Oregon State University

CS 101: Applications and Implications of Computers

Oregon State University, College of Engineering

Chapter 1 ~ Introductions

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OSU's College of Engineering is pleased to welcome you to Applications and Implications of Computers, a course where you will read about technological advances and learn to use your computer software better, to further your studies and increase career opportunities.

Start the following activities on the first day; the first discussion is due on Tuesday. The second is due on Sunday. Expect to spend at least 4 hours completing objectives for this chapter.

To get started, click the + headings below. Complete each lesson then move on to the next lesson. General deadlines are listed in the Canvas course Home page, Assignment list, Coming Up list, and Calendar.

Get familiar with this textbook

1.1 Use multiple tabs.

Set up multiple tabs in a window to reduce the time you spend looking for those sites. Switch between tabs with CtrlTab keys on a Windows machine and Option keys on a Mac.

Set up multiple tabs in the Chrome browser window.

Keeping too many browser tabs and extensions active will slow down your machine. Read How to Stop Web Browsers from Slowing Down Your Computer

1.2 Learn about this textbook.

  1. Click the person_pin Instructor button, which launches the Canvas Inbox.
  2. Click the Chat with a librariain at Answerland. button to launch a chat session with a librarian. This service is available 24/7.
  3. Click the homeHome button to read the Introduction and Logistics.
  4. Click the info Syllabus button and read it thoroughly.
  5. Click the Canvas button to learn new Canvas skills.
  6. Click the library_booksChapter buttons to work on each week/module's requirements.
  7. This week's objectives lists the major lessons of the chapter and allow you to jump down to them.
  8. Red messages are...important; read them. ;-)
  9. + Orange headlines can be opened to reveal blue numbered lessons and closed to shorten the content for scrolling and printing.

1.3 Follow your platform's instructions.

So that you can complete this course with whatever platform and applications you have available, instructions for all Google and Microsoft applications will be provided side-by-side. Your platform is color coded and labeled with the corresponding logo so you can ignore the other platforms' instructions.

  • Microsoft Office instructions will be labeled with the Windows logo, or product logo, and blue.
  • Google Chromebook instructions will be labeled with the Chrome logo, or product logo, and gray.
  • Apple instructions for Pages, Numbers, and Keynote applications are no longer provided in this course. Use them only if you have experience and can correlate Google or Microsoft instructions to those other applications. Be aware that not all required functions are available in those applications.

1.4 Learn about the OSU Valley Library menu.

  1. Login to VPN before trying to access library databases and journals.
    • Setting up VPN for Windows
    • Setting up VPN for MacOS
  2. Login to the library to locate journal articles for discussions and projects.

1.5 Use the Service Desk if you have computer, ONID, or Canvas problems.

But first:

Explore Canvas

New Canvas features have been added, so be sure you understand how to use them for this course. Scroll down to learn about: Notifications, Inbox, Announcements, Assignment links, Zoom video chat, Rubric, Assignment Comments, TurnItIn Report, Viewing Actual Grades, Calendar, Calendar Feed, People (roster), NetTutor, Collaborations, and Discussions.

1.6 Update Canvas settings.

  1. Allow Canvas to notify you via email when the Instructor, Teaching Assistant, or another student has sent you a message, comment, or discussion reply. From the Canvas Account area, click the Account button then Notifications button. Activate all these options: Due Date, Announcements, Grading, Submission Comment, Discussion Post, and Inbox Conversation.
    Canvas Settings Notifications to activate

1.7 Learn about this course's Canvas menu.

From the Canvas Dashboard icon, click on the CS 101 button. Or, from the Courses menu, choose CS 101.

  1. Click on the Announcements button to see weekly or bi-weekly messages from the instructor. These will introduce and make clarifications about the assignments. Read them before you write the instructor with questions.
  2. Click on the Assignment or Home button to see a list of Chapter Assignments. An Assignment includes these components:
    • Link to the Chapter web page.
    • Summary of topics.
    • Due date.
    • Available until date (grace period).
    • Submit, TurnItIn Load, or other button.
    • Commenting box.
    • Media Commenting box.
    • File attachment link.
    • View Rubric button.
    Once you submit an assignment, look for the confirmation message:
    Canvas Assignment submission confirmation.
    If you need to resubmit, submit an additional file, or comment on a submission, then click the Submission Details option.
    Uploading a file to Canvas.
    1. Visit zoom.oregonstate.edu.
    2. Click the Login to Zoom button.
    3. Complete OSU Single Sign-on/DUO process.

    Once you've successfully signed in to OSU Zoom, your Canvas Zoom access is established.

  3. Click the Grades button to view instructor feedback. A few days after each assignment is due, read the instructor and/or TA's feedback in the Grades or Assignment area. It provides a Rubric icon for viewing your score on each criterion and allows you to ask questions.
    Canvas Grades Assignment link
  4. Click the Assignment Name to respond to instructor feedback. If you want to ask a question about your score, click on the assignment name to reveal the feedback and write your comment in the box provided.
    Canvas Grades Rubric and Comments
    Once you click the assignment name, you'll see the feedback. The comment box is under the feedback.
    Using this box notifies the instructor and is the fastest way to get a response.
  5. Click the colored Do not rely on the color of the flag or the percentage because it is misleading. TurnItIn Originality Report icon to see how much potential plagiarism your project includes. Learn how to read the report.
  6. In the Grades area, uncheck the Calculate button to ensure you see the actual grade based on your scores.
    Uncheck the calculate button to see the actual final grade in Canvas.
  7. View the Coming Up menu. It lists the assignments coming up in the current week. Notice the due dates so you'll never be late!
    No excuses for being late; the Canvas Coming Up list shows the day and time items are due.
  8. Click the Calendar button. The Calendar shows all of your courses' due dates. Click one course on and off on the right to see one at a time or all of them. Notice that they are color-coded. Use the calendar with your name on it to add your own time management events, such as project start dates, office hours, club meetings, and class and work times.
    Canvas Calendar
    Add the calendar's feed of due dates to your preferred calendar app by clicking the Calendar Feed link at the lower right of Canvas Calendar screen.
    Canvas Calendar Feed link
    Copy the link provided then add it to your calendar:
    Canvas Calendar Feed URL
    • In Microsoft Outlook's Home tab, choose + Open Calendar Paste the Canvas Calendar Feed URL and submit.
      Open a Calendar from the Internet in Outlook.
    • In the Calendar app on your Mac, File > New Calendar Subscription. Paste the Canvas Calendar URL and adjust the name, color, and other options on the next screen.
      Add the Canvas calendar feed URL to Apple's calendar subscription.
      Update the Apple Calendar settings.
    • In Google Calendar, click the plus + symbol next to the Other Calendars or Add a Coworker's Calendar
      Add a URL using the Google Calendar Add Coworker menu.
      Add the URL you copied from Canvas and paste it into the field. Click Add calendar.

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    Click the Collaborations button to view the list of group interactions.

    Canvas Collaboration
    1. Instructions for using a chapter's Collaboration activity (if any) will be provided in a correlating Assignment.
    2. Do not access Collaborations from an Email message; access them from Collaborations or Assignment.
    3. Always login to your OSU Google or OSU Microsoft account before launching a Canvas Collaboration.
    4. The link will launch a document that includes instructions, scoring criteria, and topics to research and write about.
    5. Be careful not to delete any existing text in the document.
    6. When you add your writing to the document, other students in your group can see it, too, and edit as you are writing.
    7. The Instructor and TA will score your work based on the a copy of your work uploaded to an Assignment.
    8. Your PDF file will be uploaded to TurnItIn for a plagiarism check.

    Discussions have eight useful features:

    Basic Canvas Discussion options.
    1. At the top there is a set of Instructions and 3-dot more menu that displays the Rubric.
      Show the Discussion Rubric by clicking the 3-dot more menu
    2. The Search bar allows you to search for a keyword, key phrase, or student in the long list of threads (which will appear once others have posted).
    3. Below that, you'll see a Reply box. You'll click it to create a new thread where you can paste in writing, or write from scratch.
    4. When you want to reply to someone else's thread, use the Reply button under that student's thread, rather than the first one. This provides conversation continuity.
    5. Notice that you can collapse all of the threads to see the entire list of topics.
    6. Hover over the middle top of a single collapsed thread to use the expand arrow. This allows you to open just one thread at a time when they are all collapsed.
    7. Click the subscribe button to ensure you are notified via email that someone has replied to your thread(s).

    When editing a thread, notice that you can:
    1. Make numbered or bulleted lists, add bold, italic, color, floating, etc. These features work when you have text selected.
    2. To hyperlink the title of an article, select the title, click the link icon, then paste the source's URL.
      Basic Canvas Discussion editing options.
    3. Click the Embed Image icon to insert a screenshot, diagram, or photo.
      Click the Embed Image icon to upload a file from your hard drive to a Canvas folder then click the Upload button to add it to a post.
      1. Click the Embed Image button.
      2. Click a folder to upload the file into. Consider making folders for each course.
      3. Click the Upload File button to insert the image into a post.
    4. To learn more, consult the Canvas Discussion tutorials: Canvas Student Guides for Discussions.

First Group Discussion

1.8 Participate in the First Discussion

Access the first group discussion from the Assignment or Home list in Canvas (not from the Group area).

You will be assigned a group on the first day of class (In the News). If you post a thread before the first day, then you'll have to move it before the due date.
    Molly Sawtooth demonstrates Canvas discussion features and how to participate in this discussion.
  1. Click the Chapter 1 ~ ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) Introduce Yourself and Get Help with Prerequisite Skills discussion in Canvas.
  2. Reply to write up your discussion:
  3. In the first line, tell us which state or country you are from.
  4. In the second paragraph introduce yourself (without sharing too much personal data) by stating the degree and career you are seeking. Do not mention your town, age, children's names, or favorite hangouts.
    Don't share these bits of data about yourself.
  5. In the third paragraph, discuss which skills from each section of the Prerequisite Skills Checklist that you need help learning.
  6. Reply to at least one of your groupmates about the skills they need help with by asking clarifying questions or providing more detail.
    Download and print the list so you can check off each item as you learn it.

Listen to the Introduction.

If you are an auditory learner, or your eyes are tired, I recommend listening to the course materials and readings to help improve information retention. Set up your computer now so you can listen to my introduction, below:

1.9 Choose a Text to Speech tool.

Choose the Chrome extension first. If you don't like it, then use a built-in option for your laptop, desktop, or try a phone app.

    1. Follow instructions for set-up and use of Speech/Text-to-Speech and the Narrator controls:
    2. To read an entire window, click the window and then press CtrlShiftspacebar.
      • To silence the speech, press Ctrl.
    3. Test the voice on a selection of text in a browser tab.
    4. Alternatively, try the Natural Reader application.
    1. Click the 3-dot more_vert More menu at the top right of the Chrome browser window, then choose More Tools.
    2. Choose Extensions from the popup list.
    3. Scroll to the bottom of your list of extensions (if any) on the left to click on Get More Extensions or Open Chrome Web Store.
    4. Search for Text to Speech and try the options by adding them Chrome. I recommend the Natural Reader extension. It provides a variety of voices and will read from a selection. Their icons will show up in the Chrome Extension Toolbar to the right of the Address/Search box.
    5. Test the voice on the Introduction text in the next step.
    6. Right-click on the icon to choose get to the settings/options to change languages/accents, volume, and other features.
  • Justin Campbell demonstrates how to use the Apple listening tools.
    1. From the Apple menu, choose System Preferences then Accessibility.
    2. Click the Speech option.
    3. Choose a new voice from the System Voice dropdown menu. If you like Siri's voice, choose Samantha.
    4. Use the Optionesc keystroke provided, or choose a new one.

    5. Change the system settings accessibility speech preferences to Samantha.
    6. Test the voice on a selection of text in a browser tab.
      Kannah Cruickshank demonstrates how to set up voice on a Mac. (2018)

1.10 Listen to the instructor's introduction.

Instructor, M. Van Londen

Using the text-to-speech listening tool that you set up in the previous step, listen to the instructor's message:

Welcome to Applications and Implications, brought to you by the College of Engineering and Ecampus at Oregon State University!

Audio icon

My name is Pam Van Londen. I'll be your guide for the next 8 or 11 weeks while you explore your computer's applications and learn more about computer science issues.

The course textbook, which you are reading now, is sectioned by chapters (which usually correlate with weeks), so that everything you need to read and produce in a week is listed on one page. Instead of an expensive printed textbook, you'll use this website and its hyperlinked resources to complete the required assignments. In some cases, there are videos to watch, tutorial screencasts, and still screenshots to increase your understanding.

We'll start each week by:

  1. Reading about required topics and learning new skills.
  2. Incorporating that new knowledge into a culminating word processing document.

The chapters will require you use a variety of applications already found on your computer. In some cases, you'll add browser extensions or generate content using productivity websites. These active learning experiences will boost your confidence, so by the end of the term, you'll feel comfortable exploring any computer technology as well as other mechanical technologies required at home, the office, or at school.

The weekly assignments are listed in this textbook's chapters and in Canvas. You'll use your computer's word processor, presentation, and spreadsheet software to write and design a formal paper complete with a table of contents, footers, text, hyperlinks, images, lists, and spreadsheets which summarize the readings about computer-related implications and your experiences.

In addition, you'll learn how to write a bit of code, draw with vector tools, and contribute to a dynamic timeline which documents the history of computer science.

To get my help, you'll ask technical questions using a Canvas Inbox.

Doesn't that sound like fun?!

Because we can't always meet face to face, you'll need to ask for help via the Canvas Inbox. Any question any time of the day or night will be answered within 48 hours and more often within a few hours. If you are confused about a step of the instructions, include the step number in your message. If you are confused about your score or my comments related to your score, reply to my feedback in the Grades area. If you see a typo or broken link, please report that problem in the Bug Bounty Canvas Discussion (this earns extra credit).

If you are having computer trouble, please contact the OSU Service Desk.

It's important to me that you feel good about the work you do for this course, so save time by asking for help sooner rather than later.

Let's get started, shall we?

What do you think?

If you found it helpful to listen to the textbook, then keep that keystroke handy. If not, then rely on your eyes to read. Listening beyond this point is not a requirement, but I wanted you to try it because I have students tell me over and over how helpful it is.

Second Group Discussion

Print these instructions.

The following procedure has many steps, which are perhaps easier to follow when you print and check them off as you go. Hide/close + the previous section to avoid printing too many pages.

1.11 Set up a word processing document.

Word processing skills are the foundation for nearly all business communications. The skills you learn in this chapter and the next will build the foundation for a full-length document with many common features, such as a cover page, a dynamic table of contents, automatic page numbering in the footer, Normal and Heading styles, floating images, hyperlinks, as well as one formal bibliography at the end.

The document you make below will be copied and added-to every week of the term. Get started right to ensure success in the coming weeks.

  1. Make a folder in your computer's Documents folder. Name it CS 101. For this course, you may not save files to the Desktop/Finder because they get stored in the Random Access Memory (RAM) instead of a more efficient area of the hard drive (Documents folder). Freeing up RAM will help ensure fast and efficient processing. Also, Desktop folders do not get included in an automatic backups.
    • Also, make an identical folder on your OSU Google Drive in the My Drives area or make an identical folder on your OSU Microsoft OneDrive These cloud drives will allow you to drag and drop backup copies of your files after you complete a project or if you need to share the file with me.
    • Note, however, that if you will be using Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets, you will Download a backup copy from the Google Drive to the hard drive's Documents > CS 101 folder. And if you are using the online Microsoft Apps (which are not recommended for this course) then you would do the same... download a copy to your hard drive as a backup.
    • And if you will be using Microsoft Office products such as Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, then backup to the OSU OneDrive.
  2. Launch a word processor and Open a blank page.
    • Microsoft Word Quintino Allen shows you the following first several steps in Microsoft Word. (2018)
    • Google Docs Van Londen shows you the following first steps in Google Docs. (2019) Refer to step numbers in the written instructions.
  3. Change the page margins:
    • From the Design or Layout tab, Choose the Page Margins menu then Customize Margins menu. Change the top and bottom margins .5 inches and leave 1 inch on the left and right margins. Ignore the popup message, if any.
    • From the File menu, choose the Page Setup area, then change the page margins to .5 inches on the top and bottom and 1 inch on the left and right.
  4. Change the page background color to reduce eye fatigue. Note that the light gray color is the shade next to white. If you choose any other gray it will be too dark. Choose the lightest shade of gray.
    • From the Design or Layout tab, change the Page Color to light gray.
      Change the background color of a Google document.
    • From the Page Setup area, change the Page color to light gray.
      Change the background color of a Google document.
  5. Click into the following box of writing prompts. Select all Ctrla or a of the text, Ctrlc or c to copy it, then Ctrlv or v to paste the prompts into the blank word processing document. (These writing prompts will become page headings in chapter 2.)
  6. Change the Normal or Body text style to Tahoma size 12pt:
    • With the text selected, click the Home and Styles menu. Right-click on the Normal style to access the Modify menu or click the down arrow on the right side of the Styles popup window to choose Apply Styles or Modify.
      Right-click on the Normal style to choose the Modify menu.
      Change the font to Tahoma and the font size to 12pt. Observe the order of steps then click OK.
      Apply the modified font to the Normal style.
    • With the text selected, change the font to Tahoma and the font size to 12pt. Click the arrow next to the Normal Text menu. Choose Update Normal Text to Match..
      Apply the modified font to the Normal Text style.
    In the next chapter, we'll add more formatting to this document. Leave it as is for now. If you format any more of it, you'll have to undo it before proceeding.
  7. Save the file with Ctrls or s. Name the file What I've Learned NAME Ch1. Replace NAME with your name. Move it to the CS 101 folder if it isn't there already.

1.12 Write in the document

  1. Click into the following box of writing prompts and Select all Ctrla or a of the text, Ctrlc or c to copy it, then Ctrlv or v to paste the prompts underneath the 1 Introduction prompt in your document.

    Write in the first-person style for this assignment. Other assignments will require writing in the third-person style. Also, write in complete sentences rather than lists and be thorough rather than over-generalize.

    Remove the writing prompts as you complete each paragraph and refer back to these instructions as well as the Scoring Criteria (bottom of page) to ensure you haven't left anything out.

    To locate system configuration:

    • Search for "System Information" in the Start menu. Open and close sections of the page to reveal more detail.
    • Click the Date then Settings menu to learn more about your Chromebook. Also, consider adding a System Info extension.
    • Click the Apple menu, choose the About this Mac... menu, then System Report... to see more detail.
      Justin Campbell demonstrates how to add the writing prompts and locate system information on an Apple Macintosh computer. (2020)
  2. Take a cropped screenshot of the Documents folder of your computer's hard drive. The screenshot should show the Documents folder of your hard drive (not your cloud drive) with course folders inside it. (There is no need to include other parts of the screen. We want to be able to read the folder names without zooming in.)
    • Besides using the PrintScreen button on the Windows keyboard, you can use the Snipping Tool for more control.

      1. Windows Snipping Tool takes screenshots. Start → All Programs → Accessories → Snipping Tool
      2. New → Rectangular Snip to select just the portion of the window and screen you need to show.
        The Windows Documents folder has course folders in it.

      Or, newer Windows computer systems may use the Snip and Sketch tool's WindowsShifts keystroke.

      Reuben Youngblum demonstrates two methods of taking a screenshot on Windows 10. (2020)
    • Besides using Shift3 to capture the screen, or Shift4 to capture a selection of the screen on a Mac, you can use the Preview application to capture, edit, and save the file.

      1. Apple Preview App takes screenshots Applications → Preview → File → Take Screenshot → From Selection
      2. Drag the crosshair cursor over the area you want to capture.
        The Macintosh Documents folder has course folders in it.
      3. Edit as needed.
      4. Or, you can use the searchsearch bar on the top right of the Finder to search "screenshot." The screenshot crosshair cursor will pop up automatically. Select the area you want to capture and it will save a file to the Desktop. Edit as needed.
      Justin Campbell demonstrates ways to take cropped screenshots on Apple Macintosh. (2020)
    • Besides using CtrlShift to capture the screen on a Chromebook, you can capture a selection:

      1. CtrlShiftChromebook's Window key
      2. Drag the crosshair cursor over the area you want to capture.
        The Chromebook Downloads folder has course folders in it.

    Save as the file as .png or .gif for simple imagery and .jpg for photographic imagery. Rename the saved file to correlate with the subject of the image.
    • From the Insert menu, choose Pictures then locate the cropped screenshot on your hard drive. Once the file has been inserted, move it to the beginning of the paragraph and right-click on it and choose the Text Wrap > Tight option. This allows the text to wrap around the image.
      Move the image to the right so the text wraps on the left.
      Right click to use Word's text-wrap tight option.
      Reuben Youngblum demonstrates how to insert a screenshot file and apply tight text wrapping in Microsoft Word. (2020)
    • From the Insert menu, choose Image then locate the cropped screenshot on your hard drive. Once the file has been inserted, drag it to the beginning of the paragraph and click the Wrap Text option below the image.
      Click the middle text-wrap option under the image.

    Notice the text wrapping around the closely cropped screenshot of the Documents and CS 101 folders:
    Image aligned to the right in a Canvas Discussion.
  3. Check and correct grammar and spelling using the built-in functions, Grammarly plugin, or LanguageTool Chrome extension.
    • Click the Review tab on the ribbon. Click Spelling or Spelling & Grammar.
    • Click Tools > Check Spelling > Spell check. A box will open in the top right corner.
    • ; or choose Edit > Spelling and Grammar > Check Grammar With Spelling (a checkmark indicates it’s on), then choose Check Document Now.
  4. Save as the file with CtrlShifts or Shifts, and rename the file What I've Learned NAME Ch__. Replace NAME with your name. Replace __ with the chapter number. Next, create a PDF file:
    • From the File menu, choose Save As > PDF > Standard (for electronic and printing distribution).
      If you are using Word for Macintosh, then choose PDF > For Printing.
      Or, Ctrlp to Print a PDF file. Choose PDF from the list of printers.
    • From the File menu, choose Download as PDF.
    • From the File menu, choose Export to... and choose PDF.
      OR, p to Print a PDF file. Choose PDF from the list of printers.
  5. Check to confirm that hyperlinks work.
  6. Move all files to this course's folder in the Documents folder of your hard drive.
  7. Ctrlc or c to copy the nine or ten paragraphs.

1.13 Participate in the Second Discussion.

Access this second group discussion from the Assignment or Home list in Canvas (not from the Group area).

If you post a thread before the first day, then you'll have to move it to your new group discussion before the due date.
Justin Campbell demonstrates how to copy your writing from the What I've Learned document into the second Canvas discussion. It also includes how to remake the hyperlink as well as embed the screenshot using the Discussion features.
  1. Click the Chapter 1 ~ Your Technical Skills Discussion from the Home page in Canvas.
  2. Ctrlv or v to paste the copied text (from step 1.12) into the Reply thread (click the reply field to activate the editing box).
  3. Remember, paste in only your original writing; leave out the writing prompts.
  4. Look to see that the hyperlink you made stayed intact after pasting. If not, update it in the Discussion thread using the editing tools.
    Select the title of the site, click the link button, then paste in the URL. Click Insert Link.
  5. The screenshot will not paste into the discussion reply, so you will need to upload it.
  6. Insert the photo/screenshot file by clicking the Image Embed icon on the Discussion editing toolbar. Choose the Canvas tab then the My Files folder. Click the Upload File button to locate your file.
    Upload images to My Files to embed them in discussion threads.
  7. To align your screenshot to the right, select it, then click the right-align button to set it to the right. This allows the text to wrap around it.
    Image aligned to the right in a Canvas Discussion.
  8. Reply to at least one person in your group if you have questions or common interests.

Save your What I've Learned NAME Ch1 file for later. Each week we'll add more content to it and change its name.

Back up to multiple sources

Earlier, you saved a copy of your work with a new name. Now, copy that backup to a different location, such as:

  1. Cloud drive such as Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, or Apple iCloud.
  2. A USB stick drive.
  3. Zip archive file.
  4. Turn on automatic backups.
    • Windows 10
      Learn to use the Windows File History feature to backup files to a new location.
    • MacOS
      Learn to use Time Machine for backup up automatically to external hard drive devices.

Because bad things happen to good people and their computers, you must back up every time you work on a project. Losing your work because of a technical glitch and lack of a backup will not provide you with a due date extension; it will only provide you with empathy.

Scoring Criteria

If you have questions about how to use any of the required technologies for this lesson or what the following criteria mean, please reread the relevant lessons, view the Zoom recordings, then ask the Instructor via the Canvas Inbox.

Check Canvas Home, Assignments, and Calendar for the most current Due date and time. The Available Until date and time constitutes a grace period, which can be used in an emergency, or if you are ill.

By the end of this chapter, the following items must be included in the PDF file you upload into the Canvas assignment.

Skills Learned

  1. Heading 1 style is applied to the title on line one of the document.
  2. Heading 2 and italic style are applied to the student name on line two of the document.
  3. Normal style has been updated with a .25-inch first-line indent and 10pts of space after.
  4. The new Normal style is applied to all paragraphs of the document.
  5. Keywords are bolded.
  6. First paragraph describes the creation of folders for the hard dr1ve and 3 cloud drives.
  7. A single closely-cropped screenshot of all four drives' files is placed under the first paragraph.
  8. A CS 101 folder is visible in all four windows of the screenshot.
  9. Second paragraph describes use of keystrokes.
  10. Third paragraph describes the content of an article about using keystrokes and the article title is hyperlinked.
  11. Fourth paragraph describes the content of an article about ergonomics and the article title is hyperlinked.
  12. Fifth paragraph describes listening to help edit writing.
  13. Sixth paragraph hyperlinks to the student's audio recording about dictation writing, which is shared from the Google or Microsoft cloud drive.
  14. Seventh paragraph hyperlinks to the student's video recording about skills learned so far, which is shared from Youtube.
  15. Spelling and grammar have been corrected.
  16. File is free of plagiarism.
  17. File is saved as a PDF file.

Discussion of Readings

  1. First line notes which state or country you are from.
  2. Second paragraph introduces yourself safely.
  3. Third paragraph discusses your prerequisite skills.
  4. Reply thread includes helping others with assistance or asking questions.