I am finished with the 7th grade, Basic Computers course. And I will be still using my blog after this course. I think that others should take this course because it is a good and easy way for younger people to be able to learn about the computer and internet in school. This course benefited me by showing me new things about the internet and the computer and it also helped me improve my typing speed and skill. I think that this course will benefit others the same way that it benefited me. What I enjoyed was the part that we got to buy our seat like it was a house and earn money for doing activities. The thing that was a challenge for me was making things in paint.net, but eventually I figured out how to use paint.net. My greatest accomplishment and what I am most proud of in this course is that I had the most virtual money in the class - $10,650. 
 
A game designer creates games on the computer that are made by telling the computer information and putting together a type of "computer language" that creates a game for the computer. A game designer has to think logically and creatively. They also have to be patient, imaginative and have an artistic talent. The things that are unique about the brain of a game designer is that they are obviously very smart. And they are very patient and logical. It takes a mentally strong person to do something so complected. Something else that is very special about a game designer's brain and personality, is that they are committed if they were not committed to making the game they wanted to make, then it would never get done. 
I am right brained, this means that I am creative.  
 
To get to this game click the link below:
http://www.engagingscience.org/games/onlinegames/games.html 
 
I chose this game to show you because I thought it helps people learn a lot because even if you don't know where state is, it still shows you where the it is so you know for the next time it comes up. This will help students learn better because, if you click the wrong state 3 times, it will show you where the state is. And you can record the ones you got wrong (the ones in red) so that you know which ones you need to study or look at. 
 
My presentation is about where I want to go for my dream vacation - Italy. In my presentation it shows famous places in Italy that I would like to visit on my dream vacation. 5 things that make a presentation stand above others are: 1. The presentation is organized so that the reader does not struggle to understand the information. 2. Add images to help the reader understand the information. 3. Make sure the information is in a format the reader can understand. 4. The topic and information are interesting, so they attract a reader. 5. The information should be laid out in a order that makes sense to you and the reader. 
 
1. Your monitor won't turn on or is blue.
Check the power cord to your monitor, if it is unplugged your monitor obviously won't turn on. If the monitor is on and the screen is blank, then check the connection to the computer, if it is not hooked up to the computer then it will not show your desktop. 
2. Your computer won't turn on. 
 Check the power cord and make sure that it is plugged in. 
3. Your documents will not print. 
Make sure that the computer is hooked up to the printer. Make sure that there is paper and ink in the printer. 
4. Your mouse or keyboard does not work. 
Make sure that your mouse and keyboard are connected to the computer. Make sure that none of the keys and buttons are sticky or stuck. 
5. Your computer freezes.
Turn of your monitor and computer, wait for a couple minutes then turn your computer and monitor back on. 
6. You do not have any sound playing through your headsets. 
Make sure that the volume on your computer is up and is not on mute.
7. Your microphone will not record. 
Make sure that your microphone is not unplugged from your computer, and the volume on your computer is up and is not on mute. 
8. Several programs automatically load on your machine and now it runs really slow. All you did was download one program, and now all of these other programs and tool bars are popping up. Close out all programs running, then shut down your computer and start it back up later. 
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If I were talking to a friend or family member about buying online the pros  I would say is that, it is easy to look for exactly what you want to buy. It is fast, as in you don't have to go to the store, instead you can just go to your computer and shop on online stores. The cons are, you can get scammed by someone and they can take your money. And sometimes the shipping isn't the best so things can break on the way to where they are being shipped.
You know if a site is trusted by if the site has good ratings and good reviews. Internet fraud is when someone is claiming to be selling a product and someone else buys it but the person just takes their money and never gives them the thing that they were claiming to be selling. People are concerned about this because they don't want their money to go to someone and so they don't get what they were buying. What you can do to protect yourself from internet fraud is to check the seller's ratings and reviews and if they are good and people leave good comments about them, then they are a good seller to buy from. But if they have a bad rating and people's reviews are negative towards the seller, then they are probably not the best person to buy things from. If you are a victim of internet fraud then go to the online store manager and tell them what happened and they can usually get you your money back, and ban the seller from the site. It is not ever okay to use your parents credit card without permission because that is taking their money, which is a form of stealing, and you could get in big trouble for that. 
http://www.resellerratings.com Is a site that I used to see the ratings and comments about different online stores. 
http://www.billshrink.com/cell-phones/plans.html This is the site I used to find how much a phone plan would cost per month. 
 
Diigo is an online website that allows you to save bookmarks on the web. This allows you to retrieve your websites quickly from any internet-connected computer in the world. Tagging your favorite websites is an easy way to build a Personal Learning Network by creating contacts with similar interests.
Bookmark: Something you use to mark your place or where you are. Or in this case, saving a website or link online. 
Tag: A website or something else related to the website that you bookmarked. 
Personal Learning Network: Where other people can learn or look at your websites or things that you have posted to learn new things. 
Social Network: Something that people use online to talk or chat with others online. 
The difference between a Personal Learning Network and a Social Network are that a Personal Learning Network you learn new things about the internet, or other subjects. But a Social Network people just talk online and they don't have to say anything that would help anyone learn.
 
Emoticons are faces that you make with the keys on your computer. (ex. :) - smiley face) They give emotions when you are chatting or messaging friends to tell how you feel in a face instead of in words. 10 emoticons are -
1. :) - smiley
2. :D - big grin
3. :( - frown
4. ;) - wink
5. :P - tongue stick out
6. :/ - skeptical
7. :l - straight face
8. >:) - evil
9. :'( - cry
10. }:) - devilish
 
Explanation of Internet Safety Guidelines - 1. People can save what is said online. This means that is you say something that you meant at the time, but the next day you don't mean it, and decide to delete off your blog or site, it does not mean that it is permanently deleted and taken off the internet, because people can save what you said online and post it somewhere else so other people can read. So don;t post anything your going to regret. 2. Only say what you are willing to say in person. So basically don't say anything you wouldn't say to someones face, online. Just because you can't see the person when you tell them something online, it doesn't mean that their feelings can't get hurt. 3. Don't be "stalk worthy". What that  is, is don't give out personal information like, phone number, address, last name. Don't put things online that someone could use to follow you or stalk you. 4. Tell an adult if you are in an uncomfortable situation online. This means that if you think you are in danger or are just uncomfortable online, tell an adult so that they can help you get out of the uncomfortable situation. 5. Make sure your parents know what sites you are going on. So when you get on a new site that you have never been on before, tell your parents so that they can check out the site and make sure that it is approriate for you. 6. Don't open things from people you don't know. So if you get an email or a message online from someone you don't know, or you don't recognize the email address, don't open, just delete it because it could be something that can send a virus to your computer, or it could also be something inappropriate. 7. Don't show obvious signs of where you live, etc. Definitley do not put your address out on the internet, but also don't reveal any places or locations around your home. 8. Myspace and Facebook are not secure even when private. Don't put anything on sites that you don't want certain people to know. 9. Keep the computer in an open area of the house. Do this so that if you are on a site that you cannot get off of or are having trouble on the computer, your parents can see so that they can help you. 10. Use common sense. Don't do things on the internet that you will later regret. Use the things that your parents have taught you about being nice and safe, and use them on the internet.
    Being safe online is very important, make sure that you do not give out any personal information. Being safe online can prevent many bad things from happening, all you have to do is not give out any personal information and stay away from unsafe people and sites.
    The way you can protect your identity is simple, don't give out any personal information and make sure that no one else gives out your personal information.