Lesson 2: Tutorial Descriptions

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Tutorial descriptions

Here, you'll find links and descriptions for all of our lessons mentioned in the learning plans.

Technology tutorial descriptions:

Below are links to the tutorials mentioned in this guide. For a complete list of our tutorials, visit www.gcflearnfree.org/topics.

  • Android Basics: This tutorial covers the basics of using an Android device, including setting up email, downloading apps, and managing privacy settings.
  • Beyond Email: This tutorial introduces students to various forms of online communication, including chat, instant messaging, video and voice chat, and blogging.
  • Blog Basics: This tutorial is an introduction to blogs and blogging. Students will learn what a blog is and why blogs matter. They’ll learn how to subscribe to blogs they find interesting, as well as how to develop and start their own blog.
  • Chrome: This tutorial is an introduction to Chrome, Google’s browser. Topics covered include navigation controls, privacy settings, security features, and web apps.
  • Computer Basics: Computer Basics is an introductory tutorial for learners who have little to no experience using computers. Students will learn the basics of how computers and their operating systems work. They’ll also learn how to set up and take care of their own computers.
  • Digital Photography: This tutorial covers the basics of digital photography. Topics include an introduction to digital cameras, lighting, composition, night and landscape photography, and capturing motion and close-ups.
  • Email Basics: This tutorial is intended for learners who have never used email. Students will learn how email works and how to use it safely.
  • Facebook: This tutorial teaches learners how to create a Facebook account and use its many features. Special emphasis is placed on explaining Facebook’s complex privacy policies and settings.
  • Firefox: This tutorial is an introduction to the Firefox browser. Topics covered include navigation controls, privacy settings, security features, and add-ons.
  • Gmail: This tutorial is an introduction to Gmail, Google’s webmail service. Students will learn the basics of how to set up an account and compose, send, and respond to emails. They’ll also explore more advanced features, like managing and organizing email and accessing it from mobile devices.
  • Google Account: This tutorial introduces students to Google apps and shows them how to create a Google account so they can use them.
  • Google Docs: This tutorial covers the basics of creating, formatting, sharing, and managing files in the cloud using the documents feature in Google Drive.
  • Google Drive: This tutorial covers the basics of Google Drive, a cloud-storage service that lets users store documents, photos, videos, and other files online. The tutorial is also an introduction to Google Docs, a service that lets users create and edit documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Topics covered include creating documents, managing and sharing files, and syncing files to a computer or mobile device.
  • Google Sheets: This tutorial covers the spreadsheets application in Google Drive. Topics include cell references, formulas, functions, and saving and sharing spreadsheets in the cloud.
  • Google Slides: This tutorial covers the presentations application in Google Drive. Topics include creating slides, adding text, working with transitions, and using pictures and shapes.
  • Instagram: This tutorial introduces students to Instagram, a popular photo-sharing app for smartphones. Students will learn how to edit photos and share them on various social networks.
  • Internet Basics: This introductory tutorial guides learners through the basics of using the Internet, while providing up-to-date information on the latest online tools and technologies. Students will become familiar with the various ways people use the Internet and learn how to connect, search, and browse on their own.
  • Internet Explorer: This tutorial introduces students to Internet Explorer. Topics covered include navigation controls, bookmarks, and security settings.
  • Internet Safety: This tutorial offers strategies for staying safe and secure online. Students learn how to avoid the most common threats and protect their computers and privacy.
  • Internet Safety for Kids: This tutorial offers strategies for helping kids stay safe online. Students learn about the most common threats kids face and how to avoid them.
  • Image Editing 101: This tutorial introduces students to the basics of using an image editing program to enhance and change the look of their photos. Students will learn about the range of available programs, as well as how to make basic adjustments and fix common problems in photos using image editing software.
  • iPad Basics: This tutorial covers the basics of using the iPad and iPad mini, including iCloud, iTunes, Siri, and the App Store.
  • iPhone Basics: This tutorial introduces students to the functions and features of the Apple iPhone. Topics include using iCloud, iTunes, Siri, and the App Store. Many of the lessons in this tutorial also apply to the iPod Touch.
  • Job Search and Networking: This tutorial covers effective strategies for planning and conducting a job search. It includes networking, searching online, and using social media sites.
  • LinkedIn Basics: This tutorial covers the basics of LinkedIn, a popular professional networking site. Students will learn how to create a LinkedIn profile, search for jobs, and make professional connections.
  • Mac OS: These tutorials cover Apple’s operating systems, including macOS Sierra, Mac OS X El Capitan, Mac OS X Yosemite, Mac OS X Mavericks, Mac OS X Mountain Lion, and Mac OS X Lion. Students will learn how to use the features of each operating system.
  • Microsoft Account: This tutorial introduces students to the features of a Microsoft account and guides them through the process of creating one. Previously known as Windows Live ID, a Microsoft account gives users access to Windows 8, OneDrive, and Skype.
  • Mouse Tutorial: This activity helps adult learners build proficiency with the mouse by playing a series of mini games.
  • Pinterest: This tutorial introduces students to Pinterest, a social media platform that allows users to organize links, photos, and more into virtual pinboards.
  • Photoshop Basics: This tutorial shows students how to use Photoshop for image editing. Topics include getting started with Photoshop, using layers, and sharpening and noise reduction.
  • PowerPoint: This tutorial is a comprehensive guide to PowerPoint, the slideshow presentation program in the Microsoft Office suite. Students will learn how to create and present professional-looking slideshows. Upon completion of the tutorial, students will be proficient in PowerPoint and be able to use many of its advanced features. Our tutorials currently cover PowerPoint XP, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016.
  • Search Better: This tutorial shows students how to search online more effectively. Topics include tips for Google searches, evaluating webpages, and judging the validity of online information.
  • Skype: This tutorial guides students through the process of setting up and using a Skype account to connect with family and friends. It includes tips on how to use instant messaging, as well as how to make phone and video calls.
  • Tech Savvy Tips and Tricks: This tutorial offers students a collection of tips, shortcuts, and procedures that will help them use technology more efficiently.
  • Twitter: This tutorial introduces learners to Twitter, a popular service that lets users publish their own short updates and subscribe to the updates of others. Students will learn how Twitter is used, as well as how to set up and maintain their own accounts.
  • Typing Tutorial: This set of interactives guides students through the process of learning to type. It includes typing practice, exercises, and a voiceover coach. Note: If you are using Internet Explorer, this tutorial requires IE9 or higher to work.
  • Use Information Correctly: This tutorial shows students how to use the information they find online while abiding by the rules of copyright and fair use.
  • Vine: This tutorial introduces students to Vine, a popular video app for smartphones. Students will learn how to create their own Vines and share them with their friends.
  • Windows OS: These tutorials teach students how to use Microsoft's Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, XP, and 98. Students will learn how to use its features, as well as how to customize Windows settings to best fit their needs.
  • YouTube: This tutorial shows students everything they need to get started with YouTube. This includes finding and sharing videos, as well as ways to upload their own.

Office tutorial descriptions:

Below are descriptions of the tutorials mentioned in this guide; you can find them by going to www.gcflearnfree.org/office unless another URL is listed. For a complete list of our tutorials, go to www.gcflearnfree.org/topics.

  • Access: This tutorial is a thorough introduction to Access, the database management software in the Microsoft Office suite. Upon completion of this tutorial, students will be proficient in the most commonly used features of Access. Our tutorials currently cover Access XP, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016.
  • Excel: This tutorial is a comprehensive guide to Excel, the spreadsheet software in the Microsoft Office suite. Students will learn how to use worksheets to enter, store, and analyze data. Upon completion of this tutorial, students will be proficient in Excel’s most commonly used features. Our tutorials currently cover Excel XP, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016.
  • Excel Formulas: This tutorial shows students the basics of creating formulas in Excel, Google Sheets, or any other spreadsheet program. It also offers opportunities to practice using real-world scenarios.
  • Google Account: This tutorial introduces students to Google web apps and shows them how to create a Google account.
  • Google Docs: This tutorial covers the basics of creating, formatting, sharing, and managing files in the cloud using the documents featured in Google Drive.
  • Google Sheets: This tutorial covers the spreadsheets application in Google Drive. Topics include cell references, formulas, functions, and saving and sharing spreadsheets in the cloud.
  • Google Slides: This tutorial covers the presentations application in Google Drive. Topics include creating slides, adding text, working with transitions, and using pictures and shapes.
  • Microsoft Account: A Microsoft account is a free, cloud-based account that gives users access to Microsoft services like OneDrive and Skype. This tutorial shows students how to set up a Microsoft account and manage their contacts and privacy settings.
  • OneDrive and Office Online: Office Online contains free, pared-down versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint that users can access online. OneDrive is a related cloud-storage service where students can save their Office Online documents and other files. This tutorial teaches students how to get started with OneDrive and Office Online, as well as how to create, upload, manage, and share files.
  • Outlook: This tutorial teaches students how to use Microsoft Outlook, the desktop email client in the Microsoft Office suite. We only offer tutorials on Outlook 2003 and 2010, and have no current plans to support more recent versions.
  • PowerPoint: This tutorial is a comprehensive guide to PowerPoint, the slideshow presentation program in the Microsoft Office suite. Students will learn how to create and present professional-looking slideshows. Upon completion of the tutorial, students will be proficient in PowerPoint and able to use many of its advanced features. Our tutorials currently cover PowerPoint XP, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016.
  • Publisher: This tutorial teaches students how to use Publisher, the desktop-publishing software in the Microsoft Office suite. Students will learn how to create a variety of publications, including newsletters, brochures, and greeting cards. Our tutorials currently cover Publisher 2003 and 2010. We do not plan to offer Publisher courses for Office 2007, as the Office 2007 Publisher was not substantially different from the Office 2003 version. Note that Publisher 2010 offers fewer features than the other programs in the Office 2010 suite. For this reason, we recommend that learners consider using Word for desktop publishing instead.
  • Word: This tutorial is a comprehensive guide to Word, the word processing program in the Microsoft Office suite. Students will learn how to create professional-looking documents. Upon completion of the tutorial, students will be proficient in Word’s most common features, as well as some advanced features like Mail Merge. Our tutorials currently cover Word XP, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016.

Everyday Life activity descriptions:

Below are links to the Everyday Life activities mentioned in this guide. For more information on our Everyday Life program, go to www.gcflearnfree.org/everydaylife.

  • ATM: Learners can practice using an ATM in this realistic simulation. Steps include inserting an ATM card, entering a PIN, choosing a transaction type, choosing an account, checking an account balance, withdrawing money, completing a transaction, and taking the card and receipt. Safe ATM practices are also encouraged.
  • Bake: Learners practice using an oven by baking a virtual cake. They must select the correct setting and dial up the right time and temperature.
  • Bus Map: This activity lets learners practice navigation skills by reading and interpreting a bus map. They must find the appropriate bus route, then read the schedule to determine bus stop locations and times.
  • Cash Back: Learners can practice counting back cash using any combination of larger bills. A counter indicates when they have reached the correct amount.
  • Check Your Receipt: This activity helps learners make sense out of the numbers on a grocery receipt. They will practice finding prices for specific items and locating the order subtotal and total.
  • Classifieds: This activity helps learners locate and identify job postings in newspapers.
  • Count Change: This activity lets learners practice using pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters to count exact change.
  • Count Pills: This activity lets learners practice interpreting a chart to take the correct amount of each vitamin on a given day.
  • Deposit: Learners can brush up on their banking skills. This activity lets them practice endorsing a check for deposit and filling out a deposit slip. The deposit slip requires learners to identify the date, cash deposit amount, check deposit amount, subtotal, and deposit total.
  • Fire Plan: This activity teaches learners how to read and follow a fire safety plan. They must find ways out of the building, locate smoke detectors, and identify a safe meeting spot.
  • Food Labels: In this activity, learners locate specific information on food nutrition labels in order to assemble a menu that meets certain requirements.
  • Grill Safety: This activity teaches learners the fundamentals of grill safety. They will become familiar with the skills needed to distinguish between safe and unsafe grill practices.
  • Grocery List: This activity lets learners navigate our virtual store to select items from the appropriate grocery aisles. They must read the labels carefully to make sure they bring home the right ingredients.
  • Job Application: This activity takes learners through the process of filling out a job application.
  • Label Practice: This activity teaches learners how to make sense out of all of the information on a food label. They locate ingredients, serving sizes, servings per container, calories per serving, amount of nutritional content per serving, and more.
  • Measure: This activity lets learners practice the measuring skills needed for successful cooking and baking. They follow a recipe to measure the exact amounts of each ingredient.
  • Mix: Learners practice adding ingredients to a mixer according to recipe directions. They must add ingredients in the right order, then set the timer correctly.
  • Pay Bills: This activity lets learners practice finding important information. They open virtual bills to find account numbers, current charges, past due amounts, and more.
  • Pay Debit: In this activity, learners practice paying with a debit card. They must enter a PIN, select a cash back option, and verify the total amount.
  • Phone Numbers: This lesson combines video tips with interactive practice. The short intro video offers tips for finding specific details in information-rich environments. The activity allows learners to practice scanning to locate specific phone numbers in order to make calls on our simulated cell phone.
  • Prescription: This activity lets learners practice dropping off a prescription and filling out medical forms.
  • Stamp Values: This lesson lets learners select stamps to place on a package. The stamp values change from question to question, as does the cost of sending the package.
  • Subway Map: This activity lets learners practice reading a subway map. They must find start and end locations, determine which subway lines run nearest to those locations, find the subway stops closest to the desired departure and arrival schedule, and identify the stop where switching will be necessary.
  • Tax Documents: This activity lets learners practice finding the numbers needed to file an income tax return.
  • Telling Time: This multi-level lesson lets learners practice reading while getting hands-on experience with a variety of interactive clocks.
  • Time Practice: This activity lets learners practice time and scheduling skills. They will identify scheduled dates, then set the correct time using the minute hand on our interactive clock.
  • Time Sheet: This activity lets learners practice filling out a weekly time sheet. The time sheet requires them to identify an employee's name and ID number, the date, and the number of hours the employee worked on specific days.

Career tutorial descriptions:

Below are descriptions of and links to the Career tutorials mentioned in this guide. For a complete list of our tutorials, go to www.gcflearnfree.org/topics.

  • Career Planning and Salary: This tutorial guides learners through the process of planning their careers. Students will learn effective strategies for choosing a suitable career and progressing in it.
  • Cover Letters: This tutorial offers in-depth advice on writing effective cover letters. Students learn why a cover letter is important, as well as how to craft their own. The tutorial includes a professional cover letter template.
  • Interviewing Skills: This tutorial helps students prepare for job interviews. They will learn strategies for preparing ahead of time, answering interview questions, and behaving and dressing appropriately.
  • Job Applications: This tutorial covers the basics of filling out a job application. Students will learn how to gather the necessary information, as well as how to best answer various job application questions.
  • Job Search and Networking: This tutorial covers effective strategies for planning and conducting a job search. It includes networking, searching online, and using social media sites.
  • Job Success: This tutorial covers a variety of soft skills needed to improve job performance. Topics covered include time management, business etiquette, effective communication, and conflict resolution.
  • LinkedIn Basics: This tutorial covers the basics of LinkedIn, a popular professional networking site. Students will learn how to create a LinkedIn profile, search for jobs, and make professional connections.
  • Resume Writing: This tutorial teaches students how to write an effective resume. Students will learn what information to include, as well as how to best format and present it. The tutorial includes sample resumes and a template they can use to create their own resumes.
  • Workplace Basics: This tutorial covers the basic skills needed to start a new job successfully. Topics covered include leave and benefits, organization, W-4 forms, and workplace safety.

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