CompuScholar: Digital Savvy Online Course 1-Year Subscription
The ultimate course in digital literacy! The goal of this online course is to help middle-to-high-school students develop a foundational understanding of hardware, software, file management, Internet safety, and more. The course is divided into two semesters (about 33 weeks) of material; the first covers basic concepts, including an introduction to types of hardware, software, and popular programs like Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Google Docs, and more. The second semester delves into more hands-on topics which include social media programs, basic internet utilities, designing web pages, and creating simple programs.
At the heart of the course is a simple online interface which tracks student progress and helps organize teachers. Upon purchase, you will receive one pair of teacher/student coupon codes, which you can then activate on CompuScholar (please note that one-year subscriptions start when course is activated). The student has access to several tools for each lesson: Lesson Video, Text, and Quiz. The videos are key to understanding topics and are both animated and narrated to help both visual learners and students learning English as a second language. The automated quizzes ensure students have a good grasp of each concept before moving on and are automatically scored for every student and sent to the teacher for review. Teachers likewise have access to a Teacher Guide, a Quiz Answer Key, and Activity Solution Guides Files, in addition to syllabi, activity overviews, and chapter walkthroughs. These resources are provided at the teacher's leisure; each can be used by itself, left alone if deemed unnecessary, or integrated with the teacher's own supplementary material.
The full range of topics covered includes: Fundamentals of Computer Hardware / Software, Operating Systems, Computer Files, Computer Maintenance and Troubleshooting, Computer Networks, Search Engines, Computer Security, Word Processing, Spreadsheet Programs, Presentation Programs, Database Technology, Project Management, Digital Images, Internet Communications, Social Media, Creating Web Pages, Programming Concepts, Digital Logic, and Careers and Professional Skills.
The course caters to group teaching as well; the online software allows teachers to track each student's scores and progress individually. The program is also age-friendly, allowing multiple students of different middle-and-high-school ages to work together as one class. In addition, it is a moderately fast-paced coursethe stated average workload amounts to roughly 3-5 hours of work per week over 33 weeks, but if this is too rigorous for students or you have younger kids in the class, the course is designed to be self-paced. If you are looking for a full-blown course on digital literacy that caters to a wide range of students, this is certainly one of the best! System requirements: Windows 7/8/10 or Mac OS 10.7 or higher. ~ Stephen
Note: Requires a laptop or desktop with an internet connection and Microsoft Office (latest version recommended).
The Digital Savvy course is perfect for middle or high-school students seeking to improve their digital literacy and computer skills. Learn about computers, operating systems, Office-style applications, safe social media usage and much more! This two-semester curriculum makes a great computer elective on your transcript and can help prepare students for further study in "Information Technology" fields."
Learning to program may seem daunting, but CompuScholar (formerly Homeschool Programming), has created courses that make it understandable and approachable. Anyone with average computer skills can work through these courses. One of the most helpful things about this series is that each thing you do is represented with pictures of what your program looks like, without being too simplistic. The introductions are very informational; anything you could have trouble with is neatly outlined. Another handy feature is that it doesnt force you into any complicated situations; it follows a very logical step-by-step tutorial for ease of learning. Another great thing is that all the methods, variables, and "techy things" are introduced as you use them, making it all much easier to follow and remember.
All courses are 1-year subscriptions to online course content. When you purchase an online course, you will receive one pair of teacher/student coupon codes, which you can then activate on CompuScholar (please note that one-year subscriptions start when course is activated). Each course is designed to be used with one student. Additional student licenses may be purchased directly from CompuScholar after the initial course code has been activated.
The online format offers several nice features including full-color lesson texts, streaming instructional videos, auto-graded quizzes and tests, and an electronic gradebook. Another advantage includes the ability for the publisher to make immediate updates, ensuring that all students have up-to-date information. The instructional videos are an integral part of the program.
Course topics available include: computer fundamentals (Digital Savvy), web design, Windows programming, game programming, Java programming and Android Programming. This is a good self-study starter series for anyone wanting to begin a hobby or looking at a career in programming.