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By mamabear1 ·
I have recently been tasked with teaching new users how to use their computers (win 98)and would like some input on lesson plans.
Most of the people I will be teaching have never operated a computer before and it's only a one day class. Any input would be appreciated.
Thanks
Nalani

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by vshipp In reply to teaching beginners

Be prepaired. Have TONS of hard copy step by step screen shots of basic tasks, Start bar, Opening programs, Windows Explorer, Logon & password changes, etc.
Make it FUN, lots of first time users are scared stiff. Point out the "Default Look & Feel"of every window. ie: every window will have the word "File" on the top left corner followed by other drop down menu's with "Help" being the last one.
Open several apps and show them that this "FEEL" is What they will see on EVERY App.
Use generalities without getting too heavy. Just the basics!!!
A good supply of Coffee and Sugar (Doughnuts, Cookies etc.) will help you keep their attention, 2 hours max between breaks so the smokers dont start pushing equipment on to the floor.
The "One fullday of intensive training" thing is always a challenge for the trainer and expectations are usually too high by management.

Good Luck!!!

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by csheltcomp In reply to teaching beginners

Start simple, give them an orientation to basic mobility. Point and click, then show them the major components that will benefit. Also teach them the right click. Sound simple, but they have to master this to master 98. Also, the answer with the screenshots is right, people(most) learn better by picctures that by words. Give them a lot of simple association pics.

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by MCSE Lee In reply to teaching beginners

Teaching them Win9x, but not productivity applications (Word, etc.), is not going to get them very far. Of course, if they don't know how to move around and operate Windows, they will likely not be able to function in the application - kind of a "Catch-22". When I've been stuck with this kind of assignment, I start with proper startup/shutdown procedures, and mousing techniques in the morning; then move on to basic application usage in the afternoon. It's an almost impossible task, and I don't envy you at all. Good Luck!!

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by Madhatter In reply to teaching beginners

Use Print Screen to capture the screen then run MS Paint or another tool and "paste" the shot making it easy to modify or print your "manuals". Use "Alt-PrintScreen" for prompt/action alerts. Use the "Games" in Windows 98 to teach your users mouseskills...that's why Microsoft put them there (believe it or not!) and all the above sound good too.

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by greg.ahler In reply to teaching beginners

I know I'm going to catch **** for this, but I have one more suggestion (in jest). LEAVE THE AK-47 AT HOME!!!!

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