Showing posts with label Understanding Computers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Understanding Computers. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Computer Viruses and Threats Explained by Common Craft

Common Craft has just released another great explanatory video. The newest video is called Computer Viruses and Threats Explained by Common Craft and it does exactly what the title says. The three minute video clearly explains different types of computer viruses, how viruses are spread, and how you can prevent getting viruses and prevent spreading viruses. You can watch the new video on the Common Craft website.

A related video that you should also check out is Common Craft's Secure Websites in Plain English.



Applications for Education
Are you looking for a good explanation to share with students as to why they shouldn't open suspicious files or links? If so, Computer Viruses and Threats Explained by Common Craft is the video for you.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Good Guides to Understanding Your PC Inside & Out

Make Use Of is one of my favorite tech sites because almost every day I find something useful on it. Yesterday, I discovered Your PC Inside and Out on Make Use Of. Your PC Inside and Out is actually two excellent guides to understanding the various parts of a personal computer and how those parts work together. Part 1 covers chassis, power supply, and motherboard. Part 2 covers CPU, RAM, storage, video card, and expansion. You can view the guides on Scribd (part 1, part 2) or download them as PDFs from the Make Use Of Guides page. I recommend downloading them as I found it easier to read them that way.

MakeUseOf.com-Your PC Inside and Out Part 1

Applications for Education
As I read through these guides I couldn't help but think of a recent post by Gary Stager and the subsequent comments by me, him, and others. Many things were covered in Gary's post and in the comments, but what I took away from it (and from having heard Gary speak live) was the idea that students should have knowledge of how the technology they use works. While they're probably not going to go out an build their own computers after reading it, Your PC Inside and Out is a good primer to understanding the basic components of how a PC works.