Lesson Plan: Computer Applications

Date: December 1, 1997

Objectives: The students will

I. become familiar with the workings of Windows 3.11 especially Program Manager, File Manager, and MS DOS Prompt.

II. open, develop, save, and copy a text file within the windows environment.

III. become familiar with Netscape and the way its fits into the Windows 3.11 environment.

Warm Up Activity (Anticipatory Set): Analyzing a Computer

A) Have the students break up into groups of two or three and assign each of computer.

B) Instruct each group to identify the following elements of the PC they have been assigned by way of blackboard or overhead projector (each group should fill out one sheet of paper with the following data):

1) CPU type and clock speed.
2) Amount of hard drive space available and remaining.
3) Amound of random access memory (RAM).
4) Version of Windows and DOS.
5) Number of drives and letter assignments
6) Peculiar boot up procedures.
 C) Review each machine's components individually and orally.

Main Activity (Instructional Input): Windows 3.11: A Brief Introduction

A) Have students match the following file types with the windows program that handles each (more than one answer may be correct):

File Extention

1) .txt (Text file)
2) .wri (Write document)
3) .gif Graphics Interface Format
4) .jpg (Joint Photographics Group)
5) .htm (Hypertext document) 
6) .bmp (Windows Bitmap)
7) .wav (Sound file)
8) .zip (Zip file)
9) .doc (Word Document)
10) .wpd (Word Perfect Doc.)

Program Type

A)  Media Player
B)  Netscape
C)  Write
D)  Paint
E)  Paint Shop Pro 
F)  MS Word
G) Word Perfect
H) Notepad, Write 
I)  Winzip 
J)  Paint Shop Pro 


B) Review matching exercise with the students after they have placed their responses on their own papers.
Examples (Modeling): Starting a New File, Opening, Saving, and Renaming a file

A) Display the dialogue boxes below on an overhead or in print.

B) Review the main areas of the dialogue boxes for students to know.

Image: The Open Dialogue Box
The Open Dialogue Box

1) Directory and subdirectories 
2) File name 
3) file type 
4) Icons 
5) Program?

Image: The Save As Dialogue Box
The Save As Dialogue Box
1) File name 
2) File extentions 
3) File type 
4) Program? 
5) Icons
 Check For Understanding: Students Demonstrate Skills

A) Have students use Notepad or Write to develop a short autobiography of about two to three paragraphs.
B) Students should save their work to both the C: drive in the temp subdirectory with their own filename and to a floppy on the A: drive.
C) Show students how to copy and rename the file.
Guided Practice: Using Windows Programs Such as Netscape
A) Distribute magazines such as The Net that have web addresses students can visit.
B) Have students practice using Netscape by conducting the following tasks:

1) Opening a web document from the hard drive. List file name: ____________________

2) Renaming by using the save as dialogue box: New file name and location: _________________________

3) Visiting a web site by entering the full address: ________________________________________________

4) Save information from the web to the hard drive or floppy disk. File name:____________________________

5) Open a graphics file from a floppy disk: File name:_________________________________________

Homework (Independent Practice): Locating a web site to review

A) If possible have students locate a web site of their own choosing and interest that they would like to review. 

B) Students should submit the web address to the teacher for inspection and for the grade of  having completed the homework.
Students should also write a one-paragraph introduction relating why they chose that particular web site.

Wrap-Up Activity (Closure): Discussion The Trouble With Computers

A) Many people believe that computers are just too difficult to use. Ask the students to respond to this question:

B) If you could design a computer or operating system that you believe would be easy to use, what modifications would you make to existing hardware and software to improve computers as work and learning tools.
C) Students should respond in writing or orally through class discussion.
Evaluation: The lesson will be evaluated by:

I. the accuracy of student's written responses;

II. student's scores on future tests and quizzes.

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