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Computer Basics Easy Lesson Plan!

Ready, set GO! Start your adventure into the entertainment, information, and richness available on the Internet by learning computer basics.  When you think about it, a computer monitor is much like a television screen and a keyboard is similar to a typewriter.

Have you ever played cards?  If so, that’s the this training program teaches you to use a “mouse.” Work together with a friendly Net Literacy student volunteer or practice on your own as you learn about how to use a mouse.

And you’ll learn about Windows “basics” and how to work with text.  Have you ever made a mistake when typing or keyboarding?  Okay, here’s your first hint!  The “undo” button automatically corrects many “typing” mistakes.

When working in independent living facilities, Net Literacy student volunteers never found anyone who wanted to learn that they couldn’t teach.  And you won’t be the first person that won’t be able to learn – we promise!

Computers are resilient!  More often than not, if a computer, keyboard, or mouse is dropped – they will continue to work.  So while it’s common and maybe human nature to feel afraid that you might break something, more than 200 million Americans have managed to successfully learn to use a computer, and there’s no reason why you have to be that one in 200 million that wants to but just can’t.

Net Literacy’s programs include one-on-one training with student volunteers, and we spend the last ten minutes of the Computer Basics class checking out interesting things on the Internet.  Do you want to see the actual school that you went to or where you live from the eye of a satellite?  What about what the weather is going to be over the next ten days?  Do you have a question about health, or would you like to receive pictures of your family via email?  All of this is possible – and the first step is learning how to use the computer.  Then you’ll be on your way.  Ready, set, GO!

The Internet Easy Lesson Plan!

Okay, you’re a computer guru.  Well, you can turn the computer on (it’s the round button on the computer itself) and you know the difference is between a monitor and keyboard.  Here’s the thing.  You’ll practice your computer skills as you learn how to access everything that’s on the Internet, and you’ll find that using a computer becomes easier and easier.  Think about it, I bet double clicking a mouse isn’t nearly as difficult as the first time you tried it.

So, where do you want to go and what do you want to do today?   Want to see the latest news?   Would you like to watch a movie?  Is it going to rain tomorrow?  What’s your family up to?  Time to check things out on the Internet .

Welcome to the Internet!  Some compare it to a type of library where the websites are books that show you videos of our planet, allow you to play games with others that are online, apply for a job, or even listen to the songs that were popular when you were a teen.  Almost anything that you can dream of is possible to find on the Internet.

To get started, you’ll first learn about “browsers,” or a window that allows you to browse through the Internet and visit websites.  Once that’s under your belt, you’ll learn how to search to quickly and effectively find just what you were looking for.  Last, there are a list of helpful Internet links – just to make your Internet experience a little easier.  And if you have any questions about Internet terminology that anyone uses, 18 of the most common Internet terms are for your information and conclude the chapter.

Email Basics Easy Lesson Plan!

Email is one of the most popular applications on the Internet – it allows you to write letters and send them zipping through cyberspace, all without buying a postage stamp.

Many of us learn to use a computer and navigate the Internet because they want to stay in touch with friends and family through the use of email.

The lesson starts out with a brief explanation of email, like how does it work?   This provides information such as, you can still receive an email while your computer is turned off.  It will be waiting for you once you power up your computer.

Next is email addresses are explained – such as marysmith@gmail.com is an email address.  What does the “@” mean?  You’ll have to read the lesson plan to learn why every email address has one.

How do you sign up for an email account?  Is it difficult learning to use email?  All the basic questions are explained, with lots of great pictures and illustrations.  As an example for the training program, we use Gmail.com as our email.  It’s free – like virtually every other type of email, and it’s one of the most popular email services on the planet.  The lesson concludes with some email definitions.  It’s a handy guide for you to use when you’re first learning how to use email…and pretty soon others will be asking you questions about email, the Internet, and computers. 

Social Networking Skills Easy Lesson Plan!

The Internet is a great way to connect and engage with your friends and family – and especially for those of us that have friends and loved ones that live out of town. We use Google+ in our training programs because we believe that Google+ provides the best combination of user interface, ease of use, privacy controls, and integration with other Google products such as Google’s Gmail email.

Good luck and you’re on your way to a rich new world.  Have fun, but be safe.  Check out Internet safety tips by clicking on this link: Safe Connects

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