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>Computer Guides
Digital Unite Devices Guides
This is the place to get up to speed with the technology that can help enrich your life. Whether you’d like to improve your computer skills, emailing, use of the internet or generally to boost your digital confidence, our simple guides are here to help. They’re free, print friendly and also a great way to support other learners
>Digital Learning
DigitalLearn.org is a collection of self-directed tutorials for end-users to increase their digital literacy, and a community of practice for digital literacy trainers to share resources, tools
>Education
Edudemic was created in 2010 and has since grown into one of the most popular destinations to cover teaching, learning, and how technology positively shapes our education. We publish these types of stories: Research and evidence-driven strategies for professional and self-improvement. Expert guides and how-tos for the newest education apps. News re-caps of the most important updates for each week Compilations of the most useful edtech tools and tips. Reviews of valuable and innovative products for educators. Special features such as college reports.
>GCF Learn Free
Free Learning Tutorials
For the past decade, the GCFLearnFree.org program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers 125 tutorials, including more than 1,100 lessons, videos, and interactives, completely free.
>Instructors
Materials for Teaching Digital Literacy
Adult Basic Education staff in the Cambridge-Isanti program created the following instructional materials for their computer basics class
>>Minnesota LC Resources
Computer Literacy Instructional Resources
A helpful resource for teachers and volunteers who are new to this field is the Effective Computer Education Strategies manual prepared by members of Minnesota’s CTEP (Community Technology Empowerment Project).
>Microsoft Digital Literacy
Computer Skills Assessment
Learn Essential Skills with the Microsoft Digital Literacy Curriculum The goal of Microsoft Digital Literacy is to teach and assess basic computer concepts and skills so that people can use computer technology in everyday life to develop new social and economic opportunities for themselves, their families, and their communities. Whether you are entirely new to computing or have some experience, this curriculum will help you develop a fundamental understanding of computers. From using the Internet to sending e-mail or creating a résumé, the Digital Literacy Curriculum helps you develop the essential skills you need to begin computing with confidence.
>Microsoft Help
Browse or search for Windows Help Topics. Or ask for help in the forums or from support professionals.
>NorthStar Digital Literacy *
Individuals who take a Northstar assessment receive a results page at the end of every assessment (sample below). Use the results page to identify the skills that need improvement. Each skill listed on the results page corresponds to aNorthstar standard.The skills listed under the left-hand (green) column are skills that have been mastered while the skills listed under the right-hand (red) column are ones that need to be improved. After the skills needing improvement have been identified, navigate to the appropriate module page using the tabs above (for example, the learner in the sample below would navigate to the tab for Module 4: Using Email). Use the table on each individual module page to identify the needed skills, and then simply follow the links to online learning resources that will provide instruction on those skills.
>>Assessment
NorthStar Assessment
>PC Literacy
Jan’s Illustrated Computer Literacy 101
These lessons are an attempt to fill in the missing pieces and to tie it all together. The “Illustrated” part means there will be lots of pictures. Other sets of lecture notes I have seen online are pretty much bare text. While the writing is often great, such text-only notes do not take advantage of the possibilities of web pages. So you will see some animations and graphics that enhance the text and, hopefully, make it clearer.
>The Basics
Build Digital Literacy Skills
Using a Computer or Mobile Device: Learn how to use the mouse, keyboard, icons, and folders. Using Software and Applications: Use software applications: word processing, creating spreadsheets, tables and databases. Using the Internet Search the Internet, use email, register on a website Communicating on the Web: Share photos and videos, communicate using social networks, learn to be an informed digital citizen. Child Online Protection: Help children learn to be responsible and make informed decisions online.
>Typing Tutorial
From GCF LearnFree
>>Free Online Typing Course |
This typing course will guide you step-by-step from the beginning. You will be typing quickly and accurately, without looking at the keys, in just a few hours.
>>Keyboard Explanation
Jan’s Computer Basics: Input: Keyboard

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