The Award-Winning, Tell Me Why series based on the books by Arkady Leokum, gives informative and easy to understand answers to the many types of questions that children ask about everyday subjects, in a simple and entertaining manner. This program answers questions children ask about Computers such as: What can you do with a computer? What is a "Motherboard?" What piece of computer equipment enables you to see the information that is inside a computer? What do input devices allow you to do? How does one computer communicate with another computer? What is the difference between a "bit" and a "byte"? What is the difference between hardware and software? What is a computer file? Subjects covered include:Abend, Bandwidth, Bit, Booting Up, Cable, Modem, CD-ROM, Data, DSL, Fiber Optics, Floppy Disc, Hard Disc, Icon, Keyboard, Laptop, Computer, Modem, Operating System, RAM, Scanner, Silicon, Software, Virus, WAN. Each program comes complete with its own study guide containing a glossary, additional questions and suggested learning strategies.
3 Stars. Highly recommended. I am amazed (in all of the good ways) that the producers of Tell Me Why...Computers were able to fit in so much solid information in a scant 31 minutes. Using a question and answer format (a child's voice asks the questions, which are then answered by the adult narrator) this program covers the gamut from softballs such as "what is a CPU?" to truly esoteric (and oftentimes rhetorical) queries such as "why does my computer crash?" Why, indeed. Based on the Tell Me Why books by Arkady Leokum, this Joe Friday-style "just the facts, ma'am" video glossary of common and not-so-common computer questions will teach viewers everything from the basic physical parts of computers to that large, mysterious, and amorphous thing called a network. Although aimed at kids, I think anyone grappling with the "paradigm shift" (and I try not to use this phrase irresponsibly) in encountering the world of computers for the first time might be well served by this engaging presentation. Highly recommended. Also newly available for the same price: Tell Me Why...The Internet. Aud: E, I, P. (C. Block) - Video Librarian. "Presented in this volume are three different kinds of computers: desktop computers, laptops and PDAs. This program comes with a study guide that contains a glossary and discussion questions. This video provides a thorough 30 minute introduction into the world of computers."- Media & Methods.