Basic Digital Skills Learning Module for Adults

Vishal Soni · April 10, 2024

April 9, 2024

Class Description

This class is for Seniors, age 55 plus. It will cover the basics of computing and how to navigate the Internet safely and effectively. The class will also cover digital communication, including email and social media. Finally, the class will teach adults how to use digital tools to increase their productivity at work and in everyday life.

Intended Audience 

Seniors, age 55 plus

Class Material

Provided by the Instructor 

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, students will be able to complete basic computing and online tasks.

About the Instructor

José E. Ramírez Vilela has his doctorate in Education with a Certificate in STEM/STEAM Education. He has worked at all academic levels during his teaching career. He is currently a professor of education at the master’s level and works as a consultant on socio-educational projects internationally. Dr. Ramirez has worked for 15 years in the Adult Education Program at the Community College of Philadelphia and in his free time, he volunteers at a school in the School District of Philadelphia.

Dr. Ramírez is a community leader and organizer. Over the past two decades, Dr. Ramirez has participated in a wide variety of community and adult educational programs in the city of Philadelphia. Dr. Ramírez has worked as a consultant and evaluator of bilingual programs in the bilingual schools of the city of Philadelphia and in school programs from kindergarten to the university level. Dr. Ramírez has served as an advisor to non-profit organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean. Additionally, Dr. Ramírez evaluates documents related to special education programs at all academic levels.

Language

English

Location:

Norris Square Senior Center
Catholic Housing and Community Services
2121 N. Howard Street
Philadelphia, Pa.19122

Dates:

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9am – 12pm beginning April 15 – May 2, 2024

Class Content

FIRST WEEK

  1. Introduction to Computing and Web Navigation:

Objective: To familiarize adults with the basics of computing and how to navigate the Internet safely and effectively.

1.1. Content:

  1. Basic components of a computer: hardware and software.
  2. Use of the keyboard and mouse.
  3. Internet browsing: using web browsers, search engines, visiting websites, understanding URLs.
  4. Online safety tips: how to spot unsafe websites, how to create and remember strong passwords, how to avoid online scams.

1.2. Practical activities:

  1. Practice exercises with the keyboard and mouse.
  2. Guided navigation through safe and useful websites.
  3. Creation of strong passwords and practical use of passwords.

SECOND WEEK

  1.  Digital Communication:

Objective: To teach adults how to use digital tools for effective communication, including email and social media.

1.1 Content:

  1. Introduction to email: how to create an account, send and receive emails, attach files.
  2. Use of social media: introduction to platforms such as Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn, profile settings, privacy and security.
  3. Instant messaging: using apps like WhatsApp, Messenger, or Telegram to communicate with friends and family. Use of Google tools: Gmail, Google drive, Google docs, Google sheets, Google calendar, etc.

1.2. Practice activities:

  1. Creating an email account.
  2. Send and receive emails.
  3. Setting up social media profiles and practicing posting messages.

WEEK THREE

  1. Digital Productivity:

Objective: To teach adults how to use digital tools to increase their productivity at work and in everyday life.

1.1. Content:

  1. Use of office tools: introduction to programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, creation and editing of documents, spreadsheets and presentations.
  2. Digital organization: Using calendar and task management apps to plan and organize activities.
  3. Cloud storage: introduction to services such as Google Drive, Dropbox or OneDrive, secure file storage and sharing.
  4. Creation of bank accounts or financial institutions in a safe and practical way.

1.2 Practice Activities:

  1. Creation and editing of documents in Word and Excel.
  2. Scheduling events and tasks in a digital calendar.
  3. Cloud file storage and sharing.
  4. These lessons will provide adults with a solid foundation to develop their basic digital skills and feel more comfortable and confident using technology in their daily lives.
  5. Creation and editing with Google tools.

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