Now, more than ever, it is important to be well versed in computers and how they work. CompuScholar, Inc. (formerly known as Homeschool Programming) is a company that is trying to do their part to help us! They have a few different programs that teach how to use a computer. From simple day to day functions, to designing websites.
My daughter has been taking their Digital Savvy course for the past few weeks.
There are 25 chapters in this course and it will take the student approximately 33 weeks (2 semesters) to complete. If your child is taking this for a course credit for high school, the program offers supplemental lessons at the end to be able to meet those requirements.
It covers topics in most “Information Technology” classes. So, my daughter is putting the course on “hold” for now and she will pick it back up next school year and she will complete it for an Information Technology credit as one of her elective credits.
How it works
When your child first logs in to the website, she is brought to a page that lists all the chapters.
All 25 chapters will be listed on this page. Then, the student clicks on the chapter she is on and it will take you to all the lessons in that chapter.
In each lesson, you watch a video, read the text, and take a quiz. At times, there are also activities (called “Work with Me”) to do that expand on the information for that lesson. The “work with me” activities will be listed at the bottom of the lesson text.
The lesson quiz is usually 5 multiple choice questions. And, you have 3 chances to take the quiz to get the grade you desire.
And then there is also a test at the end of each chapter. It is usually 20 multiple choice questions. And, you also have a chance to retake it if you didn’t do well the first time.
At the end of each chapter, there is also an extra activity. This activity is more involved than the “work with me” activities. You would definitely want to do these activities if you are trying to earn high school credit for the course.
- computer hardware
- operating systems
- maintenance and troubleshooting
- computer networks
- search engines
- computer security
- word processing
- social media
- web design
- And more…
There is a lot of information in this course. And, if you go through it, you will know how to use a computer very well! It will give you things you will be able to list on a resume (like knows excel, can design web pages, etc.). Employers want these things!
I love it when we find a course we can add to my high schoolers transcript that will actually be useful in her life and this definitely fits that description.
A couple of things I forgot to mention…
- the program does all the grading for you, with the exception of the extra activities (although, you can pay an additional cost for “teacher-led” and someone from CompuScholar will grade for you.)
- There is a course syllabus that gives you a layout of how long each chapter will take
What is it? CompuScholar – We reviewed Digital Savvy, but other crew members reviewed other programs by them. Click on the “read more” banner below to read about those as well!
For whom? Middle and High School aged children
How much is it? $120 for a year or $15/month for self study. You can also choose “teacher-led”, which is where someone from CompuScholar will do all grading for you (among other things)