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Electronic Learning – Computer Science

Organisations

  • The British Computer Society (BCS) is the UK professional body representing people working in ICT. Their Web site offers lots of useful information about membership (there is a student membership available), laws and regulations governing ICT, books, publications and qualfiications.
  • The Association for Computing Machinery is the American equivalent of the BCS. Their Web site contains similar information , but from a US perspective.
  • The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers provides lots of useful information for those who are interested in the technical side of computing or electronics.

 Hardware and Software Companies

  • Microsoft is the leading supplier of personal operating systems and software in the world. If you look through this Web site you will find lots of useful resources, from Office templates and clip art to the Microsoft Knowledge Base, which can help you sort out your software problems
  • Sun Microsystems are manufacturers and distributors of “high-end” hardware and software. If you want to find out about the types of servers, networks and operating systems used in industry, then this is the place to look.
  • IBM have been around since before electronic computers and developed the original “PC”. They are still a major computer company and these days specialise in providing complete solutions to business customers.
  • Intel probably manufacture the central processing unit (CPU) inside your PC. Their Web site provides everything from technical support on Intel products to news on research that the company is doing at the moment.

 Learning Materials

  • Shared Computing Services, Univeristy of Nebraska: has Self-help Computer Training Materials and Tutorials. End-User Self Help Documents for Microsoft Office, Lotus Notes and more. Documents you can print and reference for help as needed as well as online tutorials.
  • Information Systems Services (ISS), University of Leeds: produces a wide range of in-house documentation. Most documents are available online in both HTML and Adobe Acrobat formats.
  • Learndirect is a company set up by the UK government to offer online training courses, which you can study from home, at work, or at a Learndirect centre. Learndirect offers over 500,000 different courses but you do have to pay for them.
  • Mainfunction for Students is a US Web site sponsored by Microsoft that provides information on ICT people, news and history. A good feature of this site is the Reality Check section that provides links to useful articles and questions to help you learn more about technology items in the news.
  • About Computing provides links to many ICT “About” guides, providing useful background information on a range of topics. It’s worth a look.
  • Intelinfo have done a great job of searching out free training and tutorials on lots of ICT topics. There’s everything here from designing a Web site through to university courses on C++ programming.
  • BBC Learning has revision guides and educational resources for learners of all ages. The site offers some free online courses, links to useful Web sites, and a section devoted to college students.

Electronic Books

  • Computer Concepts is the companion Web site to a really good ICT textbook. The full content of the book isn’t here (the publishers want you to buy it!), but there is a lot of background information and pages of links to other sites that might help you with your studies.
  • Computer Confluence is another good ICT textbook with a companion Web site. Again, you won’t find the full text of the book here, but the site has lots of exercises and resources, as well as links to relevant news stories.

Programming Language Sites

  • Microsoft Visual Basic site is probably one of the most useful sites for VB developers. It contains lots of useful technical documentation, code and advice.
  • Learn VB contains beginners’ articles, code snippets and a message board to contact other VB programmers.
  • Delphi and Pascal Tutorials has been written by a Delphi programmer. This Web site doesn’t look quite as glitzy as some others, but the content is very good.
  • Learning the Java Language is a tutorial covering the basics and advanced features of Java.

Reference Materials

  • OnlineBusinessDirectory.org provides you with the most information for your everyday business needs, specialising in ICT
  • TechEncyclopedia is a great encyclopaedia for technical topics.
  • Webopedia is another good online technical encyclopaedia. This one concentrates on Internet and network topics.
  • How Stuff Works provides reference guides to how different things work. So if you want to find out how a PC works or how firewalls work, this is the site for you!
  • Free Online Dictionary of Computing (FOLDOC) contains definitions of just about every ICT word you can think of. A good feature of this Web site is the Random button – where else would you find out what a hobbit is?
  • The Microsoft Knowledge Base is the first place to look for help if you are having problems with Microsoft products. You can access the same technical database used by Microsoft helpdesk staff.
  • Tom’s Hardware Guide is a good place to look if you are having problems with your hardware. This Web site has information on everything from hard disks to networking.
  • EEVL is an engineering, maths and computing gateway and is a very good place to start your searches. EEVL is part of the Resource Discovery Network (RDN), which is a UK based, co-operative network of subject gateways.
  • CNET is an American gateway and search engine that covers a wide range of ICT and Computing areas. Unlike EEVL, it is run by a profit-making company so some of the Web sites it returns will have commercial content.

Online Library/Bookstore

  • Amazon is probably the most famous Internet bookshop in the world. As well as selling just about every book in print, Amazon sells music and software too.
  • The Virtual Library – Computing is a useful library of resources, providing links to carefully chosen Web sites on a range of computing subjects. Topics are mainly technical (eg programming and Web design).

 Exhibitions and Museums

  • The Computer History Museum provides a comprehensive guide to the history of developments in ICT over the past sixty years. Although this is the Web site of an American museum, you will find lots of references to British innovations here (such as the Leo computer in the 1950’s).
  • The Science Museum Web site has an enormous amount of information about the history and development of all things scientific and technical. As well as visiting the Web site, the museum (in London) is worth a visit in real life too.
  • The Virtual Museum of Computing hosted at South Bank University in London has lots of links to computing and computing based exhibits around the world. This Web site is especially useful if you are looking for British material.

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