BBC The Webwise Online Course

---"Basic online skills How to get connected, communicate, share and more

   WebWise A-Z Glossary of computing and technology terms
   Safety and privacy Online privacy and security plus tips for parents
   Your computer How to choose a computer and other hardware
   Using the web About the internet, forms, downloads and searching
   Email and sharing Setting up email and using social media sites
   Living and interests Sharing photos, finding information and shopping online".
This is a master site for computing knowledge. Overwhelming to use, but worth a look.


BBC Schools Computing

---this is it! The BBC's site for all things computing for all school students.

You will never get to the end of this for it links like an octopus!?

All levels.


Bitesize BBC

---and now the BBC site that inspects the nuts & bolts of computing, most likely aimed

at students planning to work in programming or related higher level areas.

But try it if computing really is your interest & you want to challenge your language skill.

 Bitesize Beginner

---you are a novice to computing?  Well. Click only Digital Literacy & Information Technology.

You will then enjoy about 20 delightful learner guides, some interactive, all of very high quality.

The only negative is that the text is somewhat at a higher level than the content, so a beginner

ESL student will need some help to gain the most benefit from the lessons.

Computer Course

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"The resources on this page will help you learn the basic operational functions of a computer, such as using a mouse, keyboard shortcuts and customizing settings. Using your Northstar assessment results page, locate the skills you need to improve in the left-hand column of the table. Then, follow the links in the right-hand column to access the corresponding online learning resources. Ask a librarian or your tutor/instructor if you have questions or need help."
8 modules plus additional resources. Most of the videos in these modules can then be printed out in text form. So you can say you have a course book as well. A wow! site for beginners plus: very audio-visual, & unbelievably comprehensive. I am impressed.

"The Office provides Australians a range of up-to-date information
& resources, coupled with a comprehensive complaints system to assist children who experience serious cyberbullying." Some topics are next-----

eSafety issues

There are some real risks that you need to be aware of when you’re online.

Safeguard yourself and your friends by understanding the issues and knowing how to respond.

Games, apps and social networking

Information on how to protect yourself and your personal information when using social networking sites, search engines and online games.

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Get help

Seen something offensive online?
Being cyberbullied and need to chat?

If you are having problems and need to talk, there are a couple of places you can go.

---but especially useful for ESL learners are the 9 wonderful audiovisual resources available by clicking Education Resources & then Classroom Resources. Excellent for higher levels.




Here you are---955 links about the very broad subject of computers. You know what you want,

& you ought to find it on Elllo. No comments on quality, but the content has mostly been created

for ESL learners. Elllo can deliver very well but it's too big & convoluted to be easily accessible.

Mostly for

intermediate to advanced.


First Click


This is it...surely the best free booklet available regarding computing.It's not interactive but what a
WOW introduction to the WWW.

It's fabulous even 
as a revision reader if you do already have a basic knowledge. For intermediate plus.


GCF Learn Free Computers

---"Whether you are new to the computer, returning for review or just want to gain more
21st century skills, our free computer tutorials can help.
From Computer Basics to Microsoft Office to Apple, we have a wide range of free technology
tutorials to choose from."
Excellence again from GFC. Highly recommended for intermediate  level.
will possibly find the interactives manageable.


---"In Pictures online tutorials are based on pictures, not words. They walk you through tasks


There's no complicated multimedia, just pictures that show exactly what to do. The simplest way to learn

office applications."

For advanced students.

 Learn the Net

---18 topics; essentially a very visual explanatory site for advanced only;

Test Yourself is the only place that's interactive.

Discover the secrets of the web in 50 clicks.

But beware of the advertising. Stick to the leftside menu bar to advance through the site.


Learn My Way

---"This is the place to take your first steps online. You can find out all about
the mouse, the keyboard, and the internet,and get ready to chat to friends with
your own email account. From here, the world is your oyster!"

Suggestion--- after completing Get Started you should try " Online Basics, a great package of free online courses

designed for you if you're just getting started with computers and the internet.You can start learning how

to search, stay safe online, how to use email and public services. Once you've completed the package,

you'll even receive your own certificate."

All the above for confident beginners.


McGrawHill Computer Literacy Lessons

---"Macmillan/McGraw-Hill's Treasures online resources are
specifically designed to help teachers teach
by providing engaging activities for students at all levels.
These Online Teacher Resources offer content designed to help teachers save time and keep students
motivated and focused.

Seven levels of animated computer lessons, 6 units in each level. Everything covered from the basics through to
creating a web page. Very interactive, at every level. An excellent resource which must appeal to any learner
wanting to practise as well as be informed. For beginners through advanced.


Mouse Exercises

---one of the best getting-to-know-your-mouse programs available.
If you are new to using a mouse,
it may
take a little practice to get the hang of it.Here are 4 simple exercises to help you get acquainted. "

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---if you survive the tutorial & the exercise you will be a pretty good


---more info

---A digital literacy training program developed by a USA state, this site opens
awkwardly. However, the content away from the homepageis extremely good.
The odd menu is in two parts: one the updated version of the program, the other
the original, the main differences being a few more lessons & menus within lessons
in the newer version.

The approximately 25 video lessons (not marked as video) really are a treat--superior animation, text & capable
voiceovers. Suggestion---don't bother with the handouts lessons & be aware that the English level in the lessons
becomes more difficult almost in line with the difficulty level of the content.

Basic Computer Skills: Basic Internet Skills: Basic Email Skills: Basic Windows Skills: Basic Word Processing
are what you'll discover herein.
I'd like all English learners to view this site, but realistically must recommend
very good beginners plus


Quia Computer Literacy

---some 66 activities/games using QUIA's excellent resources. A few of these are for the
beginnner; the rest swing wildly from topic to topic,
but are really designed for
intermediate to advanced.
Computer Hardware Challenge Board-Partner Activity
is a standout,

great for partner competitions.


The ESL Computer Book


---"Welcome to The ESL Computer Book – The Internet. This workbook is one in a

series of computer skills workbooks designed for ESL learners. This workbook is a

basic introduction to the Internet and was developed for English as a Second Language

learners both in a classroom setting with an instructor and as a self-teaching guide.

The first few pages explain the basic skills needed to understand the Internet.

After these pages, there is no order to the activities. Learners may want to choose the web sites of interest to them.

Practice activities follow each page of instruction. These activities guide learners through different parts of web sites."

Very good beginners might rise to the challenge. It's obviously Canadian in certain areas, so these areas may be ignored (though non-Canadians will not find them impossible to complete).

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---"2lingual is a super useful dual-language search tool that makes it easy to
Google Search in 2 separate languages. It performs both a Google Search and a
Cross-language Google Search. It also provides a query translation option that can be activated or deactivated for
Cross-language Google Searches. The top-ranking Google Search Results from 2 separate languages are presented
side-by-side in separate lists."
Any level. A very useful tool for ESL.

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Webonauts Internet Academy

---"In taking on the role of a Webonaut and completing a series of missions‚ players
confront issues central to good citizenship: identity‚ privacy‚ credibility and web safety.
Game scenarios take place in both online and offline encounters because
good citizenship spans both.
To help players get the most out of Webonauts Internet
Academy‚ knowing some key terms will come in handy.
Citizenship: membership in a community
Contribute: to give to a common cause; to participate
Credibility: the quality of being believable or trustworthy
Cyberbullying: online abusive behavior
Private: belonging to a particular person
Profile: information a person shares about him or herself with others in a social network
Public: available to all people within a broad community
Respect: to value‚ admire and treat well
Rumor: unverified talk or opinion that is easily spread to others

While the above introduction is useful it almost fails to mention that you are playing a fun game that increases
your language powers & tests your computer skills.
Thus, it's for intermediate plus players. Enjoy.


Welcome to the web

---all you need to know about the internet, presented in smashing style & sensible
language, good for nearly all levels of English competency.

"By working your way through this web site and taking part in the exciting
challenges and activities,
you will learn all about the Internet."

---more info


Word pad

---"Here you will learn how to use a word processor to create documents for school

or other projects. You’ll learn to format fonts, add images and some really cool effects.

What’s great is that you don’t have to have a fancy computer program to do this -

just your Word Pad."

Very good intermediate plus.