Classes, Programs and Progress!

Newsletter

We are already half way through Term 1 of 2015 and things are definitely in motion around here.

You can read about our exciting developments, both online and on the ground, in our recent Newsletter.

The newsletter also includes updated information on the classes and programs which are running this year at our Centre.

We are very excited about the future development of the Burnley Backyard and the Community Hub in the former Channel 9 site and their place in our vibrant and ever-changing community.

If you are excited as we are about the new plans and communal spaces for our community and want to help out in any way please contact us at Richmond Community Learning Centre on (03) 9428 9901 or lordst@internode.on.net We would love to hear from you!

So exciting!

Burnley Backyard. So exciting!

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Don’t Worry You Won’t Harm the Computer

Found this article (Don’t Worry You Won’t Harm The Computer) while scanning through the plethora of sites online (mind-boggling, isn’t it?) and found this one about computer newbies.  (Remember when we all started out with the computer?)  For some of us that may not have been so long ago.

Our Computers Made  Easy course got booked out today and we have nine eager students from all generations, many getting their first taste of the tech-world.  In some cases, they have taught themselves how to do a few small tasks on the computer – watching over the shoulder of one of their kin, or having a play on the computer themselves and making lots of mistakes – great!

DIY computer training is OK for more advanced computer users but for beginners it’s always nice to know that there are fellow classmates and a great teacher onhand who can teach you to say: “Now I understand WHY I am doing what I am doing”.

And yes, you will also learn that you won’t be harming the computer.

Our next Computers Made Easy course runs in Semester 2 – if you know someone who is scared they might hurt their computer (and their pride), get them to come down to our centre to banish their fears once and for all.

Learning computers can break down barriers

ICT Lab

Our Communication Skills with Computers course started last Thursday and the variety of students we have in the class is just wonderful. The course has opened the doors to a generation of learners in their wisdom years, predominantly women with English as their second language. None of these women have used a computer before and are keen to learn, amongst other things, how to communicate with their overseas family members by email. The two men in our class have some computer skills and enrich the lessons by sharing their questions and knowledge with everyone. It is a class with lots of laughter, lively discussion and translations through gestures and other students!

This generation of learners did not have the opportunity to be part of the IT revolution. Some have educational, language and fear barriers. They see their children and grandchildren use computers so easily and feel left out. They have wanted to know how to use a computer but, for most, this dream has been daunting. However, the fact that they have had the courage to come to our centre and enrol in a computer class is a fantastic step towards making their dream a reality.

Of course, I have heard plenty of excuses of why many of our local community’s elders don’t learn how to use a computer: “I’m too old”, “I can get my son/daughter to do this for me”, “I cannot speak English very well anyway”, but at the end of a computer course at RCLC there is a sense of pride and greater confidence within each person.

Last week the students began to learn about the parts of the computer. They finished the class by learning how to see their home countries on Google Maps. I have loved seeing their faces light up as they viewed their towns, villages and in some cases, their childhood houses, after 40 or so years here in Australia.

Today the students are typing up their own stories. Some are practising entering words using their class notes. Either way, they are learning how to use a computer just like they see their children and grandchildren do – and that’s a great feeling. Below are links to some of their first work with Microsoft Word that you can download and see for yourself what they are now achieving after only two lessons:

The next lessons will involve internet and emailing, and finishing off with some creative computing by showing students how to make their own greetings cards and calendars. More fun to come!

If you or someone you know would like to join a computer class, we will be having more courses in early 2011 – feel welcome to contact us.

RCLC Computer Trainer