Hands-On Student Activities

Either scroll down or click the link to the appropriate activity you wish to complete.

List of Activities:
     Activity 1:  Format a Floppy Disk
     Activity 2: Create a New Folder
     Activity 3: Move a Folder/File
     Activity 4: Copy a Folder
     Activity 5:  Delete a Folder
     Activity 6: Write-Protect a Floppy

 

Activity 1:  Format a Floppy Disk

Objective Story: Congratulations, you have graduated at the top of your class and are now working for a local high school as a French teacher. Tomorrow is the first day of school.  You have just received the list of names of students who will be in your class this year. For organization purposes you decide to create a file for each student. Since you are young, fresh out of college, and just beginning your first job, you are financially struggling and cannot afford a computer. Thus, you have to use the computers in the school’s computer lab.  For your own peace of mind, you decide to save all your work onto a disk. Lucky you, you took the computer course offered to you in college and you know that the first thing to do when using a floppy disk is to format it.

Directions to Format a Floppy Disk:

  1. Place one 3.5” Floppy Disk in Drive A and click on My Computer on your Desktop. When the screen pops up, pull down the File Menu and select the Format command to display the dialogue box, as shown in diagram A1-a.

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  2. Clicking on the Format command will open another window. In this window, set the Capacity to match with the floppy disk you put into Drive A.  In most cases, the default setting is the correct setting. (The default setting is usually at 1.44 MB (3.5”) and is used for a high-density disk while the 720KB setting is selected when using a double-density disk)

  3. In the same window select the Volume Label text box and enter a new label. The new label can be named anything you wish to name it but can only contain up to eleven characters.

  4. Next, check the Quick Format box within the Format Options section if the disk has been formatted previously. This is the most efficient way to erase the contents of the disk.

  5. Now select the Start button.  A warning will appear, telling you that formatting the disk will erase all data on the disk. After reading the warning, select the OK button only if you are sure that you do not have any files you would like to keep on the disk that you are about to format. Otherwise, you must click Cancel, open the disk, and backup the files you would like to keep onto another disk or onto your hard drive.

  6. After making sure there are no important files on the disk and selecting the OK button, wait for the disk to be formatted.  Then click the OK button after the formatting is complete.
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  7. You may now close the Format dialogue box, the My Computer window, and physically eject the floppy disk from the tower.

  8. Store the floppy disk in a safe place for future use in the following Hands-on-Activities. It may also be a good idea to physically put a label on the floppy disk so that you don’t lose it.

Congratulations!  You have just completed your first Hands-on-Activity!

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Activity 2: Create a New Folder

Objective Story: After successfully formatting your floppy disk, you work towards creating new files on the floppy disk for each of the students in your French class. But first you decide that it would be easier to separate the students into two categories so that one folder won’t contain too many files. You decide that separating the class by gender is the easiest method of dividing the class into relative halves. You add two new folders onto your formatted disk: one folder for boys and one for girls.

Directions to Create a New Folder:

  1. Put the floppy disk you formatted in Activity 1 into Drive A. Start Windows Explorer by clicking on the My Computer icon on the Desktop. Pull down the File menu at the top left hand corner of the window and select Explore.  Maximize the Explore window. Change the view of the window to Details view by pulling down the View menu at the top of the window and click on Details.  Look to Diagram A2-a for further assistance.

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  2. Select the icon for Drive A on the left pane of the Explorer window.

  3. Now you will create two folders on Drive A using two different folder creating techniques. 

  4. Move your mouse to the right pane on the Explorer window.  Click the right mouse button to view a context-sensitive menu. Select or highlight the New command and then click on Folder as the type of object to create. Look to Diagram A2-b for further assistance.  The icon for a new folder will appear on the right pane of the Explorer menu with the name of the folder (the default name is New Folder) highlighted.

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  5. To change the default name, simply type in the name of the folder you want to create (just make sure that the default name, New Folder, is highlighted when you name your folder). For this exercise, type in Boys as the name of the new folder and press the Enter key on your keyboard.

  6. Pull down the View menu.  Click on the Arrange Icons command, then select the by Name command. This displays all folders and files on the disk in alphabetical order.  Since there is only one file on the disk currently, no apparent changes will be made to your current Explorer window right away.  Keep in mind that this function exists. Refer to Diagram A2-c for further assistance.

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  7. We will now move on to the second technique that can be utilized to create a new folder on your floppy disk. Start by clicking the icon for Drive A (3 Floppy (A:)) on the left pane of the Explorer Window. Pull down the File menu at the top left-hand corner of the window and click the New command. When the next pull down menu slides out, select Folder as the type of object to create.  View Diagram A2-d for more assistance.

  8. Just as before, the icon for a new folder will appear on the right pane of the Explorer menu with the name of the folder (the default name is New Folder) highlighted. To change the default name, simply type in the name of the folder you want to create (just make sure that the default name, New Folder, is highlighted when name your folder). For this exercise, type in Girls as the name of the new folder and press the Enter key on your keyboard.

 

  1. You have now successfully created two new folders on you newly formatted disk. And now that you know two different techniques of adding a folder to the disk, go ahead and make a folder for each of your students in the same window that contains the Boys and Girls’ folders. The names and gender of each student are listed below.

    Males: Deo, Claude, Jean Philippe, Jean Marie

    Females
    : Coco, Celestine, Sylvie, Josephine, Claudette

Congratulations! You have completed the second Hands on Activity! Creating a folder is a very basic but very useful skill for everyday use of a computer!

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Activity 3: Move a Folder/File

Objective Story:  You look at the folders on your disk and realize that they really are not organized to your liking. Although the folders are all neatly in alphabetical order, you would like for the folders with the names of your students to be within their respective gender folder. In other words, you want all your male student folders to be under the folder labeled Boys and all the folders labeled with your female students’ names to be under the folder labeled Girls. You vaguely remember how to execute this plan from your computer course in college and decide to try to organize the folders to you liking.

Directions to Move a Folder/File

  1. First make sure that your floppy disk is in Drive A and then return to the Explorer menu for your floppy disk by clicking on the My Computer icon on your Desktop. Next, click once on the Drive A icon also known as the 3 Floppy (A:) icon on the My Computer Window so the Drive A icon is highlighted. Then pull down the File menu at the top left-hand corner of the window and click on Explore. You can now continue from Activity 2.

  2. Your screen should look like Diagram A3-a. Click on the plus sign next to Drive A on the left pane in order to expand the drive. This action displays the contents of Drive A in the right pane of the Explorer window.  Notice that the sign next to Drive A changes from the plus sign to a minus sign when you click on the sign. The minus sign indicates an expansion has just taken place and allows for all the folders to be viewed.

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  3. Click and drag each of the students’ folders from the right pane into the appropriate folder in the left pane. For example Celestine’s folder on the left pane should be dragged into the folder Girls in the right pane.

  4. Once you have completed step 3 for each student, only two folders should be visible in the current window.  The Boys and Girls’ folders and your screen should be similar to Diagram A3-b.

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  5. Try clicking on the folder labeled Boys on the left pane to select the folder.  The right pane will now display the contents in the Boys’ folder.  You should find Claude, Deo, Jean Marie, and Jean Philippe’s folders displayed in the right pane.  Complete the same steps for the folder Girls.

Congratulations! You have completed the third Hands on Activity!

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Activity 4: Copy a Folder

Objective Story: Now you realize that you might forget to bring your floppy disk to class.  You decide that it is worthwhile to have a copy of the folders on the hard drive of the computer you are using at school. You copy some of the folders onto the hard drive of the school’s computer.

Directions to Copy a Folder:

  1. First, make sure that your floppy disk is in Drive A and then return back to the Explorer menu for your floppy disk by clicking on the My Computer icon on your Desktop. Next, click once on the Drive A icon, also known as the 3 Floppy (A:) icon, on the My Computer Window, so the Drive A icon is highlighted. Then pull down the File menu at the top left-hand corner of the window and click on Explore. These steps will bring you back to where left off in Activity 3.

  2. Point to the folder named Boys in either pane. Click the right mouse button and drag the folder to the My Documents folder in the left pane. Release the mouse to display a shortcut menu. Click the Copy Here command as show in Diagram A4-a. You may see a Copy files message box as each individual file within the folder Boys is copied into the My Documents folder. However, if you see the Confirm Folder Replace dialogue box, it means that you already copied the files In this case click the Yes to All button so that you replace the previous versions in the My Documents folder.

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  3. Now its time to click on the My Documents folder on the left pane. From this window, pull down the View menu and click the Refresh command (the keystroke for this command is the F5 key) so the tree structure shows a newly copied folder.

  4. Now do the same steps for the folder labeled Girls.

Congratulations! You have completed the fourth Hands on Activity,  and safely backed up your folder onto the hard drive of a computer.

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Activity 5:  Delete a Folder

Objective Story: Due to some unforeseen circumstances, Coco and her family has decided to move. Therefore, Coco will no longer be attending the high school for which you are working. You are deeply saddened by her departure but must update your disk and in doing so you must delete Coco’s folder.

Directions for Deleting a Folder:

  1. First make sure that your floppy disk is in Drive A and then return back to the Explorer menu for your floppy disk by clicking on the My Computer icon on your Desktop. Next, click once on the Drive A icon also known as the 3 Floppy (A:) icon on the My Computer Window so the Drive A icon is highlighted. Then pull down the File menu at the top left-hand corner of the window and click on Explore. These steps will bring you back to where you left off in Activity 4.

  2. Click on the folder labeled Girls in the left pane. This will open the folder and let you see all the related folders under Girls in the right pane. In the right pane, select Coco’s folder and then pull down the File menu at the top right-hand corner of the window and click Delete from the pull down menu.

  3. A dialogue box, like the one in figure A5-a will come up asking you if you are sure you want to delete the folder and its contents. Click Yes in the dialogue box so the computer can delete the folder. (Keep in mind that when you delete a folder from a floppy disk, the content does not go into the Recycling Bin. Only when you delete an item from the hard drive do the contents go to the Recycling Bin. Thus, deleting an item from a floppy disk is a permanent action. However, in this exercise if Coco were to come back and you needed to retrieve her files, you would be able to get it because you saved her folder to the hard drive under My Documents).

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  4. Since you deleted the item off of the floppy disk, you cannot undo the delete action. If you had deleted the copied folder under My Documents, you could retrieve the folder again by pulling down the Edit menu at the top of the window and clicking on Undo Delete. This action cancels the deletion and the folder would reappear in the left pane.  (If you were not able to see the folder, pulling down the View menu and clicking on the Refresh command would bring the folder to view)

Congratulations!  You have completed the fifth Hands on Activity.  Keep up the good work!

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Activity 6: Write-Protect a Floppy

Objective Story: In two days your married sister is coming to visit you. She is also bringing her nine-year-old daughter who is quite computer literate and a very curious soul. Just to be on the safe side, you decide to Write-Protect all your important Floppy Disks.  You begin with your school disk.

Directions to Write-Protect a Floppy Disk:

  1. Remove the floppy disk from Drive A and move the built-in tab on the disk so that the square hole at one of the corners at the bottom of your disk is open. Then return the disk to Drive A.
  2. Afterthe floppy disk is in Drive A, return to the Explorer menu by clicking on the My Computer icon on your Desktop. Next, click once on the Drive A icon also known as the 3 Floppy (A:) icon on the My Computer Window so the Drive A icon is highlighted. Then pull down the File menu at the top left-hand corner of the window and click on Explore. These steps will bring you back to the window you left off in after Activity 5.
  3. If you prefer, expand Drive A on the left pane and select the folder Boys by clicking on the folder. Select Claude’s Folder from the right pane, then press the Delete key on you keyboard and click Yes to the on the dialogue box asking to delete the file . Look at Diagram A6-a for more details.

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  4. If you correctly opened the square hole at the bottom of your floppy disk before you put it into Drive A you will see a message like the one in Diagram A6-b, telling you that the file cannot be deleted because the disk has been write-protected. Click OK.
  5. If however, you did want to delete a folder or file from your disk, all you have to do to remove the write-protection is to move the built-in tab on the disk so that the square hole is covered.

Congratulations!  You have finished the sixth and last Hands on Exercise.  You should now be very comfortable using Windows, and you are ready to learn other programs! 

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Programs: Microsoft Windows 2000: HANDS ON ACTIVITY