In this day and age computers are needed for almost everything. Without knowledge on how to use them properly kids are left struggling to keep up with the masses. As homeschoolers it can be difficult to even know where to begin with teaching computer skills. The same goes for us Moms who feel like we are computer savvy ourselves. That is where CompuScholar, Inc. comes in. I was given the chance to review their Digital Savvy computer course. Read on to see what they offer and see if this could be a good fit to help your kids.
So what is the Digital Savvy course all about?
Digital Savvy is a course geared toward 6th – 12th graders, that covers everything from basic computer history and hardware to using word processing programs. This program even gives an introduction into website design and computer programming. If your kids are really excited about computers, this course also covers exploring what careers they could have in computing.
What this course is not.
The Digital Savvy course is not an introduction on how to use a computer from day one. This course will not cover how to turn on a computer, what a mouse is or how to type. This is also not a great fit for kids who already have great basic computer skills including using computer programs. This program will also not cover in depth coding, as just an introduction is taught in this course.
How does this program work?
This is an online program available through CompuScholar, Inc. This program is available either as a monthly subscription or as a yearly access subscription. Either way you choose, you will have access to the same material. Once you have set up your subscription account and have access to the course your child can go to town working at their pace through the lessons. Each lesson has a short video for them to watch as well as reading material that covers the same info as the videos. There is also a lesson quiz that is automatically graded.
The good news here is that the kids have 3 chances to work through each quiz for a passing grade. This gives them time to correct their mistakes, study again if needed and really master the material before moving on. At the end of each unit (usually about a week’s worth of work) there is a unit project and quiz. The project is a way from the kids to use the information and skills they have been learning about, on their own computer, in a practical, hands-on way. When they have finished the project there is a unit quiz. Just as before the kids have 3 chances to pass the quiz.
Check out this video from CompuScholar that gives more details of what is covered in this course.
So what did we think of this program?
As a homeschool teacher I am highly impressed with how detailed and intense this course is. While a lot of computer courses online teach by playing games or only cover the surface of the material needed, this course goes well beyond that. It is set up like a true school curriculum with units, lessons, quizzes, projects and grades. Kids get to learn the knowledge they need, the way they learn best (videos, text, hands-on projects) while having fun and being able to count their work as credit for high school, if needed.
I strongly agree with CompuScholar’s grade level guidelines. When we first got this program set up I planned on involving my younger son (3rd grade) in these lessons. He is super smart with computers and catches on really quick. He really wants to get into creating his own YouTube channel so I though this program might be a good fit for him. However, the information presented in these lessons goes well above his 3rd grade head. Even though the general topics are in line with what I want him to learn, the way CompuScholar sets up and teaches these lessons goes beyond what works for my 3rd grader. In a way, that is great for older kids still working on learning these skills because the material is presented in such a way as to keep them engaged and feel like they are not being talked down to.
Overall we are very happy with this program. So while it may not have worked out for both of my homeschool kiddos, it is working very well for my 6th grader. I can definitely see us looking into the other programs that CompuScholar offers down the road.