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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Computer as a Tutor

Computer Tutor is for people who don't know how to use a keyboard, mouse or computer screen.

If you're a friend, family member or tutor helping someone learn, all you need to do is choose your connection speed and press 'Start'. That's it!

Computer Tutor presenter Amani is then on hand to take computer novices from start to finish

Sit back and watch as Computer Tutor teaches all the skills they need to use a computer.

The learning

To make things fun, Computer Tutor is set in 'Game Show World', a theme park about TV game shows.

The theme park has three TV studios in it. Learners visit each studio and first pick up a new computer skill. They then practise that skill in a game show.

Studio 1Cobweb castleMouse skills
Studio 2JetsetterKeyboard skills
Studio 3Find My MatchScreen skills

Computer Tutor takes two to three hours to complete, but can easily be broken up into shorter sessions. Just click the 'Return visitor' button on the start screen.

You can also use the 'Skip' button if you need to get back to where you were.

What you need

You need Flash Player version 6 or above to use Computer Tutor. If you don't have it installed already, you can download it here.

If you have a broadband internet connection, you will be able to see a video of Amani and hear the best quality sound.

If you are using a slower connection, select the
'dial-up' option on the start screen. The video of Amani will be replaced by a picture and the sound will be slightly lower quality.

Accessibility options

Click the 'accessibility options' button on the start screen to select the most appropriate options for your learner.

You can change Computer Tutor to display instructions for using a trackball mouse, Mouse Keys, or keyboard only.

You can also choose to have subtitles accompany the resource by ticking the subtitles box in accessibility options.

Computer Tutor is not designed to teach screen reader skills. To find out about available services for teaching these skills you can call the AbilityNet advice line.

Where next?

After completing Computer Tutor, there are a number of different places you may like to visit.

If you are an ICT Tutor, visit ICT Coach, the BBC's one stop shop for ICT Tutors looking for advice and information.

If you are a learner, visit the BBC WebWise Online Course for everything you need to know about
e-mail and the internet.

Whatever you are thinking of doing next, you can always return to Computer Tutor to brush up your skills or just to have another go at one of the games!

Reference: http://www.bbc.co.uk/computertutor/more_info.shtml

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