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A Collection of Internet-era IT Literacy Teaching Modules

These teaching modules are designed for use in an Internet-era IT literacy course. I have over 90 modules now and plan to create enough for two overlapping courses -- one aimed at students with a strong interest in IT and another for general students. I teach an entire course using these modules, but one could easily select a few to supplement another course.

Connections Inside and Out

Students view the video The Journey Inside The Computer (from Intel Corporation ( and examine the individual internal components of the computer. Using resources available to them, students discover the importance of each component and its impact on the computer’s operations.

Designing a Communication Protocol

A design activity where students are to construct their own communication protocol. The protocol is then implemented using pencil and paper to test if it is robust against random errors

Internet and the World Wide Web

A detailed introduction to many computing concepts: Computer Basics; Network, Internet, Web, Email Basics; Personal Safety Online; Web Page Construction; Finding What You Want; Software on the Internet; Power Tools in the Internet; E-Commerce. (A slide show in PDF format, 241 slides.)

Introduction to the Web as a Platform

"This guide will introduce you to the fundamental concepts that will help you understand how to create Web applications. In this guide, you will learn the answer to questions such as: What is a network and how are computers connected? What is the Internet? How do browsers work? What happens 'under the hood' when I connect to a Web server? What is Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)?

Security Issues

There are several links to a site which deals with security issues of all kinds. These two links can lead you to other materials on that site. There's also a one-page paper which mentions several other good security sites to use. Both the security sites and the utilities appear to be PC-only.

TCP/IP: How Messages Get Delivered Across the Internet

The purpose of this lesson is to explain the concept of a protocol stack and the basic functions of TCP/IP networking by using a postal example. This lesson is aimed at middle and high school students who do not have a background in network protocols. This is intended ffor 45 minutes with a lab and exercises.

Using OPNET Software to Model Communication Networks and Distributed Systems for Home and Business

This presentation focuses on a product called OPNET, a network simulation tool. The presentation includes several exercises to set up and evaluate various network topologies (setups). Modeling, simulating, collecting and analyzing data are possible with this tool.

What is Computer Science, Really?

Discusses five reasons it's important to have Computer Science be a part of the K-12 curriculum.
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