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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 Richard.McKinney In reply to teaching beginners

In a past life, I taught both intro MS-DOS and intro Windows 3.1 classes. I concur with many of the other suggestions, but will add a couple of other very important points:

- Be very patient. If the user gets frustrated early, the rest of the day is shot.

- Emphasize the correct terminology as you teach each point, and then make sure you use the correct terms during the rest of the class.

- Make sure all of the client machine are set up alike. Ghost or PKZIP a master machine and then restore every machine the same. It sounds simple, but it will save you on Rolaids!

- Make sure they have mastered basic navigation before you move on. Solitare makes a good drill for Click, ddouble-click, and Click-and-drag.

Good Luck
Rich

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by Adriatico In reply to teaching beginners

Lesson plans have been covered above, but here's a handy tip (especially for those who are not used to using the mouse).

Teach them how to play Minesweeper and then let them play for 30 minutes. It helps the user get used to the idea of using two mouse buttons. TRUST ME. It works. You can use Solitaire to teach them how to click and drag.

Most of the problems I've had trying to teach users new to Windows stem from their inability to navigate Windows properly. Also, try to avoid showing them keyboard shortcuts until you're certain they've master the mouse (they'll just lapse back into keyboard mode and get even more confused).

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by jfowlerMaine In reply to teaching beginners

I highly recommend you visit www.course.com. They have excellant books for teaching all levels of computer users. Our local adult education/business education instructors use books from these folks for virtually all computer based training. They have excellent step by step instruction and good graphics. In adddition they have sample files to use in conjunction with the books and a separate instructor copy.

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by daluzonal In reply to teaching beginners

All the above are wonderful ideas, but before you do ANYTHING, especially right before the class starts, take a minute or two and think back to when you first started working with computers, and how difficult is was for you. Then keep part of those memories at the front of your thoughts, through the rest of the day. You will then have a better understanding of the questions they ask you and the way they ask them and it will also be alot easier for them to learn what you are teaching because they will understand what you are saying.

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by mitchbryant In reply to teaching beginners

I have done your job for many of those short term classes.

Here are a few thoughts/hints:
I like to use word pad and paint brush to get them to understand a few basic windows things.

I also use a nice collection of screen shots and have a handout for each student. I make sure there is lots of blank area for them to write on it. Give the handout to a basic user around you and have them check it out to see if they understand it.

I use a program called "snag-it" REALLY super program that allows you to capture screens and save them as graphic files and then you can pull them into a WP for creating help sheets.

Best of luck - I will be happy to send along a URL for the site with snag-it.
Take care- Mitch

Use a arrows and otherthings to point out things on the sheets.

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