Sunday, July 26, 2009

Build Your Own PC - Learn About PC Hardware

Maximum PC put together the following video demonstrating the construction of a personal computer. Parts or all of this video could be useful for students in a computer course like the computer course on PC construction and maintenance that my high school offers.

How to Build a PC - Every Step Explained from Maximum PC on Vimeo.

For a more general overview of computer hardware, watch Common Craft's Computer Hardware in Plain English.

When I Become a Teacher...

After posting yesterday's videos about how teachers can affect the lives of students, I was reminded of this video created at one of the Apple Teacher Institutes. This video has been around for a while now. In fact, I posted it here last August. Since last August Free Technology for Teachers has roughly 800% more readers so there's a good chance some of you haven't seen it. Please feel free to leave your comments.

Help Students Create Strong Passwords

Password Bird is a simple website that asks you three questions then generates a password for you based on your responses. Every password it generated for me included numbers and letters. If you don't like the password it generates for you, simply click the link for a new password.

Applications for Education
Password Bird is a great tool to have students try when they can't think of their own computer passwords. This is a particularly handy tool when students have to create passwords that include numbers.

Teachers' Domain - 100's of PBS-Based Lessons

NOVA, Frontline, and American Experience are three of PBS' hallmark series. Quite a bit of the content from those three programs is available online on the PBS website as well as on Snag Films. Teachers' Domain is another place to find great video content from PBS. But the real purpose of Teachers' Domain is to provide lesson plans and activities to match the media content from PBS and their content partners.

Teachers' Domain
offers lesson plans and activities for K-12 divided into five content categories. To help you narrow your search for lessons, the five categories, arts, language arts, science, mathematics, and social studies are divided into subcategories.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Scavenger Hunt Through History
PBS Launches a New Video Portal
The 1900 House - Exploring Life in the Victorian Era