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


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

Tech Essentials may meet standards for middle school computer skills courses in your state. Please click on your state link below to view all alignments for your state.

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)