Digital Literacy Standard Curriculum Version 2

Digital Literacy version 2 teaches generic ICT skills and concepts, and features screen shots and simulations from Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system to illustrate and provide hands-on examples for students. The original version of Digital Literacy uses screen shots and simulations from Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Microsoft Office 2003.

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Computer Basics

Lesson 1: Introduction to Computers

Objectives1.1. 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.

Lesson 2: Common Computer Terminology

Objectives2.1 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, World Wide Web, and intranet.

Lesson 3: Computer Performance and Features

Objectives3.1 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 Describe the types of productivity programs and their uses.3.5 Describe the types of communication programs and their uses.3.6 Describe the uses of educational and entertainment programs.

Lesson 4: Computer Operating Systems

Objectives4.1 Explain the common functions of an operating system.4.2 Identify the components of the Windows Vista interface.4.3 Explain the options available in the Start menu of Windows Vista.4.4 Work with the Windows Vista interface within programs.4.5 Manage files and folders in Windows Explorer.4.6 Perform basic file operations.

Lesson 5: Career Opportunities

Objectives5.1 Describe how computers have become a central part of everyday life.5.2 Identify the career opportunities available for a computer-literate person.

The Internet and the World Wide Web

Lesson 1: The Internet

Objectives1.1 Describe the uses of the Internet.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

Objectives2.1 Describe the components of the Web.2.2 Explain how Web addresses work.2.3 Explore Web sites by using a browser.2.4 Search for reliable information on the Web.2.5 Explain how to perform transactions over the Web.

Lesson 3: Using E-Mail

Objectives3.1 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.

Lesson 4: Other Methods of Communicating on the Internet

Objectives4.1 Identify the features of online communities.4.2 Explain how instant messaging works.4.3 Explain how to create and publish Web pages.

Productivity Programs

Lesson 1: Introduction to Productivity Programs

Objectives1.1 Describe the functionality of various productivity programs.

Lesson 2: Common Features and Commands

Objectives2.1 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

Objectives3.1 Perform basic tasks in a word processor.3.2 Edit and format text.3.3 Work with tables and pictures.3.4 Proofread a document.3.5 Identify the benefits of desktop publishing.

Lesson 4: Introduction to Spreadsheet Programs

Objectives4.1 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

Objectives5.1 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

Objectives6.1 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

Lesson 1: Introduction to Computer Security and Privacy

Objectives1.1 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

Objectives2.1 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

Objectives3.1 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

Objectives4.1 Explain the security settings on your computer.4.2 Identify the options for keeping your computer up-to-date.

Lesson 5: Computer Ethics

Objectives5.1 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

Lesson 1: The Digital Experience

Objectives1.1 Describe the benefits of digital technology.1.2 Explain how digital technology expands the features of media devices.

Lesson 2: Introduction to Digital Audio

Objectives2.1 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

Objectives3.1 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

Objectives4.1 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: Digital Technology and Career Opportunities

Objectives5.1 Explain how digital technology helps people work from any location.5.2 Identify the career opportunities available for information workers.5.3 Identify the career opportunities available for IT professionals.5.4 Identify the career opportunities available for developers.