Input devices are things we use to put information INTO a computer.
Here are some examples of input devices.
Note: An APPLICATION is a type of computer
Some applications are word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and games.
|Camera - most cameras like this are used during live conversations. The camera transmits a picture from one computer to another, or can be used to record a short video.||
|Compact Disc (CD) - CDs
store information. The CD can then be put into another computer,
and the information can be opened and added or used on the second computer.
Note: A CD-R or CD-RW can also be used as an OUTPUT device.
|Keyboard - The keyboard is a way to input letters or numbers into different applications or programs. A keyboard also has special keys that help operate the computer.||
|Mouse - The mouse is used to open and close files, navigate web sites, and click on a lot of commands (to tell the computer what to do) when using different applications.||
|Digital Camera - A digital camera can be used to take pictures. It can be hooked up to a computer to transfer the pictures from the camera to the computer. Some digital cameras hold a floppy disk, and the floppy disk can be taken out of the camera and put directly into the computer.||
|Drawing Tablet - A drawing tablet is similar to a white board, except you use a special pen to write on it and it's connected to the computer. Then the word or image you draw can be saved on the computer.||
|Microphone - A microphone is used to record sound. The sound is then saved as a sound file on the computer.||
|Scanner - A scanner is used to copy pictures or other things and save them as files on the computer.||
|Disk Drive - A disk drive can hold a CD or a floppy disk. It reads the information on the disk so that the computer can use it.||
|Joystick - A joystick is used to move the cursor from place to place, and to click on various items in programs. A joystick is used mostly for computer games.||
|Touch Screen - A touch screen is a computer screen or other screen that you can touch with your finger to enter information. Examples of touch screens include a smart board, a microwave, a dishwasher, or an ATM at a bank.||
|Bar Code Scanner - A bar code scanner scans a little label that has a bar code on it. The information is then saved on the computer. Bar code scanners are used in libraries a lot.||
This page created by Lori
at Wacona Elementary School, August, 2002.
Updated July 15, 2003.