Today we are going to expand upon our exploration of how passwords can be stolen, and take a hard look at identity theft. We will also use this important topic to form the research behind which we will produce a 250-300 word report in proper MLA format.
We are also going to learn advanced Google Search skills that should make it easier for us to conduct research, but at the same time show us just how easy it is to find out information about someone.
As we "Google" ourselves, friends, and family members we will be discovering our Digital Footprint. This is something we need to be VERY conscious about, especially since employers (and even your Grandma!) could be looking at the exact same information.
This is the rubric you will need for the assignment.
Today we are going to start to take a look at how to evaluate a website. This is a VERY important skill to have as you move forward in school and are expected to do in depth research assignments. Not all websites are equal and you must look carefully at each to ensure that the website creators are “authorities” on the subject they are discussing.
We are also going to "officially" use Microsoft Word for the first time (use this warm up exercise sheet) to produce an overall evaluation of 4 websites. We will work on the skills necessary to produce an effective criteria-based table together. This evaluation will be evaluated :)
We will start today by rewriting a version of the quiz that you were given on Tuesday. Remember, we practice content mastery in this class, so you will rewrite until you can demonstrate an understanding of basic computer literacy terminology.
We are going to finish up our first mini-unit by looking at WANs and LANs and the role that software plays in computer systems. Please download both of the handouts. We will use the WAN/LAN chart to organize our learning during a class discussion, and the exploration of software is to be done by yourself.
Have you ever considered if your password is a good one? Try out this website and see: https://www.grc.com/haystack.htm Do you think any of your accounts have been compromised? You can check using this website: https://haveibeenpwned.com/
What about keeping your computer safe? Work with a partner to find answers to the following questions:
We are going to spend today trying to master a few handy skills that will benefit us for the rest of the course (and high school too!).
As discussed last week, we use the Windows Operating System in the Bluewater Board of Education. It is also, by far, the most used O/S in businesses as well. It would be VERY handy if you knew how to use a few shortcuts to speed up your work. Let's experiment! Use this handout to guide your learning. When you have a complete ( and corrected copy), it would be a great idea to print it and keep it in the front of your binder (at least until you learn them all!)
We are also going to start to learn how to type properly. This is a very important skill, as many jobs rely on some sort of data input, and not all of it can come it through texting with your thumbs! :)
There is a hot button at the top of the course page that will take you to Typing.com. At the start of most of our classes from now on, you are asked to log in to the website and practice for 10 minutes. You can also access this amazing resource from home. Keep practicing!
Today we will finish up our brief lecture on the computer system basics, and put our systems back together. Make sure all your cables are connected, and see me BEFORE you turn your computer on (we don't want any sparks! lol). We will have a brief quiz on the content on Tuesday. It would be a good idea to look over your notes on the weekend, and ask me any questions on Monday.
This video, even though it is a little dated, is a good review of what we looked at this week.
You will spend the semester working on the computers, it is essential you learn to save you work and know where to retrieve it. You have two options for saving your work. Each has pros and cons. You will choose your preferred location and create a Business or BTT folder (naming is your choice). For the remainder of the semester you will save your work to this folder. When saving your work remember to name it as a short description of what you are working on to help you more easily access your work. You may even want to make folders for different units to help sort your work. Save often!
1. OneDrive can be accessed through your online Office 365 account or any Microsoft program. If you are working online you it will save automatically. If you are working through a program go to File, Save As, One Drive. Work saved your OneDrive can be accessed both at school and online through your Office 365 account.
2. A USB Flash Drive (aka a Thumbdrive) is a device you will carry with you to and from class. You would plug it into the computer to access files. Since it can be carried with you it can be useful at home and school as long as you remember it!
We are going to spend the next few days looking at the components that make up a computer system. This is a fundamental part of building your computer literacy.
After we do a little course "house keeping" (finding you a seat, logging you in, etc) we are going to look over this pre-test. After we are done, grab a partner, a Phillip's screw driver and a computer. We are about to tear it apart! Remember...you have to put it back together ;) (and it has to work).
Welcome to Grey Highlands and your first day in BTT1OI: Introduction to Business Technology. I am very excited to have you in my classroom, and I look forward to spending the next 90 (or so) days together.
We are going to spend the class getting prepared for upcoming adventure by looking at the course outline, discussing class norms, setting some goals, and finding out a little bit about each other.