O484.U01. Computers Today

1. Living in a digital age.

2. Computer essentials.

3. Inside the system.

4. Buying a computer.

1. The digital age

READ the text from the book

2. Collocations 1


Language work

Verbs and nouns often go together in English to make set phrases, for example acces the Internet. These word combinations are called collocations, and they are very common. Learning collocations instead of individual words can help you remember which verb to use with which noun. Here are some examples from the previous text:

perform operations, do research, make calls, send texts, display data, write letters, store information, complete exercises, carry out transactions


3. Computers at work

Talk about how different people use their computers at work (e.g. electrical engineer, secretary, librarian, composer)

4. The magic of computers

Talk about things computer do for us in our daily life

5. Other aplications

Give examples of how computers are used in Formula 1 cars, Entertainment, Factories & industrial processes, Schools / Universities

 

How artists can (finally) get paid in the digital age | Jack Conte

Inside a Google Data Center

Microsoft underwater Data Centers

1. Computer hardware

Describe the elements of a computer system

2. What is a computer?

READ the text from the book

3. Different types of computer

List & describe: laptop, desktop PC, mainframe, tablet PC, mobile phone, chromebook

4. Classifying


Language work

Classifying means putting things into groups or classes. We can classify types of computers, parts of a PC, etc. Some typical expressions for classifying are:

  • ...are classified into X types/categories
  • ...are classified by...
  • ...can be divided into X types/categories

Digital computers can be divided into five main types: mainframes, desktop PCs, laptops, tablet PCs and mobile phones.

  • ...include(s)...
  • ...consist(s) of...

The basic configuration of a mainframe consists of a central system which processes immense amounts of data very quickly.

  • There are X types/classes of...
  • X is a type of...

A tablet PC is a type of notebook computer.


5. Benefits of laptops, tablet PCs and chromebooks

WRITE an emal describing the benefits of using these portable devices.

 

TO KNOW MORE...

Article about quantum computers (2019)

Quantum computers explained at 5 levels, by IBM

 

 

1. Technical specifications

2. What is inside a PC system?

READ the text from the book

3. Defining relative clauses


Language work

Defining relative clauses

We can define people or things with a defining (restrictive) relative clause. We use the relative pronoun who to refer to a person; we can also use that.

A blogger is a person who/that keeps a web log (blog) or publishes an online diary.

We use the relative pronoun which (or that) to refer to a thing, not a person.

This is built into a single chip which/that executes program instructions and coordinates the activities that take place within the computer system.

Relative pronouns can be left out when they are the object of the relative clause.

The main circuit board (which/that) you have inside your system is called the motherboard.


4. How memory is measured

READ the text from the book

5. A PC system

Complete a diagram of a PC system

6. Your ideal computer system

Describe your ideal computer system, using words such as CPU, speed, optical disc drives, wireless connectivity, minimum/maximum RAM, monitor, ports and card memory slots, hard disk, external USB disk, software, etc.

 

Main parts of the computer

 

Steve Jobs commencement speech at Stanford 2005

 

The mind behind Linux: Linus Torvald

 

 

 

1. In a computer shop

Imagine the conversation at the shop when buying a new computer

2. Language funtions in a computer shop


Read the HELP box

Language functions useful to a sales assistant

Greeting and offering help

Good morning. Do you need any help?

Giving technical specifications (specs)

The MacBook has a processor running at 2.0 gigahertz. The iMac has two gigabytes of RAM. They feature a camera built into the display.

Describing

Both computers are very fast and reliable

Comparing

The MacBook is more practical if you travel a lot.

PDAs are cheaper that laptops but laptops are more powerful.

Language funtions useful to a customer

Explaining what you are looking for

We are looking for a personal computer. Have you got any fairly basic ones?

Asking for technical specs

What's the storage capacity of the hard drive?

Do they have a DVD drive?

Asking the price

How much do they cost?

How much is it?


3. Buying a computer

Role play: shop assistant and customer

4. Choosing the right computer

Surf the web and find at least 4 different models of computers

5. Vocabulary tree about parts of a computer

A nice technique to remember new vocabulary

6. Recommending a computer

WRITE an email recommending a computer to a friend

 

How to start a speech

 

Get clear on your message

O484.U02. Input & Output devices

5. Type, click and talk!

6. Capture your favourite image.

7. Display screens and ergonomics.

8. Choosing a printer.

9. Devices for the disabled.

LANGUAGE WORK: Describing functions

READING: The eyes of your computer

LANGUAGE WORK: superlatives

LANGUAGE WORK: suffixes

READING: How screen displays works

LANGUAGE WORK: Instructions and advice

READING: Which type of printer should I buy?

LANGUAGE WORK: connectors 1

LANGUAGE WORK: comparatives

 

READING: Computers for the disabled

LANGUAGE WORK: noun phrases

O484.U03. Storage devices

10. Magnetic storage.

11. Optical storage.

12. Flash memory.

READING: Magnetic storage

LANGUAGE WORK: Precautions

READING: Optical disc and drives

LANGUAGE WORK: connectors 2

READING: Memory in a flash

LANGUAGE WORK: Word building

O484.U04. Basic Software

13. The operating system (OS).

14. Word processing (WP).

15. Spreadsheets and databases.

O484.U05. Faces of the Internet

16. The internet and email.

17. The web.

18. Chat and conferencing.

19. Internet security.

READING: Internet FAQs

READING:

A typical web page

The collectives of cyberspace

READING: Security and privacy on the Internet

O484.U06. Creative Software

20. Graphics and design

21. Desktop Publishing

22. Multimedia

23. Web design

O484.U07. Programming & Jobs in ICT

24. Program design and computer languages.

25. Java

26. Jobs in ICT.

O484.U08. Computers tomorrow

27. Communication systems

28. Networks

29. Video games

30. New technologies

READING: Channels of communication

READING: Networking FAQs

READING: Game genres

READING: Future trends

Professor 1 (70% de la nota). Bases de Dades.

Professor 2 (30% de la nota): Bases de Dades (3h en anglès).

  • Exàmen: 60%
  • Pràctiques obligatòries: 40%
  • Actitud, assistència i feina a classe: permet d'arrodonir la nota final a l'alça (+1 punt) o a la baixa (-1 punt).
  • Si les pràctiques son entregades fora de plaç puntúen com a màxim un 5.
  • Durant el curs els alumnes hauran obligatòriament de llegir dos llibres en Anglès adaptats al seu nivell que podran agafar en prèstec a la biblioteca del centre. Els hauran de comentar amb el professor i amb els companys a finals de Gener i durant el mes de Maig.

Enter your gmail account

Go to blogger.com and create a blog associated to your gmail account

xxxxxxxxxxx.blogspot.com

You can go to your blog and:

  • see it, as any Internet user might do
  • edit it, since you are the owner

Another way to post a message to your blog is by sending an email to

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

As far as contents are concerned, your blog should document all the exercises you do in class.

  • All Readings done in class
  • STEM Talk summary
  • Etc.

Projects: 01xxxx, 02PA, 03PC, 04EC, 05BD, 06IF, 07AG, 08EG, 09JG, 10CG, 11xxxx, 12JM, 13PM, 14CM, 15LM, 16xxxx, 17SP, 18PP, 19FP, 20JS, 21ES, 22DS, 23RS, 24JT, 25JV, 26xxxx, 27MV, 28FV

 

1st term 

  • 01_the_digital_age_1
  • 01_the_digital_age_2
  • 02_what_is_a_computer
  • 03_What_is_inside_a_pc_system
  • 06_the_eyes_of_your_computer
  • 07_how_screen_displays_work
  • 08_which_type_of_printer_should_i_buy
  • 09_computers_for_the_disabled_1
  • 09_computers_for_the_disabled_2

 

2nd term 

  • 10_magnetic_storage
  • 11_optical_disc_and_drives
  • 12_memory_in_a_flash
  • 13_GUI_Operating_Systems
  • 15_Databases
  • 16_Email_features
  • 16_Internet_FAQs_1
  • 16_Internet_FAQs_2
  • 17_A_typical_web_page
  • 17_Collectives_of_cyberspace
  • 19_Security_and_privacy_on_the_Internet

 

3rd term 

  • 20_Computer_graphics
  • 21_Desktop_Publishing
  • 23_Web_page_design
  • 24_Computer_languages
  • 25_The_Java_Language
  • 27_Channels_of_Communication
  • 28_Networking_FAQs
  • 29_Game_genres
  • 30_Future_trends_1
  • 30_Future_trends_2
  • 30a_Curriculum_Vitae

 

Prepare a podcast about a technology-related topic (or any other topic you find interesting):

You can do it individually or in a group of 2, 3 or 4 people.

You can use visual support, such as video or images in the background, in order to make your podcast more attractive to the audience.

Duration: 5 minutes per person

  • Upload it to the BDA remote server, naming the file as AA_BB_CC_DD_podcast.mp3 or whatever sound format you are using.
  • AA, BB, CC, DD stand for the initials of the team members. If you have created your podcast alone, use NameLastname_podcast.mp3
  • mp3 stands for the sound format, it could be any usual sound format. 

TIPS to record a great podcast

 https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/10-podcast-recording-tips/

  1. The right distance your mouth should be from the microphone
  2. Why green is good, and red is bad
  3. How to stay consistent, and why that’s key for your audience
  4. The importance of a killer intro
  5. What to do with your podcast outro
  6. How to give your podcast website that WOW factor
  7. Why you need to say “yes” to segmentation
  8. How to cut out the fluff
  9. How to avoid over-editing
  10. And the most important thing of all: how to keep it light and fun!

Examples:

Inside Bill Gates' brain with Davis Guggenheim

 hosted at https://megaphone.fm

 

After writing a blog and recording a podcast, let's go for the most difficult task: recording a video.

  • Video length: between 2 and 5 minutes per person.
  • You can work individually or in teams (2-3-4 people). 
  • Topic: choose anything you are interested in. A personal video, an interview, a trip you want to talk about, etc.
  • Try to maintain the interest of the audience, so make it dynamic. Consider editing audio and video before publishing, in order to remove unwanted parts that make the video boring and heavy.

Find below an example of a nice video commercial by Alec Baldwing that you already know. Check the lighting, the background music, the speech intonation and the rythm. Get ideas for your project.

 

Here are some technical tips to consider before recording a video of yourself:

  • Good lighting
  • Stable camera and correct camera height and position
  • Use external microphone if possible and avoid background noises
  • Prepare what you have to say

 

Professional tips for recording audio and video independently: 

 

 

Read a book of your choice about technology or any other topic.

 

SUMMARY

Please write a summary about the STEM talks you attended to on Friday, the 24th of January 2020.

Minimum length, an A4 page. Post it to your English blog.

http://informaticaramis.blogspot.com/2020/01/stem-talks-menorca-2020.html

 

Find below a few articles about artificial intelligence and coronavirus.

  • Read some of them or look for information by yourself and prepare a 10 page presentation.
  • Upload it to the BDA remote server with FileZilla Client before Friday, March the 20th at 22h.
  • Use pdf format, name the file as NameLastname_AICV.pdf.

https://www.google.com/search?q=artificial+intelligence+and+coronavirus&rlz=1C1GCEA_enES809ES809&oq=artificial+intelligence+and+coronavirus&aqs=chrome..69i57.13199j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

 

Find below a TED talk by Bill Gates, in 2015.

  • Write a one page summary including the main topics and your opinion on the subject. 
  • Upload it to the BDA remote server with FileZilla Client before Friday, April the 3rd at 22h.
  • Use pdf format, name the file as NameLastname_TedBG.pdf.

 

Find below a few articles about technology that will provide you with a nice and complete technical vocabulary.

WORK TO DO

  • Write a summary of the 3 reading sessions in one A4 page, just using some of the technical terms. It does not need to be exhaustive, just put whatever you remember. Do not copy and paste, generate your own sentences.
  • Read out loud and record your own summary.

Upload the 2 files to the remote bda server (directory "read_and_summarize"):

  • A pdf file with the written summary.    NameLastname_read_and_summarize.pdf
  • An audio file reading your summary.    NameLastname_read_and_summarize.mp3

1st reading session:

  • 01_the_digital_age_1
  • 01_the_digital_age_2
  • 02_what_is_a_computer
  • 03_What_is_inside_a_pc_system
  • 06_the_eyes_of_your_computer
  • 07_how_screen_displays_work
  • 08_which_type_of_printer_should_i_buy
  • 09_computers_for_the_disabled_1
  • 09_computers_for_the_disabled_2

 

2nd reading session:

  • 10_magnetic_storage
  • 11_optical_disc_and_drives
  • 12_memory_in_a_flash
  • 13_GUI_Operating_Systems
  • 15_Databases
  • 16_Email_features
  • 16_Internet_FAQs_1
  • 16_Internet_FAQs_2
  • 17_A_typical_web_page
  • 17_Collectives_of_cyberspace
  • 19_Security_and_privacy_on_the_Internet

 

3rd reading session:

  • 20_Computer_graphics
  • 21_Desktop_Publishing
  • 23_Web_page_design
  • 24_Computer_languages
  • 25_The_Java_Language
  • 27_Channels_of_Communication
  • 28_Networking_FAQs
  • 29_Game_genres
  • 30_Future_trends_1
  • 30_Future_trends_2
  • 30a_Curriculum_Vitae