Digital Literacy

Digital Literacy

Digital Literacy is an Entry Level, Introduction Course to computers, software and the internet. It is a critical course for anyone intending to enter the exciting world of IT. Complete the "Registration" form at the bottom of the page to get your access key, to open the door to your future in the IT Industry.




Microsoft Digital Literacy - Curriculum



Computing is an important part of modern life. From the business world's rushed life to our personal life's music and photos to banking and communicating, computers have changed the way we work and live. 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.




Objectives

  • 1.1 Describe the importance of computers in today's world.
  • 1.2 Identify the main parts of a computer.
  • 1.3 Identify the steps for starting and shutting down a computer.
  • 1.4 Identify the different groups of keys on a keyboard.
  • 1.5 Perform different tasks by using a mouse.
  • 1.6 Describe other common computing devices such as laptops, netbooks, tablets, and phones.


Objectives

  • 2.1 Identify the primary hardware components of a computer.
  • 2.2 Explain an operating system.
  • 2.3 Explain programs and data.
  • 2.4 Describe a network and the types of networks.
  • 2.5 Explain the terms Internet, World Wide Web, and intranet.


Objectives

  • 3.1 Compare the features of different types of computers.
  • 3.2 Explain the role of memory.
  • 3.3 Explain the basics of computer performance.
  • 3.4 Explain the concept of minimum requirements for software.
  • 3.5 Describe the types of productivity programs and their uses.
  • 3.6 Describe the types of communications programs and their uses.
  • 3.7 Describe the uses of educational and entertainment programs.


Objectives

  • 4.1 Explain the common functions of an operating system.
  • 4.2 Identify the components of the Windows 8 interface.
  • 4.3 Explain the options available in the Start screen of Windows 8 / 10.
  • 4.4 Work with the Windows 8 interface within programs.
  • 4.5 Manage files and folders in Windows Explorer.
  • 4.6 Perform basic file operations.


Objectives

  • 5.1 Describe how computers have become a central part of everyday rural and urban life – around the world.
  • 5.2 Identify the career opportunities available for a computer-literate person.





The Internet can connect you to people, information, and resources around the world. This course shows you how to connect to the Internet, browse Web pages, navigate Web sites, use search engines, and exchange e-mail with others.




Objectives

  • 1.1 Describe the uses of the Internet and Cloud Services.
  • 1.2 Identify the requirements for an Internet connection.
  • 1.3 Identify the features of two types of Internet connections.
  • 1.4 Relate the term bandwidth to types of Internet connections.


Objectives

  • 2.1 Describe the components of the Web.
  • 2.2 Explain how Web addresses work.
  • 2.3 Explain how to connect to the Internet.
  • 2.4 Explore Web sites by using a browser.
  • 2.5 Describe how to save favorite Web sites.
  • 2.6 Search for reliable information on the Web. (Note: examples from Bing.com)
  • 2.7 Explain how to perform transactions over the Web.


Objectives

  • 3.1 Explain how e-mail works.
  • 3.2 Write and send e-mail messages.
  • 3.3 Manage e-mail messages.
  • 3.4 Identify correct e-mail etiquette.
  • 3.5 How to create an email address.


Objectives

  • 4.1 Identify the features of online communities.
  • 4.2 Explain how instant messaging and Web-cam video communication works.
  • 4.3 Explain how to create and publish Web pages.
  • 4.4 Explain how to blog using Windows Live Writer.



Hundreds of software applications are available today. This course explores the most common productivity software applications used in school, at work, and at home. The course teaches you how to choose the right software for your project. You will learn the fundamentals of word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, and databases.




Objectives

  • 1.1 Describe the functionality of the common programs in Microsoft Office 2013 and Office Web Apps.


Objectives

  • 2.1 Identify the main components of the graphical user interface (GUI) of a productivity program.
  • 2.2 Use the pointer to navigate in a program.
  • 2.3 Identify the tabs, groups, and commands on the Ribbon.
  • 2.4 Use the buttons on the toolbars to perform various tasks.
  • 2.5 Type text and characters in a program by using the keyboard.
  • 2.6 Explain the use of keyboard shortcuts and key combinations.


Objectives

  • 3.1 Perform basic tasks in a word processor.
  • 3.2 Find and open templates.
  • 3.3 Edit and format text.
  • 3.4 Work with tables and pictures.
  • 3.5 Proofread a document.
  • 3.6 Identify the benefits of desktop publishing.


Objectives

  • 4.1 Identify the components of a spreadsheet.
  • 4.2 Enter data into a spreadsheet.
  • 4.3 Perform basic mathematical tasks in a spreadsheet.
  • 4.4 Insert charts in a spreadsheet.
  • 4.5 Print a spreadsheet.


Objectives

  • 5.1 Identify the elements of a presentation program.
  • 5.2 Create a presentation.
  • 5.3 Add graphics and multimedia to a presentation.
  • 5.4 Use the print options available in a presentation program.


Objectives

  • 6.1 Explain basic concepts of a database.
  • 6.2 Create a database.
  • 6.3 Work with records in a database.
  • 6.4 Explain what database queries are and how they work.
  • 6.5 Work with reports.



This course helps you to identify the various threats to your computer and the data stored on it. You will explore how to protect your computer from these threats by taking some preventive measures. Finally, this course explains the ethical and legal issues related to Internet usage.




Objectives

  • 1.1 Explain computer security and privacy.
  • 1.2 Identify natural threats to your computer.
  • 1.3 Identify measures to protect your computer against natural threats.
  • 1.4 Identify threats to your computer from human actions.
  • 1.5 Identify measures to protect your computer against threats from human actions.


Objectives

  • 2.1 Identify guidelines for protecting your computer.
  • 2.2 Identify best practices for securing online and network transactions.
  • 2.3 Identify measures for securing e-mail and instant messaging transactions.


Objectives

  • 3.1 Identify measures that you can use to protect your privacy.
  • 3.2 Explain how online predators operate.
  • 3.3 Identify guidelines to protect your family from online predators.


Objectives

  • 4.1 Explain the security settings on your computer.
  • 4.2 Identify the options for keeping your computer up-to-date.


Objectives

  • 5.1 Explain intellectual property and copyright as they apply to computing.
  • 5.2 Identify acts of copyright violation and the measures to prevent those acts.
  • 5.3 Identify the legal concerns associated with information exchange.



From smart phones to tablets, computers are changing our everyday lives. This course introduces you to new digital technologies, including digital audio, digital video, and digital photography. It explores how these and other computing technologies are creating new career opportunities and shaping the world we live in.



Objectives

  • 1.1 Describe the benefits of digital technology. (Note: Including laptops, tablets, and phones)
  • 1.2 Explain how digital technology expands the features of media devices.


Objectives

  • 2.1 Identify the characteristics of digital audio.
  • 2.2 Explain the concepts of recording, copying, and converting digital audio.
  • 2.3 Identify the features of speech technologies.


Objectives

  • 3.1 Identify the characteristics of digital video.
  • 3.2 Explain what digital video editing is and the output formats for digital video.
  • 3.3 Identify the features of Web video technologies.


Objectives

  • 4.1 Explain the benefits, features, and workings of a digital camera.
  • 4.2 Explain how to edit and manage digital images.
  • 4.3 Identify the features of different types of printers that are available for printing photos.


Objectives

  • 5.1 Describe how your computer can be used as a TV.
  • 5.2 Explain how to view digital TV on your computer.
  • 5.3 Organize digital media on your computer.
  • 5.4 Listen to digital audio and view digital photographs and videos on your computer.


Objectives

  • 6.1 Explain how digital technology helps people work from any location.
  • 6.2 Identify the career opportunities available for information workers.
  • 6.3 Identify the career opportunities available for IT professionals.
  • 6.4 Identify the career opportunities available for developers.

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