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Basic Computer Skills Curriculum

On this site you will find lesson modules covering basic computer skills developed by computer teachers* from Adult Basic Education programs in the St. Paul Community Literacy Consortium. You will find Lessons (handouts), Teacher Guides, Vocabulary Lists and Activities. Some computer skills may have several lessons associated with them and some lessons may cover several computer skills. The lessons are grouped by computer task and skill. Rather than rigidly defining a dayby-day curriculum, teachers can pick and choose lessons and activities that suit their classroom needs and students pace.

The teachers on this project highly recommend incorporating keyboarding practice into your curriculum. Using a keyboarding program such as Mavis Beacon every day will help your students feel comfortable on the keyboard. Note: All files are PDF format unless noted.

New MSWord Additions


Updated exercises, project ideas, and course outlines in Microsoft Word are now available in a single (27 Megabyte) download. Simply right-click the "Computer_training.zip" zip file and choose "Save Target As" to download to your computer. Then use your favorite zip program to unzip the entire curriculum.

Table of Contents:

Very Basic Computer Skills Computer Vocabulary Opening and Saving Files Skills and Activities Practice MS Word Exercises Excel Exercises Internet PowerPoint

Very Basic Computer Skills


Visuals for teaching very basic computer skills: using a mouse and turning a computer on and off. These are suited for low NRS levels or for students with little to no computer experience. Two good websites for practicing mouse skills are Mousarobics and Mouse Exercises.

How to turn on the computer TURN ON the computer You will see a green light if it is ON. Is it ON? Wake up! How to turn off the computer

TURN OFF the computer Mouse skills Mouse visual aid Mouse skills vocabulary Computer Basics and Word (.zip, 16.7MB)

Computer Vocabulary
Handouts and activities to teach everyday computer vocabulary (computer parts, toolbar, font, highlight, etc.). These are suited for low NRS levels or for students with little to no computer experience.

Basic definitions Basic definitions matching game Computer vocabulary Vocabulary matching game 2 About your computer (PowerPoint)

Opening and Saving Files


Navigating windows to open and save files. These are suited for low NRS levels or for students with little to no computer experience.

Find a file Open a file from your disk Save a file Using folders

Skills and Activities Practice


Activities created to help students practice skills such as font attributes (bold, italics), spacing, cut-and-paste, and tables. All documents are zipped together. Each lesson includes a Teacher's Guide and several activities (MS Word Documents). These are suited for low NRS levels or for students with little to no computer experience.

Teacher Guide Graphics 2 Font attributes (.zip) Cut and paste (.zip)

Spacing (.zip) Editing (.zip) Tables (.zip)

MS Word Exercises
Step-by-step instructions with graphics designed to introduce learners to various aspects of MS Word. NRS levels range from Low Intermediateand High Intermediate Basic Education to Low Adult Secondary.

Exercise 1: Typing and Editing Exercise 2: Editing and Formatting Exercise 3: Spell Check Exercise 4: Spell Check | Teacher notes Exercise 5: Spell Check Exercise 6: Editing and Spell Check (Microsoft Word format) | Practice (Microsoft Word format) Exercise 7: Editing and Formatting | Formatting Practice (Microsoft Word format) Exercise 8: Tables Exercise 9: Columns and Indenting Exercise 10: Bullets and Clip Art Copying and Pasting Images Microsoft Word: Using HELP 98 2000 Version Microsoft Word: Using HELP XP Version

Excel Exercises
Step-by-step instructions with graphics designed to introduce learners to various aspects of MS Excel. These lessons are suitable for NRS level Low Adult Secondary.

Explanation of Excel Cursors Exercise 1, Basic: Entering Information Exercise 1: Entering Information Exercise 2, Basic: Making Lists Exercise 2: Making Lists Exercise 3, basic: Budgets

Exercise 4: Adding Totals Exercise 5: Making Charts Exercise 6: Budgets Execise 7: Making Charts

Internet
Lessons and activities on using the internet. These lessons refer to Internet Explorer as the browser. Many activities can be completed regardless of the browser.

What is the internet? (PowerPoint) Go to a website on the internet Internet directions: Mapquest Exercise 1 Exercise 2 Exercise 3 Exercise 4 Internet job search Online dictionaries and encyclopedias Internet dictionary Metro Transit website Publish your own recipe

PowerPoint
Step-by-step instructions with graphics designed to walk students through the creation of a PowerPoint presentation.

PowerPoint for 2000 PowerPoint for XP Sample presentation (PPT)

Credits

* This project was funded by America Connects Consortium with the goal of creating lessons for common basic computer skills that teachers in the Adult Basic Education field could download and incorporate into their classroom at no cost. Curriculum developed by:

Jessica Schachterle from Minnesota Literacy Council Daniel Hoisington from Lao Family Community Deb Woodburn, volunteer with Chicanos Latinos Unidos En Servicio working with Minnesota Literacy Council

Thanks to the Minnesota Literacy Council and teacher, Jessica Grace Jones, for the new additions. For feedback or questions regarding the curriculum, contact Jessica at jjones@themlc.org.

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