January 9th

Module 1: Choosing a Computer 35min

Answer these questions below on your blog in complete sentences.

1. Why is it important to compare features of a computer before making a purchase?  What are the different features of a computer that people should consider before making their selection?   2. What is cloud computing, and what does it enable us to do?   3. What are some of the ways computers change and evolve over time? What do you predict computers will be like 20 years from now?


Overview: This module provides an overview of computer hardware and software in the context of making informed decisions when choosing a computer. Answer the questions below as you move through the modules.

1. Define Open Source software:


2. Define software:


3. Define what “The Cloud” is:


4. Define RAM:


5. Define Central Processing Unit, or CPU:


6. How is information stored for cloud computing:


7. List features of tablet computers:


8. What should you consider when buying a computer?


9. How do can you increase your computer’s hard drive?


Module 2: Wireless Communication 25min

Answer these questions below on your blog in complete sentences.

1. Is owning a cell phone a big responsibility? How can people be more responsible with using or paying for their phones?

2. What are the dangers of using a cell phone while driving?

3. What can people do—either as passengers or drivers—to prevent texting while driving?


Overview: This module includes a discussion of the mechanics and services of wireless communication and strategies for using mobile devices safely and responsibly. Answer the questions below as you move through the modules.

1. What interferes with wireless coverage?


2. What are some texting etiquette rules?


3. What laws are in place about texting:


4. What features are important when buying a cell phone?


5. Teens can be responsible with cell phones by:


6. What are Location-based services and how much do they cost?


7. What can an emergency service application do?


8. What is roaming?


9. What are operating systems and do all phones have them?


10. What can happen to people who sext?


Module 3: The Viral World 35mins

Using complete sentences, answer these questions on your blog.

1. What kinds of risks can come with using technology? How can people reduce those risks, especially when it comes to protecting their privacy and online identities?

2. Is it possible to spend too much time with technology? What signs might indicate that someone is overusing technology?

3. How can people keep their technology use in check?


Overview: This module discusses the various methods of digital communication and best practices for using these methods in safe and responsible ways.


1. What is a web browser?


2. Which is an example of malware?


3. Which are consequence of overusing technology?


4. People might have a problem with technology if……..??


5. The strongest password would include:


6. Like “HTTPS,” Secure Socket Layer, or SSL helps to:


7. What can an online predator do with your personal information?


8. True or false: A virus that arrives in spam could wipe out your entire hard drive.



9. Is it best to use a social networking site’s default privacy settings?


10. When is it okay to share personal information, like your full name and address, online?


Module 4: Internet Resources and Credibility 20mins

Answer these questions below on your blog in complete sentences.

1. What does it mean to plagiarize, and what are some ways that people can make sure they are NOT plagiarizing?

2. What are the consequences of plagiarism?

3. How do we use technology in our schoolwork? When does technology use cause a problem in school?


Overview: This module discusses best practices for conducting online research, including how to investigate the credibility of online sources and how to cite sources responsibly.



1. What makes a credible website?


2. Define bias. Why is it a problem for websites?


3. Why is citing your research important?


4. In order to avoid plagiarizing, you should:


5. To improve the credibility or trustworthiness of a site, the author should list what in his or her bio?


6. If you directly quote a source in a paper, you must do what?


7. Define plagiarism.


8. Define paraphrasing:

9. What are some credible domains?

10. A possible consequence of plagiarizing is: