COMPUTER CLASSES FOR BEGINNERS @ KML

New to computers? Lots of questions? Don’t have your own computer? Never even touched a computer? The Library will be using its recent addition of 12 laptop computers, donated by Kent Center School, to offer ongoing classes for those who want to start from the beginning. These hands-on classes – in which each patron will have his or her own computer – will let you dive in as a newbie and learn to use a computer on your own

Part 1: : Computer Basics will cover: REGISTER• How to open a laptop
• How to turn it on, and use the “Start” menu
• How to “log in” with a password
• What a mouse is
• What a cursor is
• What an icon is
• What an “app” is
• What Wifi is
• How to get on the Internet
• The difference between a file and a folder
• The difference between “Off” and “Sleep”
• What a USB connector is – and what all those other jacks and plugs are for

Future beginner-level classes will show you how to:
• Right-click vs. left click
• Name, save, and “navigate” to find your files (including photos!)
• Cut, copy and paste
• Use a thumb drive to transfer files
• Do a search with Google – or other search engines
• Find and download items such as tax forms
• Keyboard shortcuts
• Be more secure on the Internet – and learn internet literacy
• What a “browser” is – and why you might want to use Firefox rather than Chrome

More intermediate classes will eventually cover Microsoft Office, showing patrons how to create resumes and business files, and prepare for work in an office. We’ll cover:
Word (writing)
Excel (spreadsheets)
Powerpoint (slide shows)
Publisher (invitations, graphics)

Only 11 students at a time. Note that these classes will use Microsoft Windows PC’s – although these general lessons will be applicable to most computers. Apple laptop users welcome; if you use a MacBook, feel free to bring it, and join in!

Part 2: File Management will cover: REGISTER

The library continues with its ongoing computer classes, in which each patron is supplied with one of our laptop computers, for a friendly, interactive session. (Apple/Mac users also welcome…)

Our first class covered basics such as logging in to the computer, joining a WiFi network, and managing the computer’s pathways for launching tools such as a web browser.

Our next class will cover:
• The concept of a “windows”-based personal computer (Yes, this relates to Apple computers, as well, which introduced the concept to consumers!).
• Creating a new file, and saving it
• “Navigating” among locations in the computer
• Creating folders, and placing documents in them
• Drag-and-drop
• Moving your file to an external “flash drive” (aka “thumb drive”)
• “Save” vs. “Save As” (vs. “Duplicate” in Apple Macs)
• Downloading items from the internet – and where to find your downloaded files
• Keyboard shortcuts

Future classes will cover Microsoft Office, showing patrons how to create resumes and business files, and prepare for work in an office. We’ll cover:
Word (writing)
Excel (spreadsheets)
Powerpoint (slide shows, and other graphics files)
Publisher (invitations, graphics)

Only 11 students at a time. Note that these classes supply use of Microsoft Windows PC’s – but these general lessons will be applicable to all computers. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own laptops, including Apple Macs.

Part 3: MS Office, Word, etc. will cover: REGISTER

The library continues with its ongoing computer classes, in which each patron is supplied with one of our laptop computers, for a friendly, interactive session.

Our early classes covered basics such as logging in to a computer, joining a WiFi network, saving new files and locating them afterwards.

Our next class will cover Microsoft’s “Office” suite, including
• Word (for word processing/writing);
• Excel (to create spreadsheets and manage large amounts of numbers or lists of text…);
• Powerpoint (to create lecture slideshows and other graphical presentations); and
• Publisher (to create invitations, newsletters, postcards, signs, labels, ads, business cards, etc.)

(For those using Apple computers, be assured we’ll also look at Apple’s equivalent to Word, Excel and Powerpoint: the apps Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.)

Working with such applications means we’ll also learn:
• Cut, Copy, and Paste functions
• Undo
• Drag-and-drop, to insert images into your documents
• Keyboard shortcuts
• And a review of how to move your file to an external “flash drive” (aka “thumb drive”)

Only 11 students at a time. Note that these classes supply Microsoft Windows PC’s – but these general lessons are applicable to all computers. Patrons are also encouraged to bring their own laptops, including Apple Macs.