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Computer Skills Training Curriculum Module

The focus of this project is to provide instruction on basic computer skills that would facilitate access to high technology and the Internet, which ultimately resulted in employment. This is part of an overall effort that focuses attention on the need to help poor people and individuals on the fringe of society gain computer skills and access to high technology. The target group is high school dropouts and youths in the inner city. The training will result in employability skills as demonstrated by the issuance of a certificate of completion in the basic skill areas.

PC Fundamentals

This course introduced students to the basic features in basic operation of a personal computer. The student was introduced to hardware and software components and how they inter relate to each other. The course walked the students through the various operating systems, focusing more on the Microsoft Windows Operating Systems. The course also taught the end-user necessary skill like using the mouse, working on the Desktop, using Windows and operating the Start menu and Taskbar. The course included lessons on customizing the Desktop using background colors, Web content, screen savers and Desktop themes. Students also gained an understanding of Windows file system, including how to use Windows Explorer. Finally, the course walked the students through formatting disks, printing documents, using systems tools, and shutting down the computer. All skills were taught using true-to-life scenarios, examples, review exercises and concept graphics to reinforce material presented.

Navigating the Internet

This introductory course taught students the fundamental skills they need to know in order to use the Internet. The skills students learned include connecting to the Internet, learning about and searching the Web, understanding and sending e-mail, and using browsers such as Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator. All these skills were taught using true-life scenarios, examples and review exercises as well as concept graphics to help reinforce material presented.

Microsoft Word 2000

Students learned the techniques, which helped them create, edit, and modify text-based documents easily. The skills introduced include examining the working screen, creating new documents, changing font attributes, modifying bodies of text, formatting entire documents, using smart tags, accessing help for spelling and grammar, managing files, and previewing and printing documents. All of these skills were taught utilizing true-scenarios, examples, review exercises and concept graphics to help reinforce material presented.

Keyboarding and Typing

We will use the Katz teaching method to provide stimulating instructions and learning.
Within a relatively short time the student will develop the dexterity and the ability to react. This comprehensive course utilizes colorful graphics, animation and story lines to make learning fun and easy to apply.

After School Tutoring

U.S. Africa Free Enterprise Education Foundation is proposing to provide after school computer and tutor services to three areas C rated and below schools. The training and tutoring will be held at all of our computer lab locations, and will work to improve the academic standing of the students at these schools. Transportation from the schools will be provided.

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