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Guiding Question 4- Team 8, STRAY CATS.Tuesday, October 16, 2012 11:49 PM In an ever changing world of technology, as we see newer and more improved computer systems being developed, our younger generation continues to grow along with it. As a new computer user, you find out that there’s so much information available to you on the internet-but you’re not quite sure as to […]

Team CES – Artifact 4: Hardware, Computer Set up, Network Set up and Diagnosis

Aloha! We are in Week 7 and members ofTeam Cutting Edge Support continue to expand their minds to teach others how technology affects each of us on a daily basis! This week has brought our attention back to the basics as we answer this week’s Guiding Question, “What basic hardware terminology, computer and network setup, and simple computer and networking diagnosis skills does one need to know to become a savvy computer user?” The team has created all their artifacts in Power Point this week for a visually pleasing yet educational tool for all to enjoy.
Atsuko first addresses the question, “What basic hardware terminology you need to know to purchase a computer?” By listing and describing the important items we begin to gain an understanding of this week’s question. Team member Kiara then addresses the question, “What are input devices? What are Output devices?” with clear definitions and visual examples. Gina then shares her research on storage and memory and explains the differences between the two and what one needs to know to be a savvy computer user. Richard concludes this week’s Guiding Question by responding to the question, ” How to set up a basic home network? How to diagnose network issues?”

What basic hardware terminology you need to know to purchase a computer? Atsuko Hamano

Hardware – the major items of equipment or their components used for a particular purpose.

Everything you can see and touch in your PC is hardware.

Below are basic hardware terms that we need to know to purchase a computer:

•Hard Drive



•Optical Drive

•Wireless Switch


•USB port

•SD card reader

•Ethernet port

•External SATA port

Link to Atsuko’s Artifact

What are the basic input and output devices needed to operate a computer? How do you set up a computer? Kiara Pascual

Input Device

  • An input device refers to devices that command the computer by providing data and/or instructions.
  • These are the devices that you are most likely“touching” in order to produce a visual output (for example: on the monitor screen).

Output Device

  •  An output device refers to the devices that enable us to use our senses such as seeing and hearing. 
  • The output device allows you to see (or hear) what you have commanded a computer to do.

Input Devices Examples

  •  Wired Keyboard
  •  Pointer
  • Wireless Mouse
  •  Touch pad
  • Touchscreen

Output Devices Examples

  • Monitor
  • Speakers
  • Printer

Connecting devices to computer

Basic computer set up

  • Youtube video

Link to Kiara’s Artifact

Memory vs. Storage Gina Ho

When answering this week’s Guiding Question about basic hardware terminology and computer and network setup I decided to focus on memory and storage. While the average user understands about various forms of storage such as flash drives, CDs, and DVDs, there is much confusion on what storage is, what memory is, and what the difference is. In my PowerPoint Presentation I go through basic definitions, types of each, and what you as a user need to know to determine what to purchase.

•What is memory and how does it work?

•What is storage and how does it work?

•What is the difference between memory and storage?

•What do you need to know about memory and storage when you are purchasing computer devices?

 Link to Gina’s Artifact

How to setup a basic home network? How to diagnose network issues?  Richard Laparejo



•Basic Hardware

•Hardware Setup

•Computer Setup

•Wireless Printer Setup

•How to diagnose and troubleshoot issues

Works Cited

Computers are your Future, 12th Edition

Link to Richard’s Artifact

Team Cutting Edge Support continues to provide easy-to-understand information for the computer user. By researching and collecting information from the best sources, we are able to share our knowledge with others. If we can answer any of your questions please let us know! We look forward to your feedback.

Guiding Question #4

What basic hardware terminology, computer and network setup, and simple computer and networking diagnosis skills does one need to know to become a savvy computer user?

     In the digital age of home automation the intelligent home and its devices should be accessible at anytime from anywhere.  There are many challenges when setting up a HAN (Home Area Network) in the parameters of a household.  Hopefully, the team artifact of Omniscient 4U regarding GQ4, will be a helpful guide on how to setup a HAN and how to diagnose common problems the home computer user may incur with connections to the Internet and receiving the maximum performance from the related peripherals and devices of a Home Area Network.

Darrell Delmundo

     How does someone setup a home network? Home networks are not as difficult as most people may think. Those who have never used a computer could easily setup their own. Sometimes you don’t need to be a part of the geek squad to do things yourself.


Kurt Kaleikini

What are some simple “Home Area Network” WiFi diagnosis and solutions?

     In the 21ST Century, it is typical for most households to go wireless with a WiFi access network system.  The great part about having a wireless system in the household is that hardware problems are easily fixed.  Seriously, most of the time it’s about disconnecting and reconnecting peripherals (Broadband modems), router (Ethernet), devices (printers, scanners, game council, home security system, entertainment system and computers with a press of a button or a pull of a plug, really!  In addition, a PowerPoint on HANs was created to present a few examples on how to recognize common problems of home networks and a few suggested solutions that work. “Check it out!”

Kate Galloway

     Computers are the past, the present and the future!  Our world is full of growing technology and we are learning everyday.  It isn’t easy to completely understand the technology that is out there but these helpful, useful, and quick tips should help one get a better understanding of how to become a better computer user.  And also gain knowledgeable skills.

     In conclusion, we hope that the information contributed individually and as a team will enhance your Home Area Network experience positively.  In addition, getting to know your computer’s control panel and the related network peripherals and devices will eliminate many Home Area Network challenges commonly experienced with a households wireless area network in the 21ST Century, of advance technology that is usually the standard in most modern households.


Fantastic Four Team Artifact 4 – How to become a savvy computer user

For the new User, The Journey to Computer Literacy begins with these simple steps. To become Computer savvy, the new user must be knowledgeable in these three areas:

  • Basic hardware terminology
  • Computer and network set-up skills
  • Computer and network diagnosis  skills

Upon mastery of the lingo, basic identification and invaluable beginners’ skills, the new user will be able to communicate effectively. Instead of fear and intimidation, they will begin to develop an attitude of confidence and independence toward their newly acquired technology.

In terms of computers, hardware usually refers to external components, such as printers or scanners, that you can see and touch. Some internal computer components, such as the processor and memory, are also called hardware.

Computer hardware refers to the physical parts of a computer and related devices. Internal hardware devices include motherboards, hard drives, and RAM. External hardware devices include monitors, keyboards, mice, printers, and scanners.

The internal hardware parts of a computer are often referred to as components, while external hardware devices are usually called peripherals. Together, they all fall under the category of computer hardware.

In this Artifact, you will be exposed to some of the more common Computer Hardware Terminology.

What basic hardware terminology does one need to know to become computer savvy? – Angus

Sharing is caring, and you can show your loved ones how much you care by setting up a home network. With a home network, you and those close to you can share music, documents, and–most importantly–love effortlessly between the computers in your home. Follow the link to see how you can start sharing.

What basic computer and network setup skills does one need to become a savvy computer user? – Jeff

In this artifact I used personal experience in trying to list what basic skills I needed to acquire to navigate away from constant calls/e-mails to the tech guys and more closer to figuring it out on my own.

What simple computer and networking diagnosis skills does one need to know to become a savvy computer user? – Liz

For those reluctant ney-sayers, procrastinators and just plain old new users, the Team has provided an Artifact to get the new user well on the way to Computer Literacy and Compitence.  Newly created PowerPoint and Word Documents provide uncomplicated access to a wealth of literacy information.

Enjoy, Learn and finally: Welcome to the 21st

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.

Sample Team Artifact Post

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?

Short introduction here on how the team addressed the Guiding Question (include guiding question) with their artifacts in making sense of the entire Guiding Question. Sum up everyone’s contributions.

1. How do you find and interpret credible research information using Google search?

By: Tommy Technology

Google is one of the most widely used search engines. The common saying these days is, “Just Google it.” What does that mean? It means you can find anything – answers to all your questions using the Google search engine, But how do you find and interpret credible research information from your online search? In the file below, I’ve included a list of the top 10 ways to research and find credible information using the Google search engine, including additional information and examples.

Top 10 Ways to Research and Find Credible Information Using Google (.docx)


2. Next teammate’s question.

Next teammate’s name.

Short intro.

Attach artifact file here.

3. Next teammate’s question.

Next teammate’s name.

Short intro.

Attach artifact file here.

4. Next teammate’s question.

Next teammate’s name.

Short intro.

Attach artifact file here.


Short conclusion. Ask for comments.