Computer Literacy

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 and digital literacy 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 expected to integrate 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.

Resources For Instruction

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.
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.
Info Mine search engine and the Internet Public Library search site - Good for students with advanced computer skills who are using computers for academic purposes.  

Websites for Computer Skills Practice

(Thanks to Jennifer Davis of Southwest ABLE Resource Center for sharing many of these sites with us.) 
Websites for Mouse Skills Practice
  • Skillful Senior mouse tutorial - A fantastic, narrated tutorial for learners unfamiliar with how to use a mouse! 
  • Mousercise - Practice using a mouse.
  • Games! - Help learners hone their new mouse skills with games like Battleship and Checkers. 
Websites for Keyboarding Skill Practice
  • Typing Games - Fun ways to practice typing skills. The games automatically start on intermediate level; go through the intro screen slowly so you can help beginners adjust this!
  • No repetitive lessons. Uses computer algorithms to adjust lessons to users skills. Users need and email address to sign in.
  • - Online Free Touch Typing Program
Other Websites for Practice
  • BBC Webwise - Offers computer tutorials and games on a variety of topics. Check out the Keyboard Shooting Gallery!
  • Jan's Illustrated Computer Literacy 101 - Lessons allow to become more comfortable with using computer technology.
  • Free Computer Tutorials - Find a plethora of tutorials for beginners new to computers, Windows, or Microsoft programs.
  • New User Tutorial - Great hands-on and interactive computer tutorial site that is designed for brand new computer users:
  • BBC Skillwise - Includes many ESL games that use computer skills.
  • Free Computer Training - Wide range of free technology tutorials from Computer Basics to Microsoft Office to Apple.
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