

I would advise “Don’t give up” to someone. When the first few weeks, I was thinking to drop this class, because it was very difficult to learn about computer in English than I thought, and I didn’t expect there are a lot of team projects in online class when I registered this class. But there were a lot of works in teams, and I felt so sorry for my teammates because of my poor communication in English. However, they are very nice to me so I could finish this class. “Don’t give up” is important to become technologically competent for even people who are beginner of using computer.

The important skill I learned from this Challenge…

The important skill I learned from this Challenge was using MS Excel and MS Access. I’ve only used MS Excel couple times back in middle school but never actually had a few assignments on it. I learned more about each one and how to work my way around to improve what I already knew which was very little. Using either of these could help me in my future career as a Health Information Technician because it’s all about dealing with records, either paper or electronic records in the form of Excel and Access. So knowing how to use them is extremely helpful.
I liked working in teams for this Challenge. I loved my team members. We started out with four but lost one member and it was only us three which didn’t make a difference or damage us in any way as a team. Week to week we still completed what we had to do and my team members were very helpful when I went to them for help on certain assignments and I helped them any way I could. We succeeded by always helping each other and made plans the start of each week to make us more organized to finish promptly by the end of the week.
To be technologically competent, I suggest the individual should do their research any time they can about anything they have questions about. Al so, they need to be up to date about today’s technology as it continuously changes and enhances into more advanced systems. All the advice I can give is to keep on reading and researching and keep up with all the changes technology goes through.

Fantastic Four Team Artifact 7 – Software

Fantastic Four Team Artifact 7 – Software

There are many different types of software including system software, programming software, application software, mobile software, open source software, and web-based application software.

In our artifacts we will cover the how does software work, why does one need so many types, and how does one know what software to buy and where to get it for the best price for the following softwares [read more…]

Miracle Workers: Guiding Question #7

Miracle Workers: Guiding Question #7

Guiding Question: There are many different types of software including system software, programming software, application software, mobile software, open source software, and web-based application software. How does software work, why does one need so many types, and how does one know what software to buy and where to get it for the best price? Also include in your Excel spreadsheet a part that categorizes the types, subcategories, purpose, cost, links to the best prices, links to quality ratings, and other items you find necessary.

Introduction:  Aloha, our team artifact this will help educate new computer users on different types of Software.  There are different types of software pertaining computer operating systems to cellular phone systems.  Each artifact will help the new computer to see the pros and cons to each software.

1.  Jacobe- Different Types of Windows Operating Systems

For my individual artifact this week, I wanted to help educate new computers users about the different types of windows operating systems out there.  In my artifact I give information about different prices, release dates, where you can obtain these soft wares, etc. Below you will find my Microsoft Excel artifact.

Windows Operating Systems

2.  Elise

In this artifact, you can take a look at the different apps for iPhone and Android. These apps are popular. functional, and with high ratings and recommendation. The spreadsheet includes many information from app icon, description, price to reviews. I hope you will find your own favorite apps there. =D

Popular apps for iphone and andoird

3.  Terra

Thank you for reading our team artifact.  Please feel free to leave your comments. They are much appreciated.


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Team CES – Artifact 7: Software

This week, Team CES would like to provide an information guide on the different components of software. Atsuko covers the topic of Operating Systems – the types, costs, issues and also the history. Gina covers application software with a focus on Mac and Windows applications. She identifies the different versions and best sellers. Kiara provides details on Web-based application software with tips on the essential application a student can use. Richard finishes with Mobile applications – he explains how they work and also gives insight to the popular apps and how to choose them. Please review the links and tell us what you think! As always, we are excited to share this information with you.

Operating System By Atsuko Hamano
  • What is operating system?
  • How operating system work?
    • Gui
    • Multi-user
    • Multiprocessing
    • Multitasking
    • Multithreadi
  • History of Windows

1980 – 2012

  • Types of operating system
    • Windows 7
    • Vista
    • WindowsXP
    • Linux
    • Mac
      • OS usage
      • Feature
      • Price
      • Cheapest online store

Link to Atsuko’s Artifact

Applications: Mac and Windows by Gina Ho

For this week’s assignment I take you into the world of Applications/Software. I give you an insight into programs for both Mac and Windows as well as provide you with information on the best selling programs as well as website to get the best prices! Please see each tab in my excel workbook to increase your knowledge!

Link to Gina’s Artifact

Web-based application software by Kiara Pascual
Many people communicate with each other through web-based applications. We also utilize video streaming, song streaming and collaborate more frequently online than offline. Here I feature some of the popular choices of application software.

  • What is web-based application software?
  • What are the different categories?
  • Most beneficial applications for students?
  • Where can I find and compare prices?

Featuring: Google Drive, Facebook, Youtube, ooVoo, Dropbox, Amazon Cloud Drive, Songza and Pandora.

  • Types
  • Costs
  • Desktop/Mobile app availability
  • Features
  • Ratings
  • Review Source

Link to Kiara’s Artifact

Mobile Applications by Richard Laparjo

Mobile applications opens doors to a wide variety of applications to be used by consumers worldwide in their palm of their hand. With such a large and growing library of applications that are available, how can a person choose one over the other?

  • What are mobile applications and how do they work?
  • Why are there so many types?
  • How to choose
  • Popular apps
  • Types
  • Pricing
  • Reviews

Link to Richard’s artifact

As this weeks article closes, Team CES continues to provide great information on how to choose different software on multiple platforms. We would love to hear from you! Please feel free to provide any kind of feedback and we will be more than willing to reply.


Team Cutting Edge Support

Which is the better software?

Software Applications



What is Open-source? What are the benefits to using Open-source? Whats the difference between Open-source and free software? Which setup is right for you? All these questions will be answered in  What is Open Source Software by Selena


What are the advantages of using a web-based application over all other programs? What are the advantages of using this form of application? Many questions you have will be addressed by Michael Victorino Web Based Application software

The information gathered is here to guide you into the form of application formats you should be using.

Which one is right for me?

Which one should I buy?

Have you ever gone into a store looking to buy a program for your computer, and you find that the store carries 20 different types of the same program?  Which do you buy?  Which is better for your needs, and which is easier for you as a user to use?  What are the differences between the programs? 

Fortunately in today’s market not a whole lot is different between similar programs, in fact, in a majority of cases the programs are so similar that the only thing that changes, is the name of the program.

Have a new PC? Building a PC? If you are in the market for searching for new operating systems for your PC, be it an upgrade, or due to a re-built computer with no OS on the hard drive, there are several Systems you can choose from.  Ikaika will show you the various types of Operating Systems that have been popular over the past few years, and that are being utilized in today’s Windows based computers.


Wondering which Web-based programs you should use?  What types of programs are out there?  What does each program do?  Take a journey with Stephanie and find out more about Web-based software.


How about for your phone?  Are you looking for different applications for your mobile device?  If so, Brooke can guide you through which types of programs are out there, and what they do.

Team Artifact

     There are many different types of software including system software, programming software, application software, mobile software, open source software, and web-based application software. How does software work, why does one need so many types, and how does one know what software to buy and where to get it for the best price? Also include in your Excel spreadsheet a part that categorizes the types, subcategories, purpose, cost, links to the best prices, links to quality ratings, and other items you find necessary.

     The goal of Omniscient 4U in this presentation of Software is to present the exciting and dynamic opportunities that are available to anyone today.   We hope that we have encouraged the individual end user of computers to explore beyond the basics of computer technology by becoming competent in the use of Specialized Application Software like Adobe Photo Shop, Adobe Director, Microsoft Publisher, Apple Garage Band, CorelDraw, so that the individual will be recognized as being knowledgeable and competitive in the world of advance technology in education, employment and so on!

Darrell Delmundo

     Software in general is a set of instructions written in a way your computer or device can understand. Depending on what you want your device to do will determine what type of software you would be using. There are many different types of software available to users today. Lets take a quick look at some system software along with basic information on those software including brief reviews.

Kurt Kaleikini

     In the past specialized applications required large, powerful computers and were only available to specialist in specific professions. Presently inexpensive specialized application software is made available to the general public. The use of specialized application software is prevalent in most apps for cell phones, laptops, desktops, and other inexpensive devices that are compact.  To be competent and to be competitive in the 21-first-century of advance technology, an individual needs to know and understand “Specialized Application Software” to be an effective end user of computer

Kathleen Galloway

     There are many different kinds of software application out there for your computer system, but choosing the right and best one can be hard can be difficult if you are not clear what an application software does.  In my artifact I list some important links that will guide you to a few best tips on the best software out there for not only your computer but your computer of a phone.

     In the 21st Century, technological developments offer you new opportunities to extend your range of computer competency.  For years software that was only available only for larger computers has come available for microcomputers and mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.  The individual and team contributions of Omniscient 4U have compiled information regarding software to provide an overview of usage and price of products now available to any and all computer end users.

Team CES – Artifact 6: Storage

This week we are faced with the topic of storage and backup plans. Cutting Edge Support Team works together to give you an overview that every computer user can understand. Atsuko and Richard both discuss storage in their artifacts. Atsuko starts with a description of storage, different types and how it works while Richard goes into deeper detail and discusses the difference between memory and storage and various physical locations to store data. . Kiara shares information on how you can prevent the loss of information and Gina wraps up with various back-up mechanisms and her suggested “best” back-up plan.

Please see below for our individual artifacts and summaries. We welcome and look forward to your comments and feedback.

What is storage? How does strage work? by Atsuko Hamano

In a computer, storage is the place where data is held in an electromagnetic or optical form for access by a computer processor. There are two general usages.

  • input/output operations
  • Primary/Secondary Storage

Primary Storage

  • The primary storage devices for computers are actually a part of the computer’s memory.
  • Primary storage is the fastest memory in your computer and is used to store data while it’s being used. For example, when you open a program data is moved from the secondary storage into the primary storage.
  1. Cache
  2. RAM
  3. ROM

Secondary Storage

  • Most of the storage devices we are acquainted with come under this category.
  • They are not a part of the processor.
  • People make use of these devices, so that the storage capacity of the computer can be increased. Like the ROM, the secondary computer storages are also non-volatile.
  • The information stored on these devices is retained, even if the computer has been switched off.
  1. Hard Drives
  2. Floppy Discs
  3. Compact Discs
  4. USB Flash Drives
  5. Memory Cards

Link to Atsuko’s Artifact

Where can one store information? What are the different types of storage? Richard Laparejo

  • Memory vs Storage
  • Where can one store information?
  • Types of storage
    • Internal
    • External
    • Online

Link to Richard’s Artifact
What can one do to prevent the loss of information? Kiara Pascual

  • Prioritize
    • How important is  your file?
    • Protecting Microsoft Office documents
  • Protect (back-up info) using:
    • USB flash drive
    • external hard drive
    • online storage (cloud storage)
  • Organize
    • overview of information, practicing good habits.

Link to Kiara’s Artifact

What are various ways to back-up your information? What is the “best” back-up plan? Gina Ho

  • Various methods to backup information
  • Statistics on crashes/not backing up information
  • Interview results from various IT specialists to get opinions on backing up information
  • The “Best” back-up plan
  • Bibliography

Link to Gina’s Artifact

Team CES continues to provide great information for all levels in regards to storage. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to reply. We would love to hear from you!

– Cutting Edge Support

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Guiding Question 6



     How does storage work, what different types of storage are there, where can one store information, and how does one prevent information from being lost? Create a backup plan that everyone should use to back-up their personal information and explain why your plan is better than any other plan.

       At one time, floppy disks were the only way to distribute software and the only way to share files between microcomputers. Now we can store data and information using a variety of different types of media including hard disk, optical discs, and solid state devices like flash memory and USB drives.  In addition, internal and external hard disks and a variety of optical discs including CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray.

Kurt Kaleikini

What is storage and the different devices and services available to store and retrieve data?

Many individuals who are not competent end users of computers, need to learn the importance of Nonvolatile: Internal and External Secondary Storage.  The following presentation will provide  information of how data is stored and the devices and services that are available to insure that an individual’s data is protected and accessible Anytime & Anywhere.

Darrell Delmundo

     Have you ever had tons of information on your computer and had it crash on you. All your files, pictures, and valuable information gone in the blink of an eye.There are other options that can prevent this from happening. This is why i will explain why it is always a good idea to back up you computer and the information you don’t want to loose.

Kathleen Galloway

     Storing information onto your computer might not always be the safest place that you think.  Instead of taking the chances of losing important personal documents and others, back it up with a safe and secure system that will never let you down.

     In the 21st Century Cloud Storage will create many benefits and advantages. In addition, very large capacity storage devices including file servers, network application servers, and RAID systems will be prevalent in the world of advance technology.  And to be competent and to be competitive in today’s professional workplace you need to know and understand these things.

Miracle Workers : Guiding Question 6 Team Artifact

Miracle Workers : Guiding Question 6



Most of us depend on computers heavily today. We shop, work, entertain, and store all kinds of files such as music, movies or word documents in the computer. But computer isn’t perfect. Sometimes files are missing, the computer malfunctions and worst case scenario, the hard drive crashes. We all know that something like this will happen someday. When that day comes, you will be happy to know that you have all files backed up! So this week, we will be focusing on Backing Up Computer. We will introduce the concept of back up and explain the different types or computer storage devices. Just to make sure everyone know the basic information. Then, you can go ahead and take a look at the analysis for different back up plans. We are sure you can find the best one for yourself!

By Jacobe:   

Sub-topic Question:  Where do computer users store their information and what are the different types of storage?

Many people use their computer, but never know where all there saved information is being stored.  There are several places where information can be saved.  My artifact will educate new computer users on how computer storage works, and different storage options..


By Terra:



By Elise:
Subtopic: What are the advantages and disadvantages of each backup plans? How to choose the best one for yourself?

Hi everyone! I assume you already know the basic knowledge you need to know, and the different types of storage plan you can use. In my artifact, you will see the analysis of different backup plans, including their advantages and disadvantages, and what makes it suitable for you to use it. Lets help you to choose the best backup plan for yourself!

Click HERE! → Choose The Best Back-Up Plan For Yourself


 Start backing up your computer today. Don’t wait till its too late. Our artifacts should covers the basic knowledge that you need. We hope you enjoy our artifacts.


My data is where?


Where’d my work go?


Has this happened to you?

After hours and hours of working on a report, you finally finish, just having the computer crash!  Was a back up made? The computer gets taken in to the repairman to have them say sure they can recover the report so long as a backup was made.  Then the question gets asked, how do I do that?

Luckily with the modern computers this is rarely the case as most word processing  applications now have an auto save mode so that after a set period of minutes the computer will automatically save a temporary copy of the work that you have been working on.  However, before the modern applications, not more than 15 years ago, if the files weren’t periodically saved in the process of creating a document – all that hard work that was done in order to create a report would be lost in the process.

Ikaika will provide an introduction into the history of data storage as well as the different types of storage there is.

Data Storage and You

 Where can an individual store information?

Brooke will explain

How do you create a backup plan that everyone should use to backup their personal information? Why choose this method?

Stephanie will guide the way



Comment on Fantastic Four Team Artifact 5 – Computer Protection by Elizabeth Lynch

Thanks Brooke-Lynn,
I n creating my artifacts I always try to remember a few things: How can I make this somewhat short and sweet with out losing information, still making it fun and user friendly. We are all busy and don’t have the time and most times attention to read lengthy an abstract info, so making my artifact overly complicated and not a little visually appealing makes it useless. Glad you liked it and thanks for the support.

Comment on Fantastic Four Team Artifact 5 – Computer Protection by Brooke-Lynn Navarro

Hi Fantastic Four team,

I like how you guys gone into depth and also, are straight forward with the information that you guys brought into your artifacts. Liz, I liked how you managed to put a dialogue as your intro, for your artifact and I also like the artifact that contained: Description and protect yourself. Although you guys are informative, you manage to be creative and incorprate graphics to your artifacts. I am looking forward to seeing your next artifacts.

“White hat”

Comment on Fantastic Four Team Artifact 5 – Computer Protection by Jeffrey Sanchez

Hey Greg,
The data in the table comes from a study conducted by PCWorld. They tested free antivirus software to their premium counterparts. For example, “avast! Free Antivirus” was compared to “Avast Pro Antivirus.” Also, I prefer Microsoft over free Avast because Microsoft never sends me messages telling me “my computer is at risk” and I should “upgrade.”

Comment on Fantastic Four Team Artifact 5 – Computer Protection by Elizabeth Lynch

Here are summarized some tips that are covered indirectly in the last two slides of my pp.

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Miracle Workers : Guiding Question 5 (Computer Security)


This week Miracle Workers will focus on the topic: Computer Security. Generally speaking, computer security is the process of preventing and detecting unauthorized use of your computer. Nowadays, many aspect of our life depends on internet, from communication to business, e-shopping to e-banking. We also use computer to process and save our school works or business. Consider how much personal information is stored in our computer and on the internet! It is necessary for us to protect ourselves from computer viruses, identity thieves, hackers and spyware.

In this artifact, we will show you how an identity thieves can cause you disaster as well as the ways to prevent identity thieves. We will also cover the ways to protect ourselves from spyware, hackers, and computer viruses.

Let’s get started!!


By Elise:
Subtopic: How to Protect Your Computer From Being Infected by Computer Viruses?
Computer Viruses can do anything from removing data in your hard-drive, to damage the applications and software in your computer. Many people had little knowledge about computer viruses and are susceptible
to computer viruses. So how can we avoid being victims of computer viruses?There are many ways to prevent it, 3 ways are mentioned in my artifact:

  1. Install reliable Anti-Virus Programs
  2. Avoid suspicious websites
  3. Avoid suspicious email

Details about each way are provided, for example, I will explain how people can use a Link Scanner to check the safety of a link. I will also talk about anti-virus software, and there will be Q&A section on this topic, including example of anti-virus software, and what a anti-virus program will do to secure your computer. There will also be a DO and DON’T list in the section of “Avoid suspicious email”.

So please have a look on the artifact right now!!
I hope you will find something useful:
How to prevent computer infections?

By Jacobe:
Subtopic: How can new computer users protect themselves from hackers and identity thieves?

Identity theft and computer hacking is a common thing in our day and age of technology.  The advancement of technology is making it easier for anyone to learn how to steal information or hack someone’s computer.  My individual artifact provides new computer users with simple steps to help counterattack these hackers.

7 Steps to Prevent Computer Hacking and Identity Theft

By Terra:
Subtopics: How important is spyware and viruses, and their removal?

Spyware and Viruses, two very nasty bug that you would just like to squish!!! Unfortunately, We can’t just squish them. They actually have to be removed one by one with profession products that were made specifically for that purpose.Here is more information as to remove and protect your computer from these threats or sneaky malware. It is very important to do so for it will damage your computer or worse, others computer. It can also deliver false advertising through emails or even release information which could lead to have your identity stolen. So be safe and cautious, get protection and get it NOW!!

How important spyware and viruses are. By: TerraLee

We hope that after reading our artifact, you have already master the skills to protect and secure your computer and online activities. You are less likely to become a victim of cybercrime or computer crime right now! However, you should always update your information about computer security because there are always new trends and ways of cybercrime and computer crime. To protect yourself, you have to have the most up-to-date information on computer crime so that you can prepare for fighting against it! Always be cautious, be a smart computer user!

Please leave your comments or questions.

Aloha =D

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Team CES – Artifact 5: Protecting Your Computer and Yourself


Team CES recognizes that we all rely on a computer. We use computers at home, for school researching or projects and at work. Although computers may connect you to information instantly, problems may arise if you are not doing anything to prevent attacks from unknown users or hackers. Atsuko focuses on the use of antivirus and antispyware software and explains how it works. Richard provides some insight on preventing identity theft and solving steps on what you can do if you happen to be a victim. Gina focuses on cybercrime – what it is and current events. Kiara gives us a quick guide on the types of malicious programs we may encounter and some quick tips on recognizing a computer problem related to virus attacks.

Please see our individual artifacts below along with short summaries of each.

How can we use free antivirus, antispyware software from reliable companies? How do they work? by Atsuko Hamano Microsoft Security Essentials

  • Comprehensive protection
  • Easy to get, easy to use
  • Quiet Protection

McAfee Security Scan Plus

  • Easily check my computer for anti-virus software, firewall protection and web security at no cost
  • I don’t want my productivity to be interrupted during program installation and updates
  • Quickly find out if my computer is at risk
  • Detect threats in running processes and other temporary files
  • Security Recommendations if my computer is at risk
  • Customize scanning frequency

avast! Free Antivirus

  • Visually appealing
  • Good installation options
  • Security improvements
  • Features

Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition

  • Full protection from viruses, Trojans and worms
  • Stops all threats, familiar and unfamiliar
  • Quarantines and removes the threats it finds
  • Easy installation and painless maintenance

UH Computer Virus and Threat protection      University of Hawaii (UH) Information Technology Services (ITS) provides software, services, and technical support to protect the UH community against computer viruses and security threats.

  • McAfee Anti-virus Software at UH
  • UH Virus and Security Alert Email Notification

Link to Atsuko’s Artifact

How to prevent identity theft? Richard Laparejo

  • Definition
  • Causes
  • Phishing
    • Examples of phishing
  • Effects of identity theft
    • Video on effects
  • Prevention
  • What to do when you are a victim?

Link to Richard’s Artifact

With technology advancement also comes the advance in cybercrime. People in the world are always looking how to steal funds. identities, and information from the every-day computer user, companies use hackers to try to gain information from other competitors, and others simply want to destroy systems with device-destroying viruses.  While there are thousands of different types of viruses, rogue programs, and various ways to attack the computer user I have created an overview of the main types of crimes we all face on a daily basis. Please review this spreadsheet in its entirety (please see all tabs) to understand more about Cybercrime, how many people it affects, and how you can limit your vulnerability. What are the different types of Cybercrime and how can you protect yourself from these types of attacks?

  • Definition of Cybercrime
  • Types of Cybercrime
  • Latest News in Cybercrime
  • Cybercrime Statistics
  • What can you do to be more secure and protect your computer?

Link to Gina’s Artifact

Malicious Programs How do viruses and spyware work? How do they infiltrate your computer? What symptoms and signs appear when you have an infected computer? Kiara Pascual

  • Types and definitions – Table
    • Computer virus
    • Spyware
    • Rogue security software
    • Worm
    • Rootkit
    • Trojan horse
  • What is malware?
  • How can a computer get infected?
  • Suspicious e-mail?
  • Link to another source of information
    • “How to Know If Your Computer is Infected with a Virus”

Link to Kiara’s Artifact

Team Cutting Edge Support continues to provide useful information in order to protect your computer and yourself. By researching and collecting information from the best sources and using our experience with the subject, we are able to share our knowledge along with  others. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Team CES is willing to assist you in anyway possible. Hope to hear from you!

GQ5 How to keep you and your computer safe?

     A computer virus is a computer program that can duplicate itself to infect other computers. Some viruses are harmless, others may damage data files, and some may destroy files. Viruses are spread primarily through email messages, hard drive sharing and downloading files over the internet. Here are some good tips to keep in mind when setting up a defense for your computer and you.



     I remember growing up and my parents always told me, “Be careful-there are many bad people in the world that can hurt you”. I never thought that when we entered into the technology world, that these “bad people” could still get to us! They can hurt us by taking our personal identity using that information to ruin our credit history and our credibility, and possibly ruin some people’s lives.
We have become so dependent on the internet for many different reasons not realizing that every time we go online we are exposing ourselves and possibly our future because “bad people” in the world can now create this “thing” called a virus that can literally damage our computers and jeopardize our right to privacy. Viruses can enter into our computer systems without our knowledge in many different forms and do their damage before anyone even discovers them.


Comment on Fantastic Four Team Artifact 4 – How to become a savvy computer user by Ikaika Anderson

Hey Angus,

Thanks for the response. I only brought up the extra terminologies as, they are now commonplace when people get a new computer, or need to get a printer or any other type of peripherals. Since they are now mostly USB port, and also the various different types of routers as well.

As far as the other half of your response, completely makes sense, the main issue with routers – is many new users think that if they buy a wireless router, they will have wireless internet, but unless their computer has a wireless NIC, they will still need to connect through a wire.
-Just something to keep in mind – and again for bare basics, you did provide a basic understanding so in that well done!


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Comment on Fantastic Four Team Artifact 4 – How to become a savvy computer user by Ikaika Anderson

Hey Jeff, looks like you covered all the different types of home networks, even some that I never even knew had a name, i.e. Power-line Network. Good researching!!!


FYI – I also feel your pain with MACs, and laughed probably harder than anyone when they found a virus on a MAC (as the common assumption is that MACs don’t have viruses)

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It seems I must post this as it…

It seems I must post this as it is “PRESUMED ” that I have abandoned my Teammates ! Well I HAVE NOT ! Although my work is posted after the required date , I am still part of Team 8 . Remember we are supposed to comment on the work we post NOT “what happened to your Team members ” . Aloha K.M.

Guiding Question #5


How can one secure his/her computer to protect him/herself from hackers, scammers, and identity thieves and and how can he/she avoid, detect, and get rid of viruses and spyware?

     Anyone who uses their computer knows that the information that we store there is priceless. whether its homework for school, pictures of memories with friends and loved ones, or banking information we use to pay our bills online. Every day people all around the world are subject to identity theft, computer crashes, and stolen information due to hackers, viruses, and spyware. What can we do to protect ourselves and our computer from these unwanted intruders? In this artifact we hope to provide you with the useful tools that are necessary to detect, protect, and avoid being a victim.

Darrell Delmundo

    There are many ways to protect your computer from viruses and other harmful programs such as spyware. With simple techniques and proper programing you can avoid problems that your computer may be faced with. I will discuss different ways a person can protect their computer from viruses and spyware.

Kathleen Galloway

     A scammer is one who penetrates a scam.  There are many scammers out in the world who are waiting to get their hands on your personal/business information while capable of destroying your computer. .  With this helpful presentation, you will be able to gain some ideas and insight on how to protect yourself and your computer from unwanted “scammers.”

Kurt Kaleikini

     No individual is totally protected from being attacked from a “Hacker or Cracker” in the world of advance technology today!  In addition, the question is “How can an individual protect and secure his or her computer from Hackers and Crackers?” It is actually a individuals personal responsibility to insure protection against a Hacker or Cracker from gaining access to his or her personal sensitive information.  Through my thorough research, I surprisingly discovered that the biggest prize for any Hacker and Cracker, besides your IP address, would be the users “Password and User Name.” If the previous information is attained successfully it is almost certain and pretty much seals the deal in someone being hacked or cracked as intended.  In that sense, I have created a useful PowerPoint presentation that will make anyone aware and prepared to recognize how to prevent attacks from hackers and crackers and additionally how an individual will be able to recognize if he or she is a actual victim or being attacked by a “Hacker or Cracker”

     All it takes are simple techniques such as installing anti virus programs, constant updates of software, and avoiding questionable websites and material online. With proper maintenance and monitoring anyone can keep themselves and their computers running at optimum capacity. It only takes one time for your computer to be infiltrated for you to lose everything. Lets all be proactive and secure our precious information and hardware before they fall into the wrong hands.

The Axis of Evil

Hackers, Scammers and Thieves, OH MY!

 For as long as there has been access to the internet, and file sharing there has been a means for people to find their way to take your information and wreak havoc on your personal life.  Some do it for the sake of doing it, others do it to gain financial and material gain, and others do it just to say they did it.  Whatever their methods are, the end result is always true; a person becomes a victim in the loss of their personal information. 

In this new age where victims are being overrun without even leaving their homes, it is important to remember that not all people are considered evil.  Some people can utilize their talents of breaking into a computer system to help increase security for a company and find the “loose ends” that need attention.  Others tend to utilize their talents in a means of securing justice for those that would not otherwise be convicted.

Who are these people that steal the

information off of unsuspecting victims?

Ikaika will help to answer this question, as well as the first line of defense against preventing these people from stealing your personal information

Suddenly! A virus is detected on your

computer! What do you do?

Stephanie will help elaborate on the methods that are out there for a computer user to alleviate and prevent future attacks of viruses, spyware, and malware.

How do I stop Identity Thieves from

stealing my information?

Brooke will help guide you through the helpful ways to find a method that works for you.


Fellow Bus 101 Students The purpose of this…

Fellow Bus 101 Students,
The purpose of this comment is to provide notice that I will not be able to respond to anymore Guiding Question 4 and possibly Guiding Question 5 comments at this time. I may be out as long as a week for Medical Reasons.
So Please do not take offense if your comments go unanswered from me at this time . It is definitely not by choice but more from necessity.
If I’m able to complete assignments, (my first priority, contributing to Team,my second), during this time ,I would still appreciate your input, comments and suggestions.
Mahalo for your consideration and understanding.