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Daily Classroom Special
Bits & Bytes: Computer Guts

About this Daily Classroom Special
Bits & Bytes combines technology objectives, activity ideas, web sites, and resources in an effort to make it easier for everyone to incorporate technology into their instruction. Bits & Bytes is maintained by Barbara Smith, Magnet Coordinator at Harvard Elementary, Houston (TX) and Teachers Network  web mentor. 

To the Bits & Bytes Directory

What's Inside Your Computer

  • Teach children the names for a computer's components. Play Definition Bingo.
  • Make cards with component names and let them stick them on a computer. Leave them up until students can use them consistently.
  • Ask parents for an old broken computer. Let your students take it apart and show them the different parts.

Can they identify and differentiate the following:

monitor screen speakers
power switch floppy drive (usually the A:/) keyboard
mouse CD/DVD drive CPU
hard drive (C:/) motherboard power supply
video card sound card ports
Ethernet cable printer scanner
zip drive digital camera drops
server software hardware
Internet World Wide Web URL
browser search engine

Some good web sites for definitions are:

 

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