This is an assignment in the how computers work unit.

How Computers Work

Assignments and Programs we used: Four parts of a computer, computer movie worksheet, Group project, taking apart a computer, and building a computer.

 

 

What I learned: I learned about binary numbers. Binary numbers are numbers that translates into letters and numbers in the computer.

 

 

My best work: The computer movie worksheet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

During the movie “The Journey Inside a Computer” you learned some basics about the parts of a computer and how a computer works. You also took apart a computer and identified its parts.

 

For this assignment, your group will become experts about one aspect of computer components. After researching your topic, you will give a presentation to the class on what you have learned.

 

You will all teach and learn from each other. During the presentations it will be important to listen to each other. You will need to know about all aspects of computer components for the rest of the assignments during this unit.

 

TOPICS

¨ Input Devices. How many input devices can you find? What is the difference between input and output? Are there some devices that do both input and output? How do some of these devices work?

¨ Output Devices. How many output devices can you find? What is the difference between input and output? Are there some devices that do both input and output? How do some of these devices work?

¨ Storage Devices. What are some external storage devices? What are the different types? How do they work? How are they measured?

¨ Microprocessors: What they are and how they work? What do all those numbers mean that describe their speed? How do microprocessors use digital information.

¨ Computer Memory. What are the differences between RAM and ROM? What other types of computer memory are there? How does the computer use them? What are their purposes? How do they work?

¨ The Motherboard. What is the purpose of the motherboard? What are the parts? How is a motherboard like a city? How does it all work together?

¨ Inside a Computer Case: What is needed to make a computer work? What are the different parts that make up a computer? How do they communicate with each other?

¨ Outside a Computer Case. The outside of a computer case has many different ports. What is each port called? What does it look like? What kinds of peripherals use the ports? How do they work, and what is the difference in their speeds?

¨ Operating Systems. A computer must be able to understand basic instructions to operate. These instructions come with an operating system, which is the first program run by any computer. What are some different operating systems? What are some of their functions? Why is there more than one operating system? How do they work? What would happen if you didn’t have an operating system? Compare and contrast several operating systems.

 

Get together with your group and choose the topic you would like to research. The first group to pick the topic gets the topic. Write your names on the board to claim your topic.