Is "Computer" a Foreign Language?

Curriculum

Basics

This program is for someone who has never used a computer before. We gently go through and master computer basics.

None – except a computer, that is!

  • Introduction
    • Computing mindset
    • Internal challenges
    • External challenges
    • Course overview
  • Getting Started
    • Keyboard and mouse
      • Special keys: alt, control, shift, and the F keys.
    • Turning a computer on and off
      • Sleep and Restart
    • Software and hardware
    • The Operating System
  • Organization
    • Files
    • Folders
  • Navigation
    • Closing, minimizing, and maximizing folders
    • Opening a program
    • Common Menus
      • File
      • Edit
      • View
      • Window
      • Help
  • Text Editing
    • Different programs
    • Creating a document
    • Saving and opening
    • Changing text size and color
    • Changing text style and font
    • Text alignment, bullets, and numbering
    • Portrait vs landscape orientation
  • Installing Hardware
    • Installing a Printer
  • Printing
    • Black and white / color
    • Printing only selected pages
    • Printing multiple copies
  • Installing a program
  • Windows Updates

Internet

This program is for someone who would like to know more about the internet. Learn how to use Email, Google, YouTube, and more.

Knowledge from the Basics program. An active internet connection. A credit card for setting up Amazon.

  • Introduction
    • What is the internet?
    • Modems and routers
      • Connecting the cables
    • Course overview
  • Getting Started
    • Wired vs wireless internet
    • Viewing connection status
      • Turning Wi-Fi on and off
      • Switching Wi-Fi networks
    • Internet speeds
  • Security
    • Router admin credentials
    • Wi-Fi password
      • Different security protocols
  • Browsing the internet
    • Common browsers
    • What is a website?
    • Downloading and uploading
    • Checking internet speed
    • Using Google
      • Ads vs results
      • Google Images, Videos, and News
  • E-Mail
    • What is an E-mail?
    • Common providers
    • Setting up an account
    • Inbox, Sent, Spam, and Deleted folders
    • Sending and receiving e-mail
    • Marking e-mail as spam and deleting e-mail.
    • Changing password
  • Amazon
    • Overview (inc. Amazon Prime)
    • ¬†Creating an account
    • Entering Billing and Shipping information
    • Ordering
  • YouTube
    • Overviews and video playback controls
    • Enabling subtitles, changing languages, and volume controls

Connection

This program teaches clients how to use Skype and WhatsApp to communicate with family and friends. Note that to use WhatsApp a smartphone is required.

A working internet connection, and internet being already set up and running on the computer. Smartphone for WhatsApp. Webcam and microphone (most laptops come with these). Knowledge from the Basics program. Knowledge from the Internet program highly recommended, but not required.

  • Introduction and overview
    • Setting up microphone and webcam
  • Skype
    • Installation, account creation
    • Making and receiving calls
      • Voice and video calls
    • Sending pictures and video
  • WhatApp* (requires smartphone)
    • Account setup
    • Making and receiving calls
    • Sending pictures and video

Security

Learn how to protect your privacy and peace of mind. Learn to recognize scams, and keep your passwords safe. This is the most advanced program currently offered.

A working internet connection, and internet being already set up and running on the computer. Knowledge from the Basics program. Knowledge from the Internet program highly recommended, but not required.

  • Introduction and overview
    • Setting up microphone and webcam
  • Skype
    • Installation, account creation
    • Making and receiving calls
      • Voice and video calls
    • Sending pictures and video
  • WhatApp* (requires smartphone)
    • Account setup
    • Making and receiving calls
    • Sending pictures and video