How to Teach Kids the Parts of a Computer

While some kids enter school with a computer savvy that can rival even the most experienced adults, others have almost no experience with these devices. To ensure that all students have the background knowledge necessary to use and continue to learn about computers, teachers should start with the basics. Before you delve into using a computer or exploring some of the complex functions that computers can complete, teach your students the basic parts of a computer and what each part does.

Instructions

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      Assess students' previous knowledge with a pretest on which you ask students to label the computer parts. Use the results of this assessment to inform your instruction. For example, if students already seem quite comfortable with computer parts, you may not need to explore them as thoroughly.

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      Break down computer parts by function. Teach student about input devices such as the keyboard, the mouse and a scanner, display devices such as the monitor and the printer and processing devices such as the computer tower. By grouping devices in this manner, you make it easier for students to learn not just the name but also the role of each computer part.

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      Instruct students to label computer parts. Give students self-adhesive notes and allow them to create labels and attach them to computer-lab computers. Check their labeling and correct any errors.

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      Give students a computer picture to color and label. After students complete this picture assignment, put it on display on the computer-room wall.

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      Divide students into groups and assign each a part to research. Ask each group to research the history and function of their assigned part and present their findings to the class.

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      Guide students through the creation of a computer parts picture book. Provide each student with paper and coloring supplies, and ask them to make a picture book containing the parts of the computer that they have learned about. Allow your students to share their completed works with kids in lower grades.

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