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Citizens Advice Computers for Beginners- the Internet
Thu, 11 May 2017, 09:15 – Thu, 29 Jun 2017, 12:15 BST
This course is designed to allow you to gain confidence in the use of the computer by completing various tasks through the internet which relate to real life.
This course provides an introduction to the mouse and the keyboard as key skills. These skills are used to access the Internet and you will be able to move around finding links and information through activities designed to enhance your everyday life.
What will I learn?
At the end of the course you will be able to:
- Identify three key safe practices when using the computer
- Turn the computer on and off safely (or log on and off)
- Use a mouse to navigate to an area, point and left click
- Enter text, numbers and punctuation using the keyboard, recognising and use the following keys appropriately: spacebar, enter, backspace, shift, arrow keys and caps lock
- Demonstrate an awareness of e-safety when using the internet
- Access a variety of websites by entering their address
- Browse a web site using the scroll bar, and hyperlinks
- Find specific information using search engines
- Print information, where available
What are the course entry requirements
This course is at our beginner's level, you may have some basic experience of using a computer, and/or have been on the Mouse and Keyboard course. It is important to note that this course is practical and requires a degree of manual dexterity for you to participate fully and get the most out of the course.
In order to attend this course you should be able to follow verbal and written instructions in English at Entry Level 3 and above. You should be able to:
- write legibly in complete sentences using capital letters, full stops and question marks
- plan and write in short paragraphs, being able to draft a piece of writing
- spell common words correctly, proof read, correct spellings and use a dictionary where appropriate
How long is the course?
The course may last between 8-10 weeks, and each weekly session will be 2 hours in duration.
How will I be learning?
The course will involve group discussions, pair work and individual tasks. There will be handouts and activities for participants to complete with teacher guidance and feedback. The course comprises of some theory and teacher presentations. The main time will be spent on computers/laptops in practical sessions where you will be accessing a variety of websites to learn practical skills that will allow you to gain confidence.
You will also have the opportunity to access our Virtual Learning Environment - Moodle. Here there are resources you can access on course, at home and after the course finishes.