At Literacy Source, our goal is to increase the basic literacy skills of underserved adult learners in our community so they will have better opportunities for employment, citizenship, and higher education. In today's world, computer litearcy IS basic literacy. Without computer skills and access to technology, adults face considerable disadvantages in seeking and obtaining employment and in locating and utilizing community resources. Access to technology is critical for the success of our students, most of whom do not have access to a home computer or the internet.
All classroom instructors and one-on-one tutors are encouraged to incorporate technology into their lessons. Students improve their basic literacy skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, as well as their computer literacy skills, when they use computers to learn. Student-centered, project-based learning using the computer allows students to enhance their transferable work skills.
Computer Skills Assessment (attached at the bottom of this page) - Created by Literacy Source for computer tutoring pairs, this inventory allows students to indicate what they are already able to do on a computer and what they would like to learn.
Computer Skills Modules - These 14 individual modules of study cover many topics, from searching the web to creating a Word document to planning a trip on the Metro via Metro Tripplanner.
Keyboarding Pro & Workbook - An easily accessible program helping students to work on their keyboard skills. This resource can be found on the desktop of all the student computers at Literacy Source, and the corresponding workbook is in the library. Just sign on as guest. (How to save your profile).
Computer-Based Testing Skills Sheet (attached at the bottom of this page) - Not sure what computer skills students need to be prepared for the GED or other computer-based tests? See the checklist to get started!
Rosetta Stone - Can be used with students to aid language acquisition or reading skills, and mouse exercises. This software can be found on the student desktops, and supplementary workbooks are in the "Literacy" section of our library. You can also find the Rosetta Stone "User's Guide" online.
St. Paul CLC Computer Curriculum - Basic computer curriculum from the St. Paul Community Literacy Consortium.
(Thanks to Jennifer Davis of Southwest ABLE Resource Center for sharing many of these sites with us.)
Websites for Mouse Skills Practice
Websites for Keyboarding Skill Practice
Other Websites for Practice