Digital Literacy Instruction

Click on the materials links below for teaching digital literacy


Adult Basic Education staff in the Cambridge-Isanti program created the following instructional materials for their computer basics class:

This course (and links below) is designed to assist learners in meeting the Northstar Digital Literacy competencies. It is intended to move beyond computer literacy instruction at the basic level such as that taught in the Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities (MIRC) web site. Additional areas of instruction combine online resources and written materials. The exercises are intended to give learners practical applications for the new skills.  These include skills used in applying for jobs, continuing their education, or finding information related to career fields

This class covers keyboarding and computer basics and will provide you with skills for some of the most common uses for computers. Nearly everything we do these days requires the use of a computer, whether it is applying for a job, training for a job, or going to college.  Even cell phones are small computers!  You will be learning new skills, so go easy on yourself and take it one step at a time.  Practicing your new skills as often as you can will help ensure that you remember what you’ve learned.


  1. Identify an Internet Service Provider and identify the main options for connecting to the internet: Dial-up, High Speed (cable or DSL), or wireless connection.
  2. Identify commonly used browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari) and demonstrate knowledge of function.
  3. Identify the address bar and enter a URL address.
  4. Identify a website.
  5. Identify a homepage.
  6. Identify the following browser toolbar buttons and demonstrate the ability to use them: home, refresh, stop, back, forward
  7. Use scroll bars to view different portions of webpages
  8. Identify a hyperlink and demonstrate the ability to use a hyperlink to access other webpages.
  9. Create a new tab, open a webpage in a tab, and move between tabs.
  10. Enlarge the displayed text size
  11. Fill out an online form.
  12. Correctly enter CAPTCHA security codes.
  13. Use zoom function to enlarge image (CTRL+ or CTRL-)
  14. Identify search engines (Google, Yahoo!, Bing) and enter search terms into the search engine.
  15. Identify pop-up windows and close them.
  16. Identify pop up windows have been blocked and enable individual pop up windows as needed
  17. Identify common domain types: com, org, gov, edu.
  18. Demonstrate knowledge that there are ways to increase Internet safety for children.
  19. Identify antivirus software providers and function of antivirus software (Norton, McAfee, AVG).
  20. Avoid providing personal or financial information unless on a secured website (https://)


Tutorials for teachers with student materials by Bernard John Poole: