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        

CourseDetailsDates
Digital photos

This course will help you manage and share your photos from your camera

Learn how to:

  • Transfer photos from your digital camera to a computer
  • Share your digital photos with family and friends

Prerequisites:

  • Participants should be familiar with using a computer
  • Digital camera and USB cable
  • USB memory stick
  • Facebook login details (not essential)

Tuesday 15 August 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 29 August

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 12 September 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 8 August 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 26 September 10.00am-12.00 noon

Introduction to Family History, Part 1

In this course you will learn how to locate online family history information using both free genealogy websites and subscription databases.

This course includes:

  • Basic steps to get you started on your family history research
  • A look a free genealogy sites including births, deaths and marriages, cemetery records and immigrant/shipping records
  • A look at subscription databases including Ancestry.com

Prerequisites:

  • Basic computer skills essential

Tuesday 22 August

10.00am-12.00 noon

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Richmond Library        

CourseDetailsDates
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 14 September 10.00am-12.00 noon

Google Drive

Google Drive is a file storage service created by Google.  It allows users to store files in the cloud, share files, and edit documents, spreadsheets and presentations with others.

You will learn how to use Goggle Drive to store, create and share files;

  • What is Google Drive?
  • What would I use Google Drive for?
  • How do I get started?
  • Using Google Drive apps

Prerequisites:

  • Basic computer skills

Thursday 21 September

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 7 September

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 28 September

10.00am-12.00 noon

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