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1 Lesson 4: Using Input/Output Devices input/output devices common input devices common output devices specialized devices how a device connects what a port is what a device driver is What are Input/Output Devices? Enables communication between user and Three classifications of Input/Output devices: Send information to Display or transmit information from Communicate between s Input device Anything used to enter data into Output device Anything used to display data on or from CCI Learning Solutions Inc. 1 CCI Learning Solutions Inc. 2 Input device used to send information to Input alphanumeric data or instruct via series of keystrokes Ctrl Key Escape Key Function Keys Some keyboards ergonomically designed to reduce or prevent stress on wrists Some keyboards contain buttons to enhance multimedia experience Regardless of keyboard type, same keys are available for document processing Special keyboards can be purchased for game enthusiasts or for people with disabilities Alt Key Windows Key Cursor Movement Keys Numeric Keypad CCI Learning Solutions Inc. 3 CCI Learning Solutions Inc. 4 Executes typed command, performs selected option, marks end of line, or creates blank line. Deletes one character to left of flashing cursor; may show as left arrow ( ). Also on numeric keypad as of flashing cursor. Inserts blank space between words or sentences. ; deletes character above or to right Cancels current selection, or generates special code for ; called Escape key. Advances cursor to right by specified number of spaces in word processing program, or to next cell in spreadsheet program. Selects uppercase letters for typewriter keys and punctuation symbols on number keys. Can use with other keys to perform function or task. Locks letter keys to produce only uppercase characters. Provides secondary meaning or function for specific keys. Displays Start menu. Displays shortcut menu similar to right-clicking item. Options in menu depend on where mouse pointer was when key pressed. Provides secondary meaning or function for specific keys. Move cursor up, down, left or right. Located between typewriter keys and numeric keypad. Captures information on screen and sends to Windows Clipboard. Toggle (start and stop) scrolling display of data on screen. + Stop or freeze, then continues when any key pressed; sends Break code to to unfreeze or unhang. CCI Learning Solutions Inc. 5 CCI Learning Solutions Inc. 6 1

2 Function Keys Located along top row Labeled through to Each key assigned special meaning or function in application programs Primary purpose to provide shortcut for commonly used commands Cursor and Numeric Keypad Can toggle on and off by pressing key When on, pad becomes calculator or numeric pad When off, pad becomes arrow or cursor movement pad Enables you to select or activate items on screen by placing pointer arrow on item and performing required action Traditional pointer device is a mouse Move mouse on flat surface causes mouse to initiate movement reflected by pointer on monitor Traditional mouse uses ball that rotates to initiate movement as you move mouse device Trackball has ball on side where your thumb rests; rotate ball to move pointer Newer mouse models use optical light or diode technology to move pointer on screen CCI Learning Solutions Inc. 7 CCI Learning Solutions Inc. 8 Using the Mouse Click Double-Click Right-Click Left Drag Right Drag Middle Wheel or Button Point mouse cursor at item, then press left mouse button once and release button to select item. Point mouse cursor at item and then click left mouse button twice quickly to initiate programs or open files. Point mouse cursor at item and then click right mouse button to display shortcut menu. Press and hold left mouse button while moving mouse moves items or selects multiple items. Press and hold right mouse button while moving mouse moves or copies items. When button released, shortcut menu appears for further command selection. Customize to perform certain actions, e.g., use wheel to scroll up or down. Thumb Buttons Customize buttons where thumb rests for specific tasks. To select items, grasp mouse with palm down and index finger gently resting on left button Slide mouse flat along desk and mouse pointer moves in same direction on screen If run out of space on desk, lift mouse and place in new position on desk, and continue moving To cancel any option, click left button anywhere on screen away from option being selected Available in traditional style or as wireless devices Can work with PC or Mac CCI Learning Solutions Inc. 9 CCI Learning Solutions Inc. 10 Touchpad enables you to use finger to move pointer Has two buttons that work as left and right mouse buttons To move pointer around on screen, place finger on touchpad and glide in direction for pointer to move To select item, position pointer over item and then tap touchpad once or click left button To activate item, position pointer over item and then tap touchpad twice in quick succession or double-click left button To drag item, position pointer over item, press touchpad to required location, and glide finger on To display shortcut menu, position pointer over item and then click right button Can work with PC or Mac Using Microphones Record sounds and convert into digital format for use on Specialized software recognizes voice and converts what you say into text characters on screen Very beneficial for users with special needs Not usually included with Large variety and quality of microphones available for purchase CCI Learning Solutions Inc. 11 CCI Learning Solutions Inc. 12 2

3 Looking at the Monitor Output device that enables you to view information displays All have power switch, brightness and contrast controls to adjust screen image Come in variety of sizes, resolutions, and types Resolution, or monitor s ability to display images Measurement based on particular mathematical levels of sharpness and clarity Factor in price Flat screen monitors popular due to size as well for touch screen technology Using Printers Printers convert what is on screen into print using variety of print options Many home users have inkjet-type printers for printing simple documents Printers, ink cartridges, and paper lower in cost Print quality quite good and they can print several pages per minute For large amount of printing, laser printer set up on network for multiple users to share Can choose from black-and-white or color laser printers May contain several trays of varying paper sizes Specific types of printers include plotter, photo printer, or all-inone printer CCI Learning Solutions Inc. 13 CCI Learning Solutions Inc. 14 Using Speakers Play sounds saved as digital files Different forms of sound files Can be specific to music programs or generic for any player device File format used to save sound file determines quality of audio file Set of speakers may be included with as separate device to plug in, or may be incorporated into Can purchase variety of speakers of different qualities Looking at Input/Output Devices Scanners Takes picture of original and then converts to digital format Software included with scanner determines degree of detail Bar Code Reader Scanner designed to reduce amount of data entry for routine transactions or verification of product Scans or reads thin and thick lines and bar codes Game Controllers or Joysticks Designed to use with games Variety of joysticks CCI Learning Solutions Inc. 15 CCI Learning Solutions Inc. 16 Touch Screens Use pen or stylus to select or activate items Digital Cameras Captures pictures and transfer directly to View pictures using special cable on or television, or print using photo printer Use flash cards to store more files Webcam Type of digital camera connected to take pictures and video to share live with others Requires Internet connection and specialized software program Some notebooks have built-in Webcam or can purchase separately Remote Control Can use to activate commands on projector or while running slideshow Improve accessibility for people with impairments Specialized Input Devices Certain industries use specialized software Work similar to other input devices to analyze data Security Devices Biometrics handle security issues for logon process and to maintain integrity of data on Require unique identifier before can access CCI Learning Solutions Inc. 17 CCI Learning Solutions Inc. 18 3

4 Accessibility Devices Numerous devices available for people with physical challenges to improve ability to use s Voice recognition software Specialized keyboards with overlays for tasks Labels with Braille characters Wireless devices activated using head or mouth Projector Connect to display presentation on screen only, surface such as wall-mounted screen, or both Photo Printer Print photographs on special photographic paper Plotters Specialized printers designed to print onto very large pieces of paper Specialized Output Devices Control devices to manage or control tasks Voice Synthesizer Assist people with physical challenges CCI Learning Solutions Inc. 19 CCI Learning Solutions Inc. 20 Connecting Ports Using Software Parallel Serial SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) USB (Universal Serial Bus) Network Midi (musical instrument digitized interface) Wireless devices Adapters Hubs Device driver Mini-program tells operating system what kind of device it is, what make or brand it is, and its purpose Main purpose is to enable communication between operating system and device Plug-and-play Automatically identifies new device connected so it looks for and installs device automatically If cannot find right driver, will need to use software that came with device or search for driver on Internet Important to have correct driver for device to work properly If special features included with device, correct driver ensures features will be available CCI Learning Solutions Inc. 21 CCI Learning Solutions Inc. 22 Lesson Summary input/output devices common input devices common output devices specialized devices how a device connects what a port is what a device driver is 1. What are three common input devices? a. Keyboard, mouse, monitor b. Keyboard, mouse, speakers c. Keyboard, mouse, printer d. Keyboard, mouse, microphone 2. Which mouse button would you press to select an option? a. Left b. Right CCI Learning Solutions Inc. 23 CCI Learning Solutions Inc. 24 4

5 3. How can you use a biometric device on your? a. To identify someone who wants access to that b. To identify the person as valid using their fingerprint c. As another security method to logon to the d. Any of the above e. a or c 4. Identify the type of port shown in the following image: a. Network c. USB b. Serial d. Parallel 5. Why is it important to have the correct device driver installed? a. The can recognize the purpose of the new device driver. b. It enables the Windows operating system to install it automatically. c. The device driver is the configuration file that identifies what the device is and how it should work. d. Any of the above e. a or c CCI Learning Solutions Inc. 25 CCI Learning Solutions Inc. 26 5

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