Q2 Now What?

8. Troubleshooting


More problems! After you watch this additional video about troubleshooting your own computer about error messsages and doing updates, create three flowcharts using a graphic organizer to show the steps you would take to troubleshoot the problems presented in Step One.

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Key Vocabulary

Flowchart: a diagram that shows how you progress step-by-step using connecting lines and a set of conventional symbols

Troubleshoot: identifying and fixing problems with software or hardware

I Can Statements

  • troubleshoot computer problems
  • fix problems on my computer
  • create flowcharts to show how I solved the problem


1. Create three flowcharts using a graphic organizer to show your steps for the following problems:

  • Problem One - Murphy pushes the power button on her computer and nothing happens. List all of the possibilities in flow chart form on how she would troubleshoot the problem.

  • Problem Two - Murphy launches her internet browser and sees a message that tells her, "The Page Cannot Be Found". In addition, you notice that you can't get to any of your network hard drives. List all of the possibilities in flow chart form and how she would troubleshoot the problem.

  • Problem Three - Over the past few days Murphy has noticed that her computer is starting to run very slowly, web pages are either not loading or she is being taken to a website that she did not intend to go to. In addition, she has been seeing pop-up boxes telling you that her computer may be infected. List the possibilities of what is wrong in flow chart form, and describe the steps you would take to eliminate the problem.

Completing this Quest

When you are done with your troubleshooting flowcharts, save them in your File Space and report to your teacher for evaluation.

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Competencies & Standards

MITECS   Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and

ISTE Standards for Students

1. Empowered Learner
a. articulate and set personal learning goals, developing strategies leveraging technology to achieve them, and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes
c. use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways
d. understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies, are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies

5. Computational Thinker
c. break problems into component parts, extract key information and develop descriptive models to understand complex systems or facilitate problem solving

Common Core Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.