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Title: Teaching Computer Skills to Adults


1
Teaching Computer Skills to Adults
  • Angela Benson
  • Assistant Professor
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2
Agenda
  • Philosophy
  • Resources
  • Strategies
  • Intro to Computers
  • Intro to MS Word
  • Intro to MS Powerpoint
  • Intro to MS Excel
  • Intro to the Internet
  • General Process
  • Process Requirements
  • Questions and Wrap-Up

3
Philosophy
  • Contextualize your courses/workshops
  • Not learn MS Excel, but maintain your household
    budge
  • Not learn the Internet, but use the Internet to
    find free resources
  • Not learn MS Word, but write business letters to
    address problems
  • Ask your clients about their needs and interests
  • Build on lesson plans of others

4
Resources Hardware
  • Mobile or Fixed PC Labs
  • Desktop or Laptop PCs
  • Not high-end for these basic functions, minimums
  • Pentium III
  • Windows 98

5
Resources - Software
  • Office Suite, e.g., Microsoft or Corel
  • Word Processing, e.g., MS Word
  • Presentation, e.g., MS Powerpoint
  • Spreadsheet, e.g., MS Excel
  • Database, e.g., MS Access
  • Web Browser, e.g., MS Internet Explorer, Netscape
    Navigator
  • Web Development, e.g., MS Frontpage, Netscape
    Composer
  • Common interface across suite products

6
Introduction to Computers
  • Basic computer literacy
  • http//aalrc.org/cl/welcome.html
  • http//ctc.aspira.org/PDF20files/Intro20to20Win
    dows201.pdf
  • http//ctc.aspira.org/PDF20files/Intro20to20Win
    dows202.pdf
  • http//www.jegsworks.com/Lessons/lessonintro.htm
  • http//www.jegsworks.com/Lessons/win/index.html
  • Types of Problems
  • Buying a computer
  • Using the computer
  • Strategies
  • Prior to topic workshops (separate workshop)
  • Introduction to topic workshops (same workshop)
  • Integrated with topic workshops (same workshop)

7
Microsoft Word
  • Word processing software
  • http//ctc.aspira.org/PDF20files/Intro20to20Wor
    d201.pdf
  • http//ctc.aspira.org/PDF20files/Intro20to20Wor
    d202.pdf
  • http//www.jegsworks.com/Lessons/words/index.html
  • Types of problems
  • Business letters, e.g., complaint to landlords
  • Resumes for jobs
  • Brochures for small business, local event
  • Community newsletter
  • Strategies
  • Blank document
  • Template - Example

8
Microsoft Powerpoint
  • Presentation software
  • http//ctc.aspira.org/PDF20files/Powerpoint.pdf
  • http//www.electricteacher.com/tutorial3.htm
  • http//www.iupui.edu/webtrain/tutorials/powerpoin
    t2000_basics.html
  • Types of problems
  • Presentations, e.g., community meetings, church
  • Public speaking (skill development)
  • Artifacts, e.g., calendars
  • Strategies
  • Blank presentation
  • Design template
  • Content Template Example1, Example2

9
Microsoft Excel
  • Spreadsheet program
  • A piece of paper, or program, with rows and
    columns for recording and manipulating financial
    data.
  • http//ctc.aspira.org/PDF20files/excel.pdf
  • http//www.jegsworks.com/Lessons/numbers/index.htm
    l
  • Types of Problems
  • Household budget
  • Balance checkbook
  • Loan calculator
  • Strategies
  • Blank worksheet
  • Templates - Example

10
Intro to the Internet
  • An information network
  • Web, e-mail access methods
  • http//ctc.aspira.org/PDF20files/InternetBasics.p
    df
  • http//www.jegsworks.com/Lessons/web/index.html
  • Types of Problems
  • Plan a vacation
  • Find a job
  • Research companies and occupations
  • Strategies
  • WebQuests - Example
  • Search and Evaluation exercises Example1,
    Example2

11
General Process
  • Identify client problem/need
  • Plan for competing interests (e.g., child care,
    meals)
  • Study related topic
  • Identify computer/Internet tools
  • Create applicable tutorials
  • Download applicable templates
  • Prepare student pre-workshop package
  • List data to collect
  • Marked form showing where to input data
  • Blank form to enter data

12
General Process
  • Workshop
  • Discuss the general topic, e.g., budgeting
  • Students input data using computer template
  • Review results
  • Change data and review results against
  • Review basic commands in template and in blank
    form
  • Build template-like functionality from blank
    document

13
Process Requirements
  • YOU learn the topic area
  • YOU learn to use the appropriate tool
  • YOU develop the tutorial
  • YOU complete the pre-workshop assignment
  • YOU work through the workshop activities with the
    students during the workshop

14
Helpful URLs
  • MS Template Gallery
  • http//search.officeupdate.microsoft.com/TemplateG
    allery/default.asp
  • WebQuests
  • http//webquest.sdsu.edu/webquest.html
  • http//www.edhelper.com/cat311.htm
  • ASPIRA Workshops
  • http//ctc.aspira.org/Toolkits.html
  • http//ctc.aspira.org/
  • Jans Lessons
  • http//www.jegsworks.com/Lessons/
  • Land Grant Training Alliance Tutorials
  • http//www.lgta.org/
  • Lesson Plans
  • http//www.lessonplanspage.com/CI.htm
  • http//www.askeric.org/cgi-bin/lessons.cgi/Compute
    r_Science
  • http//www.teachers.net/cgi-bin/lessons/sort.cgi?s
    earchtermComputer
  • http//www.edhelper.com/cat28.htm

15
Additional Information
  • National Educational Technology Standards (NETS)
    for Students, Teachers and Administrators
  • http//cnets.iste.org/
  • Student Technology Skills Assessment
  • http//www.wested.org/tie/techplan/studasse.shtml
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