Technology is overwhelming period however with countless resources…

Technology is overwhelming period, however with countless resources and learning tools it’s possible for new user’s to familiarize and learn from scratch. Take for instance www.oregon.gov/ccwd/abe/pdf/computerskillschecklistfinal.pdf ; where it explains the most basic way to get started with technology/computers. It’s always a good idea to step back and observe (look at the big picture) and then familiarize yourself (hands on) with the equipment. Once you’re comfortable with turning the computer on and off; you can then evaluate the system as a whole and examine what you have in front of especially the storage capacity. Knowing how much storage your computer can handle is always good to know before you start downloading data, pictures, music, and/or movies; there’s nothing more annoying than downloading something for school only to find out that the computer’s memory is full. Third important topic is getting to know your computer, for example the icons and menu on Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, etc. Once you get to know your computer you can then start creating, naming, saving documents and folders. And last, but not least to save yourself the stress it’s ALWAYS! a good idea to protect your computer from malicious virus (if it doesn’t come w/the comp. you can purchase). Also it would be a good idea to be smart about opening, clicking, and/or downloading.
1. Familiarize yourself with computer (equipments attached -mouse-printer,etc , on/off)
2. Storage Capacity
3. Identify the use of icons/menu
4. Creating, saving, and naming files, documents, and folders
5. Virus Protection & preventive measures

Learning Computer Fundamentals First and fore most you…

Learning Computer Fundamentals

First and fore most you need to know how to turn on a computer. You can’t use it if don’t know how to turn it on but thats easy. So the next important skill or topic a new computer user should know to become more technologically aware and digitally competent is to learn computer fundamentals. The best way to learn is from somebody else who knows how to use techonology. There are a lot of programs and workshops online and at local colleges that offer further information on how to use computers.
There is a big gap between our grandparents/parents on technology. I convinced my dad to get an iPhone a couple months back and the first couple days he wanted to return it because he went from a flip phone to a smart phone. So like computers, he had to learn the basic functions of the iPhone. He eventually got used to it and he is now constantly on it, checking emails and on Facebook. For new computer users who were disadvantage or had no access to technology it is important to get the simple fundamentals down. Being able to navigate through a computer to perform certain tasks like composing an email, pulling up applications such as Microsoft Word, or surfing the net. By doing so new users have to get used to using a mouse and know the different functions of it has so you can properly open certain things or navigate through the computer. You have to learn when to double click or single click. My dad had a tendency to keep clicking when things didn’t work thinking it will come up faster. Computers are not perfect so knowing what to do when something goes wrong like exiting the appliction or restarting the computer or refreshing a page is something good to know. Humans are natural scientist so for new users it takes practice and patience but once you get it down the basics your going to want to learn more!

http://www.ctdlc.org/remediation/mouse.html

Application Software Tools for Productivity The most important…

Application Software:
Tools for Productivity
The most important essential to learn for a new computer user is Microsoft Office 2010. Because mastering the application software of Microsoft Office 2010 will furnish the new computer user with “Tools of Productivity” that are most commonly used in today’s 21st century environment of education, employment, and world of business.

The application software of Microsoft Office 2010, which provide the new computer user with “Tools of Productivity” are:
1. Microsoft Word 2010 – Used to write, format, and print documents and reports.
2. Microsoft Excel 2010 – Used to manage numbers on spreadsheets and charts.
3. Microsoft Access 2010 – Used to manage your customer database.
4. Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 – Used to present a professionally delivered “Slide Show.”
5. Microsoft OneNote 2010 – Used as a Personal Planner and for Note taking and sharing, etc.
6. Microsoft Outlook 2010 – Used as a Personal Manager (e-mails, contact lists, calendar, etc.)
7. Microsoft Publisher 2010 – Used to create newsletters, product catalogs, advertising, etc.)
8. Microsoft Office 2010 Tools – Used as a “Tool Kit” offering tools for software repair.

There are many educational opportunities for the new computer user to learn Microsoft Office 2010. The most common ways to learn are online courses, self-help, books, and videos or an institution of higher learning. For instance Leeward Community College’s Business 101 course offers Microsoft Office 2010 to its students. At the end of the Business 101 course at LCC each student is expected to be proficient in Microsoft Office 2010: Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.

Mastering Microsoft Office 2010 will enable the new computer user to be an asset in all that he or she endeavors to become in the 21st century in regard to reaching their full potential in education, employment and business. Therefore it is imperative that the new computer user essentially learn to use the software applications of Microsoft Office 2010.

www.amazon.com/Computers-Your-Future-Complete-Edition/dp/0132544946
www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Office-2010-Getting-Started/dp/0135088658

Technology Topic – System Software A computer is…

Technology Topic – System Software
A computer is a very sophisticated piece of technology, and to understand how to use it, and how it works takes some knowledge. There are different parts of the computer. There is the hardware, or the physical components which make the computer such as Ram, video card, disk drive, and so forth. There is the other part that we don’t see which is the software such as the Operating System, and programs that we use everyday. Some of these include Word, Photoshop, Internet Explorer and so forth. I believe that a new computer user should first learn how to use computer software. Just being able to use the operating system whether it be MacOS or Windows makes computer usage a whole lot easier. There are many online sites that also teach how to use programs and pretty much anything you need to know such as http://www.basic-computerskills.com/

Anyone can learn ..to use a computer

My advice is to learn from a live person that can help you one on one , not just someone online who might be a “virtual“ agent , as they are programmed with limited ability and information , and boring to boot . I think in my opinion and experience with kids ,they are the best to ask . They know a lot about the computer and pick up real quick I ‘ve taught lower elementary and special ed and they are amazing , the downside is they have no patience when it comes to older people that ask too much questions and want to know everything that they are doing and showing them , their frustration gets the best of them .
Another option would be a couple of good books or CD’s with tutorials. These can show you the basic steps to get on the computer. Learn how to turn the computer on, off, and how to put discs in the disc drive.
Once they are comfortable installing the disks , and maneuvering the basic concepts of the system , the next thing would be to learn a little about some of the computer “lingo.
Then ,show them how to find a free email provider and sign up using their instructions.
Also, always keep your computer up to date with security patches and other updates. Learn to recognize spam and bogus emails which can look very real.
This is REALLY important with all the hacking and scams going on .
learn about the advantages and disadvantages of the program you are working with and how to get help when you get stuck or need more info.
Remember, don’t download anything if you are not sure about it, you could inadvertently download a virus if you are not aware of what you are doing.
Make sure your computer is good for what you are planning to use for . More files and larger programs require more space on the hard drive .
Certain public institutions, like libraries or schools, offer free computer courses for people of all ages, and they work at a pace that is comfortable for you .
Most libraries will have computers in them that you can use there or even borrow for a short while . Consider going there, as they are free and readily accessible .
Life and technology continue to change daily , I know this and have seen a lot of it, I also look forward to what is yet to come , Mini Apple iPad ?? Cant wait !

http://www.wikihow.com/Become-Computer-Literate

APPS Create Opportunity In the 21st Century APPS…

APPS: Create Opportunity

In the 21st Century APPS are a necessity to the community at large. However, only those citizens with the means to afford APPS are the ones who primarily experience the benefits in their daily use of APPS in their work, school and personal lives, whereas the under privilege can’t afford to benefit from personal use of APPS!
Since APPS come with a cost for the usage of items such as personal: smart cell phones, laptops, and desktop computers, everyone has to pay to play, some can and many cannot. The constant users of APPS have the resources to maintain their personal “Tools of Productivity”, the ones that don’t lack the resources to do so.
APPS, definitely “Create Opportunity”! So it is imperative that as a community we work to create opportunities of employment and training (Computer Applications), etc. Furthermore it is our mission as a community to support the under privileged citizen, who is committed to achieving their full potential for themselves, their families and communities, by their continuous usage of APPS, too.

http://www.amazon.com/Success-Open-Source-Steven-Weber/dp/0674018583/ref=ed_oe_p#reader_0674018583

Technology topic – Pre Cell phone communication – aka Pagers

It used to be only a Dr. or police officer had a pager or beeper as some called it . But in the days prior to cell phones that was the only way to communicate with someone if they weren’t available by land-line . If you needed to reach someone for an emergency or give them a message you called their number entered the number you wanted them to call you at the hit “send” ! It was that easy , OR was it ?? Unless you had some kind of code with the person you were paging , you had to stop and find a phone to respond to the page that you got . Sometimes this just wasn’t possible , like when you are driving and your not able to just stop and find a phone . Pagers also had/ have a reputation for being known to be used in a negative sense . People thought if you had a pager you either had a very important job OR you were dealing or using drugs, its not the case so much today as they too have “stepped up ‘ with the trend of communication .The technology revolution has really stepped up in the last 20 years. There are so many ways to communicate with someone that it would be hard not to get in touch with anyone when you needed to . Cell phones, computers , internet , 2 way radios , social networks , and yes the pager is still being used today. Mostly with physicians or in locations where its not possible to use a cell phone device. To say ” I , haven’t been able to reach you ” is hard to believe in this day and age . I myself am still intrigued with the latest gadgets that come out . I look forward to seeing what else will transpire in the years to come.

My back up plan in the event i run into a computer issue , i am fortunate to have multiple computers to use as well as a few options for internet access, my phone , 2 different internet options at home or last result head to school down the road . I look forward to learning new concepts and ideas to use in my current business ventures .

source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pager

Technology Topic Basic Computer Skills Technology today has…

Technology Topic- Basic Computer Skills
Technology today has moved really fast. I remember when cell phones surfaced when I was in High School, (knowing it had been around for quite some time) I was amazed by the amount of people who had a cell phone. I didn’t get a cell phone until I was out of high school and purchased it with my hard earned money. If you take a look at it now, it is call a smart phone. It does almost everything a computer does and maybe things that a computer can’t do. Like talk into it and tell it to search for someone for you or search an address or call someone. It does so much now. I tend to pick up rather quickly when it comes to technology. I do know of some people who can’t grasp the concept of the basics. It’s not their fault, it’s not as complicated as it seems for us but for them it’s confusing.
                To start from scratch, (the basics) might be able to break things down and help them better understand the concept better. The essentials of technology are important as well. Knowing what you can do and create on the computer makes me more interested in what else is out there. From how to start your computer, to load and store thing onto your computer.  Now, I want to transfer documents and communicate using different ways, like, Facebook, Twitter, email, etc.  The interest in these types of thing gets better and better. If you buy anything technical, (washing machine, dish washer, tablet, phone, or even as simple as a cd player or clock), you want to read the manual on how to work it because you never know when you will need to use something you never used before and how to properly use it is very important. I have had experiences where I thought it would be relaxing to listen to the radio in the bath tub and had a surprise shock when I didn’t expect it. Safety and proper use of anything is important. Brush up on your skills you never know what may happen or what have changed.
Source-  http://www.basic-computerskills.com/

Technology topic artifact for Week 1 Computer Hardware…

Technology topic artifact for Week 1: Computer Hardware

Computer hardware is the foundation of every computer system. Computer hardware is basically the computer components that you can touch and see. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_hardware

Some computer hardware components are the power supply, disk drive, headphone, optical drive, video camera, speakers, system unit, monitor, microphone, mouse, keyboard, and last but not least cables. One of the most important and significant inventions in hardware was the Universal Serial Bus Port/Cable. USB is an industry standard developed in the mid-1990s by Intel that defines the cables, connectors, and communications protocols used in a bus for connection, communication, and power supply between computers and electronic devices.

Prior to the USB every computer peripheral had its own type of cable. We used to have parallel port cable for your printer, serial port cable for your modem, VGA port cable for your monitor, RCA cables for your audio and sometimes for video, mouse cable port, and keyboard cable port. The USB cable replaced all of these cables and provided interfaces with many electronic components like cameras, music players, but most importantly for data storage. Today we have portable USB flash drive storage devices with capacities of 12 Gb and more that fit on your key chain. For more information on USB follow the link below.
http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/io/universal-serial-bus/universal-serial-bus-specifications.html

Essential Technology Topic Computer Ethics or Computer Etiqueticy…

Essential Technology Topic: Computer Ethics or Computer Etiqueticy for Computer Users for a safe online experience

On the internet, some people put things on the internet that we know either is good or bad, but he or she put things on the internet. That’s where Ethical delimmas of Computers. Computer Ethics “is the use of basic ehtical principles to help you make the right decisions in your daily computer us. (p. 37, LaBerta).” And Netiquette, “which is a lengthy series of specific behavior guidelines (38, Laberta). Or it can be described “which describes the use of proper manners and behavior online.” Here are the 10 netiquette guidelines:

Top 10 Netiquette Guidelines for a Safe Online Experience
1.Use Computer Courtesy – Whether a person is sending an email, chatting in a chat room or speaking in a forum, it is important to be courteous and respectful of others online. Always remember the Golden Rule!
2.Use Emoticons – When communicating online, it can be difficult to gauge a writer’s emotion. Unless a web camera or microphone is used, the writer’s expression or emotion is difficult to determine. By using emoticons, the writer’s proper emotion will be conveyed to the reader.
3.Be Brief Online – It is important to keep messages short, especially when writing an email or typing in a chat room. By using common chat abbreviations or acronyms, not only will the reader appreciate the brevity of the message, it will save the author valuable time typing the message. Remember, keep it short and be brief!
4.DON’T SHOUT – No matter what forum, writing in all capital letters is considered SHOUTING and is considered very rude. A word or two in caps is fine, but shouting is not recommended.
5.Pay Attention to Language Issues – Improper, inappropriate or bad language may get a participant kicked out or permanently banned from a forum or group. It is also important to remember people from other countries may be participating in the conversation and language barriers may be an issue.
6.Think Before Posting – It is important to note, what is posted online today, may come back and haunt the writer tomorrow. That silly or fun photograph posted on a social networking site, may keep that person from getting a job later on. Many colleges and employers are now searching social networking sites prior to hiring.
7.Keep Personal Information Private – Posting private and personal information in the wrong location can have serious consequences. Identity theft is a rapidly growing concern. Divulging too much information could give predators and those with bad intentions valuable information. Be careful where personal information is posted. If private information is posted in a group setting, read the guidelines prior to posting. Children should not post private information online
8.Obey Copyright Laws – Obey copyright laws. Don’t steal!
9.Help Internet Newbies – Be patient and helpful with others. Remember, everyone was a newbie once.
10.Be Aware of Cyberbullying – Cyberbullying or electronic bullying continues to be an increasing problem. Parents should talk honestly and openly to children about the issues of electronic bullying. Studies suggest most children do NOT tell a trusted adult if they are a victim of electronic bullying. If targeted by a cyberbully, do not respond. Keep all ORIGINAL correspondence, with dates and times if possible. If the messages are of a threatening nature or safety is a concern, contact local law enforcement as soon as possible.

Read more at Suite101: Top 10 Netiquette Guidelines: Internet Etiquette Tips for a Safe and Fun Online Experience | Suite101.com http://suite101.com/article/netiquette-guidelines-a26615#ixzz24R0ez6Pt

source: http://suite101.com/article/netiquette-guidelines-a26615

Topic Basics I have yet to talk about…

Topic Basics

I have yet to talk about what others should look into for more information or as far as resources when it comes to this class or course. I have know exact knowledge of it nor do I have resources. I know basic use of computers although I encourage everyone to acknowledge what they know and grasp that there is still lots to learn. For me basics is all I know so it’s all I’ll be able to explain as far as my artifact will go. The knowledge of anything begins with basics. So familiarize yourself and help others better understand the basics so they to can move forward towards expanding their horizon unto bigger and technical things.

Source- http://www.bedford.lib.nh.us/Basics.htm#oss

Essential Topic Skill Assistive Adaptive Technologies The most…

Essential Topic/Skill: Assistive/Adaptive Technologies

The most Essential Technology Topic/Skill the Disadvantaged need to fully understand is Computer Fundamentals. Since this Topic has been addressed several times and there is little I can add, I would like to address another Topic which finished high on my top five list: Assistive/Adaptive Technology.

According to the United States Assistive Technology Act of 1998, assistive technology (also called adaptive technology) refers to any “product, device, or equipment, whether acquired commercially, modified or customized, that is used to maintain, increase, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.” http://www.section508.gov/docs/AssistiveTechnologyActOf1998Full.pdf

Assistive Computer Technology exists to help senior citizens and people with disabilities improve their quality of life and increase their independence and productivity. Some common computer related assistive technology products include screen magnifiers, large-key keyboards, alternative input devices such as touch screen displays, over-sized trackball s and joysticks, speech recognition programs, and text readers.

Examples of major players taking a proactive approach to this technology are presented below:

“Window-Eyes, another widely-used screen-reader, has versions that work with Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista, & Windows 7. It supports multiple users, over 50 speech synthesizers, and over 40 Braille displays.”

“Apple includes assistive technology in its products as standard features — at no additional cost. For example, iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Mac OS X include screen magnification and VoiceOver, a screen-access technology, for the blind and visually impaired. To assist those with cognitive and learning disabilities, every Mac includes an alternative, simplified user interface that rewards exploration and learning. And, for those who find it difficult to use a mouse, every Mac computer includes Mouse Keys, Slow Keys, and Sticky Keys, which adapt the computer to the user’s needs and capabilities.”

“Google search with an audio component” http://kpope.com/assistech/index.php

Adaptive computer technology enables a person who has a sensory, mobility, dexterity, learning disability, injury or ergonomic requirement to use a computer by reducing or simply eliminating the barriers. Accessibility means that people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with information, services and applications. Improved computer accessibility has been instrumental in preventing seniors and disabled from being left behind in an increasingly technological world.

http://www.telikin.com/blog/index.php/post/seniors-and-adopting-computer-technology

Essential Technology topic Prevent losing your data When…

Essential Technology topic: Prevent losing your data

When you are working on something important using your computer, say an important project, a crash happen just before you hit the “save” button and everything is gone. If you have ever gone through this, I guess you understand the importance of backing up your data. I believe that every computer uses should develop a habit of backing up files in their computer.

This computer skill is important for every computer users. If you are a business man, say if you lose a file which record all the tradings, you may lose big money. If you are a student, you may lose your project and fail it just because you didn’t back up for your files. Imagine if you lose a one and only, valuable, family picture permanently, it would be heart breaking.

In fact, I think these cases happened a lot. It is because computer is actually very vulnerable. When you browse the internet, you are subject to thousands of computer viruses which can risk all of your files. Also, your hard drive could break down, simply as that. Sometimes a crash happen too, when the computer is overloaded. All of these could make you permanently lose some files permanently, causing many inconvenience, if you don’t back up your computer regularly.

Therefore I believe backing up is the most essential topics for new computer users.

SOURCES: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backup
http://regischapmandesign.com/blog/files/backup-back-up-archive-your-data.html

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

Digital Literacy opens the doors to Digital Technology…

Digital Literacy opens the doors to Digital Technology.

Being digitally literate includes all digital devices like computer hardware, software, the Internet and cell phones enabling a person to interact with society.

Digital literacy would be my technological topic for new computer users of, “Touching Lives Through Technology” (TLTT) because it would open new doors of knowledge or even curiosity that may never have been thought of before.

Literacy of a specific subject, like taking college courses towards a degree, broadens that knowledge to an achievement event. This in turn gives a person confidence, opportunities, empowerment and self-esteem to accept more challenges and broaden ones worldly views.

Even if some of the target groups of people did not want to pursue more knowledge digitally, they probably would have a curiosity to know more about the World Wide Web and its many fascinations for themselves.

An example of this is Ireland’s Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte who offered grants to non-profit community organizations that provided basic digital skills to similar target groups of disadvantaged people. Through the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources 100,000 people were offered training under the BenefIT 3 Scheme program.

http://www.siliconrepublic.com/careers/item/25422-tech-beginners-taught-basic

Learning Computer Basics

This topic will focus on “the untrained” users of a basic computer and it’s skills. As many of us know, technology has evolved to where most of computers and phones can complete a task by simply speaking into it, 80% of the phones are touch screen, and can transfer information to a computer or an ipad in one simple click, (or touch of a screen).
To many people, the technology used today has evolved to quickly for them to keep up. A couple of months ago, my step dad informed me that he needed to upgrade his phone and if I had any suggestions on what phone he should purchase. I quickly responded and said “The iphone 4s,” which wasn’t the best suggestion, considering my step dad didn’t even know what smart phones were. After debating whether he should get it or not, he decided he’s give this “iphone” a shot. Not an hour after he receives his new phone, he calls me and says “I just learned how to call people on this “thing,” can you teach me how to text? Considering he calls me the “queen of text” I simply explain to him how easy it is to send a text. That night I got off of work and had received 12 text messages from him; “HelLo, ithink I got the hang of it! Call mE l8ter 🙂 I need to ask you how to post a picture of your baby brother on my facebook. Keep in mind that my step dad hardly ever goes on his facebook, simply because he thinks it is too complicated and has too many links to get to a page.
This topic could be useful because it can allow people who are not that familiar with fundamentals of the computer. The importance of people learning skills on the web are essentials, because many things can be gained off of the web with millions of answers at the click of a button. The internet offers many helpful websites that can help people become more technologically savvy with the understanding of software, and could be as simple as teaching someone how to post a picture to their facebook from their phone.

Essential technology topic Computer fundamentals Learning the basic…

Essential technology topic: Computer fundamentals
Learning the basic computer fundamentals is something that everyone should learn not only people such as senior citizens, or the disabled. When it comes to learning the basics you learn a lot of things including the parts of a computer, how to work a computer, the different types of computers, also what the computer terms mean. In my opinion the most important things that you can learn is how to work a computer, and its functions. From my experience from when I was in my high school’s air force JROTC we had to use technology in our everyday routine in class. Although we did use other forms of technology the computer was the most favored among all the cadets. Even though the computer was the most favored form of technology a lot of the cadets were not familiar even with the basics. However, after a couple of after school lessons they were able to learn much about computers and from there on they proceeded to learn more and accomplish more than they would’ve without learning the basic fundamentals of a computer. You can earn a lot from websites. http://www.hemantabaral.com/Computer%20Fundamental.pdf.

Essential Technology Skill Protecting your information Now days…

Essential Technology Skill – Protecting your information

Now days it is more often that information can be easily stolen through the use of technology. Whether or not the information is to be used to harm another is entirely up to the thief. Different devices can be used to obtain personal information such as cell phones, computers, credit card terminals, and etc. Why is this such a scary concept? Stolen information can be used in numerous ways that can harm an individual. A person’s identity can be stolen and is normally for financial gain. Unauthorized transactions can occur in your bank or credit card account causing fees, debt, and collection action or judgment in which can lead to bad credit scores that can also affect other accounts.

Here are some ways to protect your information:

1. Do not open unknown attachments .
2. Do not reply to an email, phone call, or text message with your information that you did not initiate. No bank or company will call you directly and ask for your personal information.
3. Continually scan for malicious software on your computer and keep antivirus and security software updated at all times.
4. Monitor your statements, invoices, and credit bureau report.
5. Secure your information (delete emails, texts, shredding receipts/statements or storing in a safe, etc).
6. Always confirm the website you’re viewing is legitimate before providing information or downloading content.
7. Password protect your devices.
8. Keep your information up to date with your bank, loan, and credit card accounts (phone numbers and address). This will allow the company to contact you immediately should they find anything suspicious.

Unfortunately, even if you follow all these steps, there is no way to stay 100% protected from getting your information stolen but you will be put in the higher percentage of consumers that fraud would most likely not occur. For example, your information can be stolen by simply making a purchase. This purchase can be made at a legitimate business and yet can still be affected. This action is not initiated through the account holder nor at the individuals debit/credit card company but through the business that the purchase was made directly . This is known as a merchant breach. Card information is stolen out of the merchant’s database and this information is then used to create counterfeit cards or to make purchases online with the stolen information. An example of a well known merchant breach is when a group of hackers called Anonymous were blamed for the attack on Sony’s Playstation Network to steal credit card information. Ultimately the only way to stay on top of your accounts and minimize losses when merchant breaches occur is follow steps number 4 and 8. Monitor your accounts and always keep your information updated.

http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/consumers/about-identity-theft.html

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9216440/Anonymous_denies_hacking_Sony_stealing_credit_cards

Technology topic Internet   The Touching Lives through…

Technology topic: Internet
 
The Touching Lives through Technology non-profit organization provides laptops and broadband access to at-risk youth and others that may not be able to have their own personal computers. If it means that these people will learn to become self-sufficient, I believe that it is a great cause. Other than the TLTT organization, public libraries provide computers and internet access for the public to use.

Using the Internet is an essential topic for new computer users. While it is a very broad topic, we can utilize internet connection as an everyday tool. A few examples would be: searching for information (school, work and jobs), for communication (e-mail, social networks and video chatting), or for shopping and browsing blogs. The internet is basically a network of networks (Computers Are Your Future). It holds information, some reputable and some unreliable. Using the information should be at one’s own discretion – you should be aware of how current an article is, the author and analyze the URL address (the top domain is what I usually look at to find credible sources. i.e. .org, .gov, .biz).

In a 2005 study by Laurie Henry, technology is constantly moving forward and it is necessary for our youth to be competent in using technology in order to become an effective, literate, member of society. I think that as we become more digitally dependent, knowing how to use and generally operate a computer and the Internet will become “common sense.” For example, my two year old sister can navigate her way through Youtube using an iPad! These upcoming generations will become our future leaders and workers of our nation. It is not a bad idea to start them early. 🙂

http://www.webology.org/2005/v2n1/a9.html

Essential technology topic Knowledge of the different types…

Essential technology topic: Knowledge of the different types of internet connection.

Many people work with computers, whether it’s desk top computers or portable computer, also known as PC, it is important for people to know the different types of internet connections that are available. Some connections maybe able to help consumers save money, and others are detailed on speed. For instance,

PCI Modems- dial-up internet: works from a land line phone connection. The modem is connected through the land line and that is what generates the connection, the internet connections interrupts the land line, so the phone is unable to be used during internet connection.

DSL: Which also works like a dial up, the difference between the both is that
DSL wont tie up the land like dial up does. So you are still able to receive and make calls.

Wireless Connection: instead of using cable wires for your internet connection, wireless uses radio frequency. You are able to access wireless internet from any where as long as your computers WIFI adapter is located in coverage area.

There are much more different ways of connecting internet to your computer, these are just some of most used internet connections.

http://www.petervaldivia.com/technology/networks/types-of-internet-connections.php

I feel that the most essential technology topic…

I feel that the most essential technology topic new computer users should know is the importance of anti virus software. Any computer user should have the latest anti virus software installed onto their computer. Programs as such play an important role in computer safety because it protects all of your files from becoming lost or damaged. For safe and uninterrupted internet usage it is essential that you have an anti virus software installed on your computer. Upgrading your anti virus software will absolutely help prevent viruses from harming your computer. Viruses wreak havoc on your computer everyday. If your computer catches a virus it will slow down the performance of your computer. That is why having an anti virus software installed is important. I know for some computers it should already have some kind of anti virus software already installed, BUT it is only a subscription. On the top of my head I can think of two different brands of anti virus software that you can trust to safely install onto your computer; brands such as Norton and Mcafee. Those two brands are proven and respected in the computer security industry.

I believe a computer System Software is an…

I believe a computer System Software is an important essential topic because system software is what allows us to run many programs even allows us to print. We might not even acknowledge the fact that its running but it’s a program that’s more in the background doing its job. When you get a laptop or a desktop computer you usually install the operating system. After installing that program, it’s when you would install the system software. There are many different types of software that is why you get the one your device asks for. Some devices only allow the software to work at a “low-level” which is common but it would be more convenient if it is working at a “high-level”. This to me is a main essential topic because now a day everything is based off the internet and printing and different programs. With the computer system software you will do fine. As long as you keep it up to date and make sure you have the right software for your device. You can find what types of software there are available at: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/types-of-system-software.html

GOOGLE CROME

I think an important essential topic would be knowledge on web browsers when researching on our computers. Google Crome is a safe and secure web browser that will warn and protect you from certain sites, pop-ups, and any harmful softwares that can cause viruses. Google Crome mentioned that not only is it built to secure your computer from harmful viruses and websites, it also protects your privacy, such as information you provide on your computer. Web browsers are said to be a very important piece of software for your computer so it is important to know how to use web browsers and choosing the right one to use. Google crome offers you a variety of different features that are useful, safe, for any kind of use.

https://www.google.com/chrome/intl/en/more/index.html

… motivation to participate in the digital culture…

…..motivation to participate in the digital culture. – The Benefits of competency

The disadvantaged need to fully understand the benefits to be gained from embracing this technology. Many disadvantaged have unique barriers, such as learning challenges, fear and intimidation, and ingrained belief systems, which must be overcome to reap the rewards of incorporating this technology into their everyday life. Because of these barriers, education must begin with a complete understanding of the benefits to be had to motivate the individuals to buy into change. The disadvantaged must know that the benefits outweigh the costs. The costs being the time and tremendous effort needed to become and remain competent. They need to remain motivated to continue to put forth this effort and to stay committed to their goal of competency. The pay-off is an enriched and greatly improved quality of life. All the classic barriers can be addressed and programs in place; accessibility, training, funding, etc., but if the individuals are not motivated to use the technology it is all for nothing.

Learning Computer Fundamentals

I strongly feel that the most essential technology topic new computer users need to know is computer fundamentals. Touching Lives Through Technology (TLTT) offers a service to those that have either not had access to computers previously or who have limited knowledge. For the purpose of this assignment I will focus on senior citizens.

I recall the day my grandfather learned to send text messages. He had received a basic cell-phone for Christmas and he was asking me how to add a recent caller into his address book. I went over it a few times until he understood it and joked that he was learning so quickly he would be texting in no time. Keep in mind the most technologically advanced piece of equipment my grandfather had been introduced to, before his cell-phone, was his DVR that had never recorded a show to date. He asked that I show him how to do it and so I did never expecting him to catch on. A few weeks later I received a text, “Miss you already had good time thanks lol tell MAR HI XOXOXO.” How my grandfather learned LOL is beyond me but he did it, he sent a text message! A few weeks after that my cousin informed me that my grandfather was surfing Facebook on her smart-phone! Sharing the basic knowledge of how to send a text message sparked his curiosity to learn more advanced technology.

I use this story as an intro into the growing number of seniors that are finding the desire to learn how to use technology to keep in touch with family, meet job requirements, or simply learn something a new skill. In the article, “More Seniors Tackling The Mouse and Keyboard” evidence shows that senior citizens are anxious to learn how to use computers however find that understanding the advanced technology is a bit frustrating. Most of these students have never turned on a computer but continue to come back to every course offered in order to expand their knowledge.

Computer fundamentals are essential. There are countless website offering advice and classes on how to teach computer skills to the elderly. If they don’t understand the basics how will they be able to advance? The ability to conquer the basic skills also develops the desire to learn more essential technology topics such as Internet surfing and social media websites. Start with the fundamentals and grow from there!

http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2011-11-27/news/fl-wired-seniors-20111127_1_computer-classes-computer-training-keyboard

Essential technology topic software programs Software programs are…

Essential technology topic: software programs

Software programs are useful and powerful tools that have evolved for the ever changing needs and environment of the computer world. From word processing, accounting, to publishing, database management, and many more frequently used platforms. They have changed the accessibility of data processing for the day to day man as well as larger entities. Before these software programs related tasks took a lot of time and resources to collect, process and store information in not only a useful way but in a way that could be easily transferred in real time. Not to mention most times only people who were specialized through education and/or training worked on such related tasks. There are a lot of different options in software. Some are free and some have a fee, some are standard and others can be developed or customized to the users’ needs.
Some examples of such practical usage of software programs are:
1. Health care providers utilizing database management software to maintain patient electronic medical records. This gives better immediate access to important patient medical history, medications, allergies, and treatment information directly to the patient and to anyone treating the patient, without the restriction of their doctor’s availability.
2. a) A nonprofit organization using publishing software to develop pamphlet, flyers, and website designs at a fraction of the price to develop in comparison to hiring a designer. b) A family wants to send out a personalized baby announcement, using publishing software they can take the pictures of the baby and ideas of all members and create precious broadcast cards of their new arrval.
3. A small business managing their business through clerk entering data in an accounting software and having a CPA do annual year end audits. This saves the small company a lot of money on this essential task of financial record keeping.
4. A student/employee has to create a handbook, using word processing they can create a professional layout with a cover, table of contents in relatively no time. Then send it out to review and have printed.
Software programs have helped us personally and professionally to take raw data and ideas and be able to use them in a useful and creative way. Saving time and resources and making it accessible to almost everyone.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43845019/ns/technology_and_science-future_of_technology/t/computer-software-helps-engineer-organisms/
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,1633752,00.asp

Essential Technology Topic Importance of Antivirus Software Many…

Essential Technology Topic: Importance of Antivirus Software

Many people can say that at one time or another they have had a virus on their computer. A virus can slow your computer down drastically, access your personal data or shut down your whole system. It is important to know where the viruses come from and how to protect ourselves from them. There are a lot of ways that a computer can be infected, here are a few examples:

• Malicious emails: There are tons of scam artists out there that would love to have your information. If you receive an email from a suspicious sender or fishy subject, it’s probably best to just delete it.

• Pirating: Illegally downloading music, games or other forms of media make your computer susceptible to viruses.

• Update Windows: Updating your computer can protect you from potentially harmful viruses.

There are quite a few Antivirus programs out there that will help make your online experience a good one. There are some that are free, and some that may cost a little for a subscription. Remember that even if you do have an Antivirus program, you still need to be aware and read before accepting or downloading anything! Here is a website to help you protect yourself from these viruses. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-HK/windows-vista/How-can-I-help-protect-my-computer-from-viruses

Essential Computer Skill The most essential topic to…

Essential Computer Skill

The most essential topic to teach a new computer user is the focus/question of “What is a PC?” This website http://www.lfpl.org/jobshop/docs/ComputerBasics.pdf is self-help tutorial to provide a solid foundation to the new computer user. It goes into the detail about the fundamentals of computer use, along with its importance. The basic knowledge of what a computer actually is and what it’s used for should be the beginning point when teaching someone just starting out. How do you turn the computer on and off? What is the display/monitor used for? What are the uses of a mouse and keyboard? Simple questions like these reflect areas of which beginners should learn. An example would be like when you are first learning to drive a car. Before actually driving, you learn the basics. You learn how to turn on the car, how to steer the car, what to press to accelerate and stop, the rules of the road, etc. Without learning the basic functions, parts, and uses of a computer, one can never begin their path to achieve growth, experience and knowledge as a computer user.

http://www.lfpl.org/jobshop/docs/ComputerBasics.pdf

In 1965 some visionaries from MIT came up…

In 1965, some visionaries from MIT came up with the idea of connecting a computer in Massachusetts to a computer in California using a dial-up telephone circuit line. Although it showed the feasibility of wide area networking, but also showed that the telephone line’s circuit switching were inadequate.Lawrence Roberts, one of the visionaries, moved over to the Defense Advanced Research Project and then began his plan for the ARPANET,which is now what we call “the internet”.
You may find more information on the founders of the internet here – http://www.walthowe.com/navnet/history.html
This was the beginning of a whole new world. In this day and time, technology has grown so big that there is NOT a household or a human being in this world that does not own some type of electronic device. We have the cellular telephones, smartphones, desks top computers, laptops, ipods, ipads, notebooks, etc all of which use the internet. With such a wide variety to choose from, how does one know just which device will be the best one for them? How does one even learn how to operate these little “gadgets”? Thank God for classes like this one, we old “dinosaurs” (I’m 54 years old and this is my 2nd semester back in school after being out for 30+ years) now have an opportunity to learn new things that can either assist us in either getting a better paying job or improving on our skills for the current jobs we hold.

The Essential Computer Skill – Network Security Internet…

The Essential Computer Skill – Network Security/ Internet Safety
In almost every aspect of our lives we use the internet in some way shape or form. Weather it is on our smart phones, laptops, or desktops we are all essentially connected in a network of processing information. If people are not aware of the hazards and dangers of using the internet unprotected, it could be their personal information that is shared next.

What people should be aware of.

• Knowing the differences of adware, malware, Trojans, and viruses. As these are all negative things to have, they all steal, store, and share information differently. Each has a different way of being dealt with.

• Never share personal information online unless it is on a secured sited that you know you can trust. Do your research and know what you’re using before you share.

• Make sure that you keep your computer up to date using firewalls and internet security software that constantly scans for any unwanted activity.

• You should always keep a backup of your hard drive as some viruses don’t mean to steal information but simply crash your systems.

Knowing some of these things can help prevent lots of heart ache and lost.

http://us.norton.com/security-101/

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/129972

Important: Friendly Reminder about Artifacts

Please remember for artifacts we want you to create something of your own.  We don’t want you simply to repeat what other people have said.

We want you to use and remix some of the text or other work you find- if you include the link. Remixing is the adoption, alteration, and recombination of what your read, saw, or heard to create something new 

If you do not include your own thoughts, you are plagerizing, and you will not receive any points since your artifact will not be considered something new.

Essential Technology Topic STORAGE People spend hours at…

Essential Technology Topic: STORAGE
People spend hours at a time on the computer doing so much work, research, and accessing important files that there aren’t a lot of hours in a day to finish, so you need to put your hard work somewhere. Most important thing to know is how to save and store all your data. A lot of work takes time and you’re going to need to come back to your data or make sure it doesn’t disappear.
There are so many different ways to store your data. You have:
•CD & DVD Drives – Store all data on a disc and pop it back into your computer to retrieve all data.
•Media Card – For small file sizes and data. These are used with memory cards.
•USB Flash Drive – Most popular one today. The size of a person’s thumb and can hold up to 64GB of data. It’s easy to use, rewritable, and inexpensive.
•Hard Drives – There are internal hard drive and external hard drives. Internal is use to hold software, programs, and data that need to be remained within the computer system. External is to have data be transferrable from computer to another device.
Technology today is making it easier for us to work with computers. With having multiple methods of storage for priority data and programs, especially in business companies, it’s important to have the knowledge of all types and to know how each works.

http://atcweb.southplainscollege.edu/faculty/cis/plogue/IntroToComputerScience/essentiacomputerconcepts.htm

The Essential Computer Skill – Protecting and security…

The Essential Computer Skill – Protecting and security
The most important thing is to protect yourself and your computer when you use the Internet. Sometimes we need to write our name, address, date of birth, a bank account, and credit card numbers, and some people were stolen these information. Moreover, there are many people who got viruses in their computers.
Some rogue security software might also:
 ・Lure you into a fraudulent transaction (for example, upgrading to a non-existent paid version of a program).
 ・Use social engineering to steal your personal information.
 ・Install malware that can go undetected as it steals your data.
 ・Launch pop-up windows with false or misleading alerts.
 ・Slow your computer or corrupt files.
 ・Disable Windows updates or disable updates to legitimate antivirus software.
To protect
 ・Do not share more than you need to
 ・Use an Internet firewall.
 ・Visit Microsoft Update to verify your settings and check for security updates.
 ・Subscribe to antivirus software and keep it current.
 ・Create strong passwords

http://www.microsoft.com/security/online-privacy/information.aspx

The Essential Computer Skill – Typing In almost…

The Essential Computer Skill – Typing
In almost every field, a greater understanding of the basics translates into greater success. Whether you’re a finger-pecking novice or lightning-fast IT specialist, typing is as essential to using a computer. Here are some typing-crucial computer activities:
1. Word Processing: While word processing involves numerous features, typing is the chief among them. Learning to type quickly and effectively saves time and averts frustration. In addition, familiarity with the keyboard opens the door to keyboard shortcuts which, can save users even more time.
2. Internet: Typing skills of some sort are essential for internet activities including (but not limited to):
• E-mail
• Social networking sites
• Internet Searches
• Database use
3. Non-computer applications: Chances are, improving your keyboard skills will also improve your skill with other forms of technology including (but not limited to):
• Mobile devices
• Cell phones & tablets
• ATM machines
• DVD Rental Machines

http://www.education.com/magazine/article/The_Top_10_Tech_Skills_Your_Teen/