Help your students live and thrive in the 21st century digital world with Microsoft's Digital Literacy Curriculum. These e-learning materials help you teach and assess computer concepts and skills so your students can use technology to develop new social and economic opportunities for themselves, their families, and their communities.
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Teach students how to use computers in both school and everyday life
The Digital Literacy Curriculum offers three levels of coursework: Basic, Standard, and Advanced. The Basic Curriculum offers beginners an introduction to computers, while the Standard Curriculum goes one step further with five e-learning modules: computer basics, the internet, productivity tools, digital lifestyles, and computer security. The Advanced Curriculum goes even deeper and focuses on the use of digital information to effectively find, use, summarize, evaluate, create, and communicate information. All modules are available for both online and offline use; the Standard Curriculum is also available in over 30 languages.
Use the curriculum to help students become digitally literate in a variety of ways:
Assess student knowledge and proficiency with computers
Select modules to meet individual student needs
Let students learn at their own pace with online or offline learning
Operating System: -Windows® XP Professional with Service Pack 2 (SP2) or later, with the latest hotfixes and software updates
Processor: 233-MHz or higher
Hard disk space: 2GB available
Network adapter: Non-ISA, 10/100 megabits per second (Mbps)
Video adapter: 4MB
Monitor: SVGA, 17-inch
Keyboard and pointing device (such as a mouse)
Sound card with amplified speakers or headphones
Internet connection (continuous connection required for online e-learning; reliable 56k or better dial-up connection required for downloading offline e-learning, assessments, and certificates)
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The Microsoft Digital Literacy Basic Curriculum provides absolute beginners with the first course they need to begin to use a computer. This course is ideal for learners who are a bit shy about working with a computer and are using a computer for the very first time.
The Digital Literacy Standard Curriculum Original Version consists of five courses: Computer Basics, the Internet and the World Wide Web, Productivity Programs, Computer Security and Privacy, and Digital Lifestyles. Students who pass all five courses recieve a Digital Literacy certificate.
Building on the essential computing skills mastered in the Digital Literacy Standard urriculum, the Advanced Curriculum provides courses that explore core concepts in more depth. Learners may take any or all of the advanced courses in any order.
The Digital Literacy Curriculum can be adapted for classroom use or for self-paced study. This page provides instructors with additional resources to facilitate classroom use, including classroom setup information, teaching tips for each course, additional practice ideas, a test item file, and answers to frequently asked questions.
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