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When deciding which course to enroll for, please keep in mind that the order below is deliberate.

If you are a beginner, please, there is no shame in starting at 1. with the beginners' ComputerAwareness course and progressing from there. You will get a basic grounding which helps you to follow later courses more easily. If you have prior experience, you will have to discuss your starting point with the course coordinator. There is also a good case to be made for repeating a course if you feel you need to, in order to fully grasp the teaching in it.

Once you have completed the basic core courses, 1 to 6 as shown below, you can then branch out into fields that interest you with a firm background knowledge.

Please click the course title you are interested in for a summary. You can also scroll down to look at all courses.

  1. Computer awareness for beginners 
  2. Files and Folders 
  3. Managing your computer
  4. Camera Basics
  5. Photo and Image editing
  6. Introduction to Spreadsheets
  7. Power Point presentations
  8. Computer Workshops

Courses for Mac Users

  1. Getting Started with Mac

Courses for iPad Users

1. Introduction to iPad 1
2. iPad, 2

 Course For Android Tablet & Phone Users

1. Introduction to Android tablets

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When deciding which course to enroll for, please keep in mind that the order below is deliberate.  If you are a beginner, please, there is no shame in starting with the Beginners Computer Awareness course and progressing from there.  You will get a basic grounding which helps you to follow later courses more easily.  If you have prior experience, please discuss your starting point with the course coordinator.  There is also a good case to be made for repeating a course if you feel you need to, in order to fully grasp the teaching in it. Repeat courses are free if you have the original manual.

For those members who are busy during the day, or who might still be working, sometimes arrangements can be made to have evening classes, but you have to tell us exactly what you need as tutors are limited.


Courses for PC Users

Once you have completed the basic core courses 1 to 5 as shown below you can then branch out into fields that interest you with firm background knowledge. 


Computer Awareness for beginners
8 hours

A course to get you started.  No pre-knowledge is presumed. You will have four weeks of 2 hourly lessons on all the basic pointers to begin using your new computer. This course caters for owners of Windows 7, 8 and 10 operating systems. Topics include finding your way around your computer, basic computer management skills, simple writing and printing skills, creation of files and folders, the use of portable disks, as well as health and safety issues.


Saving Documents and Photos to Folders
4 or 8 hours

This course will help you and store files and folders in an orderly manner, so you will know where to find them again.  It includes: How to look after your files.  Saving, loading and locating files.  Organising your file system.  Searching for lost files.  Practice in creating, copying, moving and deleting files and folders, use of the right mouse button and keyboard commands. We also offer a refresher course lasting 4 hours called Saving Documents & Pictures. Learners  should already have basic skills in word processing ie. Word Processing Level 1. A vital course to relieve many frustrations and help you enjoy your computer better!


Managing Your Computer
8 hours

This course will allow you to customize your computer and set it up in a way that suits you. Learn Windows Explorer management skills and how to use the control panel and its settings. Also learn how to set the screensaver and desktop, adjust the start menu, use shortcuts, to customize your toolbars and find your way around Windows Help.  Learners should already have basic skills in word processing i.e. Word Processing Level 1. 


Now delve into your favourite area of interest and learn more about it.  All of the courses below can stand alone BUT all presume that you have completed the five core courses above to a satisfactory level of understanding and confidence.  That way we can guarantee that you will enjoy yourself during your chosen course and come away with increased knowledge and confidence.   Other courses of interest will be added in future if materials and tutors are available.


Photo and Image Editing using Digital Image Suite, or Faststone
6 hours

These courses will introduce learners to digital image programs and some of the commonly used features to manipulate images. On successful completion of this course learners will be able to adjust, enhance and bring new features to digital or scanned images. Two hour workshops can also be arranged on such topics as: downloading photos, editing/resizing, having fun with photos etc. Basic knowledge of word processing required.


Introduction to Spreadsheets
8 hours

This course is designed to teach basic spreadsheets and simple databases up to the level that can be used for domestic budgeting or managing the finances of a small club. Whilst the course is based on Excel 2010, learners with their own laptops with 2007 or (Mac) 2008 or 2011 versions will be accommodated. For this reason a “workshop” approach to tutoring has been adopted, with a minimum of exact detail written down in the course notes, and the accent placed on demonstration followed by learner “hands-on” participation. Learners must be already conversant with basic processing functions before taking the course, including Save and Save as, Print and Print Preview and Cut, Copy and Paste.


 Power Point Presentations
6 hours 

A basic introduction into how to produce a slide presentation called PowerPoint. This program lets you make up a set of slides containing whatever you wish, such as photographs and information. You will learn how to insert Animations, fly-ins on screen typing, word-art, and fancy backgrounds using easy to follow instructions. We also offer a two hour workshop which provides a working introduction to the basics of PowerPoint. Basic knowledge of word processing and file management required. You will also need your own copy of a slide presentations software (either Microsoft Office PowerPoint, or one provided by Open office or Mac).


Introduction to Digital Cameras
6 hours

Learn how to use your new digital camera and become familiar with different modes. Then download the photos to your computer and save them into folders. The last session will teach the basics of photo manipulation such as crop, lighten/darken, straighten and remove red-eye. Bring your camera along to the classes.


Workshops
2 hours

These workshops will introduce learners to a particular topic and deal with it over a two hour session.

Subjects will vary but may include new trends in computing technology, or refresher sessions on a topic of interest. Examples are:

Skype, blogs, Facebook, internet banking, online shopping, text messaging, photostory, disk management, flash drives, files and folders, card making, saving and printing items from the internet, installing/uninstalling programs, backing up your data, desktop publishing (Publisher), card and calendar making, Internet security, Google Earth, eBooks, etc.  


 Courses for Mac Users

Getting Started with Mac OS
8 hours

A beginner’s course for those new to the Mac OS. You will learn how to find your way around the computer, set up the Dock and customize your computer using System Preferences. You will be introduced to the programs that come with a Mac, including Email, Internet, and iPhoto. A must for all Mac users. Course will be extended to 8 hours if learners are totally new to computing.


 

 Workshops
2 hours

These workshops will introduce learners to a particular topic and deal with it over a two hour session.

Subjects will vary but may include new trends in computing technology, or refresher sessions on a topic of interest. Examples are:

Calendar, Skype, blogs, Facebook, internet banking, online shopping, text messaging, “Finder” management, flash drives, card making, saving and printing items from the internet, backing up your data, card and calendar making, Internet security, Google Earth, eBooks, etc.


Courses for iPad Users

iPad Part 1
4 hours

iPad Part 2
6 hours

These two courses cover introduction to iPad, setting up your iPad, downloading apps, using Safari, Mail and other Apps which are preloaded, adjusting settings, etc. Students must complete iPad Part 1 before undertaking iPad, Part 2.


Pages for iPad
8 hours

An introduction to using the word processing app, Pages for iPad.


Courses for Android Tablet and Phone Users

Introduction to Android Tablet
8 hours

This course is an introduction to your Android, setting up, downloading apps, using Internet, Mail and other Apps which are preloaded, adjusting settings, etc.


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 Next Meeting

Monday 6th November
10.00 am

at 42 Pah St, Motueka
Smile Bring $2 for a raffle ticket Smile.

Annual General Meeting

5 minute Member's Spot
TBA


Help & Support Sessions


General topics:
    Sat 28th Oct 2-3.30pm
General topics:
    Mon 13th Nov 10-11.30am
Mobile device related topics:
    Tues 14th Nov 7-8.30pm
General topics:
    Sat 25th Nov 2-3.30pm


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Next Committee Meeting

Monday 16th October
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