TRAINING RESOURCES

The New Mexico Broadband Program (NMBBP) is making available a "Broadband Train the Trainer Toolkit", a resource for developing trainings in Basic and Business Digital Literacy. The Instruction Manual is available in seven (7) "E-Books" (PDF) which can be downloaded from the NMBBP Portal for free. Accompanying the Instruction Manual is a series of PowerPoint slides and videos or "simulcasts" that can be obtained together with printable versions of the curriculum and associated document viewers one may need to display the materials.

In addition, the NMBBP is offering a number of "Broadband Train the Trainer" courses within the state. These are focused sessions targeting communities that include librarians, small business incubators, educators, and tribal representatives.

Online Training for Computer Skills

In conjunction with the Train the Trainer Instruction Materials, the NMBBP is offering to instructors the following listing of resources of online tools that can help students gain skills and understanding on their own. Most modules are effective even for beginners, though novices may require additional support. Note also that some modules do not fully introduce all skills, so review each before assigning and consider the skill level of each learner individually.

For trainers who must constantly keep up with skills and tools, online training in social media and the latest apps and platforms can help you stay current and offer the best, most up-to-date information.

Basic Skills

www.gcflearnfree.org/computerbasics
This excellent series of trainings are easy to follow and cover a range of basic skills. Short modules, videos, text and activities all help you learn at your own pace. The full list of classes covers more advanced topics as well.

www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/abbeg/abbeg.shtml
Basic introduction to computers that also includes introductory explanation and practice for mousing and keyboarding skills. Good visuals on the coordination between mouse and cursor movements. Includes very good introduction to computer parts, though the images are outdated. Nice section on ergonomics concludes the session.

Mouse Skills

www.skillfulsenior.com/skills/mouse/index.php
Geared towards seniors, this simple tutorial is a great place to start. Explanations are clear, with voice and good animation. This is short training but covers the basics well.

www.gcflearnfree.org/computers/module/14
Need to learn how to use a mouse? This tutorial takes you through the steps and helps you learn basic tasks such as clicking and dragging. Some sections, such as that on double-clicking, are not completely self-explanatory for beginners.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/courses/computer-basics/lessons/the-mouse
From the amusing BBC computer training courses, these mouse lessons mix videos, humor, and basic information and fun exercises. Some find these classes more accessible as the presence of an instructor speaking to the learner promotes learning engagement more readily.

www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/courses/computer-basics/lessons/clicky-mouse-game
A great follow up to the training in mouse skills, these games give novice learners extra practice with a mouse. Includes instructions and videos of instructor.

www.pbclibrary.org/mousing/games.htm
A great resource from the Palm Beach library that includes many games at many levels of skill. This is a useful resource to use in classes in which skill levels vary among students, as there is something for everyone here!

mouseprogram.com
Most of the units are very good, though the one for spreadsheets is too simple to be of use. Especially useful is the introductory unit on using a mouse. This first unit is highly recommended for the novice.

Keyboarding

www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/courses/computer-basics/lessons/the-keyboard
Provides great explanations of the keyboard set-up and various groups of keys. Does not include exercises ut is a good preface to those program which do provide exercises.

www.goodtyping.com
A good resource for learning typing skills, with training offered in several languages. Requires free registration, so beginners may need help to get started.

www.typing-lessons.org/lesson_1.html
Easy to use and get started right away. A bit text heavy and neglects to identify the space bar in the first lesson, even though it is needed in the exercise!

www.sense-lang.org/typing/tutor/keyboarding.php?lang=EN
Basic typing practice, but no guidance to accompany the practice, so students may need introductory support. Offers option to work with other keyboard arrangements besides standard qwerty.

www.typeonline.co.uk/lesson1.html
A complete set of typing lessons, with additional trainings available. The exercises are followed by explanatory text for hand placement, but lack images. Those less adept at using verbal-only instructions for hands on skills may find this inadequate.

Internet Basics

www.learnthenet.com/learn-the-basics
Simple brief video explaining how the Internet works and how it interacts with your computer.

www.kentcountylibrary.org/Tutorial/index.htm
Introductory module on the Internet, including accessing the Internet at home and at the library, navigating a website, searching and evaluating websites, and email. Geared specifically to library users, this complete tutorial also includes a section on databases. Good explanations but text heavy without the interactive or animated flash presentations of other tutorials.

Email

www.gcflearnfree.org/email101
From GCF free online learning, this tutorial introduces the novice to email and its basic functions. A good orientation to the basic interface.

www.gcflearnfree.org/gmail
Includes an introduction and a step by step guide to setting up a Gmail account, with screenshots. The introductory session provides an overview of all the resources that Gmail accounts offer, which may be overwhelming to novices.

Health

www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/webeval/webeval_start.html
Excellent tutorial from the National Library of Medicine. The focus reinforces basic website evaluation considerations focused on health information searches.