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Computer Literacy Courses

 Computer Basics Tutorial

If you are new to computers or just want to update your computer skills, this free Computer Basics tutorial will show you how.https://www.gcflearnfree.org/computerbasics/

 Microsoft: Introduction to computers

This course introduces you to the fundamentals of computing, explains the components of a computer, explores operating system basics, and shows you how to use a mouse and a keyboard. The course also explains how computers can be used in different aspects of life.https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/digitalliteracy/courses/2695de/onlinelauncher.aspx

 Basic Online Skills

A short, easy-to-master, web based course on basic online skills. This course is divided into four separate modules: Computer Skills; E-Mail Skills; Word Processing Skills and Web Skills.https://www.ctdlc.org/remediation/index.html

 Northstar Digital Literacy Certificate

Basic computer digital literacy standards and modules in ten main areas: Basic Computer Use, Internet, Windows Operating System, Mac OS, Email, Microsoft Word, Social Media, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Information Literacy.https://www.digitalliteracyassessment.org/#cta-module-launch

 BBC Webwise

BBC's guide to the internet for computer novices. http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/0/

Typing Skills


Clear typing instruction with detailed statistics and fun encouragement http://www.typing.com


Gamified, data-driven activities help improve keyboarding skills http://www.typingclub.com

 Typing Games

Keyboarding games that can increase your skills--IF you don't watch your fingers! http://hms.sps.lane.edu/curric/keyboardinggames.html

Using the Mouse

 Mousing Around

This tutorial will help you learn to use a mouse to interact with a computer.http://www.pbclibrary.org/mousing/intro.htm

Digital Literacy and Citizenship

 Microsoft: Digital Literacy Curriculum

Digital Literacy Standard Curriculum Version 4 teaches generic ICT skills and concepts. The curriculum features screen shots and simulations from Windows 8 and Microsoft Office 2013 to illustrate and provide hands-on examples.https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/DigitalLiteracy/curriculum4.aspx

 Digital Compass

Explore digital dilemmas, make good (and not-so-good) decisions, and try out possible solutions through stories and mini-games – all without risking their real-world reputations. https://www.digitalcompass.org/game/index.html

 Digital Passport

Engaging games that address key issues facing kids in today's digital world. Learn critical skills related to digital safety, respect, and community. Login: Silikamvahigh or Houtbayhigh Password:highschoolhttps://www.digitalpassport.org/educator-registration/studentLogin

 Digital Bytes

Digital Bytes is all about how you can explore and influence the digital world in which you live. Many teens have inspired/impacted the digital world in a big way...http://digitalbytes.commonsensemedia.org/

Computing is an important part of everyday life in the twenty-first century. From music and photos to banking and communicating, computers have changed the way we work and live. In the modern workplace, computer skills are an incredibly valuable addition to any employee’s personal portfolio. As a student, and someday, worker, developing and cultivating computer skills can greatly increase your desirability to employers, and it can allow you to take on roles you might not have previously considered.