The Digital Access and Resilience in Texas (DART) curriculum integrates beginning English language learning with foundational digital skills. The curriculum is intended to supplement existing English language instruction in lower-level adult English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. DART is an adaptation of the A-OK To Access curriculum developed for Tyson by the same authors.
The DART curriculum provides the foundation that lower-level English language learners need to recognize and type the wide variety of characters required for most online passwords. The curriculum focuses on teaching students the skills necessary to accomplish eight major "milestones" on the way to successfully creating and logging in and out of an online account.
Lesson 5: Numbers and Special Keys on the Keyboard
Lesson Overview: In this lesson, students will identify the numbers 0 – 9 and common special keys on a Windows keyboard, match the words zero – nine to the numbers, orally exchange phone numbers, and type a message on their phones that uses lowercase and uppercase letters, numbers, and special keys.
Lesson 6: Symbols on the Keyboard
Lesson Overview: In this lesson, students will identify common symbols, locate them on the keyboard, and use prepositions of place to describe their locations on the keyboard.
Lesson 7: Introduction to Security Lesson Overview: In this lesson, students will learn how usernames and passwords used in logins provide security for their information and differentiate between strong and weak passwords.
Lesson 8: Strong and Weak Passwords Lesson Overview: In this lesson, students will differentiate between strong and weak passwords and dictate, transcribe, and type passwords consisting of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
Lesson 10: Computer Sign In and Sign Out
Lesson Overview: In this lesson, students will turn on and wake up a computer, use a username and password to log in to a computer, and lock, sign out of, and shut down a computer.
Lesson 11: Using the Windows Desktop
Lesson Overview: In this lesson, students will learn the basics of the Windows desktop and taskbar, how to open an app shortcut from the desktop or taskbar, how to minimize, maximize, and close an open app window.
Lesson 13: Using Google Chrome
Lesson Overview: In this lesson, students will learn parts of the Google Chrome window, how to navigate in Chrome using linked text and objects and the back and forward buttons, and how to scroll in a window.
Lesson 17: Staying Safe in a Digital World
Lesson Overview: In this lesson, students will learn how to identify and deal with scams in the form of email, text messages, and online pop-up windows and advertisements.
Lesson 18: Searching the Internet
Lesson Overview: In this lesson, students will learn how to perform a simple Internet search, evaluate and open search results, and read several search results to answer questions about one or more topics.