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Basic Computer Hardware by Mind Map: Basic Computer Hardware
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Basic Computer Hardware

Output Devices

Hardware that moves information out of the computer via the monitor or a printer.


Electronic display of computer output; also known as a soft copy.

Benefit: Immediate display of information processed.

Challenge: Soft copy of information. Information is lost (if not saved to hard-drive) when power to the computer is lost.

Application to Learning: Necessary for seeing immediate output from computer applications.


Electronic output of computer data; creates a hardcopy.

Benefit: Hard copy of data to keep on file.

Challenge: Compatability of printer with computer software.

Application to Learning: Ability to print mind maps, terminology with definitions or other study materials to access when not at a computer.

Input Devices

Any external means of inputing information into the computer


Input device consisting of keys of letters, numbers, and symbols. Used to type commands and input data.

Benefits: Allow data input at a rapid rate.

Challenges: Learning curve associated with learning to type.

Application to Learning: Input of data in an excel spread sheet in a math class.


External pointing device used to click on program icons and make selections within software.

Benefits: Ability to navigate through programs with the ease of "point and clicking"

Challenges: Orientation of buttons on mouse to be adapted to a right or left hand dominant student.

Application to Learning: Navigation through software and the internet.