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• Identify the basic components which make up a computer • Compare and contrast the terms internet and network • Create, edit, and manipulate files and folders • Send and receive emails, attach documents to emails, manage and view emails • Change margins, fonts and print from a word processor

Basic Computer Hardware




What is a Network?
A network is a group of interconnected computers that can communicate with each other. Computers on a local area network (LAN) are on the same floor or in the same building, are directly connected to a file server and share equipment such as printers. Wide area networks (WAN) link computers or LANs over a greater distance. Computers may be wired directly or wireless. Why save to the network?

Saving to the network is like having a virtual briefcase that can go anywhere on campus with you. When you save to the network you also back up your files, which means if for some reason your computer crashes any work you have saved to the server will still be there!

What is the Internet?
The internet is a worldwide collection of computer networks that serves as a conduit for the transfer of messages and files. It is operated most commonly from education and research institutions. The internet is also known as the World Wide Web.
The Internet connects us all over the world!

What is the difference between a Network and the Internet?
The Internet is a massive network of computers which anyone with access to an internet connection can view. A network is available to computers set up to view the network. You cannot view the files on our network from home because your personal computer is not connected to the network.

Creating a Folder
Activity: Create a folder on your home directory and name it Technology Training
Saving to your home directory also backs up your files!

What does backing up your files mean? When your files are saved to your home directory they are stored on our server, if your computer crashes and your files are on the server you will have access to your files from any computer.

How NOT to lose your work!
When you begin a new document save it to your home directory. As you continue to work on your document save every so often by pressing Ctrl & S or clicking File Save or clicking on the little icon of the floppy disk. Saving your work frequently will eliminate losing your work due to computer error.
Activity: Start MS Word, start a new document, save the document as Practice in your home directory under the folder Technology Training

Shortcut to Save

Word Processing Basics
Setting Margins Setting Orientation (Landscape, Portrait) Using WordArt Using Clipart Using AutoShapes Changing Fonts
Activity: Open the file Practice and change the margins to .5 all the way around and the orientation to landscape, insert a picture of your choice from clipart, insert WordArt that says Technology Training, draw a smiley face and type your name in bold Courier New point size 20

Email Basics
Sending/Receiving Mail Attaching a document to an email Managing and Viewing Emails Deleting Emails

Activity: Start a new email message, send it to one person in the training, attach the file Practice to the email and send, check the status of the email