Laptop Self Care
Laptop Self Care is an 8-week programme designed to help you learn how to use your own laptop or computer better, to be able to update it, manage it, install software and troubleshoot problems for yourself.
Through-out the course you will complete an audit of your own computer, be able to organize files and make sure it is safe.
There will be activities to complete in between classes which will develop your knowledge and confidence.These will be sent by email.
We will work through problems together as a group which is a useful way of learning and building confidence.
This is practical, hands-on and interactive.
- Week 1: Getting to know your computer. Part 1
We start by getting to know the control panel, system information and getting settings just right for you
- Week 2: Getting to know your computer. Part 2
Building confidence to download useful (and free) software, completing an audit and clearing up disk space.
- Week 3: Safety and Security
Learning how to secure your laptop, check for viruses and ensuring you are safe
- Week 4: Files and management – Part 1
An overview of different file types and the folder structure within your computer. Learn where things are saved and how to keep things tidy.
- Week 5: Files and management – Part 2
Saving files to the ‘Cloud’ explained and deciding what is best for you.
- Week 6: Maintaining your computer
Learn how to check for and run critical updates to your computer and keeping things up to date.
- Week 7: Office Applications
Learn how to create documents and spreadsheets for free with online tools and Libre Office.
- Week 8: Managing Photos
How to download, transfer and organize your photos and memories.
Classes will take place every Thursday at 14.00 for 8 weeks.
We have two start dates for this programme:
- Thursday 4th February – 25th March
- Thursday 8th April – 27th May
You may only sign up for ONE of the programme dates above and will need to be able to commit to attending all 8 classes.
Thanks to the The National Lottery Community Fund we are able to run the course a subsidized rate.
Once you been offered a place you will be contacted for payment which must take place before the course starts.
Is this for me?
The course is open to local residents that are eager to learn how to use and maintain their own computer better.
This course is for computers running Microsoft Windows 7, 8 or 10.
This is an active learning programme and you will be expected to complete the activities in between classes as well as conducting a self-audit of your laptop.
You will be provided the support you need to complete these exercises.
It is important for people to have a commitment to their learning, ability to engage with the programme and can attend all 8 classes.
What prior knowledge do I need?
You are expected to have your own computer and internet access, as the objective of the course is to learn who to use or manage that better.
But you are not expected to be an advanced learner.
The aim of the course is to fill in some gaps, be a useful refresher and build confidence. So there is something for everyone.
You will also need to have access to a webcam and microphone to participate in the classes. Many laptops have this built in already.
You are expected to
- Be able to access the internet and conduct a basic search unassisted.
- Be able to send and reply to email
Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, classes take place online over a video chat software called Zoom. Learners will receive support to join the classes and will attend a Zoom induction before the programme starts.
Once registered on the course, you will be contacted to discuss your individual needs. The class size is restricted to 10 learners, so places are limited. Please only register if you can commit to the whole course.
I have never used Zoom before, can I still join the programme?
Yes! Before the programme starts, you will be invited to join an induction session covering the basics of how to use Zoom and to join the class. You will also be eligible to receive remote support, over the phone and doorstep visits if needed to help you download the software.