Knowing Technology I: Your Computer, Networks, and IoT

Course Outline:

Home computing devices and networks are changing the way we live daily life, work and play. This course is for home users of computers and digital technology. Get to know what home digital devices can do for you. Discuss how the Internet, the World Wide Web, wireless devices and even the Internet of Things (IoT) are impacting your life. Get to know how to save money and get the best use of these new technologies to enhance your life. This class is the first class in a sequence of classes


Computer Basics, File Management Skills, or equivalent experience.

Required Textbook & Materials

  • None

Meeting Information:

  • Days:   Friday
  • Dates:   4/3/2020
  • Number of Sessions:   1
  • Time:   10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
  • Location:   Germantown - (HT) 203
  • Lesson Plan:

    • Course Introduction
    • Define digital technology
    • Identifying the key reasons why understanding digital technology in important today.
    • Identifying the impact digital technology has in your life.
    • Identifying how digital technology enhances your lifestyle.
    • Identify the what are digital wired and wireless network.
    • Explain the difference between telecommunication and computer wireless networks.
    • Explain and defines how to use the World Wide Web, Cloud, and Internet of Things (IoT).

    In-Class Material:

    Class Exercises

    Exercise 1

    Please list the three most important questions you have concerning digital technology.

    Exercise 2

    • List the digital telecommunication devices your interact with daily.
    • List the primary telecommunication device you use?
    • How do your telecommunication devices connect to a network. (Wired, WiFi, or Mobile)
    • Share your lists with a classmate.

    Exercise 3

    • Is you main device configured to use the World Wide Web (WWW)?
    • If So - what Browser do you use?
    • How does your device manage files?
    • What apps do you use?


    Support Links:

    Technical Terms, Jargon, Acronyms, and Abbreviations

    Digital Literacy Links

    Encryption Products and Services


    Encryption Software Tools 2018

    Computing Devices Help Links

    Cloud Computing Links

    Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) Links

    Platform as a service (PaaS) Links

    Software as a service (SaaS) Links

    Cloud Storage

    Cloud Office Applications

    Cloud Social Media

    Cloud Media Services - Music

    Cloud Media Services - Video

    E-Learning & Discovery

    Opt-Out of Information

    Secure Email Services

    How Browsers Work

    Colleges and Universities