I like this literacy plan and believe it will be effective. We can add even more value to this by making the plan vendor-neutral. For example, in Ilana's case, naming Microsoft products not only assumes this vendor's suite of applications but also MS operating systems.
Continuing with this example, Ilana's plan can substitute the words "Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel" with "productivity applications, including a word processor, presentation software and spreadsheets."
I bring this up because we have been reconditioning pc's and laptops with either MSOS (WinXP or newer) or Linux (usually Ubuntu). In both cases, we include OpenOffice.org's application suite pre-configured to use the most popular file formats. These configurations have been well-received by high school and colleges students.
The advantages are two-fold: - initial costs are driven down further - computer literacy isn't vendor-dependent
Thanks again, Ilana, for a compelling idea. -Craig