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 need to bring to this course

  • Digital camera and USB cable
  • USB memory stick (not essential)
  • Facebook login details (not essential)

Tuesday 28 February

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

Tuesday 4 April 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 7 March

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 14 March 10.00am-12.00 noon

Online Newspapers

Learn how to access New Zealand, international and historic New Zealand newspapers.

 

This course includes:

  • Using PapersPast - discover what life was like in 19th and early 20th century New Zealand with these historic newspapers
  • Using PressReader - read full digital replicas of local, national and international newspapers
  • Accessing newspaper and magazine articles from the 1990s onward through various e-resources, i.e. Australia/NZ Reference Centre

Tuesday 11 April 10.00am-12.00 noon

Skype

You will learn how to use Skype and its basic functions.

 

This class includes:

  • Create a Skype account
  • Search, request and add contacts
  • Video and telephone calls
  • Webcams

Tuesday 21 February

10.00am-12.00 noon

 

TradeMe

Learn how to buy and sell goods using TradeMe

 

This course includes:

  • Creating a TradeMe account
  • Browsing TradeMe to locate iteams of interest for sale
  • Saving auctions to your watchlist
  • Sending questions to sellers
  • Reserve prices and auto-bidding

Prerequisites:

  • Participants should be familiar with using a computer
  • Participants must have a current email account to participate in this class.  Don't forget to bring your email username and passord

Tuesday 28 March 10.00am-12.00 noon

Word - Editing documents

This course includes:

  • Page layout
  • Copy, cut and paste
  • Spelling and grammar
  • Inserting Clip Art

Tuesday 14 February

10.00am-12.00 noon

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Richmond Library                                                                                 

CourseDetailsDates
Cut, Copy, Paste

Simple techniques to help you copy and move text and images within documents. Change the order of your paragraphs, add text from a website to your document, or drop an image into an email

 

This class will cover:

  • Using your mouse to select and copy text
  • Transferring text to a new document or location
  • Using shortcut keys for cut, copy, paste and undo (for both PC and Mac computers)
  • Using the Snipping Tool in Microsoft Windows to take screen shots
  • Copy and inserting images into document

Prerequisites:

  • Basic mouse skills are required
  • Please note this class is suitable for desk top computer or laptop users, not for tablet users

Thursday 23 March

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 30 March

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 23 February 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
  • Learn to narrow down your search results
  • Learn to use keywords and phrase searching effectively

Prerequisites:

  • Basic computer skills

Thursday 6 April

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 searching tips and tricks

Prerequisites:

  • Participants should be familiar with using a computer

Thursday 9 March

10.00am-12.00 noon

Introduction to Family History - Part 1 and 2

In this two session 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 at free genealogy sites including births, deaths and marriages, cemetery records and immigrant/shipping records
  • A look at subscription databases including Ancestry.com

Prerequisites:

  • This course runs over two sessions so you will need to be able to attend both sessions
  • Basic computer skills essential

Part 1

Friday 31 March

10.00am-12.00 noon

 

Part 2

Friday 7 April

10.00am-12.00 noon

 Introduction to tablets

This course provides an introduction to Tablets

 

Learn:

  • The differences between a PC and a Tablet
  • Touch, tap, swipe, hold and drag
  • Connecting to Wi-Fi
  • Setting up security
  • Surfing the Web
  • How to download and install Apps (programs)
  • e-Reading

 

Thursday 16 March

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 2 March

10.00am-12.00 noon

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