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Venue

All lectures, seminars and other events will be held at the Seventh Day Adventist Church rooms, 118 Apirana Avenue (Corner Eastview Road and Apirana Avenue) Glen Innes, unless otherwise stated.

Course Levels

Courses are listed as levels 1 through to 4, based on the level of skills and knowledge involved. Level 1 courses are designed for beginners, and they should complete as many of these courses as possible before advancing to Level 2 and beyond. When teaching Level 2 courses, tutors will normally expect members to have the knowledge and skills covered at Level 1.

Subjects taught on Level 1 are: Basic Computing in Internet and Email (in various versions of Windows), Elementary word processing in email, File Management (in various versions of Windows), iPad – a workshop for beginners. Email, Internet, File Management, Word processing (MS Word), Windows8.1 and iPad continue at Level 2. In addition there are some specialist topics like TradeMe which require a full understanding of the Level 1 topics.

Other subjects like MS Excel, Picture editing and Video Making start at Level 3 and it is fairly important that participants attempting these courses are confident in all aspects of the lower levels.

You might have acquired Level 1 skills by self-learning or other means, so you can proceed to Level 2 directly if you wish. However, you should first read the Level 1 topics and confirm that you have fully mastered them. Similarly for direct entry into Levels 3 and 4.

To Enrol

Enrolment in a course directly through this website was introduced this year and has generally worked well although a couple of tweaks have been needed.

Here’s how it works: Click on the link to “Enrol/Join” button on the main menu or here. The relevant page appears.

Fill in the fields on the right hand side, as described on the page.
Click in the boxes of the course(s) in which you wish to enrol.
Click the “Send” button which appears in green in the last line of the red wording on the right hand side of the page.

A confirming message will then appear and you are invited to return to the home page. When you next open your emails, a copy of your enquiry will be received as further confirmation that the enrolment is being processed.
If you do not receive this confirmation email, please repeat the routine or leave a message on the SNEB voicemail at (09)5282751 (see below).

Within a day or two you should receive a further email, either notifying you of your place in a specific course or advising that you are on the waiting list for the course and you’ll be notified again when it is scheduled.

Please use the above method if you can, otherwise leave a voice mail message by phoning (09)5282751 giving your name, phone number and the name of the course in which you would like to enrol.

If you require assistance in making your choice, i.e. you are unsure of which course best suits your needs or whether it would be of any use to you, please tell us in the message and we will phone you back to discuss this.

In all courses, printed notes are provided

** Once you receive enrolment confirmation, please be ready to pay the Tutor on the first day of the course.

Understanding

Should you feel that, after several tries of working from the course notes you are unable to understand a lesson you should contact the tutor, preferably by e-mail, or telephone.

Specialised Knowledge

If you have specialised knowledge of software not covered in our courses (below) and would be willing to work with us to develop a course please let us know through the voice mail at (09)5282751

Lists

Click on any item to see the course descriptions, tutors, dates and times. Also click on the Calendar to see how they all fit in. Figures for “places left” may be out of date but those on the Enrol/Join page are live.

Courses Scheduled

Lectures and Seminars

Scheduled as Needed

Courses Scheduled

Apple iPad for Beginners (level 1) [Course 120]

Six 2 hour classes for $45

Stream#793: Pamela, 10am – noon, full

Thu, Feb 08, 15, 22, Mar 01, 08, 15, 2018

Outline

This workshop is for beginners on the Apple iPad tablet, not to be confused with an Android tablet like a Samsung Galaxy.
The class will have one or more tutors, as well as helpers.
There are videos and some projected tutorial material to help, and notes for the course will be provided. Students will work on their own iPad under the guidance of a tutor.

Background

The only requirement is that your iPad is set up with your personal email address and an Apple ID Password. Make sure you know your Password, it is essential for class.

Topics Covered Include

  • Get to know the iPad.
  • Basic operations.
  • Connecting to WiFi.
  • Sending & receiving emails, forwarding & replying.
  • Adding contacts to your list, editing existing contacts.
  • What is a Personal hotspot?
  • Apple ID and Password;
  • Apps.- what are they? All about Apps and using the App Store.
  • Notifications
  • Notes and using the different keyboards.
  • Taking photos, sending, editing, and saving photos from incoming emails.
  • Map- find locations and get directions.
  • Calendar
  • Searching the web using Safari.
    And more.

Skills Required

Curiosity and enthusiasm will be helpful,
No pre-requisite skills are required.

Hardware Required

Bring your own Apple iPad which must be ready to use with battery charged.

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Lectures and Seminars

Can You Help?

It is hoped to develop further discussion groups. If you would enjoy a discussion group in any subject relative to computers, tell us about it

Scheduled as Needed

Monthly General Meeting (all members) [Course 13]

Outline

A general meeting and lecture is usually held on the third Wednesday of each
month at 10am at the new SNEB premises at the Glen Innes Seventh Day Adventist Church, 118 Apirana Avenue (Corner of Eastview Road and Apirana Avenue). The entry to the SNEB rooms is from the entrance fronting Apirana Avenue
The lecture is followed morning tea and sometimes by questions and answers from one or more guest speakers on a topic of interest to SeniorNet. Other matters of administrative or computing importance may also be discussed.

Notes

In June, this meeting becomes the Annual General meeting.

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Android Tablets – introduction to the Samsung devices (level 1) [Course 134]

Four 2 hour classes for $30

Outline

This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of operating an Android device. You will learn some of the differences between Android-based devices. On completing the course, you should be able to carry out the options listed below.

Topics Covered Include

  • Set up and use the basic systems of an Android Device – turn on and off, put into sleep mode.
  • Understand the Home Screen and multiple screens, the Status Bar, Navigation buttons and Quick Access Bar
  • Operate the system settings, sound, power saving
  • WiFi and security.
  • Installing apps and managing them in folders
  • Apps Screens, opening and closing apps.
  • All about using the keyboard
  • The Contacts App – contact details, groups, photos,
  • Using contacts in e-mail messages

Skills Required

No pre-requisite skills are required. The course will suit beginners as well as those members who are already experienced in other computing options.

Hardware Required

Your own Samsung Android tablet

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Apple Mac – getting the best from basics (level 1) [Course 131]

Four 2 hour classes for $30

Outline

This course is designed to get the best out of the systems and applications which come with your Mac. Participants will need to bring their own Macbook or be willing to “share” one as our SeniorNet does not own Mac computers. Sheryn Preston will run this course in the Seminar room.
All owners of Apple Mac laptops are welcome – from struggling beginners to the very experienced. Those in the latter group could be encouraged to help with our new AppleMac programme.

Topics Covered Include

  • Using the “Finder”, “Dock” and “Launch Pad”
  • Setting “preferences”
  • Developing use of Apple shortcuts
  • Managing your “Documents” more effectively
  • Using “Calendar” and “Address Book”
  • Developing use of “Pages” and “Keynote”
    Photos
  • Backing up using Time Machine.
  • The course will also include (if time) any queries and needs of the students.

Hardware Required

Your own Apple Mac laptop with its power supply

Software Required

Make sure that the Mac operating system is up to date.

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Basic Computing Skills in Windows7 (level 1) [Course 116]

Ten 2 hour classes for $60

Outline

This course is for real beginners in computing. You will learn how to start the computer, manipulate the mouse and then learn about the keyboard and its special keys. You will learn about the World Wide Web using the browser program called Internet Explorer and how to receive and send plain text emails using the popular Google webmail service called Gmail. For more in depth study of these topics you should enrol in the Level 2 courses offered.

Background

No previous experience is necessary, although old touch typists with their knowledge of the standard querty keyboard will have a huge head start!

Topics Covered Include

  • The Boot up process using the operating system the student uses.
  • The desktop, the Start menu and Shut down procedure
  • The mouse functions and the different mouse pointers
  • Basic Microsoft window formats and manipulation of these windows.
  • Opening Internet Explorer and familiarization with the interface and command bars
  • A basic look at the internet using Google
  • Navigation of web-pages with the mouse.
  • The mouse I Beam
  • The Insertion point/Cursor used in all text editing programs
  • Some special keys on the keyboard
  • Selecting text and deleting it
  • The Undo command
  • Gmail window format and commands
  • Composing, sending and receiving simple emails

Hardware Required

To come to SeniorNet, you must own your own computer and have a Broadband internet connection.

Your computer can be a desktop or a laptop with the Windows7 operating system.

Software Required

Windows7 with the standard web-browser Internet Explorer v11.

Basics for Windows8 is taught in a separate course.

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Basic Computing skills in Windows10 (level 1) [Course 137]

Ten 2 hour classes for $60

Outline

Windows 10 is the latest version of a long line of Microsoft Windows systems. It is designed for modern computers of all types. It is linked to the internet for getting Apps from the huge numbers in the online Store, plus the free OneDrive feature which automatically stores copies of your files safely in the internet as a backup.
This is an introductory course for beginners who wish to get started and learn the basics of Windows10. It is also suitable for people who know a little bit already but want to fill in the gaps in their knowledge. You will learn how to start the computer, explore the START menu and desktop, understand Apps and programs, manipulating windows, using the mouse, the keyboard, Search, Edge, Google, SNEB website, file management, writing text, email basics, and OneDrive. This course will give you a foundation of skills, which will help you to advance to other SNEB courses such as word processing, photo editing, security, cloud backup, word processing and Microsoft programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.

Background

No previous experience is necessary, although those with limited experience of Windows 10 will find it very useful. Beginners who are touch typists with their knowledge of the standard querty keyboard will have a huge head start!

Topics Covered Include

  • The Boot up process; opening Windows10 and shutting down.
  • The Desktop, icons and taskbar.
  • Using windows: moving, resizing
  • Mouse functions and pointers.
  • Finding your way around the START menu
  • Apps and tiles.
  • Some special keys on the keyboard
  • Files and folders, sorting files
  • The browser Edge, its search and command functions
  • Browsing the internet using Google, SNEB website, member Log In
  • Email with the Mail App or other email programs
  • Composing, sending and receiving simple emails
  • Microsoft Account, OneDrive internet storage.

Hardware Required

To come to SeniorNet, you must own your own computer and have a Broadband internet connection.

Your computer can be a desktop or a laptop with the Windows10 operating system.

Software Required

A computer running Windows10

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Basic Word Processing with Copy & Paste (level 1) [Course 57]

Three 2 hour classes for $22.50

Outline

Beginners may learn basic common text editing techniques. You will learn to enhance your emails using the Rich Text format in the “Compose Message” windows of the email program that you use; it could be Gmail, or Hotmail or Windows Live Mail. We could possibly use WordPad for users of web based email if this is desirable. The idea is that you will learn these techniques in the email program you normally use.

Uses for This

  • This course is basic preparation for text formatting; many seniors will not want more. But the next step is the MS Word Basics course in which the skill in this course will be refreshed and extended.

Topics Covered Include

  • Selection of text using the keyboard (Shift + arrow key) as well as the mouse
  • Font Formatting
  • Alignment
  • Paragraph formatting
  • Copy and paste

Skills Required

Confidence with the mouse and a good knowledge of the key board are really desirable. Participants should have completed Level 1 Computer Basics and Internet/Email basics or satisfy the tutor that they have attained this standard.

Software Required

No special word processing program is necessary for this course.

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File Management in Windows 7 (level 1) [Course 12]

Four 2 hour classes for $30

Outline

This course looks at the Windows folder structure and management of files using the Microsoft file management program called Windows Explorer in Windows7 computers. It will help you to manage your computer with confidence, keep control of all your files. If you find that the current course is full, you should still register your interest to make sure that the next course is scheduled.

Topics Covered Include

  • Windows Explorer: panels and commands.
  • Files: properties, location, moving, copying, opening and deleting.
  • Drives, folders and files
  • Folders: properties, creating, moving, renaming, folder trees.
  • Setting up your own folder structure
  • Search: to find files, folders or keywords.
  • Backup using a flash drive or by burning CDs
  • Camera memory cards
  • Saving emails.

Skills Required

Confidence in using the mouse and familiarity with the keyboard are really desirable.

Notes

Good file and folder management helps with happy computing!

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Apple iPad for Keen Users (level 2) [Course 132]

Five 2 hour classes for $35

Outline

This course is for those who have completed the Level 1 course or have been using an iPad for some time and are confident in all the topics in the Level 1 six session course. You will work in a group with one or more tutors. There may be videos and some projected tutorial material to help, but you will mainly work on your own iPad under the guidance of your tutor. The list of topics covers some but not necessarily all topics covered. The full content of the course may depend on the experience of those participating in the class.

Background

There will be some revision to enable you to build on earlier work.

Topics Covered Include

  • Tips and Tricks and Useful Apps
  • Books, eBooks, Library Books
  • iTunes
  • Music, Movies, YouTube
  • Photos, Cameras, Creative use of images

Skills Required

Confidence in the topics listed in the iPad for Beginners Workshop Level 1
You must also know your Internet Service Provider, your email address and password.

Hardware Required

Bring your own iPad which must be ready to use, in other words, it must have had the initial setup done and be internet ready.

Software Required

Your iPad must also be running the latest version of the software which is iOS9

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Computer Security (level 2) [Course 88]

Four 2 hour classes for $30

Outline

Learn about safe computing on your Microsoft Windows computer.

Background

Students should be familiar with their operating system Vista or Windows7.

Topics Covered Include

  • Windows Updater
  • Anti-virus programs
  • Firewalls and internet security.
  • Windows Defender.
  • Security Centre.
  • Automatic security updating and scanning

Skills Required

A knowledge of basic skills is essential; completion of most Level 1 courses or (equivalent experience) is desirable

Software Required

Microsoft Windows Vista or Windows7 with an anti-virus program also installed.

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Facebook 101 for Seniors (level 2) [Course 140]

Two 2 hour classes for $15

Outline

See how to create, use and maintain a Facebook page of your own.

Background

You should have confidence in the basics of using your chosen device and be very familiar with internet and email processes.z

Uses for This

  • Keep up with family and friends as much or as little as you want to.

Topics Covered Include

  • Understand complex Facebook privacy policies and settings
  • Use Messenger for Facebook in a variety of ways

Skills Required

Confidence in the basics of using your chosen device is necessary. You should
understand that this is a “cross platform” course; that is, members with Apple, iPad, Android and Windows devices are all welcome. But it is important that participants know how to “handle” their device; it is expected that you can access the internet, have basic navigational skills on a web-page and can download apps from the appropriate ‘App Store’ for your device.

Hardware Required

Bring your own device

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File Management 2 (level 2) [Course 6]

Three 2 hour classes for $15

Outline

This course looks at the Windows folder structure and management of files using the Microsoft file management program called Windows Explorer in Windows Vista and Windows7 computers. It will help you to manage your computer with confidence, keep control of all your files. If you find that the current course is full, you should still register your interest to make sure that the next course is scheduled.

Topics Covered Include

  • Windows Explorer: panels and commands.
  • Files: properties, location, moving, copying, opening and deleting.
  • Drives, folders and files
  • Folders: properties, creating, moving, renaming, folder trees.
  • Setting up your own folder structure
  • Search: to find files, folders or keywords.
  • Backup using a flash drive or by burning CDs
  • Camera memory cards
  • Saving emails.

Skills Required

Confidence in using the mouse and familiarity with the keyboard are really desirable.

Notes

Good file and folder management helps with happy computing!

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Email 2 for all using Gmail (level 2) [Course 117]

Four 2 hour classes for $30

Outline

This course follows from the Level 1 basic Computing for Internet and Email and will extend your knowledge of the email process in Gmail. You will receive a set of notes to cover your situation. If not already done, we will help you to set up “Mail Fetcher” in Gmail so that you can read your messages from another account.
There is no need to change your email address, but from now on you will have two addresses. You will operate them both from Gmail.

Background

Students must be know the User ID and Password for their other account to set up Mail Fetcher.

Topics Covered Include

  • Revision of Gmail Level 1 topics
  • Settings in Gmail
  • Themes and Help
  • Opening, reading and saving attachments,
  • Sending attachments which can be pictures and/or documents
  • Sorting and categorizing emails,
  • Saving emails as standalone web-pages on your computer
  • Formatting in HTML/Rich Text format is NOT covered in this course.

Skills Required

Confidence and experience in basic email skills is necessary, this course will extend and enhance your options in email.

Students should complete Level 1 “Elementary Word Processing in Email” before enrolling in this course. Formatting in HTML/Rich Text format is not covered in this course.

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Internet Extended (level 2) [Course 58]

Four 2 hour classes for $30

Outline

This course follows from the “Basic computing for Internet and Email Level 1” course and will extend and enhance your expertise and fun in surfing the web.

Topics Covered Include

  • Quick Revision of Internet Level 1 topics
  • Setting your Home page
  • Saving and printing a web-page
  • Useful Internet sites
  • Managing Favourites
  • The use of linkages and the links bar
  • Search engines
  • Software Downloads
  • Security
  • InPrivate Browsing

Skills Required

Competence in all topics covered in Level 1 as well as Copying and Pasting is essential.

Hardware Required

A Broadband internet connection

Software Required

Internet Explorer version 10 or later depending on your version of Windows.

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Genealogy Workshop (level 2) [Course 50]

Two 2 hour classes for $15

Outline

An introduction workshop to genealgoy and family history. You will learn more about “where and how” to start your family research on the internet.
Tuition in a genealogy program is not included.

Background

To attend this class, you should have a basic understanding of using the internet

Topics Covered Include

  • Genealogy Web-sites
  • Search engines
  • Other resources

Software Required

No special software is required.

Notes

Participants will not be using computers in these sessions.

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Windows10 overview for experienced upgraders (level 2) [Course 146]

One 2.5 hour class for $10

Outline

A single session overview of Windows10 for experienced upgraders from earlier versions of Windows. It is expected that all participants will be very familiar with their previous version of Windows. The aim is to look at the new features and the main changes in the interface.

Topics Covered Include

  • The Microsoft Log In process and the advantages of having a Microsoft account
  • The desktop
  • The new Start Menu
  • Settings and the Control Panel

Hardware Required

A computer running Windows10! Members with their own laptop running Windows10 should bring it (with its power supply!) to work on in the course.
SNEB will have only 3 Windows10 computers for student’s use. This will be improved if there is enough demand.

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Windows10 Photos App Demonstration (level 2) [Course 143]

One 2.5 hour class for $10

Outline

A one session demonstration on the Windows10 Photos App. Bring your Windows10 laptop and follow the demo. Notes will be provided.

Background

The new Windows10 Photos default app does more than just display pictures as a slideshow; it organizes pictures can create albums. It features a few nice editing tools for image enhancement, and lets you share pictures via social networks and email. Similar to the old Picasa we all used, it is easier and not so invasive. It will not replace Photoshop, but it is a good simple tool for basic photo management.

Uses for This

  • Fix and catalogue all those photos

Topics Covered Include

  • Managing collections
  • Albums
  • Edit and Enhance
  • Sharing Pictures

Skills Required

Good basic computer skills and a good understanding of the basics in Windows10. File management is important, you must be able to find your photos on your Windows10 computer!

Hardware Required

Bring your Windows10 laptop if you want to play during the demo.

Software Required

Windows 10; the Photos App comes bundled with Windows10

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Microsoft Word Basics 2007/2010/2013/2016 (level 2) [Course 59]

Four 2 hour classes for $30

Outline

This course teaches Word 2007 & 2010 & most aspects of Word 2013 to beginners in word processing. It covers basic aspects of this program commonly used by most people who do not need advanced word processing.
The skills achieved from this course will enable the student to produce a document of high standard if they wish.

Background

Students must have a good knowledge of the basic computer terminology covered in the Level 1 modules.

Topics Covered Include

  • Very Quick revision of the program’s interface and the Ribbon – it is expected that you will have completed the course on Looking at the Ribbon – see below.
  • Options and Preferences
  • Creating, Opening, Saving and Closing a document
  • Quick revision of Copy, Cut and Paste,
  • Simple Font Formatting, Paragraph alignment and formatting
  • Page Set-up
  • Find and Replace
  • Print Preview and printing a document

Skills Required

The student is expected to have completed all Level 1 modules relating to word processing, File Management in their Windows operating system, or satisfy a tutor of their expertise.

Also Course #119 “MS Office2007/2010/2013 – Looking at the Ribbon” must be completed.

Competence with the mouse and keyboard is very necessary.

Software Required

Word 2007, Word 2010, Word 2013 or Word 2016 (but demonstration will be in Word 2010 or 2013).

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Microsoft Word – Paragraph formatting with bullets and numberin (level 2) [Course 148]

Two 2.5 hour classes for $20

Outline

This course folllows from the MS Word Basics course to extend your expertise in formatting paragraphs and this improving your layout of text in a document.

Background

A good level of basic computing expertise is necessary.

Topics Covered Include

  • How set indents using the Paragragh dialogue and the the ruler.
  • Create a bulleted list and the tips for handling bullets.
  • Create a numbered list and the tips for handling numbers
  • Paragraph rules for Bullets and Numbering

Skills Required

Students must have completed and understand all topics in “Word Processing Basic Word 2007/2010/2013/2016”

Software Required

Word 2010, Word 2013 or Word 2016 (but demonstration will be in Word 2010 or 2013).

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Microsoft Office2007/2010/2013/2016 – Looking at the Ribbon (level 2) [Course 119]

One 2.5 hour class for $10

Outline

This one session course is for all members who plan to use Office 2007/2010/2013 programs. Upgraders from MS Office2003 who just want to up-skill to using “The Ribbon” will find this course useful. The old menu bar and single dimensional tool bars have gone. But do not despair, the Ribbon is GOOD!
But, for members setting out to learn MS Word and Excel, this course is a pre-requisite for your Level 2 courses; #59 Word Processing Basic in Word 2007/2010 (Level 2) AND Excel Level 3. Most features of the Ribbon are common to all current MS Office programs so it is a great advantage to do this course first.

Background

We will NOT be teaching word processing or spread-sheets in this course. We will look only at the Ribbon and work mainly in MS Word 2010 or Excel2010 depending on the requirements of the class. We will take a quick look at PowerPoint and Publisher as well.

Topics Covered Include

  • What’s new in these Office versions
  • The Ribbon in all three versions
  • The Quick Access Toolbar
  • Keyboard Shortcuts

Skills Required

Confidence in font and paragraph formatting, cut, copy and paste, file management and other common commands is necessary.
Beginners in Word Processing should first complete the two courses, Level 1 “Elementary Word Processing in Email” and this course for the Ribbon
Beginners in Excel should also complete this course for the Ribbon and the Level 2 course “Word Processing Basic in Word 2007/2010/2013” and then attend the Excel Level 2 course.

Software Required

Office 2007 or Office 2010 (or Office 2013, but the course will not be demonstrated using 2013; there is little difference between 2010 and 2013 at this level.)

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Microsoft Excel (level 3) [Course 5]

Four 2 hour classes for $20

Outline

This course is intended to give the student an understanding of the basic skills required to create, edit, save and print spreadsheets using the MS Excel program which is in wide use in the commercial sector.

Uses for This

  • Household expenditure records
  • Budgets
  • Tracking investments
  • Tax calculations
  • Address lists
  • Financial statements
  • Analysing numerical data

Topics Covered Include

  • The Excel interface,
  • Excel terminology,
  • Properties of cells,
  • Manipulation of Windows
  • Opening, saving and closing a spreadsheet
  • Basic arithmetic functions demonstrated in a shopping list
  • Print Preview and printing a spreadsheet

Skills Required

Students must have a good understanding of their Windows operating system and be competent with the mouse and keyboard. They should also be competent in basic formatting skills and the copy/paste routine. Knowledge of the MS Office 2010 Ribbon command structure would be a great advantage.

Software Required

Students must have MS Excel 2010 installed on their computers.

Notes

An advanced Excel course can be arranged following this course

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Windows10 File management for experienced upgraders (level 3) [Course 147]

One 2.5 hour class for $10

Outline

A single session for experienced upgraders from earlier versions of Windows. We will look at the file management program of Windows10 which is now called File Explorer. It is expected that all participants will be very familiar with file management in their previous version of Windows. The aim is to look at the new features and the main changes in the interface.

Topics Covered Include

  • The File Explorer “Ribbon” interface
  • The changes in the Windows10 system file structure

Hardware Required

A computer running Windows10! Members with their own laptop running Windows10 should bring it (with its power supply!) to work on in the course.
SNEB will have only 3 Windows10 computers for student’s use. This will be improved if there is enough demand.

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Backup and Cloud Storage (level 3) [Course 103]

Four 2 hour classes for $30

Outline

The importance of backing up your personal files, photographs, family history, financial and other precious records. An introduction to free storage sites on the internet, often called the “Cloud”. For Windows7 & Windows10.

Topics Covered Include

  • Backup planning.
  • USB Flash Drives
  • External hard drives
  • Backup in the Cloud
  • Dropbox, Google Drive, other options.
  • Open a Google Drive account.
  • Using Google Drive

Skills Required

Previous experience with File management is very desirable

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Computer Security and Maintenance (level 3) [Course 141]

Four 2 hour classes for $30

Outline

A healthy computer is a happy computer and that makes a happy computer user! This is a new course concentrating on security and maintenance and of Windows (7, 8.1 and 10)computers in 2016.
The tutor will update the two older Maintenance and Security courses to fit today’s standards. More will be added to the course description later.

Background

Students should be familiar with the Windows operating system (7, 8.1, 10)of their computer.

Skills Required

It is essential to be proficient with the computer Skills covered in Level 1 & 2.

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Microsoft Account and OneDrive (level 3) [Course 138]

One 2 hour class for $5

Outline

This single session course aims to help members set up OneDrive. It is for people who are experienced with Windows8.1 or Windows10. Bring your laptop if you have one.

Topics Covered Include

  • Open and check your Microsoft account, or sign up for a new Microsoft account.
  • Strong passwords, captcha, verification codes, owner photo.
  • Using the OneDrive folder, Sync engine, upload speeds, option for “Available offline.”
  • Accessing your OneDrive webpage from any computer with internet access.
  • Features of the OneDrive webpage.

Software Required

Experienced with Windows8.1 or Windows10.

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TradeMe (level 3) [Course 38]

Two 2 hour classes for $15

Outline

Learn how to navigate around the TradeMe web-site, the procedures for registration, buying and selling.

Background

A very good understanding of the Internet and email is necessary. On-line banking makes TradeMe purchases very simple. But it is not compulsory to have on-line banking. There are other methods of paying for your purchases.

Uses for This

  • Sell unwanted items
  • Buy some bargains
  • Have some fun!

Skills Required

Students must have satisfactorily completed Level 1 & 2 courses relating to internet, email and word processing.

Hardware Required

A computer and a bank account!

Software Required

We will teach TradeMe using Internet Explorer, but you could use another web browser if that is your choice. You can use your usual email account or set up a special web-based email account to use with TradeMe.

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Video and Slide Shows (level 3) [Course 46]

Four 2 hour classes for $30

Outline

Video clips can be taken quite easily with most digital cameras, and that is an easy way to get started with movies. Alternatively many people choose to use a camcorder, which will give a superior result, particularly with the sound track because camcorders have much better microphones than digital cameras. Moving pictures often capture an event better than still pictures, especially when people are actively moving, for example restless children or people playing sport. Another advantage of video is that a short movie is usually more interesting and entertaining than a slideshow of still pictures. This course covers the uploading of video clips to the computer, editing and arranging clips to make a complete movie, adding titles and other text, including a sound track, and burning the movie on to a DVD in the same format as commercial films so that it can be played on any DVD player or computer.

Background

The course is designed for those who wish to start making short movies, using the program Windows Movie Maker that comes free with Vista or Windows7. There are many good video editing programs on the market, and most camcorders come with programs such as MotionDV Studio (Panasonic) or ImageMixer (JVC). However, Windows Movie Maker is strongly recommended as a good place to start learning to make a movie, and it has the advantage of being included in the Vista or Windows7 packages. Windows Movie Maker uses the same basic principles as the commercial programs, but is reasonably easy to learn. So if you master Windows Movie Maker you should be able to use more elaborate programs if the need arises.

Topics Covered Include

  • Learning to use the program Windows Movie Maker.
  • Importing video clips from digital cameras or camcorders.
  • Editing and enhancing clips.
  • Using the timeline, adding titles, transitions, and audio sound track.
  • Saving the completed movie.
  • Burning a movie DVD using Windows DVD Maker.

Skills Required

Familiarity with Vista or Window7 is essential, including the basic skills taught at level 1. A good knowledge of file management and experience of handling picture files would be a great help.

Software Required

Windows Vista Home Premium includes Windows Movie Maker 6 and Windows DVD Maker. For Windows7 users, Windows DVD Maker is included and Movie Maker 14 is a free download from WindowsLive.

Notes

This course is restricted to members who have Windows Vista or Windows7

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Microsoft Word – WordArt and Headings (level 3) [Course 111]

Two 2 hour classes for $15

Outline

This is another course on using graphics in Microsoft Word. The things you can do in Word are amazing; design a logo, enhance you headings, design a leading character for a paragraph, design some fantastic text for a card, an invitation, a book cover and so on; the list is endless and it is fun.

Background

Text programs are “single layer” programs
Graphics programs (like Photoshop) are multi layer programs so graphics can slide around on top or below each other.
A basic text program cannot handle graphics. But advanced word processing programs have this incredible facility to cope with graphics and wrap the text around them. Controlling this requires some knowledge and expertise; come and learn how, once mastered, the frustration vanishes.

Uses for This

  • DESIGN
  • a logo
  • a card
  • a special heading
  • a title
  • an artistic rendering of a picture
  • have fun!

Topics Covered Include

  • Insert a shape
  • Format and enhance your shape
  • Add text to your shape – make a logo!
  • Insert a WordArt heading
  • Format and enhance this WordArt heading
  • These are graphics, visit all the possibilities for wrapping your text around these graphics
  • get very used to the Undo command, alias Ctrl+Z
  • Learn about non-printing characters and the anchor for your graphics

Skills Required

This course does require good basic skills in Word processing. The minimum standard to enjoy this course is a full understanding of SNEB’s course “Word processing Basic Word Level 2 for Word 2003, 2007 & 2010” (the version you use).

Students must have completed and understand all topics in “Word Processing Basic Word 2007/2010/2013”

Software Required

Word 2007/2010/2013

Notes

When booking for this course, please indicate in the notes which version of MS Word you work with.

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Committee Meeting [Course 100]

One 3 hour class for Free

Outline

The Committee normally meets on the second Wednesday of the month from January to November but reserves the right to meet or otherwise confer on any and all other occasions as it sees fit.

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