HERE IS THE LATEST INFORMATION FOR SEPTEMBER 2018
SeniorNet New Plymouth
Outline of courses, workshops and tutorials
Our aim is to give older adults, over the age of 50 years, the opportunity to learn digital
skills that will enable them to maintain contact with family and friends and access the wide
range of information and activities available online.
All courses are led by members of the society who volunteer their time and knowledge.
This help and advice is given and taken solely at the recipient’s risk and imposes no
responsibility or liability of any kind on those providing such help or advice, or on
New Plymouth SeniorNet Inc.
Some courses have printed manuals that are used during classes and are yours to take
home to practice between classes and for future reference. The cost of manuals is
indicated on the course schedule and they are issued at the first session. Computers or
laptops are available at the rooms but most members prefer to bring their own
laptops. Students need to bring their own handheld devices e.g. phones and tablets.
Courses are open to all financial members of the society. Course fees and manual costs
are as listed on the term schedule and must be paid before commencement of any course.
Single Workshop sessions are open to non-members for a greater fee as indicated on
the term schedule.
Annual subscription is $40 ($35 if paid before 31st March ) NEW members $25 if joining
after 1st July)
If paying the full cost of membership and course fees in one go is a problem please talk to
Members receive a monthly emailed newsletter outlining current activities and matters of
interest to digital users and adults in our age range and notification of any changes to the
programme. They also receive an emailed copy of “Gizmoe” the bimonthly newsletter of
the Federation of New Zealand SeniorNet Societies.
THIS TERMS COURSES AND WORKSHOPS
Our courses are based on Microsoft software unless otherwise stated except for
IPad and IPhone courses. Not all courses or workshops listed are offered every
term. We are dependent on the availability of tutors. See the term schedule for
current terms activity
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*Introduction to computers using WordPad
This is an 6 week starter’s course. For this programme you don’t have to have any pre
knowledge about your equipment and how it works. It follows a set format to ensure that
participants understand all the essential basics of using a computer or similar equipment.
WinTutor and WordPad programmes include the basic skills needed for using all other
programmes and equipment. Recommended to anyone with no or minimal experience on
equipment using Microsoft programmes.
From personal experience I can assure you that even if you have casually learnt to do a
few things, going through a structured training course will quickly extend your skills and
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understanding, and relieve many of the frustrations when things “don’t work”. As a
beginner you “don’t know what you don’t know”.
This course builds on the basic skills learnt in the introductory course and includes more
information about document layout, inserting and deleting data, use of the numeric key
board, using storage folders, inserting shapes, pictures, tables. This course is a worthwhile
build on the basic knowledge in the introductory course for anyone but can be particularly
useful if you are involved in the running of a group or organisation and record keeping or
report writing. There is a set programme but depending on the size of the class this can be
sometimes be adjusted to assist in solving students particular needs.
*Using Android Tablets and Smartphones
Tablets and Smartphones use similar systems. Looking at the needs of the participants in
our single session workshops have shown that most have a bit of knowledge but clear
gaps in their understanding. This 4 week course will follow a structured course plan to
ensure all important basic skills are covered and you have an understanding of commonly
used Apps. This 4 week course will include some photo skills.
IPad –IPhone – IPad/IPhone courses run over 8 weeks and cover beginners and
intermediate needs. They too are planned to cover all the basic skills needed to use your
File Management –Document organisation
Can you find your documents and your photo files? This 4 week course was one of the first
and most useful courses I ever attended. Learn how to store your information, photos and
files so that you can find what you want when you want it. It doesn’t matter how much or
how little material you have in your system understanding how to set up and manage the
files will make life much easier.
Over 10 years later the basics I learnt during that course are still the foundation of the
detailed filing system I use for my huge photographic and document collection.
*Image Editing using Photoshop programme
These courses are arranged by the photo group as and when required.
These Image editing courses level 1 & 2 are based on Photoshop Elements as this
provides the basic skills that participants can easily adapt to whatever Photoshop version
they have on their computers or laptops.
The Stage 3 group programme is based on sharing information. The members and tutors
identify the techniques they want to learn. A member may present their pre knowledge or
research the technique. There is a continual exchange of information and skills between
tutors and class.
This is usually a 3 session course. It is designed to give you an understanding of
genealogy and using the many resources available particularly on line resources.
There are a variety of email programmes available including Gmail. Bring your laptop
and/or mobile phone to this session so that you can relate the session to the email
programme on your equipment.
Using and keeping safe on Facebook and Messenger
Many people are afraid of Facebook –come and find out what it is about and how to take
advantage of it.
Backing up your computer information
Keeping a backup of all the information and programmes on your computer is essential.
What if your computer breaks down, or your system gets hacked. How will the loss of all
your data affect your life? How much business or personal information and memories
could you lose?
Cleaning up the programmes and files and checking security systems in your computer
makes a worthwhile difference to the running of your equipment.
Question and answer session
General computing questions. This session aims to respond to the general questions
about your equipment and programmes not covered in other sessions. Sending in your
questions would be an advantage.
Online banking workshops
This is a single 3 hour session programme but due to sponsorship from Westpac bank we
are able to offer it to members and non-members at a 2 hour session cost. Information
given is relevant to all Banks services. It begins with an explanation of how online banking
works and how to use it. This was followed by a practical time using a special website
where you can try the system without risk of creating havoc on an actual account. The
information is not specific to Westpac banking.
Learn the value of these programmes to search for a wide range of information and how to
download information, music and videos.
Having downloaded videos from the web, your camera or your phone learn how to edit
them into interesting sequences –cut out the rubbish.
Using speech to text and text to speech
You can control your computer by voice, dictate to it and get it to talk to you. This is not
available in all programmes but is in Windows 10. It is listed in apps under Ease of Access.
This programme is very useful to give a professional look to programmes being presented
to family, friends or a general audience. Text, images, maps and charts can be easily
Apple –Mac programmes
Apart from IPad we have not been able to offer any Apple-Mac computer programmes for
several years as we have been unable to find a tutor. If you have the skills and time to
assist us as a tutor or assistant tutor for basic Apple Mac or IPad we’d love to hear from
If the programme you would like to join is not on the current terms programme please let
us know at the office.
Subject to demand and availability of tutors other courses and or workshops may be
offered. Members will be notified via our newsletter or information can be accessed online
SeniorNet New Plymouth reserves the right if circumstances dictate to change or
cancel the advertised programme. Enrolled students would be advised of changes
Contact us on
Or call at our rooms in ground floor 27 Liardet St between 10am – 12md Mon – Fri.
Office Ph. 06 759 4979, or President -Ph. 06 858 2030
Email: - firstname.lastname@example.org
Members voluntarily give help and advice to other members via classes, groups or
in the newsletter on matters relating to computers, associated equipment and their
use. This help and advice is given and taken solely at the recipient’s risk and
imposes no responsibility or liability of any kind on those providing such help or
advice, or on New Plymouth SeniorNet Inc.
· We are have moved downstairs to the Senior Citizens lounge on the ground floor.
No stairs to climb.
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