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Data Output 01
A printer is a simple output device.

Data Output 01

This KS3 ICT quiz looks at data output. A computer is simply an electronic data handling machine. The final stage of data handling is output. This can be achieved in several different ways, the two most common are on screen and printing. These two devices produce softcopy and hardcopy respectively. Softcopy is the ICT term that describes a document or image that is only available on a screen. Hardcopy is the word used to describe a file that has been printed out.

A 3D printer is an output device that can be used to print objects rather than just printing something on paper. The objects are built up from specailly designed plastics or molten metal. It is possible to 3D print articles that would be difficult and much more expensive to manufacture using conventional means.

There are many more output devices, each has a purpose.

If the output required is from a sound file, a loudspeaker is the correct output device. If the output is a video, a screen is appropriate unless it has to be shown to an audience. You would need to use a projector. In factories, computers control a large variety of output devices from simple things like lights and alarms to robots and laser cutting machines.

Which could not be used to view output of a process?
Graphics tablet
A graphics tablet is an input device. VDU stands for Visual Display Unit, more commonly called a monitor
A plotter produces 'hardcopy'. This means .......
it prints a copy which is hard to read
it prints a permanent copy
it prints on hard materials like sheet metal
it prints onto rigid paper which is hard to tear
A plotter is a special type of printer that is designed to produce large diagrams, for example, architect's drawings or engineering plans
Which is unlikely to be a suitable output device?
A monitor displaying the word 'Alarm'
A siren in a computer controlled alarm
Flashing lights in a computer controlled alarm
Lights and a siren in a computer controlled alarm
It is an ALARM! It has to attract attention
Which is not an advantage of a 'hardcopy'?
It can be viewed after the computer is switched off
It consumes expensive materials such as paper and ink
It is harder to corrupt after creation
It lasts after the computer is switched off
Hardcopy is a big expense in most companies
Which is an advantage of 'hardcopy'?
It can be used for insulation afterwards
It can remain accessible for decades
It increases the carbon footprint
It takes up lots of space to store
Hardcopy can outlast the computer and printer that was used to make it
What is meant by 'softcopy'?
A cd which has melted
A digital document which cannot be printed
A paper printout which has got wet
An unprinted digital document
Softcopies are normally viewed on a monitor
Which is not an advantage of a 'softcopy'?
Can be transported between computers electronically
Digital files need careful storage if being archived
Easier to carry because they are not bulky
Easier to store because they take up little office space
New technology can make old data files un-readable
Which of these is not a simple output device?
CD-RW drive
Inkjet printer
CD-RW drives are both input and output devices
Which is not an output device?
Video projector
OMR - Optical Mark Reader. This is an input device
Select a device suitable for speech synthesis output.
Speech chip
Speech tablet
They convert electrical impulses into sound waves
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - Data and databases

Author:  Duncan Daish

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