I am assuming that you, the student, are already "up to speed" on the subject of computers and are prepared to succeed. Ideally, you will have already taken Computer Literacy at Palo Alto College or elsewhere.
To make you and me both more comfortable with your level of expertise, let's go through some preliminaries...
If you need a refresher course, or feel you might need to catch up further, try some of the following sites on the Web (listed in alphabetical order):
Acrobat Reader - A guide to using .pdf documents.
Database Central - Wonderful collection of materials on that most elusive of digital tools
Desk Top Publishing - Tutorials on both DTP and HTML writing without an obvious bias towards any particular software
Graphics - Media Builder offers this awesome site on formats, editors, converters and products which can make you proficient at all kinds of digital graphics.
Help2Go - FAQs, 5 Minute Computer Guides, Buyer's Guides, and tips by Oscar Sodani and Bill Santry, updated daily.
How to Build Your Own Computer - think you've mastered the basics and you're ready to start from nuts and bolts.....LITERALLY? This is a great site for those with the drive to do it themselves.
HTML Crash Course for Educators - Wonderful set-up for teachers ready to design their own pages; very basic but very thorough.
Internet Detective - Great online presentation on information literacy for teachers and students - definitely necessary and too often overlooked when the hardware and software catch everyone's primary attention.
Internet Explorer - Eastern Illinois University tutorial on how to set up and use the Microsoft browser; not too heavy on the graphics and very deliberate, wellwritten text.
Internet Tutorial - Microsoft's user friendly overview of the WWW Internet Tutorial - Polaris' more technical but highly useful discussion of what makes up the WWW
Macintosh Tips and Tutorials - Great page with all kinds of hints, tips and helps.
Netscape - University of California at San Diego tutorial on the browser that set the industry standard for others to follow
Power Point - Australian tutorial giving an Office overview and step by step hints on getting to know this popular presentation software; it tends to want to close browser windows on you, but you can re-open them by clicking on "Tutorials" from them menu
Power Point 97 - Microsoft presentation of its own product with nice visuals and step by step beginner's instructions Tammy's Tech Tips for Teachers - An awesome site of tutorials and a favorite of teachers - check out lots of fabulous ideas for making technology your ally
pages, file formats and navigation
Webpedia - Online reference tool for all kinds of technology "how tos" - great concept!
Windows 95 - not everyone is using 98 yet!!