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Computer Trivia

1. It took the radio 38 years and the television only 13, but the internet reached 50 million users in only 4 years.

2. The computer mouse was invented by Doug Engelbart in 1963. It was made out of wood (weird, huh).

3. In 2009 the average number of Internet transactions per second was 2,000. The total number of goods sold was worth $60 billion.

4. Early hard disks in personal computers held only 20 MB of data and cost around $800. In 2010 you could get a 2 GB flash drive for around $8. This implies that there is a 100-fold reduction in the price and a 100-fold increase in storage capacity.

5. Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, the first female admiral in the US Navy is also known in the computer world for creating the popular programming language COBOL. She also came up with the term ‘debugging’ after removing a moth from a computer.

6. The computing power in today’s cell phones is much higher than the processing power of all the computers in the Apollo 11 Lunar Lander that put 2 men on the moon.

7. The two main components in IT (Information Technology) are hardware and software. But there is also a lesser known ‘grey’ component. This is the software that is stored in hardware and cannot be modified easily. It is known as ‘firmware’.

8. There are over 20 billion web pages on the internet, and that number is rapidly growing every day. Also, there are over 2 billion internet users worldwide at present.

9. RIM (the BlackBerry operating system company) co-CEO and cofounder Mike Lazaridis dropped out of college to start his own company. He did so after reading Microsoft’s founder, Bill Gates’, book.

10. The first hard disk drive was created in 1979 by Seagate. Its capacity was a whopping (not) 5 MB.

11. HP, Google, Microsoft, and Apple have one thing in common – apart from the obvious that they are IT companies. They were all started in garages.

12. The 12 engineers at IBM that developed the IBM PC had a code name – “The Dirty Dozen”.

13. The first and still the oldest domain name to be registered is Symbolics.com, it was created on March 15th, 1985.

14. Most Central Processing Units (CPU’s) are sold as a bit slower than they actually run. By over-clocking them you can get them to run faster – for free.

15. The first micro-processor was the 4004, Intel had originally designed it for a calculator and no one had any idea to what it would lead to.

Computer Lab

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Remember...

1.  Students need to leave their work space neat and orderly for the next Student/Class.  Headsets behind and to the right of the monitor on the Timberwolf sticker and typing skins to the left on the keyboard sticker.

2.  All programs should be completely closed before leaving the Computer Lab. Always turn off monitors.

3.  The Computer Lab is like the Library, it is a quiet work place, please be considerate and respectful of fellow students working.

4.  Food or drinks are never allowed in the Lab (Water is available at the sink by teacher permission)

5.  Always stay in your seat, especially when wearing headphones! Practice good posture at your computer station. Please sit straight and never kick or put your feet on the computer or cables below the desk.

JME Computer Lab History

The computer lab at John Muir, thanks to the efforts of our school community, moved into a larger classroom in October 2003 and in September 2005 purchased 31 new computers.  It is staffed by a Technology Specialist who is available during school hours.  All classes at John Muir come to the computer lab once a week from 30 to 60 minutes.

 

Our computer lab has many software programs that are used by the students.  Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Publisher are accessed to create stories, letters, and awesome presentations.  Kid Pix Deluxe 3 is an illustration program with the capability of short sentences and captions.  Starfall is used in Kindergarten for practice with letter sounds and beginning words.  Jumpstart is a program that has three difficulty levels and challenges 1st through 3rd grades in reading and math.  Math Blaster focuses on equations in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Type to Learn 3 enforces proper and correct keyboarding skills. 

In conjunction with the library, Accelerated Reader is in the lab as well as all classrooms, for the students to take the quiz portion of this program.

Students have access to the internet where we visit educational websites as a whole class project. Some sites are Harcourt Math, Scholastic News, Time for Kids, and Houghton Mifflin.  Internet research is done for several grade level projects.  Internet safety and netiquette is strongly enforced.

John Muir’s computer lab is providing every student an opportunity for success in the world of Technology.

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Cheyenne Riggs

Technology Specialist

 

(925) 335-5850   ext.3523

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