Tech Tuesday: Essential skill: Computer use

Tech Tuesday: Essential skill: Computer use

Tech Tuesday: Essential skill: Computer use

Date posted: September 17, 2013

The 4th annual Essential Skills Day will be celebrated on September 27, 2013. It’s a day to raise awareness about the importance of workplace literacy and essential skills training. This Tech Tuesday we are looking at resources for the essential skill of computer use.

Some of the most popular resources on our website are the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy’s Computer Workshops and Lesson Plans. There’s an Introduction to Computers course that consists of 12 lessons on the basics. And, there’s also a series of 3 hour lesson plans with student workbooks on the caring for your computer, getting to know your computer, shopping safely online, using Facebook, Using Gmail, Using Skype, and working with photos. There’s a page on our website that gathers all of these together. Or, if you prefer to use a print copy, email to borrow either individual units or the whole set.

There are more resources on learning to use computers available for borrowing. Browse our Computer Use Materials list. Everything on it is either freely available online or can be borrowed from the Decoda library.

Want to know how you’re doing with computer use skills? You can fill out the computer use self-assessment on the Employment and Social Development Canada website.

Being able to use a computer is only one component of digital literacy. Media Smarts outlines digital literacy fundamentals and the various literacies involved.

Click here for B.C.’s digital literacy competencies.

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