Best Hands-On Learning
TestOut's state-of-the-art simulation labs are a proven way to give students hands-on experience working with diverse technologies/platforms and build their competence in digital literacy. Replicating real world examples, these labs are designed to support teachers in the classroom and assess student's understanding as they interact with the concepts being taught.
Keyboarding Skills Labs
Emphasizing finger placement and ergonomics, students practice typing letters, words and sentences. Scores allow teachers to assess the student’s keyboarding skills.
Students can practice installing, upgrading and configuring various hardware components involved in setting up a computer.
Operating Systems Labs
Students will explore the UI elements and features of Windows OS and Linux OS. They will also learn the intricacies of file systems using GUI (Graphical User Interface) in Windows, and CLI (Command Line Interface) in Windows and Linux.
Microsoft Office Labs
Interacting with Microsoft Word, students will learn to create and edit tables and documents from templates. They will also learn how to modify and format images and text.
In Excel, students will learn different data types and how to create and format tables and charts. Students will also learn the basics of data entry and building spreadsheets.
Interacting with PowerPoint, students will modify slide presentations, and format tables, images, and lists. They'll make their slides more engaging with transitions and animations.
With Access, students will Insert, modify and remove data, and learn to create a simple query.
Interacting with Outlook, students will learn the interface and function of email and calendaring activities, including creating, sending, modifying, responding to and deleting emails and events.
Students will get to work in a simulated home office or business environment, and learn how to set up a network. They will configure a simple wired network and a simple wireless network. They will also install a NIC, set up switches and routers, and connect to a wireless network.
Internet Technology Labs
Interacting with Google’s Search engine, students will gain hands on experience with advanced search, image search and search evaluation/validation.
Mobile Device Labs
Exploring the iPad OS interface and iPad applications, students will learn how to install/uninstall apps, and configure iPad settings. They'll practice connecting mobile devices with Bluetooth, cellular networks and Wi-Fi. They'll also learn how to keep mobile devices secure and private.