RWLO introduces some concepts of net-centric computing to students in an Introduction
to Computing class for non-majors taking an introductory course in
the field of Computer Science or
Information Systems. It is also appropriate for students
studying Educational Technology.
use the ping utility to measure packet turnaround time and then
collaborate to evaluate the quality of connections. An overarching goal of this
activity is to provide beginning students with some insight into the
real-time message speeds and complex routing operations that make the
modern Internet possible.
The Procedure describes an in-class lab in which
students can experiment with ping and gather baseline
information using the computers and network connections of the school
during the class meeting time.
follow-up assignment is provided as a supplemental activity.
The activities described can also be structured to accommodate a
variety of constraints: e.g.,
no accesses to computers during class meeting time, lab computers do not
use Windows XP operating system, or shorter activity time desired. In addition, a number of supplemental activities and resources are
described that allow students to engage in additional exploration of
Internet connectivity at a beginner level.