Showing posts with label computer electronics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label computer electronics. Show all posts

Monday, November 12, 2012

Safely Experiment with Circuits on is a free website on which you can design and test electrical circuits. You can design your circuits using the virtual version of components that you could purchase and place on a circuit board. As you design your circuits, will tell you if your circuits will work or not.

Applications for Education
Earlier this year I shared a run-down of seven good resources for teaching and learning about electricity. In that list you will find Squishy Circuits which offers a fun and safe way for kids to learn about circuits in a hands-on lesson. But if you and your students are ready to move into more complex circuits, you should take a look at

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Learn How Electronics Work

From October 23 through November 13 Gizmodo ran a series of mostly video posts about the inner workings of electronics. The series of four posts featured videos explaining things like resistive sensors, LEDs, diodes, volts, amps, and electrical pressure. You can find the posts in sequence here, here, here, and here. I've embedded the first video in the series, Electrical Pressure, below.   

Electrical Pressure from Sparkle Labs on Vimeo.

Applications for Education
If you teach any courses dealing with electronics, these videos could make a good supplement to your lessons. Some of the topics covered in the Gizmodo series deal with logic and sequencing (in fact the whole series kind of deals with sequencing) which could be worked into a mathematics lesson. Or perhaps you have a young person in your life who just likes to tinker with electronics (I loved to tinker with an electronics board from Radio Shack as kid in the 80's) and these videos could help that young person get a better understanding of electronics.

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.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Computer Hardware in Plain English

Common Craft released another great video today. Common Craft's latest creation is Computer Hardware in Plain English. The three minute video explains how the functions of the major parts of a computer. Watch the subtitled version of the video below.

If you're reading this in an RSS reader, you may need to visit the blog directly to view the video.

Applications for Education
Computers are a fundamental part of today's students' lives. They should have a basic understanding of the key parts of a computer. Just as you don't have to know how all of a car's parts work, it can be helpful to know some basic information about the mechanical specifications of a car when making an auto purchase. Likewise, having a basic understanding of computer hardware can help students and parents when making purchasing decisions about computers.

This video could also be a good introductory tutorial for students in a computer electronics course.