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TRiO Computer & Digital Literacy

Self-paced modules; Resources and support for computer and digital skills

1. Lesson (via Microsoft Digital Literacy)

Computers are now used everywhere around us. You will find them at work, in stores, in hospitals, and at home.

A computer is an electronic machine that can process, store, and retrieve different types of data and information. You can use the computer to perform many tasks such as writing documents, playing games, sending emails, learning new skills, browsing the web, and watching movies. All computers consist of two main parts, hardware and software.

Software refers to the intangible parts of a computer, the parts that can't be touched. This includes the instructions that control how the hardware functions, the applications running on the computer, and the data stored on the computer.

Hardware includes all of the physical parts that make up a computer such as the monitor and the central processing unit, that keeps data moving.

There are various types of computers that you may encounter, but they all share the same fundamental purpose of processing and storing information.

Watch the video in the link below to learn about what a computer is.

A computer consists of many hardware components. Although there are various types of computers, all computers contain a similar set of hardware parts. Each of these hardware parts helps us use and interact with the computer in some way.

Watch the video in the link below to learn about the hardware components that make up a computer.

Computers come in many shapes and sizes. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages that make it suitable for certain uses and scenarios.

Watch the video in the link below to learn about the types of personal computers, their differences, and their uses.

The operating system is the conductor of the computer. It coordinates the software and hardware parts of the computer, making sure all of the different components work together to get things done.

There are many operating systems provided by many companies in the world. Each operating system is designed to work on specific types of devices. For example:

  • Windows is designed by Microsoft. It is a family of operating systems that can run on a variety of PCs and laptops. We will use the Windows 10 version of this operating system for demos in this course.
  • MacOS is designed by Apple Inc. and works on Apple's Macintosh computers like the MacBook.
  • iOS is designed by Apple Inc. and works on Apple's mobile devices like iPhone, iPod, and iPad devices.
  • Android OS is designed by Google and works mainly on touchscreen mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.
  • Google Chrome OS is designed by Google and works on Chromebook devices.

Watch the video in the link below to learn about operating systems.

Applications are software programs that help us get things done on our computers. Every app is developed to help you get something done on your computer - like performing a calculation, editing a photo, or sending a message. There are many applications for you to choose from for different purposes.

Watch the video in the link below to understand the concept of applications.

2. Additional Practice

3. Test Your Knowledge

Personal Skills Assessment