CompuScholar, Inc. was formerly known as Homeschool Programming. Not only are they revamping their name they have a new product we were able to review. This one is called Digital Savvy, and it fits right in with their Web Design and Java Programming classes. Digital Savvy is recommended for students in grades 6 through 12 wanting to improve their computer skills.
- Hardware, software, and operating systems
- Managing files and folders
- Basic networking
- Online safety and computer security
- Using Word processors, spreadsheets, and presentation programs
- Creating simple databases
- Image editing
- Using social media and email communications
- Introductory website design
- Simple computer programming concepts
- Exploration of computing careers
Digital Savvy is a two-semester class that should take 36 weeks to complete with daily work. There are two purchase options available. The first is a monthly subscription and the second is a 1-year subscription for a significant discount.
The course is easy to follow and laid out in an organized, straightforward way. Once you log into the class, the chapters are titled. You can see where you are at in the course and you continue from there. Each lesson has a short video to watch. If you student prefers text that is also available. I appreciate the option to use either or both depending on your child’s learning style.
Following the lesson instruction, there is a lesson quiz. The quizzes and tests are self-grading, and the students have three opportunities to pass the quizzes and tests. At the end of each lesson is an activity that students can submit for parents to grade. The chapter finishes with a 20 question chapter test. Digital Savvy has 25 lessons with a bonus lesson on computer numbers. The 25th lesson is a final project that encompasses all the information learned in both semesters of work.
Riley’s Computer Skills Experience
Somewhere in the chaos of our life, I got it into my head that this was grades 3 through 6. I set Riley up with an account and was surprised when she said it was hard work. Riley loved telling me about the different facts she had learned, but it wasn’t much of what I was expecting to hear about. She was telling me about RAM, Super Computers, and external peripherals. I was impressed with what she had learned but was curious about why she thought it was difficult.
I decided that I had better take a look at what she was working on. It was then that I realized my mistake. I had Jahnna take over Riley’s account and we all kind of worked on it together. Riley is determined to finish the class, so there is a bit of wiggle room in the suggested grade levels. If you are going to use this with a younger student just be aware that they will probably need some help as they go through the course.
Jahnna’s Computer Skills Experience
Jahnna wants to build a computer. I knew she was nowhere near ready to do that, so I told her she needed to complete Digital Savvy to see what she still needed to know. I think she was surprised at what she didn’t know. Jahnna was able to work through a couple of lessons a week. In the process, she has decided she no longer wants to build her computer. Jahnna can’t wait to get to the second semester where topics like Social Media and Web Page Design are covered. Once she is done with this course, she has already expressed an interest in continuing with the Web Design and possibly the Java class.
Jahnna can’t wait to get to the second semester where topics like Social Media and Web Page Design are covered. Once she is done with this course, she has already expressed an interest in continuing with the Web Design and possibly the Java class.
I appreciate curriculum that covers multiple grades and ability levels. After seeing how Jahnna, Riley and I were able to use this program to fit their ability levels, I am impressed with how adaptable this is. Riley preferred the video instruction while Jahnna used both the text and the video. I prefer text as I tend to tune out videos. I decided to take the Chapter One test without going through the instruction just to see what I knew. Imagine my surprise when I only scored a 65%! There were terms I had never heard of, and I consider myself fairly computer literate.
I love that there are two different pricing options. Older students will probably complete the course faster and not need a full year. The option to try out a month and see if this is a good fit is nice for homeschoolers who often aren’t sure if they want to commit to a year of instruction.
I can enthusiastically recommend CompuScholar, Inc. to anyone looking for a complete intro into how computers, web design, and social media work in today’s world. I hope you will check it out and let me know what you think.