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Why Is Computer Literacy Very Important In Our Present Day


Advancement in ICT (Information Communication Technology, has made the world to be viewed as a global village. Regional economies, societies, and cultures have become integrated through a global network of communication, transportation, and trade), the Computers playing a major role, in this integration.

This integration of regions or nations of the world through this global network has made the world to be like a big village, where various nations are like clans in this big village, while the Presidents of the various nations are like heads of clans in this big village.

Therefore as it is, anything that affects one clan affects the other in this big village. This is what is actually happening in our world of today. A crisis in the Niger Delta of Nigeria affects the international price of crude oil, travels, etc.

This joining together of countries in the world economically, through education, society and politics, and citizens viewing themselves not only through their national identity but also as part of the world as a whole is what is Globalization.

Globalization is a process of interaction and integration among the people, companies, and governments of different nations, a process driven by a combination of economic, socio-culture, politics, international trade and investment. This process is aided by ICT (Information Communication Technology), in which the Internet pays a major role, through the network of Computers cut across the globe or world.

Globalization, has effects on the environment, on culture, on political systems, on economic development and prosperity, and on human physical well-being in societies around the world.

In our world today, there are few places a person canít get to via telephone or the Internet. Because of modern modes communication, citizens of a nation are more conscious of the world at large and may be influenced by other cultures in a variety of ways. Time and space matter less, and even language barriers are being overcome as people all over the world communicate through trade, social Internet forums, various media sources, and a variety of other ways.

As a result of globalization, as earlier mentioned above, the world is viewed as one Big Town or Village called a Global Village. And groups of members in the Global Village are called Global Community. One major medium which has brought people of all nations closer together is the Internet. Internet is the networks of Computers all over the globe, which enable people of the world (Global Community), communicate with each other. Internet is one part of ICT (Information and Communication Technology).

ICT has been a major driver of globalization. Advancement in ICT, in particular, has dramatically transformed economic life. ICT Technologies have given all sorts of individual economic actors, consumers, investors and businesses valuable new tools for identifying and pursuing economic opportunities, including faster and more informed analyses of economic trends around the world, easy transfers of assets, and collaboration with distant partners.

As you are reading this book now, minds are communicating all over the world through the Internet, to achieve their desires. Buying and Selling, School Admission and Registration, Airline Travel Booking, Research of any kind, Banking, Emails, looking for Employment, Information, etc, are all going on through the Internet.

Being Part of the Global Community

From the understanding above, no country or individual in this present world, can succeed if that country or individual is not part or a member of the global community. To be a member of the global community, you must:

  • You have to be Educated.
  • Be Computer Literate.
  • Learn how to use the Computer and Internet.
  • Own a Personal Computer (Desktop or Laptop).
  • Get connected to the Internet.
  • Own a Website.

Computer Literacy

Computer literacy is defined as the knowledge and ability to use computers and technology efficiently. Computer literacy has three components as follows:

  • Knowing what the computer is.
  • Learning how to use the computer.
  • Knowing how computers work and operate.

This later component is for advanced users or operators who may want to be computer engineers. Knowing and having the ability to use computers is mile stone into the global community.

Why Is Computer Literacy Necessary?

There are a lot of things you will need the computer for directly or indirectly in this present age of ours. Either you use it directly or someone is using it on your behalf. Some reasons why you have to be computer literate are as listed below:

  • When looking for job, your employers require that you be computer literate, as computer could be a basic tool you will have to use to carry out your duties.

  • In most places of business, computer is standard. For example, in the banks computers are used for banking transactions and to look up customer's account information. In some auto repair shop computers are used to assess electronic and other faults in cars.

  • In schools computers are used for studentís registration and admission, accounting, exams and records. School libraries are database of books. No more use of library cards.

  • In some Hospitals and Clinics patient information are stored in computers. Patients' illnesses are these days diagnosed by computers. Doctors must know how to carry out these diagnoses and retrieve patient information to treat such a patient.

  • Post Offices are almost written off as a result of E-Mail (Electronic Mails). People these days sent emails rather than writing letters. To send or receive electronic mails you need to learn how to use the Computer and the Internet or you pay someone to do it for you.

  • If you buy things in the supermarkets, computers are used to calculate your bills through bar codes.

  • Computers are used to keep records or purchases and sales in stores and print reports.

  • Computers could be used to listen to play music, watch films, store records and pictures, write books, read news papers, read or listen to world news.

This list could be endless. Therefore it is in the best interests of everyone who can, to start learning to use the Personal Computers now. It will help the old and the young get jobs and it will help people advancement in their careers.

Computer literacy does not mean you need to know how use every type of computer or every single piece of software you may come across. It does not mean you need to know how to write programs or network computers. You just need to know some basics:

  • What a computer is and what it is used for.
  • How to Start the Computer.
  • How to use the OS (Operating System) running in your Computer, Windows, Mac or Linux.
  • How to open Application Software such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Create, Save and Open Files.
  • How to Exit or Close an Application Software and open another.
  • How to properly shutdown the Computer after usage.
  • How to use the Internet to Browse the Internet, send and receive email.
  • How to listen to Music and play Video in your Computer.
  • How to handle your PC (Personal Computer).

When you learn how to use the computer, you will have some sort spot for it in your mind, when you come to appreciate how easy it is to use the computer and how useful it is. Then the fear that it is impossible or difficult to learn how to use the computer would have been a thing of the past.

I remember when I was teaching a very good friend of mine who was very good with the typewriter, how to use the Microsoft Word and the Mouse. It did not come so easy. But because she had made up her mind to learn, it did not take time for her to start using the mouse. One day I went to her office to see her, just to find out that the typewriter she so much loved was under the table. Then I ask her how is the mouse doing? And she smiled. Her master's programme was on Computer Networking. This is the joy of learning how to use the PC (Personal Computers).

How do you Become Computer Literate?

To become Computer Literate, you have to attend a Computer Training School. There are all over the place. In such schools, Basic Computer courses are offered. They are usually reasonably priced, and you can workout time to learn them. There are free online courses in the Internet, if you don want to attend any school. You can learn from a cyber cafe, but some body must have to teach you. Some Cyber Cafe offer computer courses. Three free computer courses online sites are:

  • http://www.gcflearnfree.org
  • http://www.hplearningcenter.com
  • http://www.freetech4teachers.com

At this point in time you don't have to own a Computer. After finishing your course, you would have made up your mind as to what you want to do with a PC. This will guide you towards the type of PC to own.

Learn How to Use the Internet

After learning how to use the computer, to be a member of the global community, you must, you must know how to use the internet. If you can imagine the information you can find virtually from any facet of life in the Internet, you will appreciate what humans are doing to make life and the world an easy place to live in. You must learn and know how to use the Internet to be relevant in this 21st Century. There is no age barrier to becoming a computer literate. Interest is the watch word. It is good to learn from a Computer Training School, how to use the Internet. When you have grabbed the basics, then you can visit these free sites below for further lessons:

  • http://www.internet101.org
  • http://www.learnthenet.com
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/course
  • http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/welcome/indexold.htm

Own a Personal Computer (Desktop or Laptop)

After learning how to use the computer and the internet, you must own your own personal computer and get connected to the internet. We have a book that teaches you how you can buy the best computer of you need. Your decision to own a PC depends on what you want top do with it, and the book has exhaustively discussed all you need to know, to own a personal computer..

Get Connected to the Internet

After learning how to use a personal computer and buying one for yourself, you have to get connected to the Internet. There are a lot of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in your area. All you need to do is to approach any one of them to find out about their services, and discuss the one that suit your purpose. They are expects and they will advice you better. GSM Providers also provide Internet services. The best thing to do is to carry out a survey of the Internet services available in your area, and then make a choice.

Own a Website

Websites are collection of webpages. A webpage is an (electronic page) which is displayed on the screen of your computer when you open the webpage from the Internet. All websites are stored in special computers called servers in the Internet. Servers are owned by companies in different countries of the world.

Once you are connected to the Internet, you are connected to the servers. If you want to view a website, all you to do, is to type the name of the website in the browser of your computer and you click search. Your computer will search through the servers in the Internet, and if it finds it, it will display the webpage on the screen of you computer for you to see and read.

Webpage may contain personal information about you or your business or family. Websites are what actually announces a country or an individual to the world. They are different types of websites some of them are as listed below:

  • Personal Websites
  • Family Websites
  • Business Websites
  • Community Websites
  • Educational Websites
  • Religious Websites
  • Government Websites
Websites are designed by website designer, people who have learnt how to design or develop websites. Once the websites have been designed, they are hosted into any of the servers in the world.



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