SteppingUP - Free Computer Courses

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Let us help you unravel the mysteries of using a computer - and it won't cost you a cent.

LogoSteppingUP is a national digital literacy initiative developed by the 2020 Communications Trust.

The programme provides a number of modules of computer and internet training using standard software applications to build partipants' skills and confidence. Each module takes two hours to complete and is designed to stand alone.

All classes are free.

Classes may be cancelled if minimum registrations are not reached.

If you are interested in any of the courses below and the dates and times don't work for you, please contact us.

Registering for courses:

You can register at http://steppingup.org.nz/ or ask a library staff member next time you visit the library.

When registering, select Courses - Nelson Marlborough - Upcoming courses Nelson-Marlborough region.

You'll see that courses are being offered at Marlborough and Nelson Libraries as well as Tasman District Libraries. Make sure you only register for the courses being run in Tasman District.

Motueka Library  

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Discover your library online

Learn how to access and use the library catalogue and e-Resources.

This course includes:

  • The library catalogue - searching, accessing My Account, renewing and placing holds online
  • How to find and access the library's e-Resources
  • A quick look at Books and Authors, New Zealand Geographic, Who Else Writes Like and World Book Online

Prerequisites:

  • Participants should be familiar with using a computer
  • Participants need a Tasman District Libraries membership to access online resources. You'll need your membership card number and PIN

Tuesday 20 June 10.00am-12.00 noon

Email

Learn how to set-up and use an email account.

 

This course includes:

  • Creating a free email account (Gmail)
  • Navigating around your email account
  • Adding an address to your contacts lists
  • Sending, receiving, replying and forwarding emails
  • Sending, receiving and saving attachments
  • Creating folders and groups
  • Recognising SPAM and other potentially harmful email

Prerequisites:

  • Participants must bring a cell phone to set-up an email account
  • Participants with an existing email account - don't forget to bring your email username and password
  • This class will be focused around Gmail email accounts

Tuesday 9 May

10.00am-12.00 noon

Facebook

Learn how to create and use a Facebook account.

 

This course includes:

  • Creating a Facebook account
  • Posting to your wall
  • Accepting and sending friend requests
  • Sending private messages
  • Privacy

Prerequisites:

  • Participants must have a current email account to participate in this class. Don't forget to bring your email username and password.

Tuesday 13 June 10.00am-12.00 noon

 

Google Maps and Google Earth

A basic introduction to using Google Maps and Google Earth.

 

This course includes:

  • Using Google Maps, street view and directions
  • Basic features of Google Earth including navigation tools, 3D viewer, using layers and historical imagery

Prerequisites:

  • Basic computer skills essential

Tuesday 23 May 10.00am-12.00 noon

Historic New Zealand newspapers

Papers Past contains digitised pages from 19th and 20th century New Zealand newspapers. They include newspapers for the Nelson area from 1842 to 1922 and are an excellent source of information for local researchers and family historians.

Learn how to:

  • Navigate the Papers Past website
  • Search for specific people, places or events
  • Narrow down your search results
  • Use keywords and phrase searching effectively

Prerequisites:

  • Basic computer skills
Tuesday 27 June 10.00am-12.00 noon
Internet Basics

Learn how to access the web and how to use the Google search engine for finding information on the Internet.

This course includes:

  • Understanding common terms on the Internet
  • Using the Google search engine
  • Understanding links
  • Using Google images
  • Google search tips and tricks

Prerequisites:

  • Participants should be familiar with using a computer

Tuesday 30 May 10.00am-12.00 noon

Word - Text formatting

An introduction to Microsoft Word. You will learn about basic formatting and how to use Word to create documents.

This course includes:

  • Creating a document
  • Entering, selecting and formatting text
  • Paragraph alignment and line spacing
  • Saving a document
  • Retrieving a document

Tuesday 2 May

10.00am-12.00 noon

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Richmond Library  

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Ancestry.com

You will learn tips for effective searching on Ancestry.com, including records that are available in the UK and New Zealand.

This class will cover:

  • Search tips for using Ancestry
  • Record collections for New Zealand
  • Record collections for the UK
  • Viewing Public Member Trees
  • How to send records home from the library

Prerequisites:

  • Participants should be familiar with using a computer

Thursday 4 May & 1 June

10.00am-12.00 noon

Discover your library online

Learn how to access and use the library catalogue and e-Resources.

This course includes:

  • The library catalogue - searching, accessing My Account, renewing and placing holds online
  • How to find and access the library's e-Resources
  • A quick look at Books and Authors, New Zealand Geographic, Who Else Writes Like and World Book Online

Prerequisites:

  • Participants should be familiar with using a computer
  • Participants need a Tasman District Libraries membership to access online resources. You'll need your membership card number and PIN

Thursday 8 June

10.00am-12.00 noon

Facebook

Learn how to create and use a Facebook account.

This course includes:

  • Creating a Facebook account
  • Posting to your wall
  • Accepting and sending friend requests
  • Sending private messages
  • Privacy

Prerequisites:

  • Participants must have a current email account to participate in this class. Don't forget to bring your email username and password.

Thursday 25 May 10.00am-12.00 noon

Historic New Zealand Newspapers

Papers Past contains digitised pages from 19th and 20th century New Zealand newspapers. They include newspapers for the Nelson area from 1842 to 1922 and are an excellent source of information for local researchers and family historians.

Learn how to:

  • Navigate the Papers Past website
  • Search for specific people, places or events
  • Narrow down your search results
  • Use keywords and phrase searching effectively

Prerequisites:

  • Basic computer skills

Thursday 29 June

10.00am-12.00 noon

Introduction to tablets

This course provides an introduction to tablets.

 

Learn about:

  • The differences between a PC and a tablet
  • Touch, tap, swipe, hold and drag
  • Connecting to Wi-Fi
  • Setting up security
  • Surfing the Web
  • Downloading and installing Apps (programmes)
  • e-Reading

Thursday 18 May & 15 June

10.00am-12.00 noon

Photo editing

Learn how to crop, edit and colour your digital photos. In this class we will be using PIXLR editor (free online picture editing software) to edit and fix digital photos. Most of the skills learnt in class can be used with other photo editing software such as Paint or Photoshop.

Learn how to:

  • Crop and resize your photos
  • Remove minor marks, dirt and other damage
  • Customize colour

Prerequisites:

  • Basic computer skills

What to bring (optional):

  • USB flashdrive/memory stick to save your work to
  • A digital copy of a photo you want to edit (on a USB stick)

Thursday 11 May

10.00am-12.00 noon

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