NEW COURSE NOW AVAILABLE
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
Alabama - Visit our Alabama standards page
Arizona - Visit our Arizona standards page
Arkansas - Visit our Arkansas standards page
California - Visit our California standards page
Connecticut - Visit our Connecticut standards page
Florida - Visit our Florida standards page
Georgia - Visit our Georgia standards page
Hawaii - Visit our Hawaii standards page
Idaho - Visit our Idaho standards page
Illinois - Visit our Illinois standards page
Indiana - Visit our Indiana standards page
Kentucky - Visit our Kentucky standards page
Louisiana - Visit our Louisiana standards page
Massachusetts - Visit our Massachusetts standards page
Mississippi - Visit our Mississippi standards page
Missouri - Visit our Missouri standards page
Maryland - Visit our Maryland standards page
Michigan - Visit our Michigan standards page
Minnesota - Visit our Minnesota standards page
Nevada - Visit our Nevada standards page
New Mexico - Visit our New Mexico standards page
New York - Visit our New York standards page
North Carolina - Visit our North Carolina standards page
Oklahoma - Visit our Oklahoma standards page
Pennsylvania - Visit our Pennsylvania standards page
South Carolina - Visit our South Carolina standards page
Tennessee - Visit our Tennessee standards page
Texas - Visit our Texas standards page
Virginia - Visit our Virginia standards page
West Virginia - Visit our West Virginia standards page
Wisconsin - Visit our Wisconsin standards page
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: