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Microsoft Digital Literacy: Advanced Curriculum

Updated: January 29, 2014

Building on the essential computing skills mastered in the Digital Literacy Standard Curriculum, 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 Advanced Curriculum consists of the following course:

Build Your First App

Creating an Internet Email Account

Writing a Great Resume by Using Microsoft Office Word 2007

Finding and Evaluating Resources on the Web

Using Social Networking to Connect with the World

Each course has an e-learning module that can be played online or downloaded to a local computer. There is also a Word version that can be downloaded and printed.

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Build Your First App

Estimated Time: 2 hours
Prerequisites: Students should have taken the course “The Internet and the World Wide Web” or have equivalent computing skills.
Description: This online course helps you learn basic programming concepts and skills by creating scripts on the TouchDevelop web site. You will learn about code execution, creating loops and defining and modifying variables. You will learn how to include physics, sprites and touch in your apps and games, and learn how to publish your apps online.

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Creating an Internet Email Account

Estimated Time: 7 minutes
Prerequisites: None
Description: With the advent of Internet, the face of communication has changed drastically. Now, you can send email messages with music and pictures to people who may be located anywhere in the world. These messages can reach them in just a few seconds. However to send and receive email messages, you need to create an Internet email account. This learning snacks explains the benefits of an email account and demonstrates how to create an Internet email account on the Windows Live Web site.

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Writing a Great Resume by Using Microsoft Office Word 2007

Estimated Time: 2-3 hours
Prerequisites: None
Description: An effective resume communicates your skills and experience to a potential employer, and helps you obtain a job interview. To create a great resume, you can use resume templates. This course describes the different types of resumes. It also describes how to access and use resume templates from Microsoft Office Online, and to create a resume by using Word 2007.

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Finding and Evaluating Resources on the Web

Estimated Time: 2 hours
Prerequisites: Students should have taken the course “The Internet and the World Wide Web” or have equivalent computing skills.
Description: This online course describes how a search engine works and demonstrates ways in which it helps you to find varied resources on the Web. The course also provides guidelines for determining whether the resources you find are reliable and for ensuring ethical use of the resources.

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Using Social Networking to Connect with the World

Estimated Time: 2-3 hours
Prerequisites: Students should have taken the course “The Internet and the World Wide Web” or have equivalent computing skills.
Description: This online course describes how you can use social networking to connect with people around the world anytime and anywhere.

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Build Your First App

Module 2, Lesson 1: Introduction to the TouchDevelop environment

     Objectives
     2.1.1 – Create an account and sign in to the TouchDevelop site

Module 3, Lesson 1: Understand code execution

     Objectives
     3.1.1 – Add lines of code to an app.
     3.1.2 – Explain what happens when an app runs.
     3.1.3 –Describe how adding lines of code changes an apps behavior.

Module 3, Lesson 2: Implement loops in a script

     Objectives
     3.2.1 – Describe what code loops are and what they do.
     3.2.2 – Explain the elements of a code loop.
     3.2.3 – Describe how to declare a code loop.

Module 3, Lesson 3: Define and modify variables

     Objectives
     3.3.1 – Define what a variable is.
     3.3.2 – Explain how to declare a variable.
     3.3.3 – Describe what happens when data stored in a variable is changed.
     3.3.4 – Explain how variables enable code loops.

Module 3, Lesson 4: Implement conditional statements

     Objectives
     3.4.1 – Explain what conditional statements are.
     3.4.2 – Define the elements of conditional statements.
     3.4.3 – Describe the scenarios in which conditional statements are useful .

Module 4, Lesson 1: Build a physics game with sprites

     Objectives
     4.1.1 – Describe what a physics game is.
     4.1.2 – Define what a sprite is.
     4.1.3 – Explain the fundamental elements a physics game: screen coordinates, forces, and every frame events.

Module 4, Lesson 2: Understand touch input

     Objectives
     4.2.1 –Explain the screen coordinate system on a device.
     4.2.2 – Describe tap events and swipe events as a form of touch input.
     4.2.3 – Write code to respond to touch input events.

Module 4, Lesson 3: Organize sprites with a sprite set

     Objectives
     4.3.1 – Explain what a sprite set is.
     4.3.2 – Describe how to add sprites to a sprite set.
     4.3.2 – Use code to enumerate sprites in a sprite set.

Module 4, Lesson 4: Use the accelerometer

     Objectives
     4.4.1 – Explain what an accelerometer is and the types of devices that contain them.
     4.4.2 – Describe what accelerometer chips enable.
     4.4.3 – Explain ways to use accelerometer input in a physics-based game.

Creating an Internet Email Account

Lesson 1: What is an Internet Email Account?

     Objectives
     1.1. Describe the benefits of an email account.

Lesson 2: Create a Windows Live ID Email Account

     Objectives
     2.1. Create an Internet email account on the Windows Live Web site.

Writing a Great Resume by Using Microsoft Office Word 2007

Lesson 1: Creating a Great Resume

     Objectives
     1.1. Define a resume.
     1.2. Describe the purpose of a resume.
     1.3. List the basic details included in a resume.
     1.4. List the common mistakes that are found in a resume.
     1.5. Describe the guidelines to create a resume.

Lesson 2: Types of Resumes

     Objectives
     2.1. Describe the different types of resumes.
     2.2. Explain when to use a combination resume.

Lesson 3: Using Templates from Microsoft Office Online

     Objectives
     3.1. View, open, and download sample resume templates available on the Microsoft Office Online Web site.
     3.2. Open sample resume templates from Word 2007.
     3.3. Use the options available on the Templates page.
     3.4. View new resume samples on the Microsoft Office Online Web site.

Lesson 4: Creating a Resume in Word 2007

     Objectives
     4.1. Create a chronological resume by using features of Word 2007.

Finding and Evaluating Resources on the Web

Lesson 1: Introduction to Search Engines

     Objectives
     1.1. Describe what a search engine is.
     1.2. Explain how a search engine works.
     1.3. Identify Web-based resources that a search engine can search.
     1.4. Describe the key features of Bing.

Lesson 2: Exploring Search Techniques

     Objectives
     2.1. Perform a simple keyword search.
     2.2. Apply guidelines for specifying keywords.
     2.3. Describe advanced search options.
     2.4. Refine your search by using advanced search options.
     2.5. Describe settings for customizing the search experience.

Lesson 3: Conducting Focused Searches

     Objectives
     3.1. Get answers to specific queries.
     3.2. Track the news and search trends.
     3.3. Find music, pictures, and videos.
     3.4. Shop for travel deals and products.
     3.5. Locate businesses and people.

Lesson 4: Analyzing and Using Web-Based Resources

     Objectives
     4.1. Perform factors that influence the ranking of search results.
     4.2. Identify criteria for assessing Web-based resources.
     4.3. Explain guidelines for avoiding copyright violations.
     4.4. Explain guidelines for avoiding plagiarism.

Using Social Networking to Connect with the World

Lesson 1: Introduction to Social Networking

     Objectives
     1.1. Describe the features of online social networks.
     1.2. Describe the tools for social networking.
     1.3. Describe the various applications of social networking tools.

Lesson 2: Exploring Blogs

     Objectives
     2.1. Describe the characteristics of a blog.
     2.2. Subscribe to a blog.
     2.3. Create and customize a blog.
     2.4. Describe tips to design a good blog.

Lesson 3: Exploring Instant Messaging

     Objectives
     3.1. Describe the characteristics of instant messaging.
     3.2. Add contacts to an instant messenger.
     3.3. Send and receive instant messages.
     3.4. Explain how to add voice and video in conversations.
     3.5. Explain how to use the various privacy settings in an instant messenger.

Lesson 4: Using a Personal Networking Site

     Objectives
     4.1. Describe characteristics of personal networking sites.
     4.2. Join a personal networking site.
     4.3. Find friends on a personal networking site.
     4.4. Connect with friends on a personal networking site.
     4.5. Describe various customization settings of a personal networking site.

Lesson 5: Etiquette and Security in Social Networking

     Objectives
     5.1. Describe the guidelines to ensure etiquette in social networking.
     5.2. Describe ways to mitigate security risks in social networking.



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