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Teaching a Computer Class

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Teaching a computer class for an organization or your community can be very rewarding. Like any other class, your preparation will include defining the topics to be covered, dependent on the focus and scope of the class. This is a guide about teaching a computer class.
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October 29, 2008

I'm going to be doing free computer classes for our church. It won't necessarily be for the church people, but for the people in the community we are trying to reach. I feel it will be necessary for some to learn how to use computers since some do not know how and will have to find out how to get a decent job (even receptionists need to know basics about computers).

So here's my question to all of you. If you were going to get taught something about the computer, what would you want to know? For example, how not to get a virus on your PC? How about how to email? If you wanted to learn Word, for example what is it you'd like to know? How to sell on eBay?

Try to be as specific as possible. I'm asking all of you since I know you all have great ideas and can get me started in the right direction. Thanks everyone!

Misty from OH

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October 29, 20080 found this helpful

For people in the wrkforce - learn WORD and a spreadsheet...
Otherwise - definitely email - and maybe a tour around as to what the net has to offer - and how to search, search engines, etc. Then maybe how to find free software, etc.

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October 29, 20080 found this helpful

Depending on your class's ability (which you will determine when they are in front of you), you may wish to start with things as basic as how to plug them in. Why do some peripherals need power cords to the wall, and some to the box? I had the honour of teaching computer to people needing basics, and they needed ground up lessons. Keep a good attitude and answer questions from the class. Try not to make any sarcastic remarks, even as a joke.

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October 29, 20080 found this helpful

I agree with both of the previous posts...start with the very basics, explain the jargon (what's a USB port, Mini USB, what do the terms memory, RAM, and ROM mean when you're considering purchasing a new computer? Remember, the questions may seem stupid to you, but this may be the first time these people have ever even had a chance/reason to ask.

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E-mail is essential, as is Word, and Excell for the working world.
I don't know how much time you have (one class, or once a week?), but it might be a fun exercise to give them common texting acronyms (btw, lol, omg) and let them try to figure them out for homework!

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October 29, 20080 found this helpful

I bet you will be dealing with a variety of skill levels. Your first question, to see how skilled your class is, would be to ask, "who knows how to turn on a computer?" You may very well have someone who does not know. From there ask questions to get to know your students and their level of skills and try to make your work plans around the various skill levels. Definately explain the jargon as mentioned and keep notes on who knows what skill level.

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You are a brave soul. Good luck!
Tina

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