Available on Windows , Mac , or Chromebooks

Recommended for Grades 6 - 8

The CompuScholar Tech Essentials course is a great starting point for middle-school students to learn basic computer skills.

Topics Covered

This single-semester course covers fundamental computing topics and skills such as:

  • File management
  • Using Word processors, spreadsheets, and presentation programs
  • Creating images, sounds, and videos
  • Doing online research
  • Introductory coding concepts
  • Digital citizenship
  • Online safety

Click on the Course Syllabus tab to see a complete list of topics.

Student Work

All lesson quizzes and chapter tests are auto-graded by our system. Students will complete hands-on coding projects in every chapter, and these projects are a mixture of teacher or parent-graded and auto-graded, depending on the chapter and topic.

Scroll through the images below to see a few examples of student work.

  • Spreadsheets, Charts, and Graphs

  • Formatting Word Processing Documents

  • Creating images, sounds, and videos

  • Using online search engines

  • Simple Coding in Blockly

  • Simple Coding in Python

 

Prices & Course Details

Subscription Price$15 / month or $120 / year
Nominal Length1 semester or 0.5 credits or 90 hours
PacingSelf-study & self-paced
Accounts IncludedStudent and Teacher
Grading - Quizzes and TestsAuto-graded by System
Grading - Student ProjectsMixture of Parent (Teacher) and Auto-Grading

 

Read more about How it Works!

All subscriptions are per-student, per-course.

Yearly Subscriptions

A yearly subscription provides you a full calendar year (12 months) access to the course material. The 1-year window does not start until you redeem your purchased registration codes to create your account. So, you can purchase now and get started when ready.

Monthly Subscriptions

Monthly subscriptions are auto-billed to your credit card each month. You can maintain the subscription for as long as your student needs to complete the course and cancel the subscription at any time. There is no long-term commitment.

NOTE: The quantity you enter for a monthly subscription is the number of students, not the number of months. For example, a quantity of 3 will purchase 1 month of access for 3 students, not 3 months for 1 student.

Siblings and Families

If you choose a 1-year subscription, then you can add additional siblings to the same class for $40. The additional sibling accounts will run concurrently with the original student in the same course and cannot be used at a later time or for a different course.

If you choose a monthly subscription, then each sibling will require an additional monthly subscription at the same rate. The additional sibling monthly subscriptions can be cancelled indepdently of the original student.

In either case, purchase just one student initially, and then create your teacher account and add the sibling from your Teacher's Menu within the course.

Sibling licenses are only permitted for immediate family members of an already-licensed student. Unrelated students must always have their own full license.

Click here for detailed instructions on purchasing an additional sibling account!

Refund Guarantee

If, within the first 30 days, you find your selected course is not a good fit for your student for any reason, we will fully refund your purchase price (1-year subscription or first month subscription) and cancel your account with no obligation.

Please review our course syllabus, which contains the following information:

  • Specific chapter and lesson topics
  • Pacing guide, overall course length and exepected hours per week

 

View the Tech Essentials Syllabus PDF File

Is your student taking this course to add to a middle or high school transcript? We've done the research and understand how our courses map to specific state standards and titles. Instead of writing our course name on the transcript, you can list the appropriate course standard for your state.

Please click on your state link below to view all alignments for your state. Note that this will take you over to the "public" school half of our website. Please return to our "At Home" course descriptions when ready to purchase.

If you don't see your state listed, please contact us to discuss your requirements!


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This course can be completed on any Windows , Mac computer, or Chromebook with sufficient web browser and a Internet connection.

No local software installation is needed; online alternatives (e.g. Google Docs/Sheets/Slides) can be used in all places where we teach students to use 3rd party software. Students may optionally use locally installed apps like Microsoft Office if they own that software and have a compatible computer.

For detailed hardware and software requirements, please see:

Minimum System Requirements (PDF)