Essential Skills for Internet use – a manual from TR Leger Adult Literacy and Employment Preparation Program

December 5th, 2011 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Essential Skills for Internet Use is a manual designed to help learners develop the skills they need to use the Internet effectively.

Developed by TR Leger Adult Literacy and Employment Preparation Program and recently posted in the National Adult Literacy Database Library, this computer course provides a wide range of information, tools and activities to help students develop their Internet and digital technology skills.

While it is intended to be an independent, self-guided handbook, the manual can also be used in a classroom setting. It includes a number of practice activities and there are self-evaluation forms the learner can complete before and after taking the course.

The authors begin with a brief explanation of what the Internet is and ways in which it can be useful. They cover such topics as using a search engine; creating an email account; bookmarking favourite sites; avoiding viruses; and using social networking sites like Facebook.

The manual includes:

  • Introduction
  • Computer Course Pre-Evaluation
  • Glossary of Internet Terms
  • What is the Internet?
  • Why Use the Internet?
  • Internet Providers
  • Browsers
  • The Mouse
  • Using the Mouse
  • Double Clicking the Mouse
  • Icons
  • The Cursor and the Internet
  • The Hand Cursor (Link)
  • Drop Down Menu
  • The Address Bar
  • Scrolling
  • Going Back
  • Going Forward
  • Using a Search Engine
  • Finding Good Information Online
  • Finding the Weather
  • How to Use the Dictionary
  • Searching for News Online
  • Finding News on Google
  • Creating an Email Account
  • Sending an Email
  • Signing in and out of email
  • Google Maps and Directions
  • Looking For Your Street on Google Maps
  • Postal Codes
  • Internet Banking
  • Finding Telephone Information Online
  • Searching for Internet Images
  • Tools in Internet Explorer
  • Favorites
  • Renaming Bookmarks and Favorites
  • Organizing Favorites
  • Printing from the Internet
  • Printer Options
  • Print Preview
  • Printing a Selection from the Internet
  • Printing Selected Information from the Internet
  • Searching for Employment Online
  • Deleting Browsing History
  • Social Websites
  • Computer Viruses
  • Final Demonstration
  • Checklist
  • Computer Course Evaluation