• Online, Self-Paced
Course Description

Bridge your digital divide with IC3 Global Standard 4 (GS4). This course covers a broad range of computing knowledge and skills that proves competency in computing fundamentals (hardware, software, and using an operating system), key applications (common program functions, word processing, and spreadsheet functions) and living online (networks and the Internet, email, and the impact of computing on society). In addition to the IC3 core standards, this course also covers material related to the ICT curriculum.

Learning Objectives

Section A: Interacting with the Computer

  • Computers Are Everywhere
  • Putting it Together
  • Mouse Types
  • Mouse Functions
  • Keyboard Overview
  • Turning on the system
  • Turning Off the System

Section B: First Blush Tour

  • Desktop Introduction
  • Desktop Icons
  • Start Menu
  • Navigating the OS
  • Hard Drive Tour
  • Mouse Settings
  • Control Panel Overview
  • Wireless Mouse
  • User Etiquette

Section C: The User Interface

  • GUI
  • Basic Programs
  • Windows Defender
  • Windows Mail
  • Windows Media Player
  • Other Windows Media Programs
  • Windows Meeting Space
  • WordPad

Section D: Organizing Your System

  • System Functionality
  • Shortcuts
  • Understanding Structure
  • Creating Folders
  • Managing Folders and Documents

Section E: Software Applications

  • Installing and Removing Applications
  • Software Updates
  • Preinstalled Software
  • Typical Applications
  • Online Applications
  • Shared Applications

Session 2

Section A: Internet Settings

  • Accessing the Internet
  • General Settings
  • Security Settings
  • Privacy Settings
  • Blockers and Parental Controls
  • Internet Content Rating Information
  • Certificates, AutoComplete, and Feeds
  • Connections and Programs

Section B: Using the Internet

  • Understanding the Browser
  • Browser Menus
  • Surfing Rules
  • Chat
  • Internet Communications
  • Understanding E-mail
  • Creating and Sending E-mail

Section C: Networking

  • Networks Defined
  • Network Types
  • Connections and Sharing
  • File and Folder Sharing
  • Printer Sharing
  • Windows Firewall
  • Windows Security Center
  • Malware Protection
  • Working with Printers

Section D: Collaboration

  • Newsgroups
  • Google Docs
  • Track and Change

Section E: Troubleshooting

  • Beginning Troubleshoot
  • Diagnostic Tool
  • Device Manager
  • Help and Support
  • Ergonomics


Framework Connections

The materials within this course focus on the NICE Framework Task, Knowledge, and Skill statements identified within the indicated NICE Framework component(s):

Specialty Areas

  • Customer Service and Technical Support
  • Network Services
  • Systems Administration