A couple FYI’s in the World According to Mrs. Weber (I am putting this here because I do not want to start class on a negative note and I don’t feel comfortable saying this out loud; however, these things DO bother me significantly, not only in my classroom, but during assemblies and meetings and basically, anywhere):
- I think it is rude to talk when someone else is talking–your classmates, your teacher, anyone. It is like saying “I am going to talk and not listen to you because I don’t really care what you have to say.”
- I also think being on your phone when there are things going on around you that you should be paying attention to is rude. It is like saying “My phone is WAY more important than anything happening right now.” Going without your phone is HEALTHY! TRY IT!! I am trying too!!
LET’S HAVE A GOOD REST OF THE SEMESTER!? OK????
Before you leave class today you will be able to:
- Identify a computer as a machine that processes information
- Provide a high level description of the different parts of the Input – Output – Store – Process model of a computer
- In the modern day we use computers almost constantly. What kinds of problems do computers help you solve? How do they help you do this?
- Computers are clearly an important part of our lives and help us solve all kinds of problems. I want to think more about the kinds of problems computers help us solve, but first I want to ask an important question. What is a computer?
- Get into groups of 2-3. Get an Activity Guide as well as scissors, markers / colored pencils, poster paper, and glue / tape
- Draw a line down the middle of your poster, label one side “Computer” and the other “Not a Computer”
- Discuss as a group which of the objects in your set (from the activity guide) belong in each category
- Once your group is in agreement tape your objects to the appropriate side
- Develop a list of characteristics your groups used to determine whether an object is a computer
- Present your posters, focus your discussion on the following points:
- What rules or definition did you use to categorize your objects?
- Which item was most difficult for you to categorize? How did you eventually make the decision of where to place it?
- As you can see, it’s not always clear whether something is a computer, and even experts sometimes have different points of view. Let’s have a look, however, at a definition that we’ll use throughout this course.
- Did any groups change their minds about whether something was a computer? What about the definition convinced you?
- Today you’ve had a chance to look at a definition of a computer that focuses on how the computer solves problems. We’ve also seen many different types of computers. In your Word Online file for this class, think of a problem that a computer can help you to solve. Answer these questions about that problem:
- What is the problem?
- What information is input to the computer?
- What information does the computer store?
- What information does the computer process?
- What information does the computer output?