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.

 

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.

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.

My data is where?

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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 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!

Ikaika

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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!!!

Ikaika

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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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.

 

Getting to know your computer and your network

GETTING TO KNOW YOUR COMPUTER

AND YOUR NETWORK

The happy moment in each person’s “life” when they bring home their new computer from the store; the anticipation of being able to connect online to whatever he or she may desire. On the ride home from buying the new computer, the new user is already contemplating all the things that can be done when it is hooked up to the internet – the happy moment when the new user meets the information age with his or her device which enables him or her to be able to access a multitude of possibilities.
But what else does the computer user need to know about his or her computer? What tidbits of information will allow this person to understand the basics of information gathering without becoming overwhelmed and lost within the unknown vocabulary of computer terminologies and network setups? What can he or she do when the computer isn’t acting properly? Is there something that the new user can do?
Like all things everything has a beginning and an end. New computer users who fail to remember to start at the beginning and jump head first into a computer and not know the different parts or have a basic understanding of how a computer works will be stuck in a situation where they will either call their tech support if the computer is still under warranty or they will be giving out hundreds of dollars to fix a problem that they could already fix without the need of a technician.

Our group will discuss what is needed to know in order to get through the internet and the computer with a better understanding and become a more advanced user in the process.

Hardware Terminology:

What hardware terminology does a new user need to know about their computer? Do you know what a hard drive is? How about what the motherboard is? If not, Stephanie will help to explain these terminologies to you and more.

Network Setup:

If asked, would you be able to explain how your network is set up? What type of network are you operating on? Brooke will help you understand if you are confused.


Computer and Network Diagnostics:

What happened to your computer that you are unable to connect to the internet? Is your computer operating properly? Have a problem sending something to the printer? Accessing a program?

Ikaika will help explain basic methods that will alleviate the stress of simple malfunctions with the computer and the network.

(The following video does some have some language, but is a good example of issues that will be discussed)

 

Below is what a new computer user might do when their computer doesn’t work well with the printer.

Entering into the Abyss: Guiding Question 3

The abyss known as the Internet.

 



The internet is a vast array of information that can be found anywhere and everywhere.  However, it can never be touched, it can only be “virtually touched.”  Within this week’s artifact we covered:

“What is the internet?”By Ikaika Anderson

In this artifact we will take a look at exactly what is the internet.

 

“What is the history of the internet?”By: Brooke-lynn Navarro

Brooke-lynn will guide us through what the history of the internet is, and how it came to be a part of our modern day world.

“How does the internet work? Does anyone control the internet or in charge of it?” By Stephanie Mendiola

Stephanie will elaborate on the internet and explain how does the internet work, and answer the questions “Does anyone control the internet? Who is in charge of it?”

Social Dilemmas in Social Networking

 

“How can one become more literate using social media to pay attention, develop network awareness, participate, collaborate, and detect “crap” when he/she is online?”

When we as users all start out on new ventures, and new sites we are all a bit confused about what there is to do with each site, what we can accomplish, and especially how we can use the site.  In social networking, there is no difference in the matter.  In contrast, Social Networking has additional questions to include:

  1. The user must first ask him/herself, how do I go on a social networking site, and not feel overwhelmed by the program?  What type of things do I want to do on the site?  By: Ikaika Anderson
    1. For a new individual learning the basics of a computer, and then the basics of a networking site, the task of accomplishing the basics can seem to be overwhelming.  However in the end, there are always methods to help people learn and understand the individual uses, functions, and the atmosphere of what surrounds them in the site itself.  With these guidelines and aides people who are starting out learning new sites and new endeavors can easily ease the overwhelming feeling of being dropped into the middle of a hurricane that is the internet and networking sites.
  2. He/she has to ask him/herself, is this social networking site credible and does he/she have a specific purpose for what he or she is researching on?  By: Brooke-lynn Navarro
    1. Each task that we come across has a specific goal in mind.  So too, with Social Networking do we have specific goals to accomplish with specific types of sites.  Teachers understand the growing use of the Internet and Social Networking sites, and use these sites as a teaching ground as well as a means to keep their students interested in the topic that they are taught.   Social networking helps kids by pushing them not only in writing and reading, but it helps them pay attention to the important stuff when it comes to social networking such as:  audience, quality of research and copyright laws.  They are not only doing homework online, they are also having discussions with other students about their work.  It challenges the mind  of the  modern student with a new type of  homework with social network.   THe student also has to have a purpose or a certain objective to research  in a certain  search engine.  But also students have to keep a “critical eye” when it comes to research to figure out which is a credible site and the purpose for researching on the website:  Does the author  of the website have expertise in the field of this website?   Students  could go to this website, which will give them a critical eye to :  http://mason.gmu.edu/~montecin/web-eval-sites.htm ..
  3. How will the individual know which social media network to join or use if he/she has a specific purpose? Which one will be right for them to use and learn about?  By: Stephanie Mendiola
    1. For an individual to develop network awareness they need to know the basics of any social network they come across. Why sign up for one, what’s the purpose, why use it, how will it help you. Examples would be Blogger, Facebook, and YouTube. Blogger is for a daily online journal, mainly for journalists, authors, or anyone who likes to record their everyday thoughts. Facebook is basically for interaction with friends and family, meeting new people, and also businesses to post new updates of their company. YouTube’s purpose is for the public to watch videos posted up by others and an easier way to share videos by a click of a link to that video.

Team Artifact 1: How To Research Truth Behind The Internet”

We were given the task of answering the question: “How does one research online to uncover relevant, credible information, when searching online leads everyone in the same direction and to the same websites? How can one use research to dig and search for the truth on the Internet?”  Each of our members found different approaches to this question, as well as finding different avenues that can account for the multitudes of methods that can be utilized in understanding truth amongst the fiction that is posted upon the internet when doing research about any given topic.

Our team artifact makes sense of the first guiding question because it covers each question. We explain how an individual should be careful when researching online. We explain what to look for when accessing the internet for research such as knowing if the source provides credible information. Also, we include a different alternative than the internet and give questions to ask yourself so you can have the knowledge of what credible sources are.

  1. “Instead of the internet, can we use other resources such as library books?” 
  • In today’s society, we live in a technology-driven world. When it comes to researching a topic, not a lot of people go straight to a book! The first idea that would pop in their head is the internet. But they should also turn their focus into reading material. Yes, the internet is faster and easier to access when researching on a time schedule but how reliable is that information? Almost anyone can make a web page and just input content about your topic from their perspective or completely inaccurate information. Unlike books, the information you find is most likely from an authorized or well educated author. In my opinion, books are more reliable than online resources.

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  1.  “Is the research being done being cross-referenced between several sites or is it just being discovered in one search engine, and not verified?”
  • Besides books, doing research on the internet is the most current and efficient way of researching various things from reports to recipes or from housing to genealogy. Everything seems to be at our fingertips now thanks to the new invention of the internet. However, alongside that new positive feed that we feel that we no longer are required to visit the library to do our research. When doing research on the internet, it is important to remember that a majority of the information that is provided is often provided by other users. There are people that use the internet to provide false statements; or to provide their own point of view of an agenda to slander. It is important to remember that not everything on the internet is reliable nor is it credible. It is safer for users who are doing research to question everything regardless of the site. Some reliable hints are the “.com” ending of any website means that it is a commercial or company site which incorporates that anyone can create such a site and input their own definitions or slander in order to convert people to their side of thinking.  The “.org” suffix stands for an organization, these sites are slightly more reliable as they are typically created by a professional company such as doctors or lawyers.  “.Gov” sites are created and managed by government entities, likewise “.net” stands for a network.

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  1. “What search engines and websites do the students mostly conduct their research online? Do these websites have credibility or legitimate to what the students do their research on?”
  • Internet users have to develop a “critical eye” to evaluate the credibility of internet information. There are many ways that someone could check if the website that someone is looking for could be credible:

ü  Is there any evidence that the author of the website has the authority in the field of which he or she is providing information? (Check the author’s credentials, connections and subject of what he or she post up on the website)

ü  Is there a link to the sponsoring organization that the website is linked to?

ü  Does the author have publications of the web or in hard copy?

ü  Does the information have a complete list of works cited, which the references are credible?

Guiding Q1 sensemaking artifact_brooke

ISBA (TEAM 6)

ISBA

Ikaika, Stephanie, Brooke-lynn, & Azurelynn

 

Additional Policies for the Team Contract:

1. Assist – Aid anyone that is in need of assistance in order to meet the requirements of their assigned tasks.

2. Respect – If we have disagreements within the team, really listen to what others are saying and understand their point of view before dismissing it. It will be very hard for the other members to work if two members of the team are holding a grudge with each other because of a disagreement they can’t work out. We’ll try to reason with both members and mediate the situation. Remind them we need to work together in order to succeed in this assignment.

3. Dependable – If a team member fails to complete their part of the assignment soon before the deadline, we won’t let that get in the way or use that as an excuse of why we left any section undone. The team members still dependable will all help each other in completing the task of the member that didn’t come through.

Plan for weekly team meetings:

Due to our very different schedules, we all agreed to communicate through email. Beginning of each week, we plan and assign different task for each member. By the end of the week, we should have completed all tasks by the deadline and discuss what we could have done differently or improved on for the next week.

ISBA (Team 6) has reviewed and understood the Team Planning Worksheet. Each week we’ll discuss and come to a mutual agreement on which member will do which task from the worksheets.

Team Members:

* Azurelynn – “the Innovator”: She will motivate the team to complete all tasks and positively push us to give our best ideas and not be intimidated to share.

* Brooke-lynn – “the Crusader”: She will keep us on the right track during the assignment and make sure we stay focus and don’t slack.

* Ikaika – “the Sculptor”: He will add the finishing touches to the project before submission and notify any of us for more improvement.

* Stephanie – “the Coach”: She will help/coach the team to reach their goals and meet deadlines. Influence a positive vibe throughout the project.

Team 6 will be successful in this project because we all share the same goal: Give our best in our work to get the result we want. We will work hard on our own tasks but also never forget to assure our other team members that we are also there to help them if they need it. We will make sure we are all going to succeed and not leave anyone behind.

ISBA Ikaika Stephanie Brooke lynn & Azurelynn Additional…

ISBA

Ikaika, Stephanie, Brooke-lynn, & Azurelynn

Additional Policies for the Team Contract:

1. Assist – Aid anyone that is in need of assistance in order to meet the requirements of their assigned tasks.

2. Listen – Really listen to what others are saying. If it is something you don’t understand or agree with, understand their point of view before dismissing it just because it disagrees with what you want.

3. Accept – Regardless of the outcome in any decision or assignment, accept that your point of view may not be the one chosen and move on to complete the assignment/task at hand without holding a grudge.

Plan for weekly team meetings:

Due to our very different schedules, we all agreed to communicate through email. Beginning of each week, we plan and assign different task for each member. By the end of the week, we should have completed all tasks by the deadline and discuss what we could have done differently or improved on for the next week.

ISBA (Team 6) has reviewed and understood the Team Planning Worksheet. Each week we’ll discuss and come to a mutual agreement on which member will do which task from the worksheets.

Team Members:

  • Azurelynn – “the Innovator”: She will motivate the team to complete all tasks and positively push us to give our best ideas and not be intimidated to share.
  • Brooke-lynn – “the Crusader”: She will keep us on the right track during the assignment and make sure we stay focus and don’t slack.
  • Ikaika – “the Sculptor”: He will add the finishing touches to the project before submission and notify any of us for more improvement.
  • Stephanie – “the Coach”: She will help/coach the team to reach their goals and meet deadlines. Influence a positive vibe throughout the project.

Team 6 will be successful in this project because we all share the same goal: Give our best in our work to get the result we want. We will work hard on our own tasks but also never forget to assure our other team members that we are also there to help them if they need it. We will make sure we are all going to succeed and not leave anyone behind.

Building a Team I believe in the building…

Building a Team
I believe in the building process several things need to take place. Each are independent factors to acquire the best type of team based on the individual efforts of each member, as well as complimenting each member with a person that is strong where another member is weak.
• These points include:
• Assess the possible members
• Project what each is strong in, and what each is weak in
• Apply a compliment to each individual
• Meet individual members of the team
• Assess goal of team
• Share what each is strong in and what each is weaker in
• Assign the roles based upon most suitable regardless of strengths
• Ensure that the weaker individuals are aided by the stronger individuals in their assignments
• Arrange any necessary meet times that are required to complete the task at hand
Somes good artiles on building a team can be reviewed here:
http://humanresources.about.com/od/involvementteams/a/twelve_tip_team.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuckman%27s_stages_of_group_development

http://humanresources.about.com/od/teambuilding/f/team_stages.htm

Storming:
Within the Storming aspect of a team is when the members assign the roles, asses their strengths and weaknesses as well as how to equally lay out the task out hand. This step also includes discussing the best solution in which to confront this new task that has been assigned.
Norming & Performing:
As Norming and Performing kind of go hand in hand, the category is also combined. The Norming process is the physical process of assign the roles as well as finalizing any discussions that may be made about how to proceed to achieve the desired goal. In the Performing process, each individual is working well with the others in the team, and it no longer is an individual process. With each work being done, whether or not the individuals had help throughout each step, the finalized product will result in a solid fluid result that appears as if it were written by a single entity rather than several.
A good team contract is:
https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:8b3EV73CWvgJ:c4e.ucsc.edu/sites/default/files/Team%2520Contract%2520Handout%2520WWU%2520version.doc+team+contract&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESg9O0Z2tJcx0cY7vTUv5RnZzZgU_eOz-KT7r0lmxeFRLDa0Ag-9TSc0H-1WkNHDnsxC_YzAOKf5WNm3uK1hLWkvrmAjkfGRNGCNs5GeGNHdnJ4X7tWV5cwsRZglZA3jz-E4h-Hq&sig=AHIEtbTm9cvR4rDoOdTYNYW7GvcXlZtBcw

In order for new computer users to become…

In order for new computer users to become more technologically adept into modern society, it is most important that the new users (young and old alike) learn the components / hardware of the computer before learning about a program or how to navigate through the various possibilities on the internet, in Microsoft Office, etc. When learning the basics of a computer, a new user will learn the components (pieces), software understanding, the differences between RAM and ROM, the different types of a computer, and the basic functions of what a computer is necessary for. A new user to a computer can be easily comparable to a new car owner. The owner of a new car would need to know the basics of how their new automobile operates, where the gas goes, as opposed to fuel, how often maintenance needs to be performed, any possible upgrades to improve longevity and operation of the vehicle, etc.

The links that show the basic fundamentals of a computer include: http://www.hemantabaral.com/Computer%20Fundamental.pdf http://www.gcflearnfree.org/computerbasics/1.1