The activity developed by Alytus Culture and Communication Center was tested in May on a group of seniors at the Third Age University in Alytus.
The object was to teach participants basic computer skills, searching information on the Internet, creating and editing text with MS Word.
The workshop was divided into 6 parts:
- General information about hardware, software, internet and security.
- Working with Computer Hardware (using the mouse/touchpad and keyboard): moving the cursor on-screen with the mouse or touchpad, clicking, right-clicking and double-clicking the mouse, using basic keyboard functions such as backspace, enter/return, space bar, delete, tab, shift and caps lock, basic typing skills.
- Learning How to Use an Operating System (Windows) – finding, running and closing a program, information about how files, folders and directories work, saving a file, using Windows Explorer to find and open a file, shutting down and restarting a computer.
- Using Word Processors (Microsoft Word) – opening Microsoft Word, creating a new document in Word, using basic formatting functions (bold, italics, underline, font size and type), saving and printing a finished document.
- Getting Online (web browsers and websites) – finding and opening a web browser, opening a website, understanding links, searching on Google, searching and downloading images.
- Creating an e-book. Writing a short story using Word and adding related pictures to the document.
The workshop lasted 7 hours. Recommendation for future – it’s better to carry out the workshop in more than one day, it will be more efficient for the participants.