Computers: The VERY Basics for the PC (15 Hours)

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Product ID : CA1010


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Note: This course was recently updated to include Microsoft Office 365 (2016) and Windows operating system 8 and 10.


“It always seems impossible until it is done.” Nelson Mandela


I’m going out on a limb here and making a big assumption about the person considering this course: You don’t use the computer often, or if you do, it is only for doing one or two simple tasks like checking email. If this assumption is correct, then this course is for you! In Computers: The Very Basics for the PC you will explore computer functions, file management, Internet searching skills, email basics, and Microsoft® Word® in a fun and user-friendly way! Get up to speed (or at least get comfortable) with the computer so that you can relate to your students and integrate technology to further student learning. If you choose to complete this course as a self-study, it is recommended that you have someone help you with the initial logistics of this course including creating a folder, downloading the course from the Welcome email and unzipping the course materials to get started.


  1. Reflection: Why did I take this course?
  2. Presentation and Worksheet: Introduction to Computers
  3. Parent Letter (Using Microsoft Word v. 2013+)
  4. Presentation and Worksheet: Very Basics of the Internet
  5. Web Hunt
  6. Assessment
  7. Online Participant Survey


There are no prerequisites for this course, but it is recommended that you have a “Computer Helper” to get the course downloaded onto your computer and get you started with the first few projects.


  • Windows Operating System (v. 7 or above)
  • Internet
  • Adobe Reader 10.1.01 or later required to edit and save coursework
  • You can download this software for free at
  • Microsoft® Word® 2013+
  • Microsoft® PowerPoint® 2013+


Teachers will...

  • Evaluate their current level of technical skills and determine what skills are paramount to learning and improving student achievement.
  • Gain an understanding of how the computer works through binary computation and apply this knowledge to teaching the functions of the computer to their students.
  • Identify the parts of the computer desktop, and email interface.
  • Differentiate between different operating systems.
  • Learn and enhance fluency of key technical terms such as network, server, storage, hard drive, cloud, etc.
  • Perform keyword and URL web searches. Transition this learned searching skill into a tool for students to use and enhance student research skills and performance.
  • Utilize the skills to create a parent letter and engage and enhance communication skills with parents and community.


  • CCSS.ELA Literacy
  • CCSS.ELA Reading Informational Text
  • CCSS.ELA Reading Science and Technical Subjects 6-8
  • CCSS.ELA Writing
  • CCSS.Math.Content The Number System