Update

Hi there tout la gang,

We don't have much to say about research in practice at the Café right now

but we are talking policy and practice over here now: Literacy Enquirers.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

computers, computers, computers

Aaaaaaargh! If you are having a hard time teaching computers because you cannot be in eight places at once, check out these self-directed online lessons from the BBC WebWise pages.

Learn how to use the internet step-by-step
There are modules on different topics and you can test your knowledge by playing the weakest link game at the end of each module.

Learn how to use a mouse, keyboard and computer screen
There is a guide who takes you slowly and clearly through basic computer skills. The interface is a series of tv game shows. (Hint: in the shooting gallery, if you have no key with this symbol £, use the # symbol.) There is a skip button in case you stop part way through and want to find your place again later. (Warning: it involves quite a bit of clicking if you stop near the end.)

There are more BBC Learning Pages, including this skills practice one. It looks promising but I have not explored it yet. If you have a chance to, please share your review in the comments below.

2 comments:

Nancy said...

Okay Tracey, I'll respond to the image of the spider as featured in the WebWise reference. I love the activities and the site as a whole, except for that darned spider that just keeps bouncing up and down to my left! I realize that it is a loading feature, and it is consistent from screen to screen, but for a visual learner like me, it is just plain distracting! There, I've said it.

The literacy student I meet with and I met by phone last week, and I directed her to the Skillswise site - to Reading - Scanning - to solve the murder of Angela Spelling. We agreed to both complete the activities and compare our solution when we meet today. I'll let you know how it went - both the activity and introducing it at a distance.

Nancy

literacies publisher said...

i know, i know

spidey - stop now!

i kind of like the spider but i can see how he or she might be annoying.

look forward to hear what you both think of skillswise.

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