Computer Lab


Your computer is a place to store and use information, like your games, programs, documents, all that fun stuff you do. It all has to be kept somewhere. A computer has different sections, called drives and files and folders, for keeping those things organized.

Imagine your computer is like a file cabinet.

DRAWERS & DRIVES: The file cabinet has drawers to keep things in different areas. A computer has areas too called drives. It has a Hard Drive and a CD-ROM Drive.

FOLDERS: If you look inside one of the drawers of a file cabinet you can see folders that separate things even more. Guess what??? Drives have folders too. 

FILES: Inside each folder are files. Computers and file cabinets both have files. An individual document, picture or sound can be a file. We give our documents file names when we save.

The C: drive is the place to store things inside that particular computer. The C: drive is also called the "hard drive". The "My Documents" folder is part of the C: drive.

Some computers (those in our Computer Lab at Lakeview) also have network drives. A network is an arrangement of individual computers (called workstations) connected electronically to one central computer called a server. A network allows all the workstations to share files stored on the server. At school you can save your work to the server using the U: drive. Why? Well, it's convenient -- you can then access that file from any computer in the network at school. You could start a project in the lab, save it to the network, then finish it in your POD or classroom.

There are also drives that are removable. Jump drives (aka thumb or flash drives) can easily be plugged into the computer (using a USB port) and removed as needed.

If you want to see what drives your computer has, double click the "My Computer" icon. You can also see how much space is taken and how much is free on each drive. 



Both are ways to decorate your computer.

Wallpaper adds a picture or design to the desktop, the area where all the icons are.

Screensavers pop-up automatically when no one is working on the computer. They're usually pictures that completely cover the screen and have some movement.



We begin the year by practicing our keyboarding skills. By the time Autumn gets here we will have fallen into good keyboarding skills.

So . . . how do you become a pro at keyboarding? Practice, practice, practice!

Remember . . . pointer fingers on the F & J keys. Don't look down. Feel for the "finger-feelies". And remember good posture!




Cover all the bases BEFORE you print. Spell check, proofread, print preview.

Mistakes you can avoid . . . 
SPELL CHECK before you print! Remember, you'll have to be sure of proper names yourself.

PROOF READ to make sure everything makes sense. Watch out for repeated words spell check can't catch. Make sure there are no words or sentences underlined in red or green . . . these mean there is something wrong with that word or phrase and it needs to be corrected prior to printing.

PRINT PREVIEW will show you how many pages your document contains and how it will look. Print only the pages you need -- don't be wasteful!

And remember to only hit the "OK" to print button once! The printer icon will appear along with a message after the document has spooled to the printer. Check the printer before telling the computer to print again. No need to print more copies than you need.

Printing is great -- but paper, ink, and toner are expensive. So, print wisely.



Before you save -- know these 2 very important things:

1. What it's called.
2. Where it's going.

The "what it's called" part is the filename. Give it a name you can remember, something you will recognize later.

The "where it's going" part is the drive and folder. 

If you know these 2 things, you'll be able to find it the next time you need it.

After giving your document a name and telling the computer where to save it, click the "SAVE" or "OK" button, and WAIT! NEVER exit during the saving process! Watch the cursor to ssee when the saving process is complete. The cursor changes into an hourglass while it's saving and back into the regular cursor when it has finished saving. 

DON'T MAKE THIS MISTAKE . . . after you've saved your file and come back another day to work on it, how do you get back that saved file? The word to remember is "OPEN". Click "FILE" and "OPEN" (or the "OPEN" button on the tool bar-the little yellow folder). NEVER click "FILE", "SAVE AS" and click on or type in your filename when you want to open a file. Guess what??? You just saved nothing (that new blank page) . . . you replaced your work with a new blank page. UGH!