Introduction to Computer Networking - An interactive tutorial
Level 1 - Remembering
Read the following webpages as an introduction to computer networking. (Links open in a new window.)
I. Introduction to Networks (PDF) - Edit 2/10/11: URL updated
II. Computer Networks - Read all three pages
III. Network Protocols
Answer the following questions on your worksheet. You can find the answers on the previous linked webpages (refer to resource #)
Level 2 - Understanding
IV. Computer Network Training Course video
V. Computer Network Training Course video, Part 2
After viewing the above videos, answer the following questions on your worksheet.
Level 3 - Applying
Read the following scenarios and choose what type of network it would be considered - peer-to-peer or client/server; and what scale of network would it be - PAN, LAN, CAN, MAN, or WAN.
Level 4 - Analyzing
It's time to apply what you've read to networking for schools. Read the Introduction and Chapters 1-3 of this website:
VI. A Guide to Networking for K-12 Schools
Based on Resources I-VI, analyze the benefits and drawbacks of implementing a network for a school environment.
Level 5 - Evaluating
Imagine you are the Information Technology specialist for a new high school. The School Board members have asked for a needs analysis (see VII. School Networking Needs Analysis) and a justification of why networking is worth the money and time invested. Consider some of the questions addressed in the Needs Analysis, but you do not need to complete it. Your written response to the Board should focus on defending the importance of implementing a school network.
Level 6 - Creating
Along with your written justification to the Board, create a schematic diagram showing the overall structure of your proposed school network. Keep it simple. Include one or two paragraphs describing the structure you have chosen and why. Be sure to use proper networking vocabulary that you have learned.
To create a schematic, use the software "Edraw Network Diagram" - a trial version can be downloaded here. The demo allows a 30-day trial period, and your schematic will be stamped with a "Trial Version" watermark. For assistance using the program, go to this online tutorial. To get some ideas, see some sample network diagrams (VIII). Here's a good simple sample diagram for a district network (IX).
After you have created your diagram, save it as a JPG or PDF and insert it into your worksheet or attach it separately.
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