Enrichment Experience Mandala (Grades 9-12)
Develop your understanding of computers and increase your proficiency! Learn about computer hardware, Von Neumann architecture, peripherals, and maintenance as well as data management and storage options. Trace the history of operating systems and application software while also exploring network systems, administration, and troubleshooting. Finally, dive into word processing, spreadsheets, and databases to cement your knowledge of information technology!
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Students will demonstrate an understanding of various careers by researching careers and participating in and reflecting on sessions hosted by professionals working in these careers.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of computer hardware, data, and storage by understanding the types of computers and their purposes, the purpose of peripherals and how to connect them to a computer, common troubleshooting methodology and procedures to solve hardware problems, different data types, and methods of data storage.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of systems and software by understanding the types of system software and application software, the purpose and features of an operating system, different types of operating systems, and using application software to accomplish tasks.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of networking fundamentals by understanding types of networks and their purposes, network processes, functions of different pieces of network hardware, and network security.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of word processing, spreadsheets, and databases by developing word processing, spreadsheet, and database terminology and examining word processing, spreadsheet, and database tasks.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the world of IT apps and IT careers by understanding the use of applications in businesses, schools and homes, the reliability of online sources, internet search techniques, the use of information technology in various industries, duties and skills of various IT roles, and potential job opportunities.
Unit 1: The Basics: Understanding Computer Hardware
Unit 2: Data and Storage
Unit 3: Systems and Software 101
Unit 4: Networking Fundamentals
Unit 5: Word Processing
Unit 6: Spreadsheets and Databases
Unit 7: The World of IT Apps
Unit 8: The World of IT Careers
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