I have been teaching this Computers course for over 14 years (2-4 classes each year). Each time I teach these lessons, I update and refine them with new videos, screen shots, instructions, student exemplars etc.
This bundle contains an entire Computers Course (Part 1 & Part 2)
BONUS: The resources in these Computer Course Bundles are in PDF format. After you have purchased, you can email me and request the PowerPoint (editable) versions of the Bundles.
Note: This course explores a variety of Educational Technology Websites.
1. Course Outline & 10 Amazing Tech
10. Introduction to Computers
11. Game Based Classroom Response System
12. Google Online Safety Roadshow
13. Gameshow Online Games
17. Computer Repair Investigation
18. Dynamic Presentation Tools
1. Growing Up Online Video Investigation
12. Animated Presentations
14. SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
20. Create a Personal Emoji
21. Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram Investigation
23. Examining Infographics
25. Trading Card Designer
Total Pages: 1864 pages
TOPIC DESCRIPTIONS FOR COMPUTERS COURSE PART 1…
Google Classroom is your mission control for class. Create classes, distribute assignments, send feedback, and see everything in one place. Instant. Paperless. Easy. (google.com/edu/products)
1. Create a class with just a few clicks
2. Add your students by sending them a class code or adding them directly
3. Create an assignment. You’ll be able to see who’s completed the assignment and who’s still working on it.
4. Archive and delete a class at the end of the semester or school year.
1. Everything is in one place. Join the class in one click and then have all of the materials at your fingertips.
2. Start a conversation. Communicate privately with your teacher or ask questions to the whole class.
3. Submit assignments. Attach anything to your assignments (Google Docs, links or photos)
• This is a step-by-step guide for teachers and students who are new to using Google Classroom.
• Screen shots and instruction bubbles are used to show how to get started and easily navigate within Classroom.
• The following topics are covered in this teacher and student guide…
2. Post to Classroom Stream
3. Stream Options (Create Question, Assignment or Announcement)
5. Invite Students (Select Students by Directory, Contacts or Groups)
7. Add Class Materials (Files, Drive Documents, YouTube Videos, Links)
8. Google Drive Classroom Folders (Moving Files to Classroom Folders)
11. Google Classroom from the Student’s Perspective (Printed Handout or Electronic Copy for Students)
This guide utilizes screenshots and instruction bubbles to show teachers and students how to use Google Calendar. Use Google Calendar in conjunction with other Google Apps including Google Drive and Google Classroom.
3. GOOGLE DRIVE (Documents, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms)
• Create and share your work online and access your documents from anywhere.
• Manage documents, spreadsheets, presentations, surveys, and more all in one location.
• These Google programs are FREE.
• These lessons contains screen shots, activities, marking schemes, tips and instructions for using Documents, Slides, Sheets, Drawings and Forms within Google Drive.
* Documents is similar to Microsoft Word
* Slides is similar to Microsoft PowerPoint
* Sheets is similar to Microsoft Excel
* Drawings is similar to Microsoft Publisher
* Forms is a useful tool to help you plan events, send a survey or give students a quiz
UPDATE: Lessons for the new Google Add-ons and Updates have been added.
• Create and share your work online and access your documents from anywhere
• This lesson contains screen shots, tips, activities and instructions for setting up a free account and creating/editing Documents using Google drive.
• This lesson and activity contains screen shots, tips and instructions for using Presentations within Google Drive. It also includes 2 activities students can do using Google Slides along with Marking Schemes.
• This lesson and activity contains screen shots, tips, activities and instructions for using Spreadsheets within Google Drive.
• Google Forms is a useful tool to help you plan events, send a survey or give students a quiz
This lesson and activity contains screen shots, instructions, an activity and marking scheme to enable teachers and students to use Google Forms.
• Easily create, share, and edit drawings online
• Edit drawings online in real time with anyone you choose
• Insert text, shapes, arrows, scribbles, and images from your computer
• Insert drawings into other Google documents, spreadsheets, or presentations
This lesson and activity includes screen shots and instructions to enable teachers and students to use Google Drawings.
Files, Folders, Sharing and Collaborating
• When you create a Doc, Sheet, Slide, Drawing or Form, it is saved to your My Drive
• You can move these documents into Folders to help organize your files
• Folders help organize files so that they can quickly be retrieved at a later date
• Sharing work and Collaborating on group projects are two helpful features of Google Drive
• Grid View, Sort Options, Hide Details, Settings, Preview
• Moving Files to a Folder
• Changing Colors of Folders
• Viewing Files in a Folder
Sharing and Collaborating
• Viewing Files “Shared with Me”
• I have taught computers for over 14 years and I notice that many students do not know how to save documents to folders (even in Microsoft Office)
• Also, how you move/access files and folders in Google Drive is different than Microsoft Office
• Use this lesson to teach students about files, folders and sharing within Google Drive
• Bulleted and Numbered Lists
• Bold, italics, Underline
• Inserting (Tables, Pictures, Shapes, SmartArt, Charts, Header, Page Numbers, WordArt, Textboxes, Video)
• Page Layout (Page Size, Margins, Orientation, Page Color)
• References (Table of Contents, Bibliography, Endnotes and Footnotes, Citation)
• Review (Spelling and Grammar, Thesaurus)
• View (Zoom, Print and Web Layout)
WORD Activities (Instructions, Marking Scheme, Student Exemplars)
• Creating Images using Shapes
• Using Picture Tools to Add and Move Images
• Font (Bold, Underline, italics, Color, Size, Style)
• Shapes (Insert, Re-order, Fill, Outline, Transparency)
• Pictures (Insert Online Pictures, Format Picture Style, Crop, Recolor, Brightness and Contrast)
• Text Box (Insert, Format)
• Calendar and Page Parts
• Table (Rows, Columns, Color Scheme, Line Width and Color)
• Page Design (Background Color, Built-in Color Schemes, Margins, Page Orientation, Page Size)
• Review (Check Spelling, Thesaurus)
• View (Zoom into and out of Document)
• Excel Features and Entering Information
• Creating and Formatting Spreadsheets
• Calculating and Analyzing Data
• Format Text (font color/style, underline, italics, bold, bulleted lists, align text)
• Inserting Shapes, Text Boxes, Tables, WordArt, Pictures
• Constructing SmartArt and Charts
• Transitions and Custom Animation
• Slide Show (Setting up the show)
• Review and Viewing the Presentation
POWERPOINT Activities (Fun Themes)
• Why is creativity very important to a company like Google?
• Who started Google and how did they do it?
• What is it like to be a Google Intern?
• How did Google win Advertiser of the Year?
• What are Adwords and Analytics?
This lesson contains links to articles, infographics and videos. It has been in development for 6 years and has been used, tested and updated with many classes.
9. SIXTHSENSE TECHNOLOGY – A computer that mounts to your body!
• The Thrilling Potential of SixthSense Technology
• This technology merges your Real World and your Digital World
• Make an iPad from a piece of paper
• Is this where computers are going in the future?
10. INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS
• Functions of Computers (IPSO)
11. GAME BASED CLASSROOM RESPONSE SYSTEM
• Create and play quizzes, discussions and surveys using any device with a web browser
• Motivate participation through game-based learning and rewards in a social setting
This lesson includes screen shots and instructions for…
1. Setting-up a Free account
2. Creating quizzes, discussions and surveys
3. Searching and using Public Games
4. How to play with your class
There are many uses for this tool including…
• Getting to know students at the beginning of a school year/semester
• Assessing student/class understanding of a topic
• Reviewing a unit before a test
• Having fun for a few minutes at the end of the day
12. GOOGLE SAFETY ONLINE ROADSHOW
Google recently launched their Online Safety Roadshow on YouTube to help protect kids on the web.
This series contains 5 excellent videos with tips for staying safe online…
Tip 1: Think Before You Share
Tip 2: Protect Your Stuff
Tip 3: Know and Use Your Settings
This digital citizenship activity includes video links and questions so that students can be safer online . Each of these videos are short and engaging (between 1 and 2 minutes in length).
• Quickly create an online quiz board game
• This step-by-step guide introduces teachers to this website and how to create games so they can enjoy playing it with their classes
2. Introduction to Factile
3. Creating Questions and Answers
Google recently launched this new drawing tool that pairs machine learning with drawings from artists to help students create images quickly. It is really simple to use and fun for all ages.
“Machine learning is a type of artificial intelligence (AI) that provides computers with the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed. Machine learning focuses on the development of computer programs that can change when exposed to new data.” (http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/machine-learning)
“Fast Drawing For Everyone”
This step-by-step guide (lesson and activities) shows teachers and students how to use the AutoDraw drawing tools. It includes easy to follow screenshots and text bubbles as well as 2 activities.
Students will learn how to filter results by…
1. Size (Large, Medium or an Exact Size)
2. Color (Full Color, Black and White, Transparent)
3. Type (Face, Photo, Clip Art, Line Drawing, Animated)
4. Time (Anytime, Past 24 hours, Past Week, Custom Range)
5. Usage Rights (Labeled for Reuse and Noncommercial Use)
This lesson includes screen shots and instructions to enable students to effectively find images using Google’s Search Tools for images
• Draw lines, shapes, or placemarks on the map
• Import data including addresses and place names
• Organize your map with layers to hide or show different kinds of content
• Style your content with different colors, placemark icons, and line widths
This lesson includes screen shots and instruction bubbles to show teachers and students how to use Google My Maps.
17. COMPUTER REPAIR INVESTIGATION
• The purpose of this investigation is to see if computer repair companies really know what they are doing and if they are charging the correct prices
• Many people are desperate to get their technology fixed and do not know much about their devices
• Marketplace TV rigged an apartment in Toronto, Canada with hidden cameras
• They created a small problem to a computer and called in 10 repair techies
• Only 30% of the techs were able to diagnose the problem
• In all of their testing, one techie performed poorly in every way – service, diagnosis, price and privacy
• They went to London Ontario to interview one of the founders of the company about this employee
• They interviewed 3 guys that used to work for computer repair companies
Marketplace TV found out…
• Tech Training is inconsistent (Here is a manual you are learning on your feet)
• Employees are encouraged to overcharge
• Techies sometimes copy private information
• Many computer owners don’t know much about their computers which makes it easy to scam people
This activity has a link to the 25 minute video, summary slides and questions.
18. DYNAMIC ONLINE PRESENTATION TOOL
• This presentation tool helps students organize and share their ideas
• It offers Free cloud-based presentation software
• Present ideas on a virtual canvas using this storytelling tool
• Instead of slides and bullet points (PowerPoint), this tool offers a zoomable canvas, which makes it fun to explore ideas
This lesson contains instructions, tips, screen shots, student exemplars, 2 activities and a marking scheme.
• This website allows students to create interactive posters loaded with text, graphics, music, and videos
• Their goal is to provide an outlet for unlimited creative expression online
• Instructions for using this poster program, screen shots with text bubbles, activities, student exemplars and a marking scheme are included in this lesson
20. PHOTO EDITING WEBSITE
• Creative tools for photo editing and graphic design
• Free! No download; easy-to-use interface
• Gorgeous one-click effects and filters
• Add text, effects or overlays
This lesson includes screen shots, instruction bubbles and an activity to teach students how to use the photo editing options within this website.
• Use this website tool to capture and organize your ideas
• Used as a mind-map, it helps students think and learn visually
• Students can capture facts, thoughts, and images and learn to create relationships between them
This lesson includes screen shots, step-by-step instructions and a video to show teachers and students how to get started with using this website It also includes an activity along with several student exemplars.
Show these dynamic videos and have students respond to the questions contained in this resource! This is a BUNDLE of TeachwithTech’s 3 Future Tech resources. These videos are suitable for most grade levels and are designed to spark curiosity and discussion. One thing I have found in my twelve years of teaching is that kids love seeing videos about new gadgets and technology related stuff.
FUTURE TECH #1 VIDEO TOPICS
2. Electronic Ink Temporary Tattoos
10. Facial Recognition Toilet Paper Dispenser
12. No Snooze Alarm Clock
FUTURE TECH #2 VIDEO TOPICS
1. When a Robot Isn’t Just a Robot
2. Smacircle S1 Foldable Bike
3. Renault Float Hover Car
4. Electric Skateboard will Change your Commute Forever
5. Gadget can Charge any Phone Wirelessly
7. Laser Keyboard Projector
10. Upgrade Your Bathroom With These Tech Products
11. Flying Robots Glide with Ease
FUTURE TECH #3 VIDEO TOPICS
1. New Google AI Can Have Real Life Conversations With Strangers
2. This Satellite Net Is Cleaning Up Space Junk
3. Inside the Technology That Helps Self-Driving Cars “See”
4. Revolutionary Orange Goo Used to Protect Football Players From Head Traumas
5. Robotic Farming of the Future
6. This Might Be the Cutest AI-powered Robot Ever
7. High-Tech Glove Lets You Control a Drone with Your Hand
8. Electricity-Conducting Paint Lets You Paint Switches On Walls
9. This Hydroponic Farm Is Run Entirely By Robots
10. Crazy-Cool Printer Could Change the Way We Print Human Tissue
11. This Smartwatch Might Be Samsung’s Best Wearable Yet – Power Up
12. Robots Will Clean Up After You
COMPUTERS COURSE PART 2
Digital media and the World Wide Web have transformed modern culture
* Is technology moving faster than we can adapt to it?
* Is our 24/7 wired world causing us to lose as much as we’ve gained?
* How has technology changed the way we learn?
* How has technology changed the way we conduct war?
* How is the internet transforming childhood?
This lesson contains links to view 2 (60 minute +) videos along with a series of response questions for students to consider and answer during various segments of the videos.
UPDATE: This resource has recently been redesigned to investigate current Computer Crime and Hacking topics and trends and includes new videos and online articles!
4. How Hackers stole $45 Million in 2 Days
5. North Korea Sony Cyber Attack
6. Companies Storing Data About You
7. Governments Monitoring Citizens
8. Smart Phones Track Our Movement
9. Company ID Badges with Embedded Sensors
10. High Tech City – Songdo South Korea
12. Wayback Machine Internet Archive
13. Top Hacker Shows Us How It’s Done
14. 8 Biggest Viruses of All Time
15. Mafiaboy – 15 Year Old Hacker
16. Computer Crime Definitions
Note: You will receive this lesson in both PowerPoint (editable) and PDF formats
BONUS: HACKERS VIDEO #2 QUESTIONS
• It contains cutting edge, up-to-date information about computer viruses, hacking and encryption
• You can view this video online for free right now through several links, through Netflix or by purchasing it at Amazon.com
• The video has 4 segments. Questions and summary information are included for each segment
1. Social Engineering Attacks
3. E-WASTE AND DIGITAL DUMPING
Electronic waste or e-waste is broadly defined as anything that is being thrown away by consumers that contains a circuit board. The 1st law of the Digital Age is “Newer is Better”. Old TV’s, phones and computers become obsolete electronic garbage called e-waste. Digital Dumping is the practice of exporting outdated equipment to developing countries like China and India. Peasant farmers, working for just $8/day, with burned hands are breaking down America’s Computers.
This presentation includes a link to a video investigation that explores Digital Dumping.
• Explore the common toxic components in digital devices and their effects on the body
• Examine more environmentally friendly ways of dealing with electronic waste
• Create an e-waste digital poster (Student Exemplars included)
These activities have links to online articles and videos about technology news along with questions and summary information.
This lesson describes the following Tech Jobs…
7. Database Administrator
8. Mobile Applications Developer
• Tips on applying for jobs
• The importance of networking
• Online articles (reading and questions)
• Discovered the future of computing including the mouse and the first use of graphics on a computer
• Fired from Apple and returned years later to rebuild the company
• Bought Pixar and made Toy Story
• Discovered computers at age 12 and launched Microsoft
• Changed the way people thought about computers
• Now working on giving away his money (27 Billion dollars to charities)
This Lesson includes links to several videos, website investigations, infographics and online articles along with questions for students to explore and discuss.
Students will investigate the development of the Internet and the World Wide Web. This presentation includes summary slides of important historical dates as well as links to videos and online articles. Discussion questions and activities are included for student engagement and understanding.
1. Internet and World Wide Web Definitions
3. TCP/IP and Tim Berners-Lee
4. World Wide Web Timeline
5. First Webpage (article)
6. Internet Archive (article and video)
7. History of the Internet (video)
8. What is the Internet…Really? (video)
9. Where Good Ideas Come From (video)
e-commerce or electronic commerce is using the internet to exchange information and conduct business.
1. Advantages of e-commerce
3. Reasons why customers are reluctant to shop on-line
6. Electronic Data Interchange
10. Click and Mortar companies
12. E-commerce examples: e-Bay, kijiji and Etsy.com
13. Activity #1 Buying Stuff On-line
14. Activity #2 Find an e-commerce site
15. Activity #3 Comparison Shopping
16. Activity #4 Preparing to set-up and e-commerce business
9. SOCIAL LEARNING WEBSITE
• Where social learning happens
• Every student has a voice
• Students use it on mobile devices or a desktop equipped with microphone and camera
• Download the free Flipgrid iOS (iPad or iPhone) or Android Flipgrid app
This guide provides easy to follow step-by-step instructions and screenshots to teach educators and students how to use Flipgrid.
7. Sharing Feedback and Ratings
8. Spark Response to a Video
There are many uses for this tool including…
• Getting to know students (students will introduce themselves with a 90 second video)
• Students get to know each other
• Students learn from one another
• Provide feedback about a lesson, activity or book
• Teach the class about a topic
• Spark new discussion topics by “sparking” a student video
• Demonstrate a skill such as singing a song or playing a musical instrument
10. MOVIE CREATOR WEBSITE
• This presentation will get you started with using Windows Movie Maker – Your very own movie studio.
• It provides step by step instructions for adding photos, videos, audio files etc.
• Quickly add photos and footage from your PC or camera into Movie Maker
• Enhance your movie with audio and a theme
• Movie Maker adds transitions and effects automatically so your movie looks polished and professional
• This lesson includes activities along screen shots and instruction bubbles to make it easy for teachers and students to use Windows Movie Maker
• Turn your photos into a comic
• Fonts, templates, panels, balloons, captions and lettering art
• Add photo filter effects and lettering options
• Combine your words and pictures into a story
• Great for doing school projects, how to guides, lesson plans and book reports
12. POWTOON ANIMATED PRESENTATIONS
• Animate your presentations!
• Create professional-looking animated explainer videos and animated presentations
• Simple to use interface
• Wide variety of animation tools right at your fingertips
• Dynamic characters, eye-popping images, and active text sequences
• Capture audience attention and imagination
This lesson includes screen shots, instructions and tips for creating animated presentations using Powtoon.com. It also includes a video activity for students to create using this website.
13. CANVA DESKTOP PUBLISHING & DESIGN SOFTWARE
• “The easiest design program in the world” – The Webbys
• “enables anyone to become a designer” – PSFK
• This lesson includes easy to follow step-by-step instructions, screenshots and student exemplars to show students how to use this website.
• It also includes 3 activities for students including a Social Media Post, Facebook Post and Facebook Header.
14. SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION (SEO)
• Hiring an SEO Specialist
This Search Engine Optimization lesson includes SEO information,review questions and online article activities.
15. WEEBLY WEBSITE CREATOR
• It is a user friendly FREE website builder
• Choose from hundreds of modern themes
• Layout pages with ready-made building blocks
• Customize your design to find the right look
• Publish your site in a single click
• Use your own domain or a free Weebly address
• It’s surprisingly easy to make a high-quality site
This lesson contains instructions for…
• Setting Up Student Accounts
• Adding Text Titles and Graphics
• Uploading Video and Images
• Web creation made simple
• FREE, Drag-and-drop website development platform with HTML5 capabilities
This lesson includes screen shots, instructions, topic ideas, student exemplar and a rubric to enable students to create websites
• Pages (Adding a Page, Settings and SEO)
• Design (Fonts, Background, Colors)
• Add (Text, Titles, Images, Media, Shapes, Slideshows and Buttons)
17. GOOGLE SITES WEBSITE CREATOR
• Google Sites is a free and easy way to create and share websites
• No technical programming skills are required
• Collaborate with others to create and refine sites, just like other Google Docs
• It’s surprisingly easy to make a high-quality website
• The easiest way to make beautiful videos online
• Add captions and titles to your photos and video clips
This lesson includes screen shots and step-by-step instructions to help teachers and students create amazing online videos
2. 50 Free Student Plus Accounts For Longer Videos
3. Inserting Images and Video
5. Downloading and Inserting Songs
• This tool is the leading online video creation platform for video editing, collaboration, and sharing across any device.
• Drag and drop your videos, trim and choose from pre-made themes to set a unique style.
• Online video editor that makes it easy to capture, create, view and share your movies
• Add video, images, text and transitions with ease
20. BITMOJI CREATE A PERSONAL EMOJICreate an Emoji
• This fun activity includes screen shots and instruction bubbles to help students and teachers create their own personal emoji
1. Edit facial features such as face shape, eyes, hair (color, length, style), skin color and nose
2. Add extra features such as hats, headphones and glasses
3. Finish your emoji by selecting from a variety of clothing options
4. Share images with classmates and teachers
21. SOCIAL NETWORKS INVESTIGATION
• This resource contains information and videos about popular social networks
• Show the short video clips through the links on the slides
• Discuss the information students learned from the video or have students write/type the summary information on the slides
• Questions are included for students to analyze each company
22. PIKTOCHART INFOGRAPHICS CREATOR
• An infographic is an image such as a chart or diagram used to represent information or data
• Most infographics are fun to read and provide valuable information
• It has an easy to use editor with drag and drop features that allows people to create infographics
23. EXAMINING INFOGRAPHICS
* An infographic (information graphic) is a representation of information in a graphic format designed to make the data easily understandable at a glance.
* People use infographics to quickly communicate a message and to simplify large amounts of data
Students will view, study and answer a series of questions on different infographics. Links to access these infographics are located at the bottom of each PowerPoint slide
24. DIGITAL STORYTELLING TOOL
• Extensive Image Library (Posable characters and Millions of Photos)
• Flexible Layouts (7 Layout Choices and up to 100 cells)
• Intuitive and Simple drag and drop interface