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Dates to Remember

20th January 2018 - Open Day

Semester 1 2018 commences 22nd January.


Dates to Remember

20th January 2018 - Open Day

Semester 1 2018 commences 22nd January.


Dates to Remember

20th January 2018 - Open Day

Semester 1 2018 commences 22nd January.


Dates to Remember

20th January 2018 - Open Day

Semester 1 2018 commences 22nd January.


Dates to Remember

20th January 2018 - Open Day

Semester 1 2018 commences 22nd January.


Dates to Remember

20th January 2018 - Open Day

Semester 1 2018 commences 22nd January.


Dates to Remember

20th January 2018 - Open Day

Semester 1 2018 commences 22nd January.


Dates to Remember

20th January 2018 - Open Day

Semester 1 2018 commences 22nd January.


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Computers & Computing - Beyond the Basics!

Tutor - Gary Devenish

Commencing Friday 2nd February, 2018

My classes are designed to appeal to the more advanced and adventurous user. They are definitely not for the beginner, as we will assume a basic knowledge and a certain level of experience. The classes will have plenty of opportunity for questions and the emphasis will be on learning how to find answers to the many hurdles that you find when working (or playing) with computers. While each topic described below is "self-contained", we will invariably be sidetracked as a result of problems encountered by participants or issues that arise during each session. Every session will include some form of Show & Tell or discussion of recent technologies or the introduction of hardware that is out of the ordinary. The duration of each topic is a guide only. If participants wish for more or less time, then this will happen.

My main aims are:

to encourage you to be able to find your own answers and solutions;

to increase awareness of hardware and software available to you;

to develop new interests in fields of computing that you may wish to pursue further;

to form contacts with other like-minded participants for sharing of skills and ideas;

to have fun!

Working with files

The nitty-gritty essentials of computing. Topics covered will include:

Window's File Explorer and how it works

Creating and organising folders

File sizes and storage space

File types and associations

Copying, moving, deleting and renaming files

Shortcuts for making file manipulation easier.

Protecting files, folders and drives

Backing up files and folders

Additional storage devices

Formatting storage

Bring along your own laptop if you have one. You will also need a USB memory stick. Any capacity will do.

Duration: probably 3 sessions, 9am to 11.30am.



Windows 10 (and other versions, too!)

These sessions are intended to explore the tools and techniques provided within the Windows 10 operating system which is common on most of today's computers Topics covered will include:

Using Windows Settings and Control Panel

Various Windows 10 "modes"

Personalizing your system

Windows tips, tricks and shortcuts

Changing icons

Tools and accessories within Windows 10

Installing and Uninstalling software

Finding solutions to problems with Windows

Networking options, especially with Wi-Fi

Bring along your own laptop if you have one. You will also need a USB memory stick. Any capacity will do.

Duration: probably 2 sessions, 9am to 11.30am.



Smart phones and Tablets

Because of the wide variety of makes and models of phones and tablets, it is impossible to cover all features and functions of all devices, so the plan will be to cover, as widely and generally as possible the following areas. We will look at:

Differences between devices - Apple and Android systems

Device specifications (why some cost less than $100 and others cost more than $1000)

Settings

In-built apps

Installing new apps

Keeping your device safe

Getting stuff off your device (photos, movies, etc)

Putting stuff onto your device (photos, music, etc)

What is syncing?

What is The Cloud? Should I be using it?

Mobile phone plans and how to choose the best one for you

Additional storage

Question time for helping with individual difficulties

Duration: probably 3 sessions, 9am to 11.30pm

Browsing the Internet

These sessions will take the more experienced user into many different aspects of the internet and the World Wide Web. Topics will include:

Browsers - what are they, why are there so many and which should I use

Really useful web sites

Security and privacy issues

Virtual Private Networks (VPN)

Fine tuning browser settings

Streaming services

Bring along your own laptop if you have one. You will also need a USB memory stick. Any capacity will do.

Duration: probably 2 sessions, 9am to 11.30am



Working with Images (all those pictures NOT in photo albums)

This series of classes will take the more experienced (and adventurous) user into the field of digital imaging. We will be using a variety of free software to help you create photographic masterpieces. These sessions will cover pictures taken with digital cameras, mobile phones and tablets

Topics include:

Storing and accessing images

Viewing options (there are many!)

Editing images (using free software)

Backing up (so the next generation can relive memories)

Printing pictures and preparing pictures for printing

Transferring images to and from devices

Emailing images

Working with slides and negatives

Bring along your own laptop if you have one. You will also need a USB memory stick. Any capacity will do.

Duration: probably 4 sessions, 9am to 11.30am

Other topics may be included if time and interest permits.