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Do you or someone you know understand little to nothing about how to use a computer? Ever wonder what computer terms like virus, mouse, keyboard and antivirus mean? What about all of this downloading and the internet? If you are not sure about those terms or think you may want to know more, this is for you!
You hear people talking about all of these weird terms like the Windows Desktop, the start menu and the dreaded virus! You will learn what all of that means in simple, easy to understand terms and actual demonstrations.
We will learn the basics of using a computer bit by bit. Each section will be a different computer topic and there will be several lessons in each section. We will learn about using your computer, computer parts such as the mouse, monitor, keyboard, USB and Ethernet as well as topics such as computer security, the internet, problems and troubleshooting as well as a few more advanced topics!
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|Section 1: About this Course|
|Lecture 1||1 page|
|Questions for you to answer in this section.|
What should you expect from this course? What not?
Understand what I expect from you while participating in this course. Understand how to prepare yourself to learn in this course!
|Section 2: The Beginning - Let's get started!|
The Beginning Questions
An overview of what you will be learning in Section 2 - The Beginning!
Why you should not fear your computer!
What is the difference among the three and what would best work for you?
Learn the compnents, ports and buttons on the front of your computer!
Understand what all those crazy ports and antenna are on the back of the computer and what you can plug into them!
Where to (and not to) place your computer!
Sooooo many wires, what do I do?
Learn about your computer mouse, what it looks like, the different types of mice and its main functions.
Learn about the computer keyboard, what it looks like, the different types and functions.
|Section 3: Operating Your Computer - What is Windows|
What is Windows Questions
An Overview of the things you will learn about Windows in this sections!
You have heard the name many times, but what is Windows?
The different versions of Windows.
UPDATE: Different Windows Versions: Windows 10
A brief overview of Microsoft's newest Operating System.. Windows 10.
|Section 4: Moving Forward - Exploring Windows|
Exploring Windows Questions
An Overview of the Exploring Windows section
The CORRECT methods for turning your computer power on and off
|A demonstration of the power features!|
|What is the restart feature / button and how to use it!|
|A demonstration of the Restart feature / button.|
The Windows Desktop and the basic features
Changes to the Windows 8 / 8.1 Desktop
|A demonstration covering the desktop and changes in Windows 8|
A brief description of some changes / features of the Windows 10 desktop
That bar on the bottom of the screen that contains the start button, the clock and your running tasks. It is more than just a bar to look at!
|A demonstration showing the taskbar and it's features!|
These have important power saving functions
A brief overview of the word "windows" and its many meanings!
|A demonstration on how windows work|
The hierarchy of the Windows system is made of folders with files or more folders in them.. learn how it works and how to navigate your way around them!
|A demonstration of files and folders|
What is the recycle bin and how to use it!
Basic applications that come with windows
|A demonstration of the common Windows applications|
|Section 5: The Control Panel|
The Control Panel Questions
|What is it and what will we learn in Section 5: Control Panel?|
|A brief demonstration of the control panel!|
|Learn how to verify or cancel changes you have made!|
How to adjust your display and settings from the control panel
This video will go over your date and time settings from the control panel
How to make changes to your keyboard settings: Changing the repeat delay and repeat speed.
Making changes to your mouse settings, click speed, reversing buttons and more!
How to remove unneeded or unwanted programs from your computer
|What the regional settings are and how to use the settings from the control panel.|
|If a technician asks what your system information is, how will you find it? In the system section of the control panel!|
|Taskbar settings from the control panel|
|How to adjust, add and remove computer user accounts from the control panel|
|What are windows updates and how to adjust the settings from the control panel|
|Additional settings you can find from the control panel|
|Section 6: Start Doing Something - Computer Software|
Computer Software Questions
|What we will learn in this short section!|
|What is software and what are the different types of software?|
|How to get and install software|
|A demonstration on extracting compressed files|
|Section 7: Connect to the World - The Internet|
The Internet Questions
|What we will learn about the internet and internet functions!|
|What is the internet?|
|What are web browsers and how to use them!|
|How to find something on the internet!|
|What is email and the basics on using it!|
|A Quick demonstration using my yahoo account|
|What is chat and why do people use it?|
|The common problem of people believing internet hoaxes are real and how to avoid being one of those people!|
|What is downloading and why is it useful?|
|Section 8: Staying Safe - Computer Security|
Computer Security Questions
|What we will be learning about computer security!|
|Who cares and why is it so important?|
|Adding User accounts and setting their access permissions!|
Why are passwords so important regardless of what you do on your computer? How do you make a secure password?
|There are some dangerous places on the internet! How to identify potentially harmful websites, emails and scams!!|
|The dreaded virus! What is it and what are other types of bad things?|
|How to help protect yourself with an antivirus!|
|Keep your information safe when you walk away from your computer for a short duration!|
|What is windows defender and how to use it!|
|Section 9: What Happened - Problems, Troubleshooting and Maintenance|
Problems, Troubleshooting & Maintenance Questions
|What we will learn about computer problems, how to troubleshoot them and maintaining your computer!|
What to do when you receive an error messge!
|Basic maintenance tips for your computer!|
|Some common computer problems and what to do about them!|
|What is the Action Center and what does it do?|
|Uh Oh! You have a virus? What to and not to do!|
|Section 10: Want More - More Advanced Topics|
|What we will learn in this section!|
|What are Bytes? Kilobytes, Megabytes, Gigabytes and Terabytes??|
|The inside parts of the computer!|
|What are device drivers and why are they needed?|
Patrick is an I.T. professional that has been in the field for over 15 years. Growing up during the dawn of the computer age, he quickly took hold of all things technology. Patrick is a Comptia A+ and Network + certified professional that focuses on computer hardware, networking, computer security as well as helping others break the fear of technology.
Patrick attended technical school and college in Florida while also maintaining his own personal computer maintenance and repair shop. Eventually obtaining technical positions working with cities and corporate environments.
Aside from technology, Patrick also studies weather and frequently observes weather anomalies, especially during the spring storm season. He is also a trained weather spotter.