Free ICT course at Clutha li­brary

Clutha Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - MARY-JO TOHILL

Clutha Dis­trict li­braries is hold­ing free com­puter train­ing ses­sions, start­ing this month.

The pi­lot pro­gramme will kick off with Com­puter Ba­sics, tar­get­ing ab­so­lute be­gin­ners, on Tues­day Novem­ber 14, 6pm - 8pm at the Bal­clutha Li­brary, and will be re­peated the next morn­ing, Wed­nes­day Novem­ber 15, 10am - 12 noon.

Clutha Dis­trict Li­braries have been in ne­go­ti­a­tion with the 20/20 Trust for pro­vid­ing the Step­ping Up dig­i­tal lit­er­acy pro­gramme to the Clutha com­mu­nity. Classes are lim­ited to just six par­tic­i­pants, and all mod­ules are de­signed to be two hours long.

The first ses­sion cov­ers core func­tions of a com­puter and file man­age­ment:

· Desk­top, log-on and pass­words · Us­ing a mouse and key­board · Files and fold­ers

· Au­to­matic up­dates

· Ba­sic trou­bleshoot­ing

· How to run a disk clean-up, disk de­frag­menter and er­ror-check­ing

The Novem­ber 21-22 mod­ule cov­ers email, and is in­tended for peo­ple who do not al­ready have an email ac­count:

· Cre­ate a free email ac­count

· Nav­i­gate around your email ac­count

· Add an ad­dress to your con­tacts list

This will be fol­lowed up with how to use the email ac­count on Novem­ber 28-29 and will cover:

· Send­ing, re­ceiv­ing, re­ply­ing and for­ward­ing emails

· Send­ing, re­ceiv­ing and sav­ing an at­tach­ment

· Cre­at­ing fold­ers and groups · Recog­nis­ing SPAM and other po­ten­tially harm­ful email

The De­cem­ber 5-6 mod­ules will cover Word 1 text for­mat­ting skills:

· Use Mi­crosoft Word to en­ter, se­lect and for­mat text

· Cre­ate, save doc­u­ments

The pur­pose of the pro­gramme is to pro­vide free in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy - ICT train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple in com­mu­ni­ties who are seek­ing to dig­i­tally up­skill to im­prove em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties or en­hance their lives. Bal­clutha li­brar­i­ans will use the pi­lot pro­gramme to get an idea of the likely de­mand and suit­able times, with a view to hold­ing ses­sions at other li­braries in the dis­trict, and more ad­vanced mod­ules.

Any­one in­ter­ested con­tact Bal­clutha Li­brary. and re­trieve

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