If you’re getting geared up for the next school year as we are, this may be helpful. The classes are free for everyone, but I especially want to draw the attention of homeschooling families. Jan’s Illustrated Computer Literacy 101 is free for personal use, and it is so good that during my brief, unlamented tenure teaching computer classes at a K-12 parochial school, I purchased it and used it for my curriculum.
Check it out. They’re not pretty, but the content is excellent, and includes quizzes. The computer basics, which I supplemented by passing around pieces of hardware (you can get an old computer at the thrift store and break it down, and it’s even better if you let the kids help) put the cookies on the low shelf, but it was useful theory that many adults don’t know either. Word processing, spreadsheets, databases, internet and presentation software are also included, also with exercises and quizzes. It’s a great solution, especially for kids who are learning or who already know how to type. I recommend Typing Master Pro, ($39) if you’re looking for typing software – it’s customizable, the games are good, and the satellite feature is very helpful for older kids. Also, although I am not a big fan of instant messaging, I do allow my daughter to use it with people we know in person – it’s good typing practice because we don’t allow her to use those annoying abbreviations.
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