Foundations of Being Digital – JUMP

Welcome to the Course “Foundations of Being Digital”. This is the first course in the JUMP Program that seeks to empower youth with the practical skills for today’s Digital economy. These courses are designed to address competency profiles in Digital literacy and  Data skills that have become essential for the job markets of today and the future.

Participants in this course Foundations of Being Digital”, will acquire the essential baseline competencies for a skills profile referred to as “Digital Learner” that will equip them to effectively use the internet, as well as navigate the remainder of the courses in this program.

This foundational course is designed to equip students with the basic essential Digital Literacy – knowledge, skill and awareness – to enable them to understand and appreciate the Internet, its various components and services, and the benefits that can derive from using it effectively. Techniques are learned to use the Internet for browsing, searching and filtering data, information and digital content, as well as evaluating data and information for specific purposes. Students also learn to communicate, collaborate and share information through the Internet using mobile devices, while exercising safe, ethical practices.

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Describe the Internet and distinguish between key Internet services such as the World-wide-web, Social Media and Electronic Mail
  2. Understand the benefits and risks associated with using the Internet effectively and various means and devices of connecting to it.
  3. Effectively use the Internet for browsing, searching and filtering data, information and digital content, as well as evaluating data and information for specific purposes
  4. Effectively communicate, collaborate and share information through the Internet using mobile devices (Tablets and phones)

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Social Media and Web Applications – JUMP

Welcome to the Course “Social Media & Web Applications”. This is the 3rd course in the Caribbean School of Data (CSOD) INTRODUCTORY program that seeks to empower youth with the practical skills for today’s Digital economy. These courses are designed to address competency profiles in Digital literacy and Data skills that have become essential for the job markets of today and the future. Participants in this course “Social Media & Web Applications”, will acquire the essential practical competencies and skills that will equip them to effectively use social media and the world-wide-web for personal and professional activities.

Social media is one of the core services of the modern Internet, and understanding how to find, differentiate, and publish content using social media is an essential 21st century skill. This course introduces students to today’s primary social media platforms, and ways in which to use these tools effectively, while safeguarding individual safety and privacy.

Practical techniques are learned to install, configure and use the primary social media platforms. Students also learn about the benefits and disadvantages of social media, and are introduced to practical tips for gaining employment through social media.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  1. Explain the concept of social media and understand the benefits and risks associated with using social media tools effectively
  2. Install, configure and use today’s primary social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
  3. Effectively use Search Engines and understand principles and techniques for Search Engine Optimization
  4. Interact, share and engage in digital citizenship through web and social media technologies
  5. Understand guidelines and take practical steps for protecting your privacy on social media

Who is this course for?

This course was developed for the participants in the CSOD INTRODUCTORY program and is designed for Youth between the ages of 16 and 29 who may (or may not) have prior knowledge or skills in using the Internet and other digital tools.

The course will provide a virtual community to work in, that includes other participants like yourself, your course facilitator, and potential mentors that will be an invaluable source of information, knowledge sharing, and creative ideas. We encourage you to participate in the discussions and activities which will be one of the most valuable things this course has to offer.

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Productivity Tools for Digital Workers – Typing

Even though mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets have become much more popular in recent years, desktop computers remain the preferred choice for business workplaces, and being able to type professionally on a keyboard continues to be an important skill for Professionals.

This module, teaches the essential skill of typing professionally for both the physical and online digital workplaces.

Please note, the Typing activities in this module will be most effectively done from a desktop computer (or laptop) using a standard keyboard and a browser. It is an optional module. You do not have to complete it before proceeding with the other modules in this Course. However if you want to improve your typing skills, give it a shot!

At the end of the module students will be able to:

  • Identify the layout of the standard QWERTY keyboard and the proper positioning of the fingers of left and right hands
  • Learn the proper techniques of “Touch Typing”

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How long is this course?

You can practice the exercises in this module at your own pace and we’ve designed each activity to be flexible so it fits with your schedule, and you can move ahead if you have time or catch up when you need to.

Estimated time to complete each module ranges from 45 – 90 mins. Additional learning resources are provided to enable students to explore more information on the topics covered. However you may practice the exercises as much as required, depending on your basic typing skills.

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