I had a conversation with a teacher today about how to teach students the 'basic skills' of the Microsoft suite (Word, PPT, Excel, Access). Students at one of the schools where I am working at do not really know how to use these programs and she believes that students need to take a course that teaches them these skills, while I believe that it has to be integrated into the curriculum. She thinks that integration is the final goal but in order to get there we have to train the teachers as well as educate the students on how to use these programs. How do you go about this problem? What kinds of 'basic skills' are important to teach our students and how can we make time to make them a part of the curriculum?