Computers are beneficial to many people as they help them to work, relax and communicate with family and friends. Even though computers can be found in most homes and work places across the United States, there are still people that have limited or no experience using them. Some haven't had the opportunity to use a computer before while others are intimidated by the rapidly changing technology that exists with computers. Your role as an instructor for first-time computer users is to help them overcome the lack of opportunity or their intimidation as you teach computer education.
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Gauge the level of computer knowledge and experience when you start the class. This can be done in the first session as you see what students are capable of doing. Once you know where students are in their level of knowledge, you can know what exactly to teach them. You may find you need to cover more basic information, or you may be okay skipping the basics and diving right into advanced content.
Provide hands-on activities. Computer education classes are hands-on as students use computers during each class session. You should have an activity for them each time whether it's finding certain facts on the Internet or creating a spreadsheet using a database or spreadsheet software program.
Consider making the class self-paced. You may find that the students in your course vary greatly in their experience working with computers. This is especially true if you teach a computer education course that is multi-generational. By creating lesson plans and activities in advance, you can let students work at their own pace in the class and simply serve as a point of resource for individuals who are struggling.
Encourage students to practice computer skills outside of class. The more practice and experience students have using computers, the more comfortable and knowledgeable they will be. Since you only have a few hours each week to teach them in the classroom, encourage them to build on what they're learning by trying out some of the exercises and activities from class once they get home.
Enroll students in advanced computer classes. Towards the end of your computer education class, speak to the students about the opportunities for additional computer education. Often there are advanced courses or software-specific classes which can build on the knowledge that you've given the students while teaching computer education.