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Digital Literacy Standard Curriculum Version 4

Updated: March 5, 2014

Digital Literacy Standard Curriculum Version 4 teaches generic ICT skills and concepts. The curriculum features screen shots and simulations from Windows 8 and Microsoft Office 2013 to illustrate and provide hands-on examples.

Computer Basics

The Internet, Cloud Services, and World Wide Web

Productivity Programs

Computer Security and Privacy

Digital Lifestyles

Computer Basics
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Estimated Time: 2-3 hours
Prerequisites: Ability to use a mouse and keyboard.
Description: Computing is an important part of everyday life in the twenty-first century. From music and photos to banking and communicating, computers have changed the way we work and live. This course introduces you to the fundamentals of computing, explains the components of a computer, explores operating system basics, and shows you how to use a mouse and a keyboard.

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The Internet, Cloud Services, and World Wide Web
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Estimated Time: 2-3 hours
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Description: The Internet can connect you to people, information, and resources around the world. This course shows you how to connect to the Internet, browse Web pages, navigate Web sites, use search engines, and exchange e-mail with others.

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Productivity Programs
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Estimated Time: 2-3 hours
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Description: Hundreds of software applications are available today. This course explores the most common productivity software applications used in school, at work, and at home. The course teaches you how to choose the right software for your project. You will learn the fundamentals of word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, and databases.

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Computer Security and Privacy
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Description: This course helps you to identify the various threats to your computer and the data stored on it. You will explore how to protect your computer from these threats by taking some preventive measures. Finally, this course explains the ethical and legal issues related to Internet usage.

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Digital Lifestyles
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Estimated Time: 2-3 hours
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Description: From smart phones to digital cameras, computers are changing our everyday lives. This course introduces you to new digital technologies, including digital audio, digital video, and digital photography. It explores how these and other computing technologies are creating new career opportunities and shaping the world we live in.

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Digital Literacy Certificate Test

Estimated Time: 30-60 minutes
Prerequisites: All five Digital Literacy Courses or similar experience
Description: The Digital Literacy Certificate Test consists of 30 questions that cover key points from all five of the Digital Literacy courses. When you complete the test, you will get a Learning Plan with links to the course lessons you may need to review to master all of the topics. If you get a passing score, you will be invited to personalize and print a Digital Literacy Certificate.

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Course Topics

Computer Basics Course Topics

Lesson 1: Introduction to Computers

     Objectives
     1.1. Describe the importance of computers in today's world.
     1.2. Identify the main parts of a computer.
     1.3 Identify the steps for starting and shutting down a computer.
     1.4 Identify the different groups of keys on a keyboard.
     1.5 Perform different tasks by using a mouse.
     1.6 Describe other common computing devices such as laptops, netbooks, tablets, and phones.

Lesson 2: Common Computer Terminology

     Objectives
     2.1 Identify the primary hardware components of a computer.
     2.2 Explain an operating system.
     2.3 Explain programs and data.
     2.4 Describe a network and the types of networks.
     2.5 Explain the terms Internet, Cloud, World Wide Web, and intranet.

Lesson 3: Computer Performance and Features

     Objectives
     3.1 Compare the features of different types of computers.
     3.2 Explain the role of memory.
     3.3 Explain the basics of computer performance.
     3.4 Explain the concept of minimum requirements for software.
     3.4 Describe the types of productivity programs and their uses.
     3.5 Describe the types of communications programs and their uses.
     3.6 Describe the uses of educational and entertainment programs.

Lesson 4: Computer Operating Systems

     Objectives
     4.1 Explain the common functions of an operating system.
     4.2 Identify the components of the Windows 8 interface.
     4.3 Explain the options available in the Start screen of Windows 8.
     4.4 Work with the Windows 8 interface within programs.
     4.5 Manage files and folders in Windows Explorer.
     4.6 Perform basic file operations.

Lesson 5: Career Opportunities

     Objectives
     5.1 Describe how computers have become a central part of everyday rural and urban life – around the world.
     5.2 Identify the career opportunities available for a computer-literate person.

The Internet, Cloud services, and the World Wide Web

Lesson 1: The Internet

     Objectives
     1.1 Describe the uses of the Internet and Cloud Services.
     1.2 Identify the requirements for an Internet connection.
     1.3 Identify the features of two types of Internet connections..
     1.4 Relate the term bandwidth to types of Internet connections.

Lesson 2: The World Wide Web

     Objectives
     2.1 Describe the components of the Web.
     2.2 Explain how Web addresses work.
     2.3 Explain how to connect to the Internet.
     2.4 Explore Web sites by using a browser.
     2.5 Describe how to save favorite Web sites.
     2.6 Search for reliable information on the Web. (Note: examples from Bing.com)
     2.7 Explain how to perform transactions over the Web.

Lesson 3: Using E-Mail

     Objectives
     3.1 Explain how e-mail works.
     3.2 Write and send e-mail messages.
     3.3 Manage e-mail messages.
     3.4 Identify correct e-mail etiquette.
     3.5 How to create an email address.

Lesson 4: Other Methods of Communicating on the Internet

     Objectives
     4.1 Identify the features of online communities.
     4.2 Explain how instant messaging and Web-cam video communication works.
     4.3 Explain how to create and publish Web pages.
     4.4 Explain how to blog using Windows Live Writer.

Productivity Programs Course Topics

Lesson 1: Introduction to Productivity Programs

     Objectives
     1.1 Describe the functionality of the common programs in Microsoft Office 2013 and Office Web Apps.

Lesson 2: Common Features and Commands

     Objectives
     2.1 Identify the main components of the graphical user interface (GUI) of a productivity program.
     2.2 Use the pointer to navigate in a program.
     2.3 Identify the tabs, groups, and commands on the Ribbon.
     2.4 Use the buttons on the toolbars to perform various tasks.
     2.5 Type text and characters in a program by using the keyboard.
     2.6 Explain the use of keyboard shortcuts and key combinations.

Lesson 3: Introduction to Word Processors

     Objectives
     3.1 Perform basic tasks in a word processor.
     3.2 Find and open templates.
     3.3 Edit and format text.
     3.4 Work with tables and pictures.
     3.5 Proofread a document.
     3.6 Identify the benefits of desktop publishing.

Lesson 4: Introduction to Spreadsheet Programs

     Objectives
     4.1 Identify the components of a spreadsheet.
     4.2 Enter data into a spreadsheet.
     4.3 Perform basic mathematical tasks in a spreadsheet.
     4.4 Insert charts in a spreadsheet.
     4.5 Print a spreadsheet.

Lesson 5: Introduction to Presentation Programs

     Objectives
     5.1 Identify the elements of a presentation program.
     5.2 Create a presentation.
     5.3 Add graphics and multimedia to a presentation.
     5.4 Use the print options available in a presentation program.

Lesson 6: Introduction to Database Programs

     Objectives
     6.1 Explain basic concepts of a database.
     6.2 Create a database.
     6.3 Work with records in a database.
     6.4 Explain what database queries are and how they work.
     6.5 Work with reports.

Computer Security and Privacy Course Topics

Lesson 1: Introduction to Computer Security and Privacy

     Objectives
     1.1 Explain computer security and privacy.
     1.2 Identify natural threats to your computer.
     1.3 Identify measures to protect your computer against natural threats.
     1.4 Identify threats to your computer from human actions.
     1.5 Identify measures to protect your computer against threats from human actions.

Lesson 2: Protecting Your Computer

     Objectives
     2.1 Identify guidelines for protecting your computer.
     2.2 Identify best practices for securing online and network transactions.
     2.3 Identify measures for securing e-mail and instant messaging transactions.

Lesson 3: Protecting Your Family from Security Threats

     Objectives
     3.1 Identify measures that you can use to protect your privacy.
     3.2 Explain how online predators operate.
     3.3 Identify guidelines to protect your family from online predators.

Lesson 4: Keeping Your Computer Secure and Updated

     Objectives
     4.1 Explain the security settings on your computer.
     4.2 Identify the options for keeping your computer up-to-date.

Lesson 5: Computer Ethics

     Objectives
     5.1 Explain intellectual property and copyright as they apply to computing.
     5.2 Identify acts of copyright violation and the measures to prevent those acts.
     5.3 Identify the legal concerns associated with information exchange.

Digital Lifestyles Course Topics

Lesson 1: The Digital Experience

     Objectives
     1.1 Describe the benefits of digital technology. (Note: Including laptops, tablets, and phones)
     1.2 Explain how digital technology expands the features of media devices.

Lesson 2: Introduction to Digital Audio

     Objectives
     2.1 Identify the characteristics of digital audio.
     2.2 Explain the concepts of recording, copying, and converting digital audio.
     2.3 Identify the features of speech technologies.

Lesson 3: Introduction to Digital Video

     Objectives
     3.1 Identify the characteristics of digital video.
     3.2 Explain what digital video editing is and the output formats for digital video.
     3.3 Identify the features of Web video technologies.

Lesson 4: Introduction to Digital Photography

     Objectives
     4.1 Explain the benefits, features, and workings of a digital camera.
     4.2 Explain how to edit and manage digital images.
     4.3 Identify the features of different types of printers that are available for printing photos.

Lesson 5: Introduction to Digital TV and Enjoying Digital Media on Your Computer

     Objectives
     5.1 Describe how your computer can be used as a TV.
     5.2 Explain how to view digital TV on your computer.
     5.3 Organize digital media on your computer.
     5.4 Listen to digital audio and view digital photographs and videos on your computer.

Lesson 6: Digital Technology and Career Opportunities

     Objectives
     6.1 Explain how digital technology helps people work from any location.
     6.2 Identify the career opportunities available for information workers.
     6.3 Identify the career opportunities available for IT professionals.
     6.4 Identify the career opportunities available for developers.



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