Newbie Know How

Grades 6-12

Newbie Know-How is a resource for beginners that can be used with Teens Teaching Tech.  This part of the Computer Power Unlimited series is for youth with little or no experience with computers.

Chapter 1: Just for Beginners

Point and Click

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Hunt and Peck

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Sense-Lang

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Chapter 3: Visit Uber-Geek Headquarters

A secure website to teach K-5 Internet safety

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Chapter 6: Communicate It!

Yahoo! Mail

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Gmail

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Hotmail

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Instant Messaging - Wikipedia

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Chapter 7: Protect It!

Common Sense

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Norton Symantec

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LavaSoft and AdWare

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Source Forge

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McAfee

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click on Downloads, then Anti-Virus, Firewall & Spyware

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Chapter 8: Preserve It!

Similar Menu Commands

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Chapter 9: Place It!

The Apple Basket Game

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Open Office

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Free and Open Source Software

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Chapter 10: Write It!

MS Office Training Pages

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Learnthat

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Chapter 11: Picture It!

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Inkscape

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Picasa

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Chapter 12: Present It!

ACTDEN PowerPoint Tutorial

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PowerPoint Heaven

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Inside the Box

Grades 6-12

Inside the Box helps youth discover the inner workings of computer hardware–the parts, the ports, the operating systems that make it run, how to diagnose and fix problems and how to help computers run smoother and faster.

Chapter 1: Tools of the Trade

Caring for Your Computer

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Chapter 2: Parts and Ports - Outside the Box

The Scoop on Ports

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Chapter 3: Under the Hood - Parts and System

How to Build Your Own PC

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How Stuff Works: PCs

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Chapter 4: Deconstruct/Reconstruct

Inside the Box

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Troubleshooting Laptops and PCs

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Chapter 5: The Math Behind the Magic

How Stuff Works: Bits and Bytes

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Binary & Hexadecimal Conversions

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Hexadecimal

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Binary

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Conversion Table

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The Hex Hub

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Using Hexadecimal Codes

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How Boolean Logic Works

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Chapter 6: Is there a Doctor in the House?

Cleaning a Mouse

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Computer Repairs & Diagnostic Flowcharts

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Troubleshooting Hardware Issues

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Troubleshooting Guides and Resources

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Chapter 7: The Mind Inside the Machine

Time Travel

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What's an OS?

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How Stuff Works: Operating Systems

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Operating System

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Comparison of Operating Systems

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Operating System Technical Comparison

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Mac OS

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Windows OS

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Edubuntu OS

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Knoppix OS

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Chapter 8: Let Freedom Ring

Chapter 9: Computer Brain Surgery

Knoppix CD Download

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Free Partition Managers, Editors and Recovery

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Linux, BSD (UNIX) Distributions

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Tech Soup: discount products for nonprofits

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Chapter 10: More Tools of the Trade

BootDisks - PC Support, Essential Utilities

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Advanced Utilities and Technical Information

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Utility Library

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Computer Check-Up and Diagnostics

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System Utilities and Drivers

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Chapter 11: What Goes Around Comes Around

National Recycling Coalition

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Donate, Re-Use, Recycle

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Clean Computer Campaign

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Islands in the Waste Stream

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Junk Your Old PC-Safely

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Environmental Protection Agency

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Recycle Old Computers and Equipment

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Basel Action Network: working to stop toxic trade

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Chapter 12: Computers 2050

How to Build Your Own PC

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Future Technology

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Global Change: The Future of Technology

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Peer to Peer

Grades 6-12

Peer to Peer focuses on networking computers and making decisions about the ethical and safety issues involved in networking.

Chapter 1: Getting Connected to the Big Picture

How Internet Infrastructure Works

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Computer Network

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Advanced: Register to view the network animation sequences

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Chapter 2: Cables and Connectors

Computer Hardware Hookup

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Chapter 3: It's What's Inside That Counts

Download the FREE Personal PC Audit

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Chapter 4: Wire or Waves?

10 FREE Open Source Encryption Utilities

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Chapter 6: It Starts with an Address

The Name Game

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DNS Translator

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Search Domain Names

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Chapter 7: We're Just Here to Serve

Positive Distributed Computer Products

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Advanced: Internet Law

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Chapter 8: Protocols and Conversions

Exploratorium: Internet 101.101.010.101

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Connected: An Internet Excyclopedia

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Internet Protocol Suite

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Chapter 9: Is There Anybody Out There?

Network Tools

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Traceroute (Unix, MacOS) Tracert (Windows)

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Softnik

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Whois

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Chapter 10: It's All Under One Roof

Home Networking

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Chapter 11: The Wicked Wave

Viruses, Worms and Trojan Horses

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Home Network Security

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Wired Safety

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Consumer Reports

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Windows Update

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Chapter 12: Hackers or Heroes?

A fun little program that lays the foundations of computer syntax

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Introduction to Programming Languages

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A Programming Directory

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Advanced: Internet Law

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Computer Crime Reports

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Chapter 13: Uber-World!

Cerulean Studios

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TokBox

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Chapter 14: Lan Party Time

Entertainment Software Rating Board

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Game Engines

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Kids Online

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Teens Teaching Tech

Grades 6-12

Teens Teaching Tech focuses on networking computers together and making decisions about the ethical and safety issues involved in networking.

Leading for Learning

In experiential education there is a process to learning. In working with technology, however, you won’t find much in between “It does work” or “It doesn’t work.” For this reason it is far more important to help learners focus on the processes involved in their decision making and problem solving, so they aren’t easily frustrated by technology’s complexities. The affective skills learned are the life skills of problem solving and team work. Your role as a project leader can fall into several categories:

Resource Locator:
A big challenge when stepping into a new project areas is knowing where to find what you need, both information and physical resources. This website can point you in lots of helpful directions. People are the best resources. If you aren’t tech savvy, try to find someone locally who is.

Role Model:
Learners can watch and listen to you try to figure out how to solve a problem, and mimic your approach. In the very beginnings of new projects, learners are usually more comfortable watching. This is a great time to teach about safety concerns.
Facilitator:
You can guide learners by letting them make guesses and asking questions. In the Activity Guides each activity is followed by “Back It Up” questions. Feel free to use your own experience, judgment and knowledge base to create the question that is best for each learning moment. In each of the project books you will find “How to Get Along with Computers.” Help learners recognize the different skills they use in their problem solving. Remember that different people ask questions and figure things out in different ways.

Encourager:
Your passion and curiosity can inspire! W hen you see others catching your flame, be sure to encourage them. Be patient and plan time to allow mistakes to happen. Learning isn’t about getting it right every time. Seek out opportunities for your learners to share what they have learned with others.

Chapter 1: Goals and Standards

Goals and Standards

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Chapter 2: Bridging the Digital Divide

US Census Bureau

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United Nations Cyber School Bus

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Digital Divide

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Digital Issues

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Chapter 3: Who's Got Your Back?

The GLOBE Program

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4‑H Web Wizards

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Chapter 4: Tools of the Trade

Electronics and Computer Recycling

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CompuMentor Computer Recycling

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Computer Recycling USA

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Chapter 5: Establishing Uber-Geek Headquarters

Extension Offices (US)

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Community Technology Center's Network

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National College of American Indians

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Chapter 6: A Little Help from My Friends

Jan's Computer Literacy 101

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MS Office Tutorials

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Tutorials and Courses Online

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MS Intro to Applications

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Learnthat Tutorials

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Kids Online

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Blank Activity Outline

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Chapter 7: Lasting Impression

Lab Sign-in Sheet

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Ice Breakers

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Computer Survey - English

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Computer Survey - Spanish

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Chapter 8: Sharing What We Know

Reference Desk (senior resources)

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Language Barrier

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Chapter 9: Making Magic for Munchkins

Education World

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Learning for Kids

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NetSmartzKids: Interactive Fun

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Virus Tag Game

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Public/Private Game

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Lap Rules for Youth

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General Introduction Letter

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Chapter 10: Teaching Bridges Beyond Words

A Directory of Some Proportions

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Office Online Worldwide change your language

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Translate your sentences into several languages (Not 100% accurate)

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Consumer Action Agency (Consumer Ed Resources in English, Chinese and Spanish)

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Teaching Tolerance

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United Nations Cyber School Bus

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Sentimental Refugee

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National Congress of American Indians

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News in Spanish

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The White House

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Internet Resources for Latin America

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Spanish/English Video Tutorials

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Adult Learning Activities

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Chapter 11: Download What?

Wired Safety

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Home Network Security

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Appropriate Use Agreement

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Parental Permission Form

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Family Home Rules

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Chapter 12: Who's Flying this Thing?

Windows Update

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Ad-Aware

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Antivirus - Firewall - Spyware

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Hard Disk Image Cloning for PCs

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Chapter 13: Going National

Video Conferencing for MacOS

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PikiWiki

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