Assignment #1 - Create your first web page

1. Using Google Sites, create a basic website about yourself. You may include video clips, songs, pictures, or any other forms of media that you feel best represent who you are.

Your website should include the following:
 - Your name and the period that you are in 
 - A brief write-up about yourself (your name, where you are from, your interests, favourite things, favourite subjects, etc) - Do not feel the need to post anything personal, these sites will be public *
 - A Homework section where you will be posting links to your completed assignments.
** Also add two other pages in your sidebar.

  •   Cisco Academy 11 or 12 (depending on your grade)
  •   Computer History Assignment

You should use at least 2 columns in your page. 

In 1 column you are to make a list of links to other students pages in your class. You will need to spell their name correctly, have the list in alphabetical order, and have the links all working properly. You can find the Class List here, feel free to copy and paste the names into your column. At the end of class, you will need find the students websites from their profiles in the members list and add links to their names. 

Google Sites is an easy website to use. There are tutorials and help available within the site.

** Once you have a URL for your site, please update our Class Roster and add your URL to your profile so we can find your site. *** ALSO - Please include your Twitter name (if you have one) in your profile i.e. @BillyBob if you have one.

Example Website

Post in the homework section of your site:

1. A new thing you have learned about making websites.

2. Something  you have not learnt yet but would like to learn.

3. Who has made the best site in your opinion.

4. 2 things you could do to improve your site.

Due date: end of class, Tuesday, Feb 7th 


Website Rubric

10 points - Layout

Is your site easy to navigate?

Does it make logical sense how to get around?

Do you have to search to find content or is it easy to locate?

10 points - Creativity

Does the site reflect your diverse interests?

Have you gone beyond the basic template to customize it?

Have you chosen a colour scheme that is easy to view?

Have you added more than the bare minimum to make it special?

10 points - Functionality

Do all the links work?

Does all content load effectively?

Can you easily jump between menus and links?

Total 30

Assignment #2 - Computer History Assignment

Computers always have conveyed images of the future, of high technology and of advanced learning. When we look back at computers of the past though, it's amazing how quickly they can appear dated and ancient. It is amazing how quickly technology evolves. If you bought a car 10 years ago would you consider it obsolete today? Of course not but that is certainly not the case in the computer world.

Your assignment will be to take one of our old computer magazines at the front of the class (2004 or older) and find an article that you feel is describing an obsolete technology.


You will need to write a 1 - 2 paragraph description of the article and description of why the technology is obsolete. You should include at least 2 pictures found using a   Google Image Search to illustrate the technology you are writing about.


You should also research how the technology has evolved or changed and what is today's equivalent. Please include the date of the article in your description.


You need to place the paragraphs and images in the "Computer History Assignment" section of your website.


Due - end of class on Thursday, February 9th

Assignment #3 - Team Computer Hardware Research Project

In order to familiarize ourselves with the many aspects of computer hardware we will be completing our first team project during the next week.

Starting on Monday you will be working with a partner to complete a 7-10 minute
 Prezi presentation on one aspect of computer technology.

You will have the full 5 days (Monday Feb 13 - Monday Feb 20) to research and complete your work. 


Presentations will begin on Tuesday, Feb 21st and the order will be drawn randomly so all team's need to be prepared to present on Tuesday.

Your team will be creating a 7-10 minute (yes, you will be timed) presentation that should feature interesting graphics taken from the internet, impressive layouts, clean design, attractive fonts, and organized presentation.


You will be graded on:

  • your research - thoughtful, well documented
  • your organization - careful spelling, clean layout, ease of comprehension
  • the information provided - did you cover all the key areas?
  • creativity - use of appropriate images, graphics, etc.
  • the length of your presentation. You do not want to go longer than 10 minutes, or less than 7. 

You are expected to provided references and links to your information sources at the end of your presentation ____________________________________________________________________________ 

Prezi is a web based presentation software package. You should work with your partner and you should both create accounts to access the presentation. You can "share" your presentation with each other so you can both add to it simultaneously.

View This Tutorial on how to collaborate on Prezi with your partner in real-time

Topic Areas

Team 1 - Computer Maintenance
Blk 3 Team Members: Mathew, Sterling

Blk 5 Team Members: Chayapol, Tita

  • what are types of maintenance that the average computer owner should be doing?
  • how to clean out fans, get rid of dust, and dirt
  • how to run a Virus Scan, get rid of SpyWare
  • how do you keep your computer running smoothly? ex. defrag, registry cleaning, deleting cache files, etc.
  • Describe the different physical maintenance tips everyone should do
  • Describe the software maintenance that everyone should do
  • Read reviews, what are the highest rated software companies for computer maintenance

Team 2 - Operating Systems

Blk 3 Team Members: Leo, Ryan

Blk 5 Team Members: Dayton, JJ

  • what are operating systems?
  • what is their purpose?
  • describe their history
  • list various operating systems and their pro's and con's
  • research the rumoured new operating system from Google, what is the huge shift that Google is proposing? (hint - it's all in the clouds)
  • Describe mobile operating systems available (Windows 8, Android, iOS, Symbian, Blackberry) – What are the pro’s and con’s of each.

Team 3 & 4 – Networking

Blk 3 Team Members: Simon, Alan, Michael, Daniel

Blk 5 Team Members: Sepehr, Daniel, Alex

  • what is a network?
  • different between internet, intranet
  • what is its purpose?
  • how does it work?
  • what is an ip address?
  • what is a LAN? Ethernet? Server? Router? Modem?
  • how do fibre optics work?
  • how does the internet get to your home / school / work?
  • differences between wireless and wired networks?
  • how can network speeds be reduced?
  • how can you speed up a network?
  • discuss the first types of computer networks and their uses
  • describe a hub, switch, and CAT5

Team 5 - Motherboards and CPU's

Blk 3 Team Members:  Hadley, Ben

Blk 5 Team Members: Anne, Jessie

  • what are they and what do they do?
  • what different types are there?
  • who make better chips, AMD or Intel?
  • what were CPU's like 10 years ago?
  • explain what a 'core' is and what it does. why are more better?
  • Why did Apple shift from making its own chips to using Intel?
  • Describe new cpu’s for mobile devices like iPad’s and smartphones

Team 6 - Storage Devices

Blk 3 Team Members:  Jack, Chris L

Blk 5 Team Members: Albert, Sean

  • Describe the following devices and how they work.
  1. DVD's / CD's / Blu Ray
  2. Hard Drives / Mechanical Drives vs. Solid State (SSD)
  3. Flash Memory (memory cards, sticks, chips)
  4. Where is the future of storage headed?
  5. Advantages / disadvantages of SSD vs. HDD
  6. Explain how “Cloud Computing” works and what it is.

Team 7 - Memory (ram) / Video Cards / Audio Cards

Blk 3 Team Members: Mershad, Peter

Blk 5 Team Members: Jordan, Josh

  • what are they and what do they do?
  • what different types are there?
  • describe different types of ram?
  • why do some people need to upgrade these things?
  • How much was the average ram in a computer 20 years ago compared to today?

Team 8 - Power Supplies / Cases / Cooling

Blk 3 Team Members:  James, Ewen

Blk 5 Team Members: Hayden, Theo

  • what are they and what do they do?
  • what different types are there?
  • describe why cooling is important and various types of cooling options available?
  • why would you need to upgrade these things?
  • show pictures of different examples

Team 9 - Input Devices

Blk 3 Team Members:  Trevor, Jonathan

Blk 5 Team Members: Josh K

  • describe and define the following: mice, keyboards, game controllers, tablets, midi keyboards and more.
  • show a pictures of different types of each, describe features and benefits.
  • discuss special input devices for people with physical challenges and disabilities.
  • describe multi-touch input and the new motion controllers being developed by Sony and Microsoft
  • Describe SIRI by Apple, how it works and how voice controls are becoming more popular.

Team 10 - Piracy / Copyright / Legal Issues

Blk 3 Team Members:  Ken, Slava

Blk 5 Team Members: Sam, Justin

describe the following terms and provide examples

  • warez / torrents / the pirate bay (describe the legal battle that is occurring with this site, why can't they be shut down?)
  • music downloads
  • creative commons licensing
  • Peer 2 Peer 
  • Usenet
  • impacts of downloading on the music / movie / newspaper industry.
  • iTunes
  • Explain in detail what SOPA & PIPA are

Team 11 - Internet Security

Blk 3 Team Members:  Alex, Parsa

Blk 5 Team Members: Daniel, Keyan

  • discuss and describe: data encryption, SSL, ICP, secure servers, e-commerce, and more.
  • show appropriate pictures.
  • define: worms, trojans, virus, and other types of computer attacks. Describe 2 recent hacker exploits that have made the news (think of social networking hacks like Facebook and Twitter)

Team 12 - Internet 

Blk 3 Team Members:  Tahoora, Sam

Blk 5 Team Members: Jeremy, Brandon

  • discuss its origins, history and development.
  • show a appropriate pictures and mention key people that were involved.
  • which countries are the most connected? which are the least?
  • what kind of projections are there about the Internets use in the years to come?
  • How else is the internet become an integral part of our lives (mobile, automotive, internet appliances, etc)

Team 13 - BIOS & PCI Buses

Blk 3 Team Members: Brian, Erica

Blk 5 Team Members: Jerry, Edison, Kevin W

  • what are they and what does they do?
  • how do you access a BIOS?
  • why is it important?
  • define: AGP, ISA, EISA, FireWire, USB, PCI, Hyper Transport, VLB
  • Describe Apple’s new Thunderbolt port – why do they claim it to be better?

Team 14 - Mobile Computing

Blk 3 Team Members:  Dennis & Rachel

Blk 5 Team Members: Kevin L, Henry

  • describe the shift towards mobile computing in recent years
  1. how are computer users moving away from the traditional desk work environment
  2. describe 3 mobile devices that have been at the forefront of this movement
  3.  find stats and figures to show how many people are accessing the internet on the go from mobile devices
  4.  implications for the future? What will become of the desktop computer?

Team 15 - Computer History

Blk 3 Team Members: Ivan, David

Blk 5 Team Members: Angela

create a visual timeline with descriptions of the 25 most important events in Computer History. Provide images and brief descriptions of each event.


Assignment #4 - E-Waste

This lesson focuses on the contemporary issue of electronic waste.
You will be examining the increasing volume of e-waste in consumer
societies and the extensive exportation of obsolete electronic equipment
to developing countries. You will consider the socioeconomic forces and
consumer behaviors contributing to this phenomenon. The goal will be for
you to gain a broader perspective on the social, health and environmental
impact of e-waste on different communities around the globe.

View the page and video on Ghana: Digital Dumping Ground

Working in pairs 

• What kind of electronic devices do you own?
make a picture collage of all your electronic devices

• What electronic devices do you find essential in your life?
• How long do you usually keep electronic devices?
• How do people dispose of obsolete electronic devices?
• What happens to the discarded electronic devices?
• What are some government policies regarding disposal of
electronic devices?

  • Please create a sub-page to your homework section called "E-Waste" and write these discussion questions in there. Both partners can collaborate on one page but you all must link to the same page from your homework sections.

Individually take a few minutes and fill in the 4 sections of this Google Form about your technology
Describe the gadgets you would like to be a part of your life.

Use sites like:
For ideas on what you would like to someday own.

What gadgets have you owned that you would now consider obsolete?

Research where you can find appropriate disposal options for these items, specifically here in Coquitlam. Make a list of appropriate facilities including location and contact information.

Useful Links: 

Assignment #5 - History of Personal Computers

Class Viewing: The History of the Personal Computer


Write a 1 paragraph biography on who you feel are the 3 most influential people of the last 40 years in the field of computer technology. (3 paragraphs total)

Cover the following typical reporting points for each person. Who, what, where, when, why.

Due end of class on Friday.

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