Computer Lessons: Can You Provide Computer LessonsLocked
I have been thinking about whether or not it is a good idea
to offer computer lessons to individuals who have a desire
to learn how to use a computer. This would include your
basic identifying the desktop, using Word and other
Windows applications, how to use the internet and e-mail
functions, or whatever it was the individual wanted to learn.
For example, last year I had a co-worker who was
contemplating applying for a new position, except they
needed someone who was skilled in Word and Excel. She
only knew enough to her through but in Word she had not
quite learned how to set margins, use mail merge, move
graphics around on a page, or set up a table; and in Excel,
she did not know how to create a spreadsheet, calculate
fields, or use some of the other features.
I taught myself how to use Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and
Publisher because there was never anyone around to train
me. I took advantage of free training sessions at temporary
agencies and made good use of some manuals and how-to
books I’d picked up from the books store, and now I’m
teaching myself how to use Adobe Photoshop.
So my co-worker asked me to show her first how to use
Excel. I first taught her the basics of creating a
spreadsheet. Gave her some notes to go by, and she then
learned how to calculate fields from various parts of the
spreadsheet, use autosum, and how to use the chart
function. It was helpful to her because she had never
gotten a chance to use Excel that way.
I’ve been called a computer junkie because I zip in and out
of programs that I’ve been told that I should teach other
people how to use a computer. So my question is, would it
make a difference in someone’s life if I shared my skills
with others in teaching them how to use a computer and
Windows applications if they desired to learn how to use
Employers needs are growing in the area of computer
qualifications. And men and women, young or old who are
entering or re-entering the workforce are going to be
required to know some aspects of computer.
Feedback would be helpful.