Discover how your computer operates with Inside a Computer (Enhanced DVD)
. This educational tool is ideal for technology novices and experienced software users alike.
The video offers a brief history of the computer. Although analog computers have been in use for thousands of years, computing devices as we know them didn't appear on the scone until the 1930s. From its humble beginnings as a desktop calculator, the computer was further developed during World War II to solve complex mathematical problems. The 1950s and 1960s saw the evolution of the personal computer, which led to software development in the 1980s. Improvements in computing kept pace with technological advances.
Next, viewers are introduced to hardware, which consists of the mouse and CPU (input devices), output devices (such as the monitor), and storage devices- the digital versatile disc (DVD) drive, hard disk drive, and portable flash sticks.
The video also explores system units. Every computer has one, and it consists of a motherboard which coordinates the system clock, CPU, memory module, power supplies, drives, fans, cards, expansion slots, and ports.
After delving into the inner mechanisms of computers, the documentary explains computer language. All information is processed in the binary code, consisting of 0s and 1s.
The importance of software is also covered. Software enables computers to translate keyboard input into binary code, then back to the language of the user. Software is the agent behind word-processing, spreadsheets, and Internet searches.
The video is divided into segments to conveniently transition from one topic to the next.
An instructor's guide is included as a supplement to the digital resource.
Inside a Computer
- Enhanced DVD
- ISBN# 978-1-60825-584-9
- Run Time: 27 minutes
- Copyright: 2008
- Closed Captioned