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Input and Output Devices

Reference Lever-Duffy, Judy (). Teaching and Learning with Technology [4] (VitalSource Bookshelf), Retrieved from


Printers not only produce their output on paper, they can also be used to produce their output on transparencies for use with an overhead projector. Specific types of transparency film are available for different types of printers. Many other specialty papers and other media are available for both ink jet and laser printers. Using your classroom printer and selected specialty output media, you can print T-shirt transfers, custom stickers, CD labels, magnets, glossy digital photos, and a variety of other unique printouts (Lever-Duffy, 2011).

Electronic WhiteBoards

The Electronic Whiteboard gives an educator the opportunity to use information from computer and use erasable markers to place emphasis, and explain important information. These boards have other uses such as a monitor, and without computer, connection it is used a regular blackboard. The challenge to this component offers no support for saving hand written information.

Input Devices

An input device includes any computer peripheral that you might use to enter data into the computer. A peripheral is any device that can be connect.ed to a computer. The keyboard and the mouse are the most often used types of input devices (Lever-Duffy & McDonald, 2011)

Key Boards and Mouse

The Key Board and Mouse is an important component of the computer.This combination of input devices benefits learners by providing the ability to navigate the menus, programs, and input data. The challenge is maintaining the devices, replacing defective devices, and providing upgrades.

Output Devices

Output devices are the pieces of hardware that move information (data that have been processed) out of the computer. The two primary output devices for most computer systems are the monitor and the printer. The monitor displays information in soft copy (electronic form), and the printer turns that information into hard copy (printed form) (Lever-Duffy & McDonald, 2011).


Headphones allow individual students to listen to audio without disturbing others (Figure 6.8). Most computers include headphone ports and speaker ports. You might even be able to use headphones that are intended for other audio devices. Occasionally, a headphone plug may not fit into the jack (port) on the computer. It is, however, very possible that the headphones can still be used. Local electronics stores often stock a good selection of converter plugs. These are typically very inexpensive and easy to find (Lever-Duffy & McDonald, 2011).

Tablet PC Devices

Tablet PCs offer teachers and students some unique opportunities. Teachers can download students’ word-processed essays and grade them via the tablet PC. The word-processed document is displayed on the tablet screen, and the teacher can add comments via the stylus. The graded document can be saved and returned to the student electronically for review. Connected to a classroom display device, the tablet PC can also be used for sharing digital images without the physical barrier of computer and monitor between teacher and class.

Data Pens

Pen input devices use a stylus to input handwritten information, to select commands, and to make predetermined written symbols, called gestures that represent computer commands. Pen input is typically used with a personal digital assistant (PDA) or a tablet PC (Lever-Duffy & McDonald, 2011).


Data projector is a projection unit that combines an LCD display and a light source into a single, relatively lightweight box. As a result, data projectors are often referred to as LCD projectors. These units can typically project both images from a computer and video from a video source in a display that is large enough and bright enough to be seen across a classroom. For the brightest, clearest, and best results, these images should be displayed on a projection screen (Lever-Duffy & McDonald, 2011).