My 9-year-old son is one of those logical, analytical mathy kind of kids. While most kids enjoy using computers and technology for fun, this child is all about learning how to use all facets of computers as tools. He wants to know about hardware, software, and operating systems. He gets excited about networking, databases, programming. In other words, he is interested in all of the things that make this mom’s eyes glaze over. (He is his father’s son. My husband’s career happens to be in Information Technology). I knew when we were given the opportunity I had to let this child review the new Digital Savvy course from CompuScholar, Inc.
What is Digital Savvy from CompuScholar, Inc.?
This program is a program designed to give a student a pretty comprehensive background on the ins-and-outs of what drives computers and the computing world. Over about 25 weeks or 25 lessons students will learn:
- Fundamentals of Computer Hardware
- Fundamentals of Computer Software
- Operating Systems
- Computer Files
- Computer Maintenance and Troubleshooting
- Computer Networks
- Search Engines
- Computer Security
- Word Processing
- Spreadsheet Programs
- Presentation Programs
- Database Technology
- Project Management and Teamwork
- Digital Images
- Internet Communications
- Social Media
- More Social Media
- Creating Web Pages
- Web Links, Images, and Animation
- Programming Concepts
- Digital Logic
- Careers and Professional Skills
Each one of the chapters listed above includes somewhere between three and six lessons. Each lesson has a quiz with activity and a test. The lessons come with both video and text. As I imagine many students do, my son preferred the video lessons. Between the video and quiz, a lesson typically takes no more than 20-30 lessons. Quizzes are multiple choice and provide immediate feedback of results. They can be taken up to three times for a better score. At the conclusion of each chapter, students complete an exam as well. The activity portion is often hands-on lending the learning to yet another level. In our homeschool my son aimed for completing just about a chapter every week or two depending on how many lessons are in a given chapter.
This program is designed for 6th through 12th graders. My 9-year-old is still a couple of years away from being considered a 6th grader by his age. However, he is pretty advanced is pretty much every area and while he says the program is a challenge for him he loves it. I’m confident he is getting as much out of it as the program creators had hoped.
Included with the program is a parent dashboard. It is accessed through a separate account log-in. It provides the parent teach guides, answer keys, and the ability to change quiz grades or enter grades for activities. There is a Course Overview and a professional development area that provides video lessons on how to use this entire section.
Our Thoughts Overall
I am very pleased with the presentations of the materials in the program as well as the quality of lessons. Videos are interesting to watch with great visual photographs, graphics, illustrations, and clipart. After several weeks my son still looks forward to working on his lessons every day. My husband (the Information Technology guy) gets a kick out of having some pretty great conversations with our son about what he’s learning in the program. He is impressed with the content being covered. I love how easy the program is for me to implement despite my limited knowledge of most of the content covered.
Overall… FANTASTIC Program.
CompuScholar, Inc. offers a variety of courses for homeschoolers. You may also be interested in Web Design or Java Programming. Both of these courses are of high interest to my son and I’m pretty certain we’ll be adding them to his over all curriculum in the future.
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