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Basic Skills: Resources
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Basic Skills: Resources

How do you use a computer?

Exercises for using computer keyboard and mouse

Mouserobics
This exercise from the Central Kansas Library System will help anyone practice using the mouse or touchpad on a computing device. Included are specific exercises on how to point, select, and highlight using the mouse, and how to complete a short form. Mouserobics is good for someone who is just learning how to use a mouse or for someone who wants a little practice.

Mouse Exercises
By SeniorNet
Exercises include:
● Placing the mouse
● Clicking the mouse
● Drag and drop
● Drawing with the mouse

Mousing Around Tutorial
By Palm Beach County Library System
This is an online tutorial developed to teach older adults – and anyone else – about the computer mouse. It is also available in Spanish.

Mousing Around Tutorial (Spanish version)
By Palm Beach County Library System
This is the Spanish language version of the Mousing Around tutorial. This is an online tutorial developed to teach older adults – and anyone else – about the computer mouse.

Free Touch Typing Tutorials
By Sense-Lang.org
Although there are ads on this site, it is used by a number of organizations and is one of the resources listed at DigitalLiteracy.gov. These exercises are appropriate for someone who is just learning to use a keyboard as well as someone who has years of experience and would like to improve. Note that there is no need to use the premium content, which is not free.

Onondaga Lake Jigsaw Puzzle
By Jill Hurst-Wahl
In order to solve this jigsaw puzzle, you must use a mouse or touchpad.

Fall Foliage Jigsaw Puzzle
By Jill Hurst-Wahl
In order to solve this jigsaw puzzle, you must use a mouse or touchpad.

Computer Vocabulary - Picture Quiz
ESOL Courses Free English lessons online
In order to answer this quiz, you must use a mouse or touchpad.

Additional information about computers

WebWise: making the most of being online
By the BBC
This site contains a number of lessons that help someone understand how to select and use a computer. The lessons include videos and hands-on exercises as well as games. The site is divided into areas on: Your computer, Using the web, Email & sharing, Living & interests, and Safety & privacy. The site also contains a Glossary.

The Taylfin Guide to Understanding Computers
A guide for anyone who feels they just don’t get computers

Common Craft: Useful Ready Made Videos
Common Craft videos have helped teachers and trainers delight millions by making complex ideas easy to understand.

GFC Global Learning
From Goodwill Community Foundation.
Free Everyday Life, Basic Math, and Computer Training.

Senior Connects Lesson Plans
Lesson plans include Computer Basics, The Internet, E-mail Basics and Social Networking Skills

TeachParentsTech.org
Useful how-to videos from Google. The site allows users to select from more than 50 basic how-to videos. The videos cover topics from copying and pasting to sharing large files.

SeniorNet How To Tips
A list of tips (or How Tos) for performing many different tasks on your Windows computer. Each HowTo is organized into three parts. First, a description of WHY you'd want to do this particular thing? what will it accomplish for you? how will it help you? Second, a step-ny-step procedure showing you HOW to perform the task which you print out and save. And, third, a brief VIDEO CLIP demonstrating the procedure which you can view as often as you wish.

Computer Basics
By Halifax Public Library
This is a four-page handout with screen shots and explanations. Screen shots are of an older version of Windows and MS Word.

Basic Definitions and Skills
By Brooklyn Public Library
A one-page handout of definitions that would be useful for anyone who is just learning about computers.

Basic Computer Terminology
By Lockport Public Library
Handy 1-page handout with the most basic terms and definitions

Computer Files & Formats
By Western Sullivan Public Library Public Computer Center
This one page handout may contain too much information for someone that is just beginning to learn about computers. May be useful as a resource for the workshop instructor or for a participant who already has some computer knowledge.

Free Antivirus Software
By PCWorld
Protect your computer and files by using virus protection on your personal computer and upgrade the virus ‘definitions’ regularly. Viruses make your computer slow down by running processes like sending spam emails to your contacts and adding themselves to files that you might share.