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The teaching of Information Technologies Print
September 2007
The PC is no longer just a box.  It is a semi-clone of a human being.  It has a brain called the CPU.  It has a heart called the chipset.  It has memory called RAM for short term and HDD for long term.  It has blood called bits.  Are the above analogies a good approach for explaining how a PC works to students?  Students know that they are human- they have brain, heart, memory and blood etc.  They know what those organs do in simple terms.  They possess a framework of basic knowledge about the human body because they own one each themselves.  By referring to the human body that students already know, students will find the PC no longer a boring or a magical box.  Students will find the PC to be an ally and a good friend, besides being a good tool.  Students will begin to open their horizon and will be more aware of PC technologies around them that they may previously take for granted or think are irrelevant.  Students will be motivated to find out the differences between PC and themselves- what PC can do that human cannot such as repeating a numerical computation ten million times accurately, and what PC cannot do that human can such as forging a relationship with a fellow human.  Our knowledge of the human body and the development of PC technologies are in fact at an early stage.  There is a lot more to learn and to develop.  Teachers should take a proactive role in encouraging student learning of PC technologies as the third element after literacy and numeracy.