The Community Learning Curriculum is a flexible educational tool which supports both the trainers and the learners who attend the centers to learn foundational technology skills. Only non-profit organizations can apply.
Applications for curricula are evaluated four times a year, and donations are subject to changing product availability. Microsoft’s grant-making deadlines are February 15, May 15, August 30 and November 15. Applicants will be notified approximately two weeks after deadline. Please allow an additional four to six weeks for delivery of curricula.
The UP curriculum emphasizes real-world applications and course material. The Curriculum is designed for the community learner and focuses on practical skill development.
The Community Learning Curriculum
Computer Fundamentals. Provides a solid foundation in basic computer concepts and the essentials of hardware, software, operating systems, and the Internet.
Using the Internet and World Wide Web.Covers exploring the Web using search engines, working with e-mail, and creating Web pages.
Digital Media Fundamentals. Teaches students how to get started with digital media, including music, photography, and video.
Word Processing Fundamentals. Teaches students to use a word processor to write and revise a variety of personal and business documents, from simple letters and memos to complex layouts containing graphics and tables.
Spreadsheet Fundamentals. Teaches students the basics of spreadsheet concepts and practices, including creating worksheets, editing data, building charts and graphs, and publishing spreadsheets to the Web.
Presentation Fundamentals. Covers everything students need to know about putting together persuasive electronic presentations, from creating basic slide shows to adding graphics, audio, and video for rich multimedia presentations.
Web Design Fundamentals. Takes students through the complete process of Web page design, from the basics of HTML to strategies for designing and building a complete Web site.
Database Fundamentals.Introduces students to the basics of using a relational database to create tables, forms, and reports.
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Unlimited Potential Curriculum Examples
If you wish to see lesson samples from the UP course, you can download them below:
Note: Samples are only portions of the lesson and not the complete document.
Tailoring the Curriculum for Your Audience
CTLCs are encouraged to customize the curriculum to meet the needs of their particular students or the local economy.
A significant feature of the UP curriculum is the file format. All files are available in Microsoft Word format, which enables instructors to customize lessons so they are relevant to local needs, making the training as meaningful as possible for students. For example, instructors may wish to add an exercise in developing a resumé to a course designed for workforce training or to introduce a project combining word processing, presentation, and internet skills to a course addressing a community issue.
End User License Agreement (EULA)
Every user - be it a trainer, student or the CTLC - must abide by the End User License Agreement (EULA). This document dictates the boundaries within which the Community Learning Curriculum can be used. Please read and understand the terms and conditions before proceeding with either requesting or using the curriculum. EULA
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