This 4 session class is for people who have little or no experience using computers. The class covers basic vocabulary and functions of the computer, including using the mouse, typing skills, and saving information.
Required Experience: None!
This Lesson Plan includes two Handouts:
The Mac Operating System: This handout gives students information about the basics of the Mac Operating System. It will probably require some explaining on the teacher's end and some practice on the student's end, but it should be something that students can refer back to. During the first half of class I let students practice changing their computer's settings and opening new files and windows.
Practice Customizing your Computer: This is a set of challenges for the students to practice using the Mac. In the past I have let students try the first challenge, and if one of them completes it, have that student explain it to the rest of the class. This will give students a chance to practice giving and taking directions on using the computer.
(Part 1 of) Beginning Computer: Students will learn basic vocabulary and functions of the computer, as well as basic typing and mouse skills. Students will learn to how find web pages on the internet and perform searches using Google. Students will also set-up email accounts and practice sending and receiving e-mails.
Required experience: None! This class is best for people who have little or no experience using computers.
The following tips and tools are recommended for use within the Beginning Computer Class. Every site, students and instructors are different and will most likely need to modify the information provided to best fit their needs.
Classroom Email Account
Creating a class email account has multiple uses that will help the instructor and students. The instructor can use the class email account to demonstrate different functions of email for the students. Students can use the class email account to send their first emails and practice different tasks and receive a response from the instructor to see the process of email from start to finish. It is also a way for students to continue practicing their skills after the class and send emails to an account of someone they know. For example, Rondo Library uses email@example.com for the classroom email account.